Last minute contacts as Bertie prepares to answer questions

As other interested parties emerge to proffer excuses, and last minutes contacts between parties are reported [that’s cutting it fine – Ed], Taioseach Bertie Ahern will be attempting to answer those questions, and any others, in the Dáil today at 4.15pm – Live online here Adds With questions over, excerpts from Bertie’s apologia [on for the bewilderment – Ed], and more coverage here and here. More belowIt’s worth looking very closely at the lines that are being promoted as the apology.. in what is, in fact, an apologia

It was a misjudgement although not in breach of any law or code of conduct at the time. It was not illegal or impermissible to have done what I did. But I now regret the choices I made in those difficult and dark times.

The bewilderment caused to the public about recent revelations has been deeply upsetting for me and others near and dear to me. To them and to the Irish people, I offer my apologies.