Patriots, criminals and liars

1997: Bertie Ahern speaking at the opening of the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis.

Delegates, Fianna Fail will enforce a new set of standards for all its members.

We will not tolerate any deviation from the benchmarks of honour at local level or Leinster House be it in the past, the present or the future.

No one, no one is welcome in this party if they betray the public trust. I say this and I mean this with every fibre of my being.

2006: Bertie Ahern speaking at the grave of Ireland’s most notorious criminal politician Charles Haughey.

If the definition of a patriot is someone who devotes all their energy to the betterment of their country, Charles Haughey was a patriot to his fingertips.

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