Alex Kane: Say it quietly, but maybe Bertie Ahern was always right



When I first heard the news that Bertie Ahern referred to loyalists in the “ghetto” [of east Belfast] and areas where you’re likely to have trouble” and accused them of “having no knowledge of it”. [NI] Protocol, no clue”, I have to admit, it pissed me off.

There’s plenty of time for aharn. His input and influence were crucial to getting the loyalist paramilitary behind the Good Friday Agreement and there were many unionists and loyalists who believed he understood the problems he faced.



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