Tuesday, September 26, 2006
Bertie Ahern seems to have survived what initially appeared to be the evil day that was always going to catch up with him, being implicated in the shady world of illegal payments that his political party could probably not survive without. Payments of £39,000 to him in 1993, at the time of his marital separation while he was Minister for Finance, were not seen by the donors as gifts, according to Bertie, but he did feel that they were 'a debt of honour'. Now maybe I have seen a few too many mob movies recently but that sounds suspiciously like you know what. Bertie says that £20,000 of that was to pay for his two daughters' education, though surely Bertie should have known that there were any number of techs or lowly secondary schools that he could have put them in much cheaper if he were short of cash. Most of the rest of the country get by that way. But then they don't have too many friends with thirty-nine grand to spare.