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    Ahern lists end of forced emigration among accomplishments

    By Noreen Bowden | April 3, 2008

    Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, in yesterday’s speech announcing his intent to resign on May 6,  listed the end of forced emigration among his accomplishments. He said:

    In looking back on all the things I wanted to achieve in politics, I am proud that as Taoiseach I have:

    • delivered on my objective to bring the peace process to fruition;
    • delivered on my objective to see a stable administration based on the power-sharing model take root in Northern Ireland;
    • delivered successive social partnership agreements which underpin our social and economic progress;
    • delivered a modern economy with sustainable growth in employment and brought an end to the days of forced emigration;
    • delivered on my objective to improve and to secure Ireland’s position as a modern, dynamic and integral part of the European Union.

     Read the entire speech on the Department of the Taoiseach’s website. 

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