Belfast Telegraph

No party as Bertie Ahern celebrates 60th bash

By Fionnan Sheahan

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern's ex-colleagues in Fianna Fail will be notable absentees from his 60th birthday party tonight.

He reaches the milestone on Monday and his daughters are throwing a bash for him in Croke Park.

Georgina, the wife of Westlife's Nicky Byrne, and bestselling author Cecilia are holding the party in a suite at the stadium tonight.

The invitations, which were sent out a fortnight ago, are designed like match tickets. Mr Ahern is expected to be joined by family and friends.

A few of Mr Ahern's former ministerial colleagues are thought to have been invited, but members of the current Fianna Fail hierarchy are not on the guest list.

Despite serving as a minister in Mr Ahern's governments during his 11 years as Taoiseach, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin has not been not invited. And a Fianna Fail source said Mr Martin wouldn't have been available anyway as he has a meeting about the party's renewal in Cork.

Mr Ahern's ex-partner Celia Larkin is also not expected to attend.

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