Ahern performs last official duties as Taoiseach

Outgoing Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is performing his last official duties as head of government today at a ceremony in Dublin to remember those who died in the 1916 Rising.

Mr Ahern took the salute of a guard of honour made up of 108 members of the Defence Forces on his arrival at Arbour Hill this morning.

He and President Mary McAleese are attending a mass and wreath-laying ceremony to commemorate those who died for Irish independence in 1916.

This afternoon, Mr Ahern will inform the Dáil of his resignation before a vote is held to elect Brian Cowen as his successor.


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