Bertie Ahern

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Bertie Ahern
10th Prime Minister of the Republic of Ireland
Term of office
1997 - 2008
Political party Fianna Fáil
Preceded by John Bruton
Born 12 September 1951
Dublin, Ireland
Religion Roman Catholic

Patrick Bartholomew "Bertie" Ahern (born September 12, 1951), was Taoiseach of the Republic of Ireland from June 26, 1997 to May 3, 2008. Ahern was involved in negotiating the Belfast Agreement and the subsequent St. Andrews Agreement. The resulting power-sharing agreement between the major parties of Northern Ireland is seen as his greatest achievement.

Ahern is separated from his wife Miriam. He has two daughters, Georgina and Cecelia. Cecelia is a successful romantic novelist and one of her novels is being made into a film starring Hilary Swank and Harry Connick Jr.[1]

Bertie Ahern is currently the subject of a judicial tribunal investigation into allegations that he received improper payments from businessmen in the 1990s.

On April 30, 2008, Ahern addressed the United States Congress.

Ahern's First Cabinet (1997 - 2002)

In the 1997 general election, Ahern's Fianna Fáil party won government, forming a coalition with the Progressive Democrats, a splinter group from FF led by Mary Harney.

  • Taoiseach: Bertie Ahern (FF)
  • Tánaiste: Mary Harney (PD)
  • Minister for Finance: Charlie McCreevy (FF)
  • Minister for Foreign Affairs: Ray Burke (FF)
  • Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform: John O'Donoghue (FF)
  • Minister for Defence: David Andrews (FF)
  • Minister for Health: Brian Cowen (FF)
  • Minister for Agriculture, Food & Rural Development: Joe Walsh (FF)
  • Minister for Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht Islands: Síle de Valera (FF)
  • Minister for : Eamonn Ryan (Green Party)
  • Minister for Social, Family & Community Affairs Dermot Ahern (FF)
  • Minister for Education & Science: Michael Martin (FF)
  • Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment: Mary Harney (PD)
  • Minister for the Environment, Heritage & Local Government: John Gormley (Green Party)
  • Minister for Social & Family Affairs: Mary Hanafin (FF)
  • Minister for Transport: Noel Dempsey (FF)