Ex-premier quits party over se­cret pay­ments

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DUBLIN | For­mer Ir­ish Prime Min­is­ter Ber­tie Ah­ern an­nounced Sun­day he has re­signed from the Fianna Fail party rather than be ex­pelled over an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into se­cret pay­ments he re­ceived while in of­fice, but vowed to clear his name.

Mr. Ah­ern, 60, de­nounced the find­ings of a 15-year in­ves­ti­ga­tion or­ga­nized by his own gov­ern­ment into bribery and cor­rup­tion in Ir­ish po­lit­i­cal life.

The three judges over­see­ing the fact-find­ing ef­fort is­sued a final re­port Thurs­day that found Mr. Ah­ern col­lected more than $260,000 in se­cret while in of­fice; tried to stop the public from learn­ing the truth about the money squir­reled away in two safes and third-party bank ac­counts; and pro­vided un­be­liev­able ex­pla­na­tions for how he ac­crued the cash in three cur­ren­cies.

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