Bertie: Power and Money

Bertie: Power and Money

Colm Keena

Language: English

Pages: 312

ISBN: 0717150690

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

The fascinating story of the man who blew the boom. Colm Keena, the journalist who first broke the story of Bertie Ahern's finances, gives us an in-depth examination of the former Taoiseach's character, his lust for power and his obsession with money. Keena scrutinizes the evidence produced by the Mahon Tribunal about Ahern's personal finances and his personal political machine, and illustrates the lengths to which Ahern went in his effort to hide the truth about what he was up to. Ahern's political career is re-charted in the light of what we now know about his character. Keena looks at how his desire for power existed alongside an almost complete absence of political conviction, this lack of which left him open to the influence of those with strong opinions, and did nothing to arrest his mismanagement of the Irish economy. His lust for popularity brought Ireland from rude good health to economic disaster. An historic opportunity was squandered, but Bertie walked away from the wreckage with his wallet bulging. His legacy: the near-destruction of a European economy and the collapse of one of the most successful political parties of the past hundred years.

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Irish people—they did not believe Bertie was dishonest, and they didn’t like the Irish Times story, and they didn’t like the opposition pursuing it, and they showed that in the poll. And although he was quite crestfallen during the campaign, the Irish people were quite happy to give him the benefit of the doubt. And the Irish people, of course, were also quite happy that if it could maintain our individual prosperity, then a little nod and a wink on the direction of minor corruption in Fianna

was in the tent. At first, she says, there were people such as the millionaire tax exiles Michael Smurfit and J. P. McManus there, but they drifted away, and it became the haunt mostly of builders, developers and auctioneers. She doesn’t think many deals were done there. ‘It was more like a dating agency for developers and politicians, an introduction service, where they can touch base and exchange numbers.’ Later again some people decided it wasn’t good for them to be seen there, and they began

strike occasional warning notes about what was going on, in general the criticism was muted, and it was accompanied by other commentary of praise for, and even awe at, the Irish performance. According to Greg Sparks, a Taoiseach and a Minister for Finance need to be ‘apart from as well as a part of.’ He meant that they should at all times be standing back from what is going on, even if it is their own work, and questioning its wisdom. He doesn’t think that Ahern, McCreevy or Cowen did this

An interesting focus on the letter of the law, backing up Fianna Fáil clucking that the Green Book of advice for Ministers amounted only to ‘guidelines’ with no force of law. Geraldine Kennedy, Editor of the Irish Times, is summoned before the Mahon Tribunal with Colm Keena, the journalist who wrote the original story. Geraldine, a former PD TD, tells the Chairman cheerfully that she destroyed the leaked documents to protect her source. So the sneaky leaker is safe, and only Bertie stands on

that it was ‘of the opinion that the information so far provided via correspondence does not resolve the tribunal’s inquiries as to the source of the following payments to Mr Ahern and subsequently lodged as set out hereunder or the purposes for which such payments were made to him.’ Ahern was invited to meet the tribunal’s legal team in private ‘at the earliest possible opportunity suitable to him.’ On 5 April 2007 Ahern went to the offices of his solicitors, Frank Ward and Company, to be

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