Monday 16 September 2019

'God knows what will happen next year' - Bertie fudges question on Aras bid

Bertie Ahern
Bertie Ahern
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has given a cryptic answer when asked by the Sky News whether he wants to be the next President of Ireland.

Mr Ahern, who led the government from 1997 until 2008, appeared on ‘All Out Politics’ today to discuss the Brexit negotiations.

However, host Adam Bolton threw the Dubliner a final question on whether the rumours about his ambition to be president in 2018 are true.

“God knows what will happen next year,” Mr Ahern replied with a smirk.

His former party Fianna Fáil voted at their recent Ard Fheis to contest the election which is due next October  - but at the same event Micheál Martin ruled out a return to the party for the ex-Taoiseach.

In the wake of the Mahon Tribunal findings in March 2012, Mr Martin was in the process of moving for his old boss's expulsion from the party when Mr Ahern felt obliged to resign from the organisation he led for 14 years.

However, his old cumman in Drumcondra wrote to the party in recent weeks recommending Mr Ahern for a distinguished service award.

Mr Martin described the move as “mischievous”.

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