May 25 – What the papers said
f a week is a long time in politics, then 24 hours must have been an eternity in the Saipan saga. The previous day’s papers suggested that Bertie Ahern would be taking a hands off approach to this episode. Evidently, there had been a dramatic change of policy for the Saturday morning editions.
“Mick McCarthy last night spurned an unprecedented request from Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to change his mind over the axing of Roy Keane,” read the lead story in the Irish Independent. Ahern had called FAI President Milo Corcoran who had functioned as the go-between. McCarthy asked Corcoran to tell Ahern it wouldn’t be happening.
“The Taoiseach was last night said to be still available to intercede in the row if called upon,” reported Frank Khan.
In sport, the headline piece was the Niall Quinn column carried elsewhere on these pages. Beyond