Ahern, Bertie(Bartholomew Patrick Ahern), 1951-, Irish politician, prime minister of the Republic of Ireland (1997-2008). Born into a working-class family, he studied accounting at University College, Dublin. A member of Fianna Fáil, he entered the Irish parliament in 1977 and held a number of parliamentary offices. From 1986 to 1987 he was lord mayor of Dublin. Returning to national government, he served as labor minister (1987-91) and finance minister (1991-94). He became head of Fianna Fáil in 1994 and was leader of the opposition until 1997, when he succeeded John Bruton as prime minister, heading a Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrat coalition. Ahern helped to broker a cease-fire by the Irish Republican Army, and in 1998 he and others (including Britain's Tony Blair and America's George Mitchell) brokered a peace agreement in Northern Ireland. Ahern also increased the republic's influence in Northern Ireland. His government was returned to office in the 2002 and 2007 elections, but as a three-party coalition with the addition of the Green Party after the 2007 vote. Revelations that Ahern had received secret cash payments from businessmen in the early 1990s led to an investigation that revealed additional payments, and in 2008, with the controversy over the payments undermining his authority, Ahern resigned as prime minister and party leader. He was succeeded in the posts by Deputy Prime Minister Brian Cowen.

See biography by K. Whelan and E. Masterson (1999).

Ahern, also Aherne (Irish: Ó hEachtighearna/Ó hEachthairn) is an Irish surname and may refer to:

Members of the political Ahern family in Ireland

*Cecelia Ahern, author, daughter of Bertie Ahern
*Georgina Ahern, daughter of Bertie Ahern
*Maurice Ahern, Irish politician, Former Lord Mayor of Dublin, brother of Bertie
*Noel Ahern, Irish politician, brother of Bertie

Other people


In the same way that the onomatopoeic expression "rhubarb-rhubarb" was used to represent the sounds uttered by members of the British House of Commons, "hearn-hearn" was often used in the Goon Show to represent the sounds uttered by speakers of US English (e.g., The Sleeping Prince ).

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