Ahern keeps Ian Paisley in the loop

As one keen observer of public opinion in the Republic told Slugger this morning, one of the most extraordinary results of the bank raid has been the shift in public sentiment away from northern Irish Nationalists towards Unionist opinion, possibly for the first time since partition. Indeed, it seems Bertie is taking steps to make sure the DUP is not left out of the loop on current developments.

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