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What’s next for Bertie?

It is a question which is vexing several old dears in Drumcondra, according to a RTE news vox-pop. Just what does an ex-Taoiseach do when when he steps down from office and rides off into the sunset? Former big men …

Wed, Apr 2, 2008, 12:59

   

It is a question which is vexing several old dears in Drumcondra, according to a RTE news vox-pop. Just what does an ex-Taoiseach do when when he steps down from office and rides off into the sunset? Former big men on the Dail campus have done everything from writing for The Irish Times (Garret Fitzgerald) to, well lets not go there (Charles J Haughey).

So what does Bertie do now? Some possible new job roles for the soon-to-be-ex leader of our government.

Bank assistant. Apparently, he has oodles and oodles of experience dealing with all manner of cash transactions. He may not have a great head for remembering details, but he will be able to use a calculator

TV football pundit. With Liam Brady due to join the Irish management set-up, there is a vacancy in RTE-TV sports department for somone to join Dunphy, Giles and the A-team. Bertie has tried the talking about football lark before with mixed results but, like all politicians, he deserves a second chance. And Bertie has a lot of experience with make-up

Writer for The Sunday Independent. If Willie O’Dea can do it… We hear Bertie knows a few people in the Sindo so this should be A-OK if he wants to become a member of this glorious and exalted tribe.

PR. He would be a fabulous asset to any PR company given his ability to spin any old story, an unique relationship with the English language and that winning smile. Maybe a company like Q4 might be able to give him an aul’ dig-out and take him on as an apprentice for a few months?

Blogger. He could well be the world’s first pay-per-blog-view blogger. C’mon, you so know you’d pay a couple of cents a day to read Bertie’s thoughts and opinions.

Running a chain of bars and off-licences called Bertie’s. One of the most abiding memories of Bertie’s tenure in politcs was the number of pub and supermarket openings he did. This would be an ideal way for him to remember his time at the top and make a few bob too.

Any other suggestions?