Wednesday 22 November 2017

Sam Smyth: Helter-skelter fall from grace of wily politician Bertie

Sam Smyth

In the end, Bertie Ahern chose to slip out of public life by a back door rather than trumpet his leaving in a fanfare of orchestrated farewells.

Last night, 40 years after he attended his first Cumann meeting at the age of 19, Ahern said he would not be standing as a candidate for the Dail in the General Election.

For months now the former bookkeeper from Drumcondra wrestled with "will-he, won't-he run again" problems like a swamp alligator.

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