Saturday October 24, 2020

Side issues cloud real story in Ahern allegations

One of the most successful politicians in this country’s history, Bertie Ahern was finally forced from office in May 2008 amid controversy over his personal finances. With allegations against the then taoiseach mounting up in the run-up to his resignation, Browne scrutinises the evidence.

30th July, 2017
Taoiseach and then Fianna Fáil leader Bertie Ahern facing another tough questioning from Vincent Browne during the launch of the Fianna Fáil election manifesto in Dublinʼs Mansion House

It is possible Bertie Ahern will be forced from office for having received monies from personal friends to help him pay legal bills arising from his separation from his wife.

If so, it will be another instance of a phoney crisis forcing a taoiseach from office, while some real crises remained ignored.

Of course, there would be nothing wrong with Ahern accepting financial assistance from friends provided it was legitimate tax-wise.

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