Friday 19 January 2018

Bertie's big plan: 'don't worry, be happy'

ONE of Bertie Ahern's final thoughts as Taoiseach was that Irish people weren't happy enough. So he set up the Active Citizenship Taskforce to see what could be done.

Some real heavy hitters were drafted in to join the taskforce -- and its interim steering group.

These included former NIB boss John Trethowan, ex-Bank of Ireland director Mary Redmond, GAA president Sean Kelly, ICTU beardie David Begg, Mary Davis of the Special Olympics, former Progressive Democrat TD Bobby Molloy, secretary general of the Department of the Taoiseach Dermot McCarthy, National College of Ireland boss (and Sean FitzPatrick's sister) Joyce O'Connor, plus a stack of other charity types.

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