“Sure, he’d always be buying tickets to draws and stuff like that…”

Notorious gambler, and former Taoiseach, Bertie ‘Lucky’ Ahern, has apparently scooped the rollover jackpot of €10,000 in a draw for a soccer club at the Beaumont House pub in his northside constituency – the scene of two of his previous “whip-rounds”. Over to the Irish Times’ Miriam Lord

All those millions of raffle tickets he purchased down through the bubble years are worthless now. If it wasn’t for his pension and TD’s salary and various other bits and bobs rolling in, the man would be as penniless as he was during those minister for finance years. But do they care in Leinster House? They do not.

The man himself wasn’t around yesterday. No sign of him in the chamber, so we don’t know if he joined his fellow deputies and Senators in clocking into work for the first time in Irish political history. Perhaps the Bert was back in his office, trying to work out whether he should put his winnings into the bank or into a biscuit tin. Bertie didn’t have a lot of faith in the banks when he was officially on his uppers back in the 1990s and unofficially awash with money.

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  • I suppose it is as good away to launder money as any 😉

  • FitzjamesHorse

    Miriam Lord is one of those irritating journo members of the Republics Overclass. The chief Glenda O’Slag.
    “Bertie Ahearn…….dontcha just hate him?”

    I daresay politicians are always being asked to buy ballot tickets. Bit of a vote loser NOT to support the local GAA team or indeed Cricket team.
    So he actually won a raffle. Big deal. Good excuse for a snide little column.

    “Bertie Ahern…..dont cha just love him? He can buy me a raffle ticket any day……geddit”
    Enda Kenny……crazy name….crazy guy”

    (with apologies to Private Eye)

  • Dan Sullivan

    The buying of these raffles tickets is where a lot of the unvouched for expenses for TDs goes as they can’t easily refuse requests from the public to buy this or support that.

  • Lugs Brannigan

    I suspect he’ll leave the money with the soccer club. Not that he’ll get any credit for doing so by the likes of Miriam Lord.

  • Greenflag

    ‘Bertie didn’t have a lot of faith in the banks ‘

    Wise man in retrospect 😉 While Bertie frittered away a few euros on raffle tickets -the banks were frittering away their funds on the biggest ‘gambling casino’ afloat (just about) in the Atlantic ocean namely the Irish and overseas property bubble which is why the Republic’s Government will soon be the ‘proud ‘ owner of three of London’s most prestigious hotels including the aptly named Connaught 🙁

  • Alias

    And none of it would have happened in Bertie didn’t put Ireland’s banking system into the Eurosystem, thereby providing them with the means to borrow as much as they wanted from other banks within the Eurosystem, under European Comission banking regulation that allowed them to borrow as much as they wanted and under ECB monetary policies that encouraged consumers to borrow as much as they wanted.