Fianna Fáil to ask Bertie Ahern to rejoin party

Controversial former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern could be set to rejoin Fianna Fáil after his former branch unanimously backed a motion seeking his return as he "deserves a second chance", writes Fiachra Ó Cionnaith, Irish Examiner.

The chairman of Fianna Fáil Dublin Central Brian Mohan confirmed the highly divisive move last night after taking part in a "deep, meaningful discussion" with 30 other local members at the Skylon Hotel.

In comments to media outlets last night, Mr Mohan accepted the former Taoiseach is "controversial in some people's eyes" but should return as he "deserves a second chance".

While a senior Fianna Fáil spokesperson was not immediately available for comment, the late night news is likely to alarm party headquarters and current leader Micheál Martin.

Mr Ahern - who has made increasing media appearances in recent months - resigned as Taoiseach in spring 2008 amid ongoing corruption allegations, and stepped down as a TD in 2011.

He resigned from Fianna Fáil in March 2012 after the Mahon tribunal said he did not truthfully account for payments of IR£165,000 made to accounts connected to him.

Email Updates

Receive our lunchtime briefing straight to your inbox

More in this Section

Taoiseach appeals to European leader to include Ireland's 'unique circumstances' in Brexit talks

Hang tight: Weather to improve as April begins

Man injured in Dublin shooting

Reverend reveals he urged Martin McGuinness to apologise for IRA acts before he died


Today's Stories

Noticeable drop in footfall in Cork city due to Bus Éireann strike

Man wielding golf club jailed for four months

Damning information found in review of ‘Mary’ foster care case

HEA spends €75k probing University of Limerick’s handling of whistleblowers

Lifestyle

Genesis of rivalry is still there says guitarist Steve Hackett

Are we still our authentic selves with filtered selfies?

The horrors of WWII through the eyes of an Irishman

Technology in school is about collaboration and ideas - not passively swiping at a screen

More From The Irish Examiner