Best-selling author Cecilia Ahern has defended her father, Ireland’s former prime minister Bertie Ahern, in an interview to Miriam O’Callaghan broadcast on RTÉ Radio 1 Sunday morning.
Ahern said her father dedicated his life to his work and always put Ireland first.
“He’s dedicated his entire life to work. Some people don’t think it, but he has always genuinely cared and always kind of put Ireland before himself,” said the author of the hit novel ‘PS, I Love You.’
Ahern said personal attacks on her father were unfair, insisting the economic crises affected every country in the world, reports TheJournal.ie.
“I think you have to see that it’s happened all over the world, and he wasn’t the leader of every country all over the world. So, I think people need to take responsibility for certain aspects but not all.
“But I suppose when it gets personal, that’s when it’s not right. Yeah, it’s hard but growing up with a politician of a father I’m used to hearing all kinds of things all my life, but I think it did get quite extreme in the last couple of years,” she said.
Of the recent attack on her father outside a pub in Dublin city center, she said: “Nobody wants to hear of their dad you know being hit over the head with a crutch. It’s awful, so absolutely I’m very protective.”
Ahern said her father is “enjoying himself now” and is a “wonderful grandad”, but is “still involved in politics.”