Miriam: No Chance of Me & Bertie Together; Ahern Wife Tells Pals She's Moved On

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Miriam: No Chance of Me & Bertie Together; Ahern Wife Tells Pals She's Moved On


Byline: JOANNE McELGUNN

BERTIE Ahern's estranged wife Miriam has told friends she has "absolutely no romantic interest" in the Taoiseach and wouldn't take him back even if he does split from Celia Larkin, the Mirror has learned.

The 52-year-old mother of two revealed that even though she and Bertie still get on well, it's a practical relationship rather than a loving one.

A source said: "Any romantic interest Miriam had in him is long gone. He has been with Celia for 15 years and if nothing else Miriam would be too humiliated to take him back.

"His relationship with Celia has been very public and for a long time Miriam was pained by it. But she has long since moved on and is now very happy and secure in herself. She and Bertie still get on great and meet regularly, but it's to talk about their children and politics, not because there's a spark between them.

"Bertie is still trying to make his relationship with Celia work. It has hit a rough patch and they're not seeing much of each other, but a total split is not yet on the cards."

It's understood the growing rift between the high-profile lovers is because of Bertie's ongoing failure to divorce Miriam, who he left in 1987.

Celia, 44, has made no secret of her desire to wed the 52-year-old Taoiseach but he has yet to begin court proceedings to end his first marriage.

A source said: "Of course his refusal to get divorced upsets Celia. She wants to get married but that prospect seems further and further away because Bertie refuses to budge.

"Miriam has not looked for a divorce because she has little interest in getting re-married. She was seeing someone, but it wasn't particularly serious and she's now single again.

"There might have been bitterness between her and Bertie when they first split. But in recent years they've become close again and are now good friends.

"Miriam canvassed for him in the run-up to last year's election and is always available to discuss politics.

"They both adore their daughters Georgina, 23, and 21-year-old Cecelia and Miriam devotes herself to them.

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