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Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern (born Bartholomew Patrick Ahern) is the tenth Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of the Republic of Ireland. He was born on September 12, 1951 and was educated at University College Dublin as an accountant.

Ahern also attended St. Patrick's National School in Drumcondra, St. Aidan's Christian Brothers in Whitehall, and Rathmines College of Commerce.

Bertie Ahern was elected to the Dáil Éireann in 1977, and in 1982 he became Minister of State for the Department of the Taoiseach and for Defense, also Chief Whip for the Fianna Fáil Government.

He was Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1986-87, then Minister of Labour. In 1990 he was President of the EU Council of Ministers for Social Affairs. He served from 1991 to 1994 as Minister for Finance. In 1994 he was elected Leader of his party Fianna Fáil. He was appointed Taoiseach on 26th June 1997. He was reappointed in 2002. He heads a Fianna Fáil-Progressive Democrats coalition government.

He is separated from his wife, Miriam. His relationship with his longterm partner, Celia Larkin, ended, according to media reports, in April 2003.

Preceded by:
John Bruton
9th Taoiseach (1994-1997)
Prime Ministers of Ireland
Taoisigh na hÉireann
Succeeded by:
currently in office.

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