Monday 23 January 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

Published 12/07/2015 | 02:30

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)

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

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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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