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It's not silly: it all comes down to the economyThe real story is the economy and the Lisbon Treaty is becoming even less relevant, writes Jody Corcoran

This time last year, I sidled up to Bertie Ahern in Stoneybatter, in Dublin, where he was canvassing, to ask about a suitcase of cash in the boot of his car. Allegedly. The subsequent story, you may remember, caused a bit of stir for a while.

I was reminded of the encounter when I met the former Taoiseach at St Patrick's Hall in Dublin Castle on Thursday night: fresh from his latest episode at the Mahon tribunal, he was guest of honour at a farewell reception for his former programme manager, Gerry Hickey.

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