Wednesday 20 September 2017

John Drennan: Bertie-bashing glosses over voters' role in Ahern myth

In a stark reversal of fortune, the former Taoiseach is a scapegoat to be shunned by his tribe, writes John Drennan

NARCISSUS: Bertie Ahern believed in his own perfection
NARCISSUS: Bertie Ahern believed in his own perfection
John Drennan

John Drennan

You would wonder sometimes, how Bertie thought this retirement thing would work.

The then Taoiseach was certainly dragged towards it with a reluctance that suggested he wasn't at all enthused by the prospect.

Mr Ahern might have hoped for the modest dignity of a ghost-written column in the Irish Times and the occasional honorary degree as distinct from being attacked by men with crutches in pubs.

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