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Bertie Ahern charges $40,000 for each private speaking engagement.

Witnessing so many Irish people struggling with the very essentials of living, Irish children going without. Knowing of so many Irish pensioners and Parents of children with special needs going without, while politicians make fortunes in expenses alone.
Leading Irish politicians and Presidents of Ireland have always been making lots of personal Golden hay, regardless of the sun shining on Ireland.
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Bertie Ahern makes more for a single Bertie speak, than most Irish families have to cope with for a whole year.
Ahern's presentational style has been described as Bertiespeak.
"It is not correct, and if I said so, I was not correct -- I cannot recall if I said it, but I did not say, or if I did, I did not mean to say it -- that these issues could not be dealt with until the end of the Mahon Tribunal."
Bertie Ahern Irish Celebrity speaking engagements costs big money.
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How do they get away with it? Why do we encourage it.
These people live in a different world to the rest of us Irish.
Garret Fitzgerald to Bertie Ahern were making small fortunes from private and public speaking engagements. Irish celebrity politicians were willing to speak for anyone who were foolish enough to pay to hear them speak their waffling nonsense.

I Searched and found this written on here back in 2005. I suspect most would have viewed much of it unfair and exaggerated back then. Most people now will agree with the sentiment.

Just look at so many of our Irish politicians and leaders.
Mary Robinson is a classic example of "how to get away with it" She is false, sentimental tears on demand for the hungry in Africa. She is no Mother Theresa who gets her own hands dirty. She and her family live in personal luxury and privilege, and she comes from a family of wealth and privilege. Including a uncle knighted by the British for his colonial service to the English Queen.
How Ironic when Colonial actions of the British are a major factor in designer famines, not real famines as in no food, but the same devastating effects. The British Crown created famines and murdered millions in Ireland, in Africa and Asia, to name the more obvious. The British empire was a direct cause of imposed poverty and effective slavery for so many millions of lives.

Mary Robinson to Bono to Bob Geldof, what do these part time professional charity mourners have in common? Aside of a celebrity seeking ego! And their selective ignorance on the main cause of world hunger and poverty - the British colonial enterprise.
They and their families all live in a luxury beyond the wildest dreams of most.
One of Bonos homes
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One of Bobs homes.
It is about time that people realized that Multi Millionaires and Billionaires are part of the problem. Even the Multi Millionaires and Billionaires who publicly pretend they care about poverty, if not especially that type of Multi Millionaire and Billionaire. And they have been part of the problem ever since Marie Antoinette's wonders on cake.
A main reason why so many go without in this world.
Their excess, what they store away, how they live so selfishly is in itself a crime against the rest of humanity. They are not forgiven because they makes some high profile celebrity appeal when ever it suits.
Too many people fall for these chancers, it needs to stop.

Bertie Ahern Irish Celebrity speaking engagements
Bertie bags $40,000 - for tips on Celtic Tiger 'success'
FORMER Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is charging American companies a fortune to present a new lecture -- about how he transformed our economy in the Celtic Tiger boom.

The man targeted by many as the architect of our crippling recession, is charging more than $40,000 (€27,554) a time for speaking engagements with the elite Washington Speakers Bureau.
During the lecture, Mr Ahern offers tips to bosses of leading firms on how to be competitive.
The former Fianna Fail leader has been employed for a number of years as one of the highest-paid speakers with the bureau -- whose motto is 'Connecting you with the world's greatest minds' .
In his latest lecture -- entitled 'Prime Minister as CEO' -- he tells listeners to adopt Ireland's Celtic Tiger as a model of economic growth.
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Last night it was described as "bewildering".

Bosses of the bureau refused to reveal the number of times Mr Ahern has been hired for engagements.
However, a well-placed source said he is now one of the most sought-after of the 346 speakers on their books.
His fee, which is listed as being more than US$40,000, is in the top bracket and shared by just 57 other mostly American speakers, including former US President George W Bush.
A gushing profile, listed on the website of the bureau, pays tribute to what many regard as Mr Ahern's greatest achievement in office -- his key role in forging the Good Friday Agreement.
But it is his speech on the economy which promises to reveal how Irish citizens accepted "short-term sacrifices to achieve long-term gain", which has raised most eyebrows.
The outline of the speech reads: "Leading the turnaround of an entire country is akin to the constant evolution companies and organisations must undergo to remain competitive.
"Bertie Ahern dedicated his career to re-inventing his country's economic and political stakes in global affairs. He persuaded his fellow politicians and citizens to accept short-term sacrifices to achieve long-term gain.

"His ability to persuade his constituents to follow his vision provides lessons for even the most seasoned executives."
In this thought-provoking presentation, Mr Ahern describes:
?His approach to developing and executing a successful long-term vision.
?How to persuade employees, customers and stakeholders to participate and embrace change.
?What every leader must do to achieve large-scale success.
?How to successfully bring people with you by building consensus.

Labour TD Ciaran Lynch last night said he was astonished that companies would want to employ Mr Ahern to give them advice on how to be competitive.
And he said the news would sit badly with the majority of the Irish population, particularly people crippled by debt due to "the errors made when Mr Ahern was Taoiseach".
He added: "It's absolutely bewildering, particularly given the worldwide coverage of Ireland's economic collapse, that he's being promoted as a strategic thinker for companies.
"The mismanagement of the Irish company happened under his watch and it must be frustrating for the Irish public to hear about the huge payments he's getting for this speech, while so many of them live in desperate situations."
Mr Ahern also gives three other speeches for the bureau -- 'Leadership in Changing Times: What It Takes to Succeed', 'The Future Role of the European Union on the World Stage' and 'Peace Through Inclusive Dialogue: Ireland's Journey'.
- Nick Bramhill
Irish Independent
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