Sam Smyth: Helter-skelter fall from grace of wily politician Bertie
Published 31/12/2010 | 05:00
In the end, Bertie Ahern chose to slip out of public life by a back door rather than trumpet his leaving in a fanfare of orchestrated farewells.
Last night, 40 years after he attended his first Cumann meeting at the age of 19, Ahern said he would not be standing as a candidate for the Dail in the General Election.
For months now the former bookkeeper from Drumcondra wrestled with "will-he, won't-he run again" problems like a swamp alligator.