“original and creative”

An Irish Times report informs us – “Ahern’s biography earnings granted tax-free status”. The report helpfully adds

The perk is granted to a work that is “original and creative” and is “generally recognised as having cultural or artistic merit”.

Indeed. Or, even, indeed. I don’t think it applies to his public speaking fees. Although…

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  • Rory Carr

    “Original and creative”? Well Bertie qualifies surely on his ability to spin a good yarn and one that, no matter how incredible, yet finds willing receptive ears.

    And it’s good to see that his yarn spinning activities continue, in retirement, to keep him in the style to which he surely considers himself entitled. And maybe he is.

  • I’m waiting for the Lady in my Life to return from her Good King Wenceslas act, bringing home the dailies. I shall be looking for this story with added interest. Does the same privilege extend to Albert Reynolds’s similar tome?

    The good news is that the revenues may have to be shared: Richard Aldous of UCD did the hard graft for Bertie; and Jill Arlon is Albert’s acknowledged “collaborator”. As I was musing elsewhere, a dozen Taoiseachai have so far delivered just three autobiographies (including those two noted above). So far, only one — inevitably, Garret’s All in a Life — was worth the arboricide.

  • Alias

    The forthcoming report from the Mahon Tribunal is expected to finish Bertie Ahern, and may well lead to him spending some of his retirement time in Mountjoy rather than in his preferred retirement home in The Park. The public are not as forgiving of politicians now as they were when the country was awash with cheap borrowed money from the Eurosystem. If it turns out that he accepted bribes and was compromised, then questions must be asked about his role in the ‘peace process’ and whether or not he was acting in Ireland’s national interest.

  • Rory Carr

    Bertie landing up in chokey, Alias? As John Wayne’s character, Ethan says in John Ford’s masterpiece, The Searchers, “That’ll be the day.”

  • joeCanuck

    Does a successful horse racing gambler need another source of income?

  • Rory Carr

    One wouldn’t think so, Joe but a reformed gambler might.

  • “Creative” sounds like a description of the accounting practices involved in this decision.