Published 13/09/2011 | 11:22
• The much media-maligned former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is 60.
Even the private family celebration of this event could not escape attention from the Fourth Estate. Indeed, a former government minister felt the need to contact the national broadcaster to mildly protest at the prurient coverage.
Given that we live in a parliamentary democracy with elections by secret ballot constitutionally guaranteed every five years (if not more frequent for other reasons), the consistent venom directed by the media towards Mr Ahern is difficult to understand.