Wednesday 17 January 2018

Martina Devlin: Why Bertie Ahern should stick to blowing bubbles

Martina Devlin

Martina Devlin

MANY people imagine Bertie Ahern has retreated to the backbenches, may even step down at the next general election, and no longer wields power in Irish life. It is convenient to believe his wings have been clipped, and his days as an influential politician are gone. But that isn't the case.

The Bert is a member of that Council of State we heard about this week -- a group of eminent figures charged with advising the President.

The council was convened on Tuesday to examine a pivotal new piece of legislation -- and the Bert, wrecker-in-chief of the economy, was entitled to take his place alongside former President Mary Robinson, the Attorney General and a brace of retired chief justices, among others.

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