Saturday 21 January 2017

'Not as bad as this shower' - Drumcondra reaction to comeback

Gavin White

Published 01/12/2016 | 02:30

Constituent Mary O’Connor. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Constituent Mary O’Connor. Photo: Gerry Mooney

A "sound lad" and a "good man" or someone you couldn't back if he was "the last man alive".

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Suffice to say that news of a potential return for Bertie Ahern into the Fianna Fáil fold brought a mixed reaction from his former constituents.

Karen Domicam, who operates a dog grooming service in East Wall, said she "didn't have a good word to say about him" and Fianna Fáil should "leave him where he is".

Laura King from Drumcondra said: "I don't think he did any good for anyone."

But Vincent Kelly, who co-runs an estate agent in Mr Ahern's old constituency office, said he had "no problem with him coming back" and "that he's done so much for the area".

Mary O'Connor, a pensioner from Carlingford Road, said: "He was bad but he wasn't as bad as this shower."

Willie Byrne said 'no way' to the prospect of Mr Ahern’s comeback. Photo: Gerry Mooney
Willie Byrne said 'no way' to the prospect of Mr Ahern’s comeback. Photo: Gerry Mooney

However, Paul O'Brien from Drumcondra, said: "My father used to say if it wasn't for Fianna Fáil the elderly wouldn't have got anything.

"He's a good man but he's the type of man who needs attention. The situation has moved on and it is too serious so we can't have that again."

Pat Doyle, from Drumcondra, said "it wouldn't bother me" if Mr Ahern was brought back into Fianna Fáil.

"He's a sound lad," he added.

Some people were less forgiving however. Willie Byrne, a referee from Dublin city, said "no way" to the prospect of Mr Ahern's comeback.

"I wouldn't back him if he was the last man alive."

Irish Independent

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