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Westlife star backs Bertie Ahern's flash bash

By Ken Sweeney

Westlife star Nicky Byrne has defended his father-in-law Bertie Ahern's flash 60th birthday celebrations on Friday night.

And he also confirmed that Mr Ahern was bemused and upset by comments made by newspapers reporting on the celebrations in Croke Park which he hailed as the Aherns' 'spiritual home'.

He said: "Of course he is (upset) ... it's been known for years, even before Bertie was a minister, how important the GAA and Croke Park was to him.

"So it was perfect to have the party - and anyone can rent out a room there."

Despite the negative coverage, Mr Byrne said the former Taoiseach "enjoyed" the evening and that "95% of the public" knew his father-in-law "was a good guy".

"Ireland is in a bad situation at the moment. Is that all Bertie's fault? And the world - that's all Bertie Ahern's fault too? It is what it is but it's hard for me to watch. You have to move on," said Mr Byrne, who performed 'Daydream Believer' at the event.

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