Tuesday February 18, 2020

What Bertie did – and didn’t do

The former taoiseach’s words at the banking inquiry last week were not always backed up by the historical record of his 11 years in office.

19th July, 2015
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Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern leaving Leinster House after giving evidence at the Oireachtas banking inquiry last Thursday. Picture: Photocall

Bertie Ahern used to talk about the hundreds of things he was directly responsible for doing in his Dublin Central constituency.

“That’s the reality, and I get a lot of satisfaction from that. And because you do all of them, you get a vote. That’s why I get a big vote,” he once said.

But at the banking inquiry during the week, the former taoiseach spent much of his...

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