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'Tis Bertie's summer of love

BERTIE Ahern is becoming increasingly like one of those merry widows you hear about. Having got over the shock of losing his main raison d'etre he is now surprising himself by finding that in fact there is more to life than being Taoiseach. And he seems to be having a ball. And like any merry widow, he has his detractors, those who feel it is inappropriate of him to be seen out so soon after his bereavement. And boy, if Cowen and co wanted him to go away before, after last week they must be considering putting a hit out on him.

And Bertie doesn't seem to give a damn. He keeps popping up everywhere. He casually told Ryan Tubridy the other day that he would have, of course, dealt with this recession, even making a cheeky "dig out" joke. And then he pops up on The Road To Croker apparently without a care in the world. As the rest of us look on at Bertie's summer of love it's like seeing an ex that you dumped out on the town every night with a different guy while you, the one who did the dumping, is starting to regret your decision.


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