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
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.