Bertie Ahern is Unfit for Public Office

February 26, 2008 at 12:44 am 10 comments

Bertie Haughey Morph

I’ve been away from the blog for a few days, because of unavoidable interruptions from real life, so I don’t know if anybody has been wrong on the Internet while I’ve been away (great cartoon found by Damien Mulley). However, after a few days reflection, I’m now thinking much more clearly about Bertie Ahern and the Tribunal.

At this stage, it doesn’t really matter what findings the Tribunal eventually makes about Bertie Ahern taking bribes from Owen O’Callaghan. Because, even on the basis of Ahern’s own evidence, which is the best spin that he and his supporters can put on things, Bertie Ahern is unfit for public office.

Imagine if Owen O’Callaghan never existed, and the Tribunal had never been established, and yet we somehow became aware of the following behaviour by our Prime Minister. Here’s the situation if Ahern is telling the truth:

  • Our Prime Minister took money from businessmen, and put it towards buying a house for himself. He did not pay tax on at least some of this money, which he has described as ‘a political donation for personal use.’
  • Our Prime Minister lodged several times his salary into various bank accounts, in his own name, his girlfriend’s name, and his friend Tim Collins name, and he has given varying and unbelievable explanations for these lodgements.
  • Our Prime Minister accepted money from friends and businessmen who he appointed to state boards. He said that he appointed them not because they gave him money, but because they were his friends.
  • Our Prime Minister was aware for over a decade that political party funds in his constituency had been given to his girlfriend for her to buy a house. This money was not repaid until the Tribunal found out about it.
  • Our Prime Minister told our national parliament that he had consulted the tax authorities about certain personal financial transactions of his, when this was not true. He later claimed that ‘the tax authorities’ means his personal tax advisers.

I could go on, but there is more than enough there. Even if he had never met Owen O’Callaghan, Bertie Ahern is unfit for public office. And that is on the basis of Ahern’s own evidence about his personal finances. Bertie Ahern has corrupted the offices of Finance Minister and Taoiseach, and Fianna Fail, the Green Party and the PDs are corrupting Irish politics by allowing Ahern to stay in office.

Entry filed under: Ireland, News, Politics.

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10 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Gavin  |  February 26, 2008 at 1:10 am

    I tried to write something like this… but got too angry.

    Cheers for the clarity

  • 2. Ciaran Lee  |  February 26, 2008 at 10:21 am

    Unfortunately no one in Ireland is held accountable for their actions, so I wouldn’t expect too much to change in this joker’s job situation. What an embarrassment.

  • 3. See? It is all above board « Bertie Ahern’s Blog  |  February 26, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    […] 26, 2008 by Bertie Ahern Michael Nugent wrote a blog post earlier today where he summarises my evidence to de (feckin) […]

  • 4. maggie  |  February 26, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    Excellent analysis, that is how can issues which would be regarded as abnormal in any western democracy; be accepted as normal by governing clique in ‘mother’ Ireland?
    Well done!

  • 5. Alex  |  February 28, 2008 at 3:37 pm

    Very well said, as usual. If only the Opposition could put it this clearly and vehemently and if only we had better Opposition leaders who would make the people listen to them. I doubt the majority of Irish people even want Bertie out because they’re all, clearly, idiots.

  • […] up apologising  and trying to be nice by the time I was leaving. One guy for example had setup his blog specifically ‘to bring down Bertie’ so we were always on sticky ground there from the […]

  • 7. Nikki  |  March 6, 2008 at 11:03 am

    yeah de analysis is fine dont really appreciate the “they’re all, clearly, idiots.” Who the hell are you anyway you talk about if we had better opposition leaders but then clearly disassociate yourself from Irish people. I advise you to get a life or start analysing your own government and royals I don’t think they’re the most honest you’ll come across!

  • 8. john o sullivan  |  March 10, 2008 at 9:59 pm

    Excellent analysis. Who is going to organize a puplic non party
    protest outside the dail. FF are still organizing fund raising events around the country at 400 a head with Bertie making his usual mumble jumble speeches to developers and builders. All using tax payers money to keep the golden circle in the money and none of them care about 95% of the Irish people. This curruption is seeping down from the top affecting all society. Garda, Solicitors, local politics, civil servents etc. We need to stop the rot now….

  • 9. Gavin  |  March 17, 2008 at 5:53 pm

    April 12, Dail Eireann, 1pm..non partisan

  • 10. Jeff Rudd  |  March 21, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    I am so angry that this farce has been allowed to continue that I went and added my comments to my site.

    If I get enough people to join me, I’m going onto the streets of Dublin to protest!

    I have heard and had enough of this man!


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