impatient, obnoxious, petty, argumentative, and obsessed over meaningless details

Bertie says “go on the piss and play golf”

In an interview on leadership, Mr Ahern spoke about the type of staff he valued during his time as Taoiseach.

Mr Ahern said he liked people who were loyal and hard-working and is critical of “nine-to-five pen pushers”.

“I didn’t mind if they asked me for a day off to play golf. I’d gladly give it. Or if they wanted to go on the p**s, I didn’t mind, as long as they were not people who just wanted to come in and go out. I was never into that. In all my years, those nine-to-five people were useless to me because the Dail went on to 10 o’clock at night, European meetings were on the weekend, you know. I had to try to be reasonable to these fellahs who had wives and families and who didn’t want to end up broken up like I was, so I had to be generous in other ways. In August, I would close down the whole operation,” he said in the interview.

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