Bertie Ahern's refusal to answer questions about the funding of his 1993 separation is nothing short of an insult to intelligence. He has repeatedly ignored the question of who funded him and why he accepted "gifts" from his benefactors, despite being a succesful TD and minister who at the time enjoyed a salary well above the norm. Instead he has tried to divert the questions onto who leaked the information - and gone out of his way to use the courts to block further coverage in the newspapers, which they gleefully honked on the Sunday papers yesterday.
Yet the issue remains - why did a succesful minister need donations to fund his separation bid? After all, he was hardly poor, especially not by the standards of the day. He could well have afforded to fund it himself. Yet no less than 9 benefactors chipped in. Why? With so many donors, were they asked to donate? By whom? To what benefit?
Many years ago, I had the pleasure of running regularly in the course of a part time job, into a retired lady who had been the secretary for one of Ahern's shall we say it, more "controversial" ministers. To protect her identity, I will not name this scoundrel. She pointed out to me a few home truths about Ahern, and in particular, the way in which he treated his wife in the course of his affair with Ahern. From the stories she told, Ahern is not the innocent he portrays himself as, but as his old buddy Haughey described him, "the most devious of them all." I would guess that it is this, and not so much the source of his funding, that Mr Ahern would seek to suppress knowledge of.
Perhaps this is exactly what is needed to finally get through to the brain dead cabbages who keep voting FF the truth: that this man is a liar, a cheat and a sponger and needs to be removed from office at the next available opportunity.