Des Richardson has been a close friend of Bertie Ahern for many years.
On Friday night, he sat at the Taoiseach’s table at the annual Cairde Fail fund-raising dinner. But their association is much more than merely social and personal.
Richardson has played a key role not just in financing Fianna Fail while Ahern has been leader, but in financing the constituency activities of the Taoiseach’s legendary Drumcondra machine.
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