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Ahern has been fantastic to work for -- secretary

FORMER Taoiseach Bertie Ahern's loyal secretary Olive Melvin posed for the cameras for the last time with her boss outside Leinster House yesterday.

The 50-year-old mother of two has been at the helm of his Drumcondra constituency office for half of his controversial 34-year-old political career.

Ms Melvin, from north Dublin, said she had no immediate plans for the future after Mr Ahern officially retired yesterday.

But she said she would always remember the Dublin Central TD as a great employer.

"I've been with him for 17 years and he's been absolutely fantastic to work for but I knew it would always come to an end," she said last night.

Irish Independent