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Bertie Ahern

Data de nascimento: 12. Setembro 1951

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Patrick Bartholemew "Bertie" Ahern, em irlandês Pádraig Parthalán Ó hEachthairn, é um político irlandês, que exerceu o cargo de primeiro-ministro do seu país, na qualidade de líder do partido Fianna Fáil, entre 1997 e 2008.

Citações Bertie Ahern

„I have always found him to be a proud, honourable man, loyal, true, persevering, principled, caring and committed but tough and a person who lost friends easily. On behalf of the Government but in particular on behalf of the Fianna Fáil Party, I thank him for his distinguished years of service to his constituents and his country.“

—  Bertie Ahern
Speaking about Ray Burke (who was subsequently jailed for six months for tax evasion) after Burke's resignation. Resignation of Member: Statements. http://historical-debates.oireachtas.ie/D/0481/D.0481.199710070023.html Dáil Éireann - Volume 481, 1997-10-07

„Time magazine reported him as speaking of "upsetting the apple tart".“

—  Bertie Ahern
Mr. Popularity http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1614940,00.html Time magazine. 2007-04-26.

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„Did Ahern, in his 11 years of power, make the most of this unprecedented prosperity for the public benefit? The answer can hardly be positive, given the present state of health, education and infrastructure, generally.“

—  Bertie Ahern
John A. Murphy, Credit where it is due -- and not due http://www.independent.ie/national-news/the-ahern-years/credit-where-it-is-due-and-not-due-1339620.html Sunday Independent, April 06 2008.

„The reason it's on the rise is because probably the boom times are getting even more boomer.“

—  Bertie Ahern
commenting on rising inflation in the Irish economy. Economic growth shows little sign of letting up http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/front/2006/0714/930304623HM1ECON.html – The Irish Times newspaper article, 14 July, 2006.

„Some people dye their hair yellow or put rings in their noses“

—  Bertie Ahern
Explaining to the Mahon Tribunal on 20 December 2007 why he did not have a bank account in 1993. Planning Tribunal Transcript http://www.planningtribunal.ie/images/SITECONTENT_784.pdf planningtribunal.ie. 2007-12-20.

„It is not correct, and if I said so, I was not correct — I cannot recall if I said it, but I did not say, or if I did, I did not mean to say it“

—  Bertie Ahern
Straight answers needed to taxing Bertie questions http://www.independent.ie/opinion/columnists/fionnan-sheahan/straight-answers-needed-to-taxing-bertie-questions-1277938.html Irish Independent, 2008-01-31.

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„I don't know how people who engage in that don't commit suicide“

—  Bertie Ahern
commenting on people "talking the economy down", just before the crash. Speech at Irish Congress of Trade Unions conference http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfjGSfuSQpA 2007-07-3.

„I never condone wrongdoing in any area“

—  Bertie Ahern
22 February, 2006 in the Dáil (Ahern corrected his slip, above, during the same statement.) Leaders' Questions http://debates.oireachtas.ie/dail/2006/02/22/member5.asp Oireachtas Debates 2006-02-22.

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„That decision will in history be written as the biggest mistake that American administration ever made, because Lehmans was a world investment bank. They had testicles everywhere.“

—  Bertie Ahern
Speaking on the collapse of Lehman Brothers Bank. Lehmans world presence http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/weekend/2009/1010/1224256328159.html (Subscription required). The Year in Quotes http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/ireland/article6968426.ece (Subscription required)

„It was a political donation for my personal use.“

—  Bertie Ahern
21 February 2008 at the Mahon Tribunal, referring to a £5,000 donation. Irish Times report http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/breaking/2008/0221/breaking45.htm 2008-02-21. (Subscription required)