Saturday 25 November 2017

Bertie can afford own security – Shatter

Ray Connolly and the crutch he used to attack Bertie Ahern
Ray Connolly and the crutch he used to attack Bertie Ahern

Lise Hand and Michael Brennan

Former Taoisigh like Bertie Ahern should pay for their own private security from their €100,000-plus pensions, said Justice Minister Alan Shatter.

He made his comments after Mr Ahern was attacked by a man wielding a crutch in a Dublin pub last weekend.

Mr Ahern has 24-hour garda protection at his home in Drumcondra – but the perk of an armed garda detective who acted as his bodyguard and driver was withdrawn from him and other former Taoisigh in 2011.

Mr Shatter said it was the responsibility of former Taoisigh to hire their own additional security.

"There are some former Taoisigh receiving very substantial sums of money from the State who ... are in the position to arrange that for themselves," he said.

Mr Ahern currently receives a combined TD and ministerial pension worth around €136,000.

Mr Shatter warned that no member of any previous government should be physically attacked.

Irish Independent

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