Former Dublin Lord Mayor Royston Brady rules out a return to politics, but defends Bertie
Former Dublin Lord Mayor Royston Brady has said he would "never" rule out returning to politics.
The ex-Fianna Fail councillor, in his first interview in seven years, said his priorities in life are his wife and three children.
Mr Brady failed spectacularly when he stood for Fianna Fail in Dublin for the European Parliament elections 10 years ago, going from favourite to win a seat to coming in seventh position.
He described his election campaign as "a train wreck."
Speaking in Florida where he works in hotel management, Mr Brady (42) told Miriam O'Callaghan on RTE Radio One yesterday that he had no regrets about his decision to enter politics in Dublin as a young man.
Referring to the stresses that politics places on family life, he said "I think if I had got elected and went to Brussels, it could have cost me my marriage."
He told Ms O'Callaghan he has lived and worked in the US for the last three years with his wife and three children. Mr Brady said he felt angry that he and many other Irish people have been forced to emigrate.
"I think it's a terrible indictment on our political system which appears to be broken and hasn't moved on.
"There seems to be a deficit of business-minded people running the country and I think that is very unfortunate," he said.
He said he was "as disappointed, upset and annoyed as everyone else" with former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern after the fate that befell the country.
But he indicated he felt Mr Ahern was being treated unfairly "versus a guy like Gerry Adams, with all his baggage - he's got more skeletons than the Titanic."
Mr Brady said there is a void in Irish politics. "There's a lot of people there trying to jockey for position to fill it. And, with my political persuasion, I feel they are the wrong kind of people."
He accused Mr Adams of failing to provide sufficient information in relation to sexual abuse scandals involving republicans.
He said Mr Adams "hasn't helped put people out there, including his own brother, nor has he been forthcoming and honest about all these issues he is involved in.
"Then on the other end, you've a guy like Bertie who committed himself to public service - yes, he took some donations, did some stuff, but it cost him his job," he said.
"He did wrong but he also did a lot of right.
"Time moves on, some say history wouldn't be good to him. I think it will," he added.