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Irish PM Bertie Ahern resigns

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cloudbuster

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#3
From the linked article
The tribunal into corruption in the Republic's planning process found that Mr Ahern failed to truthfully account for a number of financial transactions.
So, situation normal for an elected official then.
 
#8
Well, he was still a member of his party Fianna Fail and they were about to kick him out. He always had the nick " Teflon Taoiseach" because, even though he was connected to a lot of Fianna Fail members involved (and later convicted for ) in dubious financial deals (e.g. former Taoiseach Haughy), noboy could so far ever make anything stick on him.
It seems that finally the prosecutors found something, where he was directly involved.
(I used to live in Ireland for several years and still follow Irish news).
 
#9
Is that due to the fact he did Governmental Economics and got a Fail?
Not really. We've had the usual toothless enquiry from which he emerges scot free but as obviously guilty as that that corrupt hoor Haughey, now even FF can't have the stench of him in the party. But it was not just Bertie.

In IT To have one taoiseach on the take is unfortunate, to have two seems careless by FINTAN O'TOOLE
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Mahon is important because it states, baldly and from the beginning, not just that those who engaged in corruption had a “sense of impunity and invincibility” but that this sense was “justified”. They really were invincible. The crooks were right to think they would get away with it because there was “little appetite on the part of the State’s political or investigative authorities to combat it effectively or to sanction those involved.” Let’s tease out the implications of this finding. The State’s political authorities are the government, the Oireachtas and local authorities. Its investigative authorities are, primarily, the Garda and the Revenue. What we’re looking at, therefore, is something that goes well beyond scandal and sensation. It is systemic enabling of corruption by acts of omission on the part of government, parliament, local authorities, the police and the revenue.
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#10
Dirty Bertie screwed Ireland for generations to come and he knew it while he was doing it. A rare bastard that made Brown look half competent and not so bent.
 

seaweed

LE
Book Reviewer
#11
Conduct unbecoming .. a politician? he must have boiled and eaten his granny to qualify for that, look at ours fiddling their expenses money and only the expendable were done for it.
 
#12
Conduct unbecoming .. a politician? he must have boiled and eaten his granny to qualify for that, look at ours fiddling their expenses money and only the expendable were done for it.
I always thought the UK expenses thing was a rather too convenient smokescreen for Broon's bank rescue, it was very trivial stuff compared to the billions being shuffled around in that shell game. It's the systemic influence peddling that gets my goat and that is even worse in Ireland, not just the politicians either but a whole lair of ducking and diving hoors in the private sector as well.
 
#13
The findings of the Mahon tribunal are nothing new as such. They just now have in writing what they have being saying and implying for the last few years. The difference now is that Micheal Martin, the new head of FF, is doing everything he can to shed the party of it's previous image and what better way to do that then to rid themselves of the former Taoiseach. Bertie's only resigning now to save some face as his dismissal was now inevitable and just question of how long.
 

mercurydancer

LE
Book Reviewer
#14
The findings of the Mahon tribunal are nothing new as such. They just now have in writing what they have being saying and implying for the last few years. The difference now is that Micheal Martin, the new head of FF, is doing everything he can to shed the party of it's previous image and what better way to do that then to rid themselves of the former Taoiseach. Bertie's only resigning now to save some face as his dismissal was now inevitable and just question of how long.
Yes, just trying to change the image, not the substance.
 

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