A working-class superhero

The furore surrounding Taoiseach Bertie Ahern proves yet again what a nation of begrudgers we are.

7th October, 2006

A humble, working-class man rises to the top of politics in Ireland, and all we can do is accuse him of taking bribes because some men loaned him money and then didn’t want it to be repaid.

Ahern, who worked hard throughout the 1980s as treasurer to the Fianna Fail party and signed a few old blank cheques while he was at it, is obviously the victim of a smear campaign. There were...

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