Bertie Ahern

Prime minister of Ireland (1997-2008)

Bertie Ahern was the tenth Prime Minister of Ireland (1997-2008), leading the democratic-progressive Fianna Fail coalition, to become the youngest politician to win this office in the history of Ireland. The high point of his political career was his success in the Northern Ireland peace process.

Born in 1951 in Dublin, the son of an IRA militant who fought in the Irish War of Independence and the Irish Civil War, he studied at the Rathmines College of Commerce and University College. Before starting out on his political career, he worked as an accountant and in 1977, he was first elected member of the Irish Assembly. Two years later, in 1979, he was elected councilor for Dublin, and became mayor of the city between 1986 and 1987. He became the leader of Fianna Fail in 1994.

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Bertie Ahern fue el décimo Primer Ministro de Irlanda (1997-2008) liderando la coalición demócrata-progresista del Fianna Fail, convirtiéndose en el político más joven en conseguir ese cargo en la historia de Irlanda. Su mayor éxito durante su carrera polítca fue su éxito en el proceso de paz de Irlanda del Norte.

Nacido en 1951 en Dublín e hijo de un militante del IRA que combatió en la Guerra de la Independencia Irlandesa y en la Guerra Civil irlandesa, estudió en el College of Commerce de Rathmines y en el University College. Antes de iniciar su carrera en la política, trabajó como contable y en 1977 fue elegido por primera vez miembro de la Asambla de Irlanda. Dos años después, en 1979, fue elegido concejal de Dublin, llegando a ser alcalde de la ciudad entre 1986 y 1987. En 1994 llegó a liderar el partido Fianna Fail.

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