Yesterday’s Irish Independent reported that the former Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, a man who swindled, cheated and lied to the nation and the various tribunals this country’s taxpayers hard earned money was wasted on, has reneged on his promise of paying back part of his pension.
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has been taking his full €150,000 a year pension since he left the Dail, after reversing his decision to give part of it back to the State.
The revelation comes as new figures released under Freedom of Information legislation show that only seven out of 116 former ministers gave up part of their pensions last year, despite the introduction of a simple system to allow them to do so.
None of the Fianna Fail ministers who presided over the economic crash gave up any part of their pensions.
Now let’s just think about that for a second and let it sink in while you’re drinking your cuppa…..and watch the video below to remind yourselves of the “cribbing and moaning” he referred to back in 2007.
Teflon Taoiseach Bertie is pocketing €12,500 a month, which is around €3,000 a WEEK…..IF he was working…..which he’s NOT.
Ask yourselves this. Do you think, if you lied, cheated, swindled and embezzled the funds of the company you work for, or own, and then got caught doing it, that you’d still be entitled to walk the streets as a free man and still receive entitlements for the rest of your days on this Earth?
No, I didn’t think so. Yet, this is what the Irish people have accepted. This is what the Irish government, even the government who was in opposition at the time, have accepted, and nobody seems inclined to do a damn thing about it.
Remember that the Irish people elect government officials. The officials are not there to dictate terms to the Irish citizenry, rather it’s the other way around….or at least, that was the concept of a democratically elected government when I went to school. Were the last 700 years all in vain?