#Open journalism No news is bad news

Your contributions will help us continue to deliver the stories that are important to you

Support The Journal
Dublin: 14°C Tuesday 28 June 2022

Check out this clip of Bertie Ahern talking about tax cheats in 1993

He wasn’t a fan.

Source: tongoo/YouTube

WITH THE PUBLIC Accounts Committee currently seeking legal advice about investigating claims by a senior civil servant against former politicians, tax dodging is back on the agenda.

The majority of the latest tax avoidance claims relate to politicians who served in the Dáil prior to 2000 – although a small number continued in office after this date.

In 1993, the issue of tax evasion was also front and centre as Ireland introduced its second tax amnesty in five years.

The then Finance Minister – one Bertie Ahern - had no time for tax cheats, saying the Government had to take a “merciless view” on the matter.

“It would actually give me the greatest of pleasure watching non-compliant taxpayers going to jail,” he said.

Mahon Tribunal timeline: From whistleblower to digouts

Political nostalgia: Hands up who still has a Lucinda Creighton beermat? … Anyone?

Check out this short video of Charlie Haughey telling us ‘we’re living way beyond our means’

About the author:

Órla Ryan

Read next: