Bertie’s cupboard antics ‘terrible’ for the country

THE appearance of Bertie Ahern hiding in a cupboard for a News of the World advert has been described by his political peers as terrible for the country.

The former taoiseach was filmed tucked in a cupboard drinking a cup of tea to peddle his sports column in the Sunday newspaper.

However, former finance minster and the Labour Party’s education spokesman, Ruairi Quinn, said the appearance of a former taoiseach in such a setting was wrong.

“I thought it was terrible for us. As an Irish person,” he said.

Fine Gael’s health spokesman, Dr James Reilly, said Mr Ahern’s acting debut was not in keeping with what was expected of a former leader who was paid handsomely on retirement.

“We give the taoisigh when they retire from office a driver and a car and a considerable pension so they don’t have to engage in this sort of thing... I don’t think it is appropriate,” he said.

The pair were speaking on RTÉ’s The Week in Politics along with the Community minister Pat Carey.

He said you could not expect to dictate what former leaders of the Government did in their spare time.

“What the former taoiseach decides to do in his own personal capacity is up to that individual,” he said.

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