Tag Archives: Bertie Ahern

This afternoon.

Our Lady Queen of Heaven church, Dublin Airport.

Mourners, including from top: former Irish Olympic chief Pat Hickey, businessman Denis O’Brien and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern at the funeral mass of Mr Ahern’s former advisor Paddy Duffy.



Croke Park.

Former taoisigh Bertie Ahern, John Bruton and Brian Cowen during the World Meeting of Families concert.


Leave them alone.

They were only obeying orders.

Pic; Hetty/Hulton

Last night.

At St Canice’s Cathedral in Kilkenny where former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern was interviewed by former RTE journalist David Davin-Power, as part of the Kilkenny Arts Festival.


The ‘Change Makers’ and Bertie Ahern are scheduled for Kilkenny on Monday night

Free next Monday?

In Kilkenny?

Johnny Keenan (him of the telly!) writes:

Kilkenny Arts festival, the oldest arts festival in the country begins today.

It has decided in its wisdom to have Bertie “Smoke and Daggers’ Ahern interviewed this Monday by David ‘Bottle of smoke’ Davin Power, up to very recently with RTÉ, in St Canice’s Cathedral, Kilkenny City.

This is not an artistic or cultural experience. Plus its €16/14

In contrast there is another event happening (free with suggested donation) next Monday at St Canice’s Neighbourhood Hall…

The question is which one is of most interest to you?



The Change Makers in Kilkenny

Last week: The Change Gang


This afternoon.

The Dublin Wax Museum

The Mansion House, Dublin 2.

Former taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen at a conference covering the 20th anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement and its future under Brexit.

The half-day conference, compered by Olivia O’Leary, focused on the role the Northern Ireland peace settlement has so far played in the Brexit negotiations.

It’s not a caption competition unless you insist.

Any excuse


Saturday: That Seemed To Go Well


Former Taoiseach John Bruton (left) joins the chat.



Good times.

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern is interested in running for the Áras if President Michael D Higgins does not seek a second term, according to the former Taoiseach’s brother, Maurice.

In an interview with The Irish Daily Star, the former Dublin Lord Mayor said there is no indication yet as to whether President Higgins will run again in the 2018 election…

Bertie Ahern interested in running for President, says brother (Irish Examiner)

Thanks Spaghetti Hoop

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This morning.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern arriving to address Seanad Special Select Committee on Brexit.

Bertie Ahern: Ireland is entitled to negotiate with the UK on Brexit (Irish Times)

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews


Bertie Ahern

On the possible return of Bertie Ahern to the political stage….

David Wall writes:

The Liberal Left: architects of the modern day malaise we find ourselves in, the ones to blame for the plight of the worker, the state of the country, the failure of multiculturalism. The lily livered left have much to answer for.

Yet this argument is baffling. I can understand the words, but not the logic. Surely for the left to be blamed for the current climate we find ourselves in the parties of the left must have been in power.

The media must be propagating a socialist policy whereby the right are victimised and we have been led blindly to our own social destruction by Trotskyites.

Who could forget those great liberal lefties Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair and David Cameron. Those soft hearted, socially pandering politicians have made left leaning decisions constantly at the expense of private industry and profit making.

These valiant champions of the working people have hindered the development of private wealth. These men and women who have consistently stripped a magnificent health service of public funding, given their schools to private companies and privatised their postal service at a loss must surely be left leaning. Somehow this is the logic that we meet.

That the left is to blame for modern problems and yet they have had no power (before people jump on the inclusion of Tony Blair I am aware he was a Labour P.M. however his actions outdid even the conservatives).

Let’s not forget our own social warriors like Charlie McCreevy, Phil Hogan and Charlie Haughey. All liberal lefties who have crippled our country through their socially minded inclusive policies.

How these men, representative of the political class, have brought the private sector to its knees is astounding. These Guevaras, these valiant men must be saluted as heroes of the left. Not to mention the left leaning media as owned by Denis O’ Brien and Rupert Murdoch.

Now, as we face crises both nationally and internationally our main opposition party, who are propping up a floundering government, are inviting back the architect of our travails. A man, who resigned rather than be banished, is being brought back as the great white hope.

Here is a man who knows how to win elections, knows his constituency inside out and knows exactly his own role in our plight. And here is a public being ridiculed again. The arrogance of both centre right parties is astonishing and would be hilarious if it wasn’t so insulting.

The reason I am writing this is because I am sick of hearing how the left are to blame, regardless of the problem. The left have not been in power to actually make any decisions in Ireland, England or the US. In fact there is no liberal left in Ireland. Both of our functioning parties are to the right of centre. This is indisputable.

The left is in disarray both here and in England while the middle class and working class get squeezed tighter and tighter. Of course nothing changes because there is no option. There is no alternative to politics of the right in Ireland.

The media dismisses the parties who try to take up the mantle of the left as being radical and loony. They are presented as being incapable and even to blame for where we are now.

All the while the established parties somehow are presented as the safe option. The parties who forced us into this crisis and who implemented a failed austerity policy are the ones to trust.

This leads me again back to where I started…the damn left have got us into this trouble. Let’s keep voting the same heroes back into power. If we do, maybe we can keep the housing crisis going, watch homelessness rise, see the privatisation of water we already pay for, watch hospital overcrowding reach record highs on a weekly basis and maybe see a rise in emigration again.

David Wall is a 31-year-old ‘sheet reader.

Potential Bertie Ahern return sets Fianna Fáil eyes rolling (Irish Times)

Previously: David Wall: The Product Of A Cultural Shift




Stephen Hennelly writes:

I was at the Singapore National Orchid Garden last week and spotted this (above). Didn’t appear to be in bloom unfortunately.