Biography of Bertie Ahern (1951-VVVV)

Politician and Irish Economist, born in Drumcondra, Dublin, in 1951. Prime Minister of Ireland from June 1997 until May 2008.

Bertie Ahern, after completing his studies in economics, which took place in the University of Dublin and the prestigious London School of Economics, began his political career as head of his party, Fianna Fàil discipline.

In 1977 he/she was elected Deputy for the first time as a representative of his political formation. Subsequently, at the beginning of the 1980s, he/she was the Mayor of Dublin, position he/she left to be appointed Minister of labour in 1987, that position occupied it until 1991. Over the years, Ahern was firmly loyal to the leader of the party and Prime Minister, Charles Haughey, who resigned from both functions in 1991, allowing the rise of his arch rival in the party, Albert Reynols. Despite this circumstance, Ahern, whose political motto was "avoiding conflict at any cost", and whose character conciliator had provided him, together with his capacity for dialogue, some standing, accepted the new direction and, in 1993, participated in the coalition Government of Reynols in the roles of Minister of finance.

If previous performance personal qualities had earned him the sympathy of the Irish trade unions, from the direction of the Ministry of finance got more support, demonstrating a great professional ability in economic matters. The measures taken by Ahern during his term ministerial, coinciding with the crisis of the European monetary system in 1993, were appropriate, effective and successful. He/She managed to avoid the Irish national currency value fluctuations, process to which had been given no choice but the rest of the European currency units. In this same area, was able to develop some State budgets that allowed, at the same time, lower interest rates and increase growth rates.

His political career was characterized by an upward progression as a member of the left wing of the Fianna Fàil, conservative formation which was elected leader in 1994. His brilliant work, however, was slowed down by the resignation on 17 November 1994, of the Prime Minister Albert Reynols, who was forced to take this measure because of strong fissures that were opening in the coalition Government who directed, composed of the Fianna Fàil and the labour party. Two days after this event, Bertie Ahern was elected without opposition, after the withdrawal of the candidature of the Minister of Justice Maire Geoh-Quinn, leader of the Fianna Fàil, becoming the youngest leader in the history of this political group with 43 years.

The first performance as leader of the party was to start negotiations with the Labour Party, with the aim of forming a new coalition Government. Without positive results, he/she and his party were leading opposition to the left-wing coalition Government, chaired by John Bruton labour from 1994 to 1997. Last year were held early general elections, in which Fianna Fail's Ahern presented his candidacy in coalition with the progressive Democrats and won 81 of 166 total seats, against 75 which obtained the until then the Government coalition, its historical rival party, Fine Gael. Thus, on 26 June 1997, Ahern was elected by the Parliament as Prime Minister of Ireland, going back to form part of history as the man younger which until then had occupied this position.

During his first term the most important general theme was Northern Ireland. The personal qualities of Ahern's negotiation and tolerance provided a significant advantage, and the lines proposed by his Government went to support the achievement of an Ireland United, on condition that this was born of a political commitment accepted by both nationalists and unionists. At all times, ruling out any kind of approach toward the violent and radical sectors.

With an overwhelming victory in the elections of May 17, 2002, he/she renewed his term as head of the Irish Government, continuing its mandate without disruptions.

April 2, 2008 he/she announced that he/she will resign next 6 may, weighed down by charges of corruption allegedly committed in the 1990s, during his first term. He/She said that research on deposits made to your account, and on behalf of his wife, Celia Larkin, you are "distracting" for their roles in the Irish Executive. On 6 may he/she resigned as Prime Minister of Ireland, as it had announced.