A final farewell to political stage
HE was the consummate sorcerer's apprentice, when Charlie Haughey anointed Bertie Ahern as the most cunning and most devious of them all, the Drumcondra man lived up the billing. The three times Taoiseach was also something of a tree-card-trick merchant, astounding many with his ability to persuade, deal and delegate.
His interventions in many industrial disputes and his gift for pulling rabbits out of the hat were second to none.
He had no difficulty in claiming credit for the 'boom', famously dismissing concerns about the excesses with the pronouncement that "the boom times were getting boomer".