Bertie Ahern has opened for the first time for the suicide of his grandfather, as part of RTE & # 39; s Who Do You Think You Are?
Maurice Ahern died in 1933 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on the chest. In tonight's episode, Mr Ahern remembers how his own father, Con, decided not to take up the family farm and to choose a life in Dublin instead. This went against Maurice's wishes, but Con would not change his mind, so the farm went to his younger brother. As Bertie explains: "His wife had died only six months before, and then my father had left against his wishes … it was a sad end to him because he was apparently a very hard working man."
Mr. Ahern said: "Very few people would have ever said that someone committed suicide, because people have obscured it at the time, but my father took care of his own good that we understood it all."
Meanwhile, referring to controversial remarks that he made during his time as Taoiseach, he says: "I remember that I once argued a bit politically about the use of the word, although it is regularly done on sports program & # 39; s … I did it on a political program and some people who had not loved me said, "if you understood it in your family, you did not say that." "He said," I understood very well my family because I had grown to listen to it. "
The program is broadcast on RTE One at 21.30.