Wednesday April 8, 2020

‘I always said the negotiations were the easy part’

Bertie Ahern was one of the prime movers in getting the Good Friday Agreement over the line. In a wide-ranging interview, the former taoiseach looks back at those heady days of 20 years ago

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

@obraonain
8th April, 2018
Bertie Ahern: ‘Some time in the future, there might be government and opposition. But the structure of the Good Friday Agreement is for people to work together Pic: Fergal Phillips

When Bertie Ahern goes to the North these days, he sees a different place to the one he had known in 1998.

“The tension is totally out of it. You can doddle around Belfast or Omagh or Strabane, as I did just a few weeks ago,” he says.

And the contrast is even more stark when the former taoiseach looks around at what is happening in his former Dublin Central constituency.

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