The 11 taoisigh paintings were bought for 250k in a bidding war no less in 2007 by Louis Fitzgerald for his hotel see here for article from Irish Daily Mirror re sale. They are on display in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel in Clondalkin. I hear that Louis has commissioned a Cowen subsequently to join them
According to the same Irish Daily Mirror piece, quoth Louis Fitzgerald on the Kunttel subjects:
Bertie looked the country in the eye and told us he had not cheated us and I think most people believed him. The details will be pored over again and again no doubt but in essence, since Wednesday, no one really believes Bertie Ahern was corrupt.
I think people looked at him on Wednesday, this rather odd, unknowable, lonely man, whose only vice seemed to be a lust to run the country, and they felt sorry for him and sorry for themselves a bit.
People could not but help thinking that it was a seedy, dirty, ignominious end, not only for this man who had devoted himself to doing so much for us, but for the whole Bertie era — a time of such confidence and wealth and fun and progress in this country.
Submitted by ‘Dylad’ - RTE really encouraged this kind of nonsense on the back of our license fee. Where is the baldy chap who presented it living now? Bulgaria, I hope…not able to get a flight home. I am choosing the Bulgarian episode as the epitome of this awful crap.
Every house got one in the boom, in the early years it was an 8ft job and by the end they were all 13FT with enclosures. Mums and Dad’s around the country fell off them at 3am in the morning drunk on Celtic Tiger Champagne and Cocaine!
Most ended up blown on to the roof during the first November storm.