Judging Bertie Ahern: ‘We all partied, but he served the drinks’
The former taoiseach resigned 10 years ago this weekend. We assess his legacy
Bertie Ahern: will his achievements be eclipsed by his shortcomings? Photograph: David Sleator
Ahern’s first government was his best
Ten years on is an arbitrary but apposite yardstick at which to assess a political career. Given the circumstances in which Bertie Ahern departed from office in 2008, as the country toppled over an economic precipice, it is perhaps the minimum required for any sort of detached and balanced view.
The great achievements of the governments led by Ahern were that they overcame the two great failures of the independent Irish State – one economic, the other political.