Following a cabinet re-shuffle Taoiseach Charles Haughey appoints Bertie Ahern as Minister for Finance.

Surving the challenge to his leadership of Fianna Fáil, Taoiseach Charles Haughey undertakes a cabinet reshuffle. Former Minister for Labour Bertie Ahern is given the Finance portfolio replacing Albert Reynolds as Minister for Finance.

Dubliner Bertie Ahern is an accountant by profession. He was first elected to the Dáil in 1977 in the Dublin Finglas constituency and has represented Dublin Central ever since.

In 1980 Bertie Ahern became the Fianna Fáil Assistant Whip and Spokesman on Youth in 1981. For much of 1982 he was Minister of State at the Department of the Taoiseach and Defence, as well as Government Chief Whip.

Bertie Ahern is a well known face of Fianna Fáil and frequently acts in a trouble shooting role for the party. He is also regarded as one of the Taoiseach's strongest supporters, backing Charles Haughey through the challenges to his leadership.

In 1982 I supported the leader, in 1983 I supported the leader in 1991 I'll support the leader.

In 1987 Bertie Ahern became Minister for Labour and his involvement with the Programme for National Recovery in 1987 is considered a major success.

Now with the Programme for National Recovery under renegotiation all his skills will come into play as Minister for Finance.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 13 November 1991. The reporter is Michael Lally.