Tuesday 15 October 2019

Royston Brady: 'Gerry Adams has more skeletons than the Titanic'

Former lord mayor of Dublin Royston Brady Credit: Collins
Former lord mayor of Dublin Royston Brady Credit: Collins

David Kearns

Former Dublin Lord Mayor Royston Brady believes history will “vindicate” the legacy of Bertie Ahern, while warning that Gerry Adams represents a “dangerous void” in Irish politics.

The ex-Fianna Fail councillor, who spectacularly fell from grace in 2004 following his failed European parliament election bid, said he was “disappointed” with how the former Taoiseach was treated by the media compared to the Sinn Fein leader.

“When you look at a politician like Gerry Adams in our country and look at a politician like Bertie Ahern and see how he was treated, it is disappointing.”

“Of course I was as disappointed, upset and annoyed as everyone else that believed in him as a politician because we thought he was different.”

“But versus a guy like Gerry Adams, and all his baggage – he’s got more skeletons than the Titanic.”

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Mr Brady, who has lived in the United States for the last three years with his wife and three children, made the comments while speaking to Miriam O'Callaghan on her RTE Radio 1 show.

Having avoided the public spotlight since the collapse of his political career, the former Lord Mayor gave his first interview in more than seven years.

Asked his opinion on current Irish politics, he warned that there was a “dangerous void” in Ireland at the moment, one that the “wrong people were jockeying to fill”.

“People need to know that they get the politicians they vote for,” he said.

“And look at a guy like Gerry Adams. He has been engulfed in sexual abuse scandals and he hasn’t helped put people out there, including his own brother, nor has he been forthcoming and honest about all these issues he is involved in.”

“Then on the other end you’ve a guy like Bertie who committed himself to public service – yes, he took some donations, did some stuff, but it cost him his job. He did wrong but he also did a lot of right.”

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Speaking about his very public falling out with the former Taoiseach, Mr Brady said it was among his “biggest regrets”.

“Time moves on, some say history wouldn’t be good to him. I think it will. What happened was a shame because it cost him everything. He lived politics and I thought he had a lot more to give.”

Dismissing a return to politics for himself, the ex-Fianna Fail councillor said that his current’s party leadership was “unfortunate”, saying that he was surprised that no one in cabinet at the time of the 2008 bank guarantee, including Micheál Martin, raised a “red flag”.

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