"“We have lent a huge amount of money to the U.S. Of course we are concerned about the safety of our assets. To be honest, I am definitely a little worried.” "

Chinese premier Wen Jiabao 12th March 2009

""We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we'd like to do our best to preserve that system."

Timothy Geithner US Secretary of the Treasury, previously President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.1/3/2009

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Berrtie Ahern lie, his secretary tells the truth and Bertie resigns

On Thursday, January 24, 2008 we posted item incorporating concern about the longevity of Mr Bertie Ahern's political career- Peter Hain caught like Al Capone by fucking up his financial records - is Bertie Ahern going down as well ?

Well we now know the answer is YES.

At 10.00 o'clock on the steps of the Government Buildings this morning 56 year old Bertie , who has been Taoiseach (Prime Minister) since June 1997 , leader of Fianna Fáil since 1994 , and member of the Irish Parliament for 31 years handed in his lunch pail .. although he will not leave ofice until 6th May.

Not quite the story he was peddling when a reporter from the Sunday Independent tackled him in the bar of Fagans, in Drumcondra, on Thursday night, where, in the company of friends, he said he, "will not be driven from office by the media."

Compoundin his many lies over many years he said before his clustered friends, "'I have never done anything to corrupt my office' he said. 'I know in my heart of hearts that I have done no wrong and wronged no one.' (RTE video)

Like Tony Blair, a fluent liar, he has been consistenty lying about his personal finances to the Mahon enquiry for years. Last week Gráinne Carruth - Mr Ahern's secretary between 1987 and 1999 , who was paid IR£66 week at the time - admitted lodging money into one of the taoiseach's bank accounts and those of his two daughters. This corroborated the evidence of former bank manager Blair Hughes last week, who provided documentary evidence to the Mahon Tribunal of the hitherto undisclosed sterling lodgements made in 1994 to accounts on Mr Ahern's behalf.

Confronted with the documentary evidence she had made the lodgements, she finally admitted that she had probably handled sterling lodgemets after being warned that perjury at the tribunal could mean penalties of up to two years in jail and fines of up to 300,000 euro.

The Mahon tribunal has found that lodgements to his accounts between 1993 and 1994 were over two-and-a-half times his salary, and also found that he did not operate a bank account while minister for finance.

Mr Ahern said his staff cashed his pay cheques for him and either handed him cash or left bundles of up to IR£1,500 on his desk when he was away.

He also said that other money he received came from friends to help him after a marriage separation and to buy a house. (Detailed account of his preposterous lies at the Sunday Business Post 30th March 2007)

The exact sources of money and amounts remain unclear but the tribunal is investigating lodgements of over IR£100,000 made on behalf of Mr Ahern in the late 1980s to mid-1990s.

The Mahon Tribunal has been sitting since October 1997 and it has finally taken the simple admission of a poorly-paid secretary in floods of tears, frightened of fines and a prison sentence to confess that she lodged large amounts of sterling for her boss to force the lying bastard out of office.

So that's the two architects of the Good Friday Agreement :

1. Forced from office
2. Guilty of gross financial impropriety
3. Caught out in lies, deceit and dishonesty in explaining their complicated financial affairs
4. Consistent attempts to cover up their dishonesty
5. A willingness to drop their office staff in the shit


Hubris said...

Well it looks like I was wrong when I said

Nobody resigns from Irish politics over a matter as trivial as mere ethics

though come to think of it, he probably didbn't resign over the ethical dilemma, more likley he resigned before he owns up to a criminal offence.

Also he may fear that the adverse publicity may affect the voting in the upcoming EU referendum vote on the Nice Treaty. He probably would have no chance of securing a nice little earner with the EU if he fucked up the Nice Treaty vote. Always got the public's best interests at heart, "our little Bartholomew,":http://hubriticanomaly.blogspot.com/2007/05/our-dear-leader.html bless him.

Hubris said...

Whoops, I'll try that last sentence again:

Always got the public's best interests at heart, our little Bartholomew, bless him.

ziz said...

Of course the silence for years by the political Opposition is mirrored by the silence of the antics of the Paisley family and their money grubbing, greedy property promoting, schemes upon which the Agreement finally rested, both wihtin all NI political parties , in Eire and the UK mainland.

Albeit the big fellah has finally fallen on his sword, shortly after his saintly son, but nobody has explained why to the English public.

Anonymous said...

the Paisley's ain't a patch on Bertie and his Soldiers of Destiny when it comes to brown envelopes and property deals. They've got a lot to learn. Jnr got caught on his second go at it. F$%kin' amatuer

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