Do you know something?
In spite of all I’ve said about Bertie Ahern, the fact remains that he was the one who finally delivered the agreement on the North. He was the one who established a personal chemistry with Tony Blair (though God knows how) and in the end he was the one who shook hands with Paisley.
Therefore, if he delivered the unthinkable, shouldn’t his private affairs – however questionable – be out of bounds?
After a deep breath, I’m forced to answer YES.
He should be a national hero. He should be left alone, considering the huge service he has done us, no matter what sort of crookery he’s been involved in.
However, a second question follows on the heels of the first. If he decides to run for office a second time, should we be asking him hard questions?
Answer: sorry Bertie, but Yes.
Why not retire while you’re ahead?