Sunday 25 February 2018

James Downey: This was a different Bertie - this was Bertie the statesman

Bertie Ahern
Bertie Ahern
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who appeared at the Banking Inquiry yesterday, and ‘from the beginning he was completely in control – in control, especially, of his own emotions
James Downey

James Downey

Bertie Ahern gave the performance of his life at the Banking Inquiry yesterday.

Before the event, word had gone about that he would come out fighting. So he did. But he fought in a manner vastly different from the one familiar to those who had studied his actions and his manner for most of their lifetimes.

The former Taoiseach is notorious for Delphic utterances, evidently designed to conceal and not enlighten, and for mangling the English language. Yesterday, we saw him in a totally different mode.

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