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Say it quietly, but maybe Bertie Ahern was right about loyalists’ issues with Brexit Protocol

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Influence: Bertie Ahern. Credit: Liam McBurney

Influence: Bertie Ahern. Credit: Liam McBurney

Influence: Bertie Ahern. Credit: Liam McBurney

When I first heard the news that Bertie Ahern had made a reference to loyalists in the “ghettos [of east Belfast] and in the areas where you’re likely to get trouble” and accused them of “not having a clue about the [NI] Protocol, not a clue”, I have to admit it made me angry.

I have a lot of time for Ahern. His input and influence were crucial to getting loyalist paramilitarism to row in behind the Good Friday Agreement and there were many unionists and loyalists who believed he understood the problems they faced.


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