Opinion Ruth Dudley Edwards

Tuesday 25 September 2018

Martin has got Bertie on the ropes

The leader of Fianna Fail showed no mercy when he took on the presidential hopefuls, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Hight office: Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s hopes of running for president could be over. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Hight office: Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s hopes of running for president could be over. Photo: Frank Mc Grath
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Micheal Martin certainly trampled on some politicians' presidential dreams this Ard Fheis weekend. The chief casualty, Bertie Ahern, is not expected to survive. Gerry Adams has been badly bruised and President Higgins received a blow to the head that may be terminal.

Even after he had to resign in 2012 from the Fianna Fail party he so loved and had controlled for so long, Ahern never stopped being a politician. He had had a torrid time that would have broken most people, not least becoming a national laughing stock as a result of tribunal appearances in 2007 and 2008 which showed an ex-Minister for Finance to have no convincing explanations of how he had acquired large sums of money.

After his resignation as Taoiseach and leader of Fianna Fail in 2008, he to endure years of being assailed for his contribution to the economic crisis. He was defiant, complaining in 2009 about "cynics and knockers" and people who blamed everyone except themselves - a trait which he seems never to recognise he has in abundance.

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