Corruption, lies, money

Zimbabwe? Iraq? Tibet?
Nope good old ireland.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/7326343.stm

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/apr/02/ireland

The Irish prime minister, Bertie Ahern, today announced his resignation amid controversy over his private financial affairs.

Ahern told a press conference in Dublin he would bow out as taoiseach on May 6, after he becomes the first Irish leader ever to address the US Congress.

He denied any wrongdoing but said the controversy was diverting attention from the job of governing the country and the work of his ruling Fianna Fáil party.

"I know in my heart of hearts that I have done no wrong," he said, adding that he was standing down "in the interests of the country and the party".

"I have been reflecting upon pursuing this course of action for some time. This is solely a personal decision," he said.

Ahern, who became the Irish prime minister in 1997, said he had nothing to fear from ongoing inquiries about his finances at the tribunal into planning corruption. "I have never accepted a corrupt payment," he said.

And they're only calling him premier/p.m. because they can't spell Taoiseach.

I'm no Fianna Fail supporter but the real reason he left now are mainly due to Europe. He has one eye on the European presidency, which I reckon he'll get, and the Lisbon Treaty was in danger on failing due to his falling supported. I was only saying to a few mates the other night that if he was smart he would resign soon, let the issue around the Mahon Tribunal die down and then make a serious bid for Europe.

Oh and he is completely guilty of accepting monies but that isn't a corrupt in certain parts of the country.

Oh and he is completely guilty of accepting monies but that isn't a corrupt in certain parts of the country.

I'd say you're right about why he resigned. Whether he's going for European presidency or some other career I think he knew that as long as he was in power that he'd never hear the end of the mahon tribunal so it's better to leave gracefully than be pushed.

As regards money, definitely, but I think it was of a scale of magnitude less than say Haughy (and I also think there's a certain attitude that sure if he couldn't do it for himself, what chance is there he could get any money for the rest of us...)

I just saw this on wikipedia, surely not:

Salary

The Taoiseach's salary is considerably higher than for leaders in many other countries; €310,000 annually compared to £127,000 (~€180,000) for the British Prime Minister, $400,000 (~€280,000) for the President of the United States and €228,000 for the President of France. As of October 2007, the Taoiseach is the highest-paid head of government in the OECD countries

I suppose when you get to approve your own salary raises it goes quite high.

How do you pronounce Taoiseach?

Vector wrote:

How do you pronounce Taoiseach?

Wikipedia says: t̪ˠiːʃʲəx but I don't know what that means so here's my attempt to explain

Tea (as in the drink) shu (as in 'aw shucks') ch (soft)

tea-shu-ch

That'd be my dialect anyway. Further north and west would have a different take on that.

Eoin wrote:

I suppose when you get to approve your own salary raises it goes quite high.

Maybe so, but presidential candidates spend many times that out of their own pocket during their campaigns, which is why only rich people can become president.