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Monday 23 April 2018

Dad's 'fine' after crutch incident in pub – Cecelia

Bertie and Cecelia Ahern. Photo: Getty
Bertie and Cecelia Ahern. Photo: Getty

Bertie Ahern's daughter Cecelia has told how her father is "fine" following an alleged assault in a Dublin pub.

Best-selling author Cecelia Ahern said the former Taoiseach was recovering well when asked about the incident in which he was confronted by a man wielding a crutch in the Sean O'Casey pub on Friday night.

When asked about her father's condition by Alan Hughes on TV3, she said: "He's fine, he's fine. He's still around, he's still there."

She had been speaking about her latest novel How To Fall In Love and her disciplined approach to writing.

It has emerged the crutch attack on Mr Ahern was the latest in a series of incidents targeting the former Taoiseach.

Mr Ahern has reportedly been subjected to verbal abuse and was sent a rope in the post in recent months.

He has even taken to varying his route to his favourite pub, Fagan's, in Drumcondra as a precautionary measure.

On one occasion, a man got out of his car and approached Mr Ahern with the apparent intention of striking him.

In another incident, he was verbally abused by a driver who pulled up outside Fagan's where Mr Ahern was standing.

The former Dublin Central TD no longer has a garda driver after the privilege was removed from former Taoisigh two years ago when the Fine Gael-Labour coalition came to power.

However, the Department of Justice has suggested it might be possible for a garda to be re-assigned to Mr Ahern.

It said it was an operational matter for the garda whether to "reassess" the level of protection in place for current or former office holders.

In Friday night's incident, Mr Ahern was standing with a group at the bar in Sean O'Casey's when Dubliner Ray Connolly approached and swung his crutch.

Mr Connolly became annoyed when he heard Mr Ahern talking about "the good old days" and made towards him, he said.

ARRESTED

He was thrown out of the bar and was subsequently arrested and taken to Store Street garda station.

It is understood his arrest was for a minor public order offence rather than the assault on Mr Ahern.

A patron of the pub said the former Taoiseach was not injured as the crutch only connected with the counter.

In another incident, Mr Ahern was confronted by a man while having a pint in the Goose Tavern in Drumcondra.

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