Wednesday 13 November 2019

Ahern 'brushing up' on his driving as he prepares for loss of state car

Luke Byrne

FORMER Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has said he needs to "brush up" on his driving skills ahead of the loss of his state car and garda driver in two months' time.

Mr Ahern said yesterday he was "not sure" if he had to sit a test before getting back on the road but that he "still" had a licence.

Justice Minister Alan Shatter wrote to all former taoisigh and presidents in March to inform them of the decision to take away their state cars in a move aimed at saving €4m a year.

Mr Ahern told the Irish Independent: "I have to get back driving again in June, so I have to just brush up on my skills. I have my licence but I just have to get myself going again, you know.

"I haven't done a lot of driving for a long time, so I have to brush up on my skills, get myself moving."

Mr Ahern added: "I have been doing a bit of practising around."

The former Taoiseach spoke after attending 3pm Good Friday Mass at the church in the Mater Hospital, North Circular Road, Dublin, while his garda driver waited outside.

He also revealed that he had yet to receive an invite for the visit by American President Barack Obama or Queen Elizabeth next month, although he said he'd like to go if he was invited.

Irish Independent

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