Bertie Ahern

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Ahern, Bertie

(Bartholomew Patrick Ahern) (əhûrn`), 1951–, Irish politician, prime minister of the Republic of Ireland (1997–2008). Born into a working-class family, he studied accounting at University College, Dublin. A member of Fianna FáilFianna Fáil
, Irish political party, organized in 1926 by opponents of the Anglo-Irish treaty of 1921 establishing the Irish Free State and setting up Northern Ireland as part of the United Kingdom.
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, he entered the Irish parliament in 1977 and held a number of parliamentary offices. From 1986 to 1987 he was lord mayor of Dublin. Returning to national government, he served as labor minister (1987–91) and finance minister (1991–94).

Ahern became head of Fianna Fáil in 1994 and was leader of the opposition until 1997, when he succeeded John BrutonBruton, John
, 1947–, Irish politician, b. Dublin. A lawyer and farm owner, he is a member of the centrist Fine Gael party. Bruton was first elected to the Irish parliament in 1969 and during the 1970s served as a junior minister.
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 as prime minister, heading a Fianna Fáil–Progressive Democrat coalition. He helped to broker a cease-fire by the Irish Republican Army, and in 1998 he and others (including Britain's Tony BlairBlair, Tony
(Anthony Charles Lynton Blair), 1953–, British politician, b. Edinburgh. An Oxford-educated lawyer, he was first elected to Parliament in 1983 as the Labour party candidate from a district in N England.
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 and America's George MitchellMitchell, George John,
1933–, U.S. public official, b. Waterville, Maine. An attorney in private and government practice in the 1960s and 1970s, he was a protege of Senator Edmund Muskie.
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) brokered a peace agreement in Northern Ireland. Ahern also increased the republic's influence in Northern Ireland. His government was returned to office in the 2002 and 2007 elections, but as a three-party coalition with the addition of the Green Party after the 2007 vote.

Revelations that Ahern had received secret cash payments from businessmen in the early 1990s led to an investigation that revealed additional payments, and in 2008, with the controversy over the payments undermining his authority, Ahern resigned as prime minister and party leader. He was succeeded in the posts by Deputy Prime Minister Brian CowenCowen, Brian,
1960– Irish political leader, prime minister of the Repubic of Ireland (2008–11). A lawyer from a family long involved in Fianna Fáil politics, he was first elected to the Irish parliament in 1984, winning his late father's seat.
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. The 2012 report by the investigation accused Ahern of lying under oath and his government of attempting to undermine investigation, but it also found that there was no evidence that Ahern did political favors in return for the payments.


See biography by K. Whelan and E. Masterson (1999).

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We reported that Irish PM Bertie Aherne and PM Tony Blair had agreed a road map for lasting peace between Republicans and Unionists in Northern Ireland.
SEVEN years ago, Ireland's then Prime Minister Bertie Aherne was the subject of much mickey-taking when he confessed he'd been having acting lessons to help him, he said, on the political stage.
Hilary Swank teams up with Scot Gerard Butler in the so-so adaptation of Irish prime minsister Bertie Aherne's daughter Celia's chic-lit novel about a dead husband helping his wife from beyond the grave.
Ex-Irish Taoiseach Bertie Aherne speaking to the media after crisis talks on the Northern Ireland situation with Tony Blair in Cornwall in 2000
"The one that really takes the biscuit is when the three finalists, without any catering team whatsoever, went into Number 10, and cooked dinner for Bertie Aherne and Tony Blair.
THERE'S no shortage of great challenges in store for the competitors: "We've got great tasks, including cooking for the army in Cyprus, for Bertie Aherne and for Tony Blair (pictured above) at 10 Downing Street." Smart cookies.
The honour was in recognition of her work with the Union of Catholic Mothers and on her 90th birthday she received letters of congratulation from Irish prime minister Bertie Aherne and president Mary McAleese.
Such were the implications of their feud - even Bertie Aherne, the Taoiseach, attempted to intervene - this is a row that cannot be resolved so simply.
At the National War Memorial Park at Islandbridge, Bertie Aherne finally, and to his undying credit, laid a wreath at the Cenotaph on behalf of his people.
Bertie Aherne must ask himself a very serious question: "Is my quest to hold on to power and to placate the PDs justified at the expense of people's health?'' I think not.
Everybody - and I mean everybody -who is anybody was there at some time including the nation's President, Mary McAleese, the Premier Bertie Aherne, two Ministers of Agriculture, Joe Walsh, who retired last week, and his successor, Mary Coughland, and a number of other Cabinet ministers.