Ahern’s ‘pitch’ pays off

There had been some speculation about what former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern would do next, after his “pitch for a future international role” before a joint session of the US Congress in April. RTÉ reports that he has been appointed to the World Economic Forum’s Council on Negotiation and Conflict Resolution – one of the Forum’s network of global agenda councils. Other members of the council mentioned in the RTÉ report include former US President Jimmy Carter, George Mitchell and the former president of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari. There’s not much information about the council on the Forum’s website so far, but they have been consulting.