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Ahern is going global with property firm

FORMER Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has landed a new job with a property development company.

He was in Malta yesterday meeting colleagues working for Parker Green International.

The company, based in Newry, Co Down, announced yesterday that Mr Ahern has been appointed to its international advisory board -- one of eight members of its brains trust of business and political leaders.

Dr Gerard O'Hare, chairman of the company, said Mr Ahern and the advisory board would help the company's continued global expansion.

"With investments and developments throughout Europe, the United States, Britain and Ireland, we needed a board that would reflect our global approach more fully."

Parker Green International declined to say what annual directors' fees would apply to members of the new board. The former Taoiseach has been appointed to several boardrooms since stepping down in May. But a spokesman for Mr Ahern last night declined to say how many directorships he now held.

On the Parker Green board, Mr Ahern will be rubbing shoulders with two peers of the realm, as members of the British House of Lords are known.

They include Lord Alf Dubs, a Labour party politician, and Lord Dennis Rogan, leader of the Ulster Unionist Party in the upper house at Westminster.

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