Tuesday, 25 March 2008
Bertie Ahern is a remarkable political survivor, a shrewd political operator and probably one of the Republic’s most successful Taoisígh. However, there has been a perceptible shift in political opinion in the Republic. The Mahon Tribunal, which is as dull and overcomplicated to us in the North as our ‘talks about talks’ and perpetual political crisis are to those in the South, seems to be finally damaging his position. The ‘teflon’ that he famously appeared to be coated in when wave after wave of potentially damaging revelations appeared to have no effect on his political standing, has finally worn off. Bertie and Ian might both have time to wander round the site of the Battle of the Boyne together come the summer.