The Amazing Bertie has all the best tricks
Published 03/09/2011 | 05:00
The greatest trick the devil ever played was convincing people that he didn't exist. Compared to Bertie Ahern, however, Old Nick is an amateur illusionist. The greatest trick the Bert ever played was convincing people that he's a humble man with no interest in money.
Last week, we learned that Ahern has claimed €270,000 in secretarial expenses since he stepped down as Taoiseach in 2008 on top of his €150,000 annual pension, far exceeding the sums claimed by other former Taoisigh.
Meanwhile, without a hint of irony, he blames the collapse in Fianna Fáil's popularity for "snookering" his presidential prospects -- as if his own tenure in office played no role in that collapse.