James Downey: This was a different Bertie - this was Bertie the statesman
Bertie Ahern gave the performance of his life at the Banking Inquiry yesterday.
Before the event, word had gone about that he would come out fighting. So he did. But he fought in a manner vastly different from the one familiar to those who had studied his actions and his manner for most of their lifetimes.
The former Taoiseach is notorious for Delphic utterances, evidently designed to conceal and not enlighten, and for mangling the English language. Yesterday, we saw him in a totally different mode.