Irish Prime Minister resigns in corruption scandal

This video from Ireland says about itself:

Bertie Ahern Gaffe – calls GW Bush great

Irish PM Bertie Ahern failing to do his job, 29 November 2006. Bertie was asked about the use of Irish airports by CIA rendition flights, and says he doesn’t think it needs to be investigated because Bush assured him it was cool. He calls GW Bush ‘great’, but his body language reveals his discomfort at knowing he’s a lying traitor.

From the BBC:

Ahern to resign as Irish premier

By Fiona Murray
BBC News

Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern has announced he is to resign in May.

Mr Ahern, 56, has been taoiseach [Prime Minister] since June 1997 and has been a member of the Irish Parliament for 31 years.

The announcement comes a day after Mr Ahern began a court challenge to limit the work of a public inquiry probing planning corruption in the 1990s.

The tribunal is probing Mr Ahern’s personal finances. Mr Ahern has been leader of Fianna Fáil since 1994 and heads the coalition government.

Mr Ahern told a news conference he would tender his resignation as both taoiseach and Fianna Fáil leader on 6 May.

RTE news in Ireland on this: here.

The Guardian on this: here.

See also here.

6 thoughts on “Irish Prime Minister resigns in corruption scandal

  1. Ahern resigns but aims to clear name

    IRELAND: Former prime minister Bertie Ahern announced his resignation on Sunday from the Fianna Fail party over the Mahon tribunal’s conclusion that he had taken hundreds of thousands of pounds in secret payments while at the top.

    The tribunal was set up to probe the relations between politicians and property developers who made vast profits on land redefined as commercial by the government.

    The party’s national executive had been due to meet to consider Mr Ahern’s expulsion within a few days.

    The ex-PM said that his resignation was not an admission of guilt and that he would clear his name.


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