I was incredibly angry to hear B€rti€ Ah€rn proclaim to RTE that his biggest regret from his time in the Dail was not securing a proper football stadium for the capital. Is the man for real? While he may fly to Old Trafford to watch kickabouts, a lot more people are flying out of this country everyday seeking paychecks and a future. It was a disgraceful lack of respect to the Irish public.
When I heard the remarks, I’d just given a walking tour through the historic liberties and the centre of Dublin to the men from Kilkenny who have bravely walked to Dublin in opposition to the likes of Ahern and the economic mess created by the unaccountable behind those Kildare Street gates. At Dublin Castle, it had to be said that while historically we associate it with British rule in Ireland, people of my generation will always remember it as the place Bertie Ahern went to speak before a tribunal.
I hope, when he stands for the presidency, that comment yesterday comes back to haunt him. He really is a shameless individual.