Relaxed and Carefree, Its the All-New Bertie Ahern; Reinvented: Bertie Rehearses for the Road to Croker with Kerry Legend P?id? ? S?
Byline: Leah McDonald
JUST weeks ago he was blustering in front of the tribunal and haranguing TDs and journalists who dared to question his tangled finances.
But a whole new Bertie Ahern emerged yesterday, free of care and confident that all his problems are behind him.
During a conversation with Ryan Tubridy on RTE Radio 1, it became obvious the Teflon taoiseach has reinvented himself. The recession was not his fault and, if he was still in power, hed solve it, said Mr Ahern.
But hes too busy these days mixing with powerbrokers including his pals Bill and Tony or Clinton and Blair.
And when hes not doing that, the loveable old Dubs fan is appearing on The Road To Croker, or playing with his grandchildren.
Yesterday, when questioned about Irelands economy going pear-shaped even as he was leaving office, he said it wasnt his fault. People say I caused it (the recession) but thats wrong, he told Ryan Tubridy.
These things happen due to international circumstances and you have to work your way out of them. Ive no doubt thats what the Taoiseach will do.
From his holiday in Co. Kerry, Mr Ahern warmed to his theme. I would have dug us out of it. It takes you a while to do it.
Asked what advice he would offer to Brian Cowen, he commented: You just have to work hard. There is no solution.
All of us, whatever career were in, when times get difficult and its not your fault, you just have to work hard and knuckle down to it.
If you do that, youll make the right decisions and with good counsel you can work your way through.
Mr Ahern also said he had been keeping busy since handing over to Mr Cowen.
Mainly, he said, he has accepted a high-powered role with the World Economic Forum. Come September, I have taken on the task of working with negotiation crisis management. …