Taxpayer tired of Bertie's bounty
Anyone who has served his country in a high, lonely and arduous office has earned a comfortable retirement. But there is a difference between the normal definition of "comfort" and the taxpayers' money lavished on former Taoisigh -- more precisely, one former Taoiseach.
When Bertie Ahern left office in 2008 he received once-off termination payments of €186,000 and became entitled to a pension of €150,000 a year. He is also entitled to two secretarial assistants for five years, free mobile phone use, a diplomatic passport and VIP services at airports.
In addition, since his retirement he has earned substantial sums from the private sector, including a reported advance payment of €400,000 for his autobiography.