The future "President of Europe" resigns
HE WAS dubbed the "Teflon Taoiseach". But Bertie Ahern – the most successful Irish politician for more than half a century and the man synonymous with the Celtic Tiger economy and the peace process in Northern Ireland – has finally come unstuck.
Bertie Ahern said of a previous crooked Taoiseach Charles Haughey
“He had an immense ability to get things done and he inspired great loyalty amongst many of his followers both inside and outside Fianna Fáil.
In recent times, these achievements have become clouded by the revelations that are the subject of inquiry by the Moriarty Tribunal. History will have to weigh up both the credit and the debit side more dispassionately than may be possible today, but I have no doubt its ultimate judgement on Mr Haughey will be a positive one."
Will history be as kind to Bertie? But then as he is hoping to be President of Europe, he has every qualification to be so, will he care?