Bertie’s last hoorah.
Four years ago this week … pics of former taoiseach Bertie Ahern taken at Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnell on April 29th 2008. He posed for photos before boarding the Government Goldstream Jet for a flight to the US. It was his last official trip abroad. A couple of weeks previously he announced he would be standing down as leader of Fianna Fail and Taoiseach. This trip to the States would see him addressing the Joint Houses of the United States Congress and visiting the White House for a private meeting with President George W Bush. Several of the Taoiseach’s close friends and associates made the trip to Washington.
There was a large media presence at the airport and a sense of celebration. It was as if we were applauding Bertie on a job well done and wishing him well on the next part of his journey as he boarded the Lear jet and flew into the great blue yonder.