Bertie Ahern is resigning – Tuesday 6th of May he’s gone!

And he’s going…

More soon.

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And now them’s fighting words. Live TV stream down. Listening to Radio1 instead. “One truth: Never personal interests ahead of public good”
Never received a corrupt payment. Some aspects of my finances are unusual.
I know in my heart of hearts I did nothing wrong.
Best interest of party and country to set out time of leaving.
I’ve decided on my own volition to up date of departure.
Tuesday May 6th he’s gone.

The Indo headline today kind was WRONG:
Indo headline

Another update:
Check out the puss on Sandal John: (Hat tip Colm)
Sandal John oooh

24 Responses to “Bertie Ahern is resigning – Tuesday 6th of May he’s gone!”

  1. Niall O'K says:

    Apparently, he’s making a statement in front of Government Buildings (live on RTÉ ONE) in the next 5 mins (shortly after 10.45am).

    Cheerio and good luck, Bertie!

  2. Sinéad C says:

    I wish he’d hurry up. I’ve been listening to same innane chatter about it since 9am.

  3. David says:

    “This is the long goodbye….”

  4. Niall O'K says:

    Hmm… He’s announced Tuesday May 6th as his departure date. One more month of Bertie.

  5. Sinéad C says:

    What’s best for the people. Pfft.

  6. David says:

    Just enough time to make the address to congress 😉

  7. Niall O'K says:

    He also said this decision was “a purely personal one” and wasn’t as a result of “recent” events in the tribunal.

    I suppose he had a point in one way that the whole tribunal issue distracted the government from the REAL issues…

  8. I actually can’t believe he’s resigned, I thought it would take an act of national revolution to prise him out of there…

  9. roosta says:

    Fair fucks to him

  10. Sinéad C says:

    “Ah, poor Bertie!” – all the old biddies in work… ffs!

  11. Sinead C, some people will never learn. They would probably vote him in again if they got the chance. People shouldn’t be feeling sorry for the leader of a country, it isn’t the pity party! 🙂

  12. Caoimhin says:

    Bye Bye Bertie!

  13. Mick says:

    Ding Dong The Witch Is Dead.

    Did anyone count the amount of times Charlie Bird said “political timebomb” on the TV coverage by any chance?

  14. Damien says:

    Could have made a drinking game out of it.

  15. Niall O'K says:

    A Dublin-based Fianna Fáil TD (Michael something) just said on RTÉ news: “We have 2 million people employed now where, when he came into office, we had 2 million people on the dole.”

    … er, what???

  16. Niall O'K says:

    Ah, Michael Kennedy made that comment. Smart man, that.

    He also just said: “Most of this problem was driven by the media, […] the ordinary person on the ground […] knows that Bertie Ahern is not a corrupt person”.

  17. Niall O'K says:

    BTW,… just as well he didn’t announce this yesterday, giving the date thin it…

  18. Niall O'K says:

    “date that was in it” I mean.

    I’ll shut up now. 🙂

  19. RTE came out with the ‘News Special: Correspondent Joe O’Brien looks back at the life and career of Bertie Ahern’ a bit quick didn’t they? Bit like the BBC preparing the Queen Mums obituary for 10 years before it happened!

    Also poor web mastery on RTE’s part, check out (no www)

  20. stretchneil says:

    At long last it’s over. Still, now we have to look at Biffo’s mug on the telly every day 🙁

  21. tipster says:

    It was interesting watching the people surrounding him, on the television. First, he was flanked by Noel Dempsey and Brian Cowen, but RTÉ set their camera so that of those two only Cowen on our right was in the frame.

    That meant that in addition to the Taoiseach, Gormley, Lenihan and Cowen were in shot for most of it. Only Lenihan had the grace to look steadily without making any faces during the speech. Gormley was distracted at one stage, and given the strong “Uachtaráin Fhianna Fáil” element of the speech, I wondered whether he really should have been there in the first place.

    And when the speech was fninished and it was time to walk back up, Willie O’Dea strips the dignity by waving a paper at somebody down the left hand corridor and has a quick chat before dragging them up the stairs. No sense of show, that man.

    It was a nice stroke for him to announce his resignation surrounded by cabinet colleagues — no lonely walk down the steps and back up for the populist Bertie.

  22. tipster says:

    Correction: how could I have forgotten that non-entity Martin-which-party-am-I-in-this-week Cullen in front of Gormley? He was also in shot for the RTÉ presentation.