Sunday 4 December 2016

As Bertie faces Banking Inquiry, the Drumcondra Mafia will root for him

Some who know Bertie Ahern say he is embittered at his treatment. But says Shane Coleman, Ahern still has the support of his old lieutenants

Published 12/07/2015 | 02:30

Liam Cooper, Paul Kiely, Bertie Ahern and Chris Wall at St Lukes on the occasion of Bertie announcing his retirement. Dec 2010
Liam Cooper, Paul Kiely, Bertie Ahern and Chris Wall at St Lukes on the occasion of Bertie announcing his retirement. Dec 2010

It was almost like old times for Fianna Fail in Dublin Central. They gathered last Monday week at Glasnevin Cemetery's Republican plot to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Jeremiah O'Donovan Rossa.

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The chieftain of the legendary Drumcondra cumann that bore the name of the fabled Fenian was in his element. They had come in their hundreds. He and his entourage could still draw a crowd.

As Íar-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern addressed the throng, he looked out at many familiar faces. His brother Maurice. Chris Wall. Liam Cooper. Paddy 'the Plasterer' Reilly. Des Richardson.

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