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No one understands the protocol, Bertie, it’s not just unionists

Eilis O'Hanlon


The former Taoiseach’s barb about loyalist ghettos was unfortunate, but it was telling too. We are all trapped by identity

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Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is back in the doghouse

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is back in the doghouse

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Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is back in the doghouse

Bertie Ahern is back in the doghouse after comments he made during an online Brexit conference a few days ago about loyalists in “East Belfast and the ghettos” not understanding the Northern Ireland Protocol.

It was certainly an unfortunate slip of the tongue from someone who represented a working-class constituency for more than 30 years in the Dáil. The former Taoiseach would give short shrift to anyone who described parts of Dublin central, however economically deprived, as a ghetto.


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