Wednesday 29 March 2017

What delivered his greatest success was also his big failing

Bertie loved to be loved, a political insider once told Daniel McConnell, who says maybe that was what led to the country's problems

Former Irish Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern and former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, after the signing of the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement 10 years ago (John Giles/PA Wire)
Former Irish Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern and former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, after the signing of the Northern Ireland Peace Agreement 10 years ago (John Giles/PA Wire)
Daniel McConnell

Daniel McConnell

It was in the run up to the crucial 2007 General Election, and I was on the campaign trail with Taoiseach Bertie Ahern.

A whistle-stop tour of Kerry on a Saturday saw him, and us, bound our way through Listowel, Tralee and Killarney with crowds of people flocking to shake the 'Bert's' hand.

The pace was frenetic; it was a constant gallop with never more than a "howaya lads" or "yiz are hard at it" as he raced on.

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