Jason McAteer, the former Republic of Ireland star, believes Ireland could have reached the semi-finals of the 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan if Roy Keane had played.
In a new RTE documentary on the Manchester United player’s departure from the Ireland squad on the Pacific island of Saipan, Bertie Ahern reveals he was approached by RTE’s Tommie Gorman to use his peacemaking skills in the immediate aftermath of the rift between the star captain and his teammates.
The former taoiseach says: “There was a suggestion put to me, it came through Tommie Gorman: would I help? When Tony Blair and I were doing the Northern Ireland peace process we rarely had all the parties in the room. What was required was to