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Fionnan Sheahan: Derided, reviled and shrouded in failure

Published 31/12/2010 | 05:00

Bertie Ahern leaves the Mahon Tribunal. Photo PA
Bertie Ahern leaves the Mahon Tribunal. Photo PA
Bertie Ahern with Tony Blair

BERTIE Ahern did his best to defy Enoch Powell's prediction on the end of political careers -- but he too failed.

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Often misquoted as "all political careers end in failure", the controversial Tory MP actually wrote in his 1977 biography of Joseph Chamberlain: "All political lives, unless they are cut off in midstream at a happy juncture, end in failure, because that is the nature of politics and of human affairs."

In Mr Ahern's case, he got away with standing down as Taoiseach before the economic, fiscal and banking crisis got into full flow.

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