Ah Bertie. Bertie Bertie Bertie. This is something Charlie would have been proud of.
Bertie in 2010:
Bertie Ahern to surrender ministerial pension - RTÉ News
2012:Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is to give up his €83,000 ministerial pension.
Mr Ahern contacted the Department of Finance this afternoon to ask them to 'gift' his pension back to the State.
Mr Ahern's pension is currently the largest payment to a former office holder still in Leinster House.
2013:"Once the controversy arose I gifted back the entire pension worth €83,000-odd. I gave it up in full once there were calls to do so. But the finance report made no mention of that at all."
Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern does U-turn on 'gift' and takes full €150,000 pension - National News - Independent.ie
So which is worse?FORMER Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has been taking his full €150,000 a year pension since he left the Dail, after reversing his decision to give part of it back to the State.
The revelation comes as new figures released under Freedom of Information legislation show that only seven out of 116 former ministers gave up part of their pensions last year, despite the introduction of a simple system to allow them to do so.
None of the Fianna Fail ministers who presided over the economic crash gave up any part of their pensions.
Being honest and saying "Well I earned this pension lawfully so I'll hang onto it thanks" or saying "Well of course I'll give it back" and then just pocketing it all?
Or is he going to get into the nuanced argument of "Well I only meant that I wouldn't take it while I held my seat, I never meant it to be forever" (Which he totally never stated).