A group of Fianna Fail connected developers have offered to sponsor the "NAMA handicap chase", a new race which is expected to attract an enormous attendance at Ballybritt In Galway during race week.
Mr Brian Lenehan has indicated that 80 billion Euros in prize money will be availible (courtesy of the Irish taxpayer).
The runners and riders are so numerous that they begger belief.
Watch last years NAMA Handicap Chase on Youtube:
As if negative equity were not enough, now the Soldiers of Destiny proudly present their countrywide production of an ongoing saga; The Pyrite Problem.
However the show is not open to the general public. Question is..will the banks who fund new mortgages have a secret list?? Will Fianna Fail create a brand new Quango called
"The Pyrite Protection Partnership " dedicated to testing all new homes throughout the Land of Leprechauns, before potential buyers take the plunge in the -ahem- falling property market?
If I had such a property on my plate I would certainly take Mr Bertie Ahern's advice and commit suicide!
A JUDGE has ordered a ban on naming more than 25 new housing estates where residents have complained that their homes have been damaged due to the use of Pyrite.
To prevent panic among potential buyers..
"Words like nepotism, largesse and cronyism are employed by polite and civilised society to convey its discomfiture with immoral conduct.
But the times in which we live demand that we develop a language and attitude more fitting to both describe and challenge the enemy Ireland faces today.
Very simply, public life has been criminalised"
Ghost estates, negative equity and soul-sapping commutes are the legacy of our planning-free property bubble. Cleaning up the zoning mess won't be easy, writes FRANK McDONALD , Environment Editor
The mantra of the boom years might well have been “Build it and they will come.” And for 10 years or more it worked. But the frenzy of construction was bound to come to an end, leaving Ireland littered with incongruous developments – as well as tens of thousands of vacant houses in ghost estates.
In 2003, when we first took a long look at the commuter counties, it was evident that much of this unplanned growth had been fuelled by Dubliners fleeing exorbitant property prices. Getting their hands on relatively affordable houses, even in places they had barely heard of, seemed worth the commute.
The trend of Dublin leapfrogging into Leinster and even, with Cavan and Monaghan, into Ulster ran counter to all planning policies, but this was simply ignored. The complacent view at the time was that the growth of Commuterland would tail off when the houses “out there” lost their value, which they now have.
It was in many ways a plan-free zone. Sure, there were plans aplenty – at local, county, regional and national level. But none of them really meant anything, as council after council indulged in an orgy of rezoning so that landowners could cash in on development values and every county in Leinster and beyond could grab a share of Dublin’s growth.
Local area plans intended to provide orderly frameworks for development were often subverted by councillors and used as vehicles to satisfy the greed of farmers, speculators and developers. And regional planning guidelines that were meant to take a broader view turned out to be paper tigers that could safely be ignored locally.
The Commission for Aviation Regulation
prompted by Minister Noel Dempsey is going to hike the charges at
Dublin airport by up to 40 % in the coming years for passengers
leaving from both the old terminal and the new white elephant palace
alike to pay for the escalating debt of the DAA which is estimated to
reach 1 billion in the next few years. This is on top of the existing
government stealth tax levy of 10 Euros on every ticket into and out
of the country.. At present the taxes and charges at
Dublin airport frequently exceed the cost of a ticket. The destruction of our tourist industry
will soon be complete. How many stag party groups will
fly from England to Dublin for a wild spending weekend ,when they can go to Portugal or Spain for
less and drink for far less,and stay there for far less-?
I asked the European Commission to
strike down this totally illegal tax two years ago as it
discriminates between internal and international flights. My petition is winding its weary wat
through the Brussells bureaucracy and no doubt in another 2 years it
will be outlawed-and immediately replaced by another revenue
gathering imposition under another name. By then our tourist industry will be
totally destroyed. Hotels are already suffering from new
concepts such as home swop organizations of which I am a member. I have travelled the world in recent
years and never had to pay a penny for accomodation or car hire. This government has always turned to
more tax to pay for its profligacy but this time they are driving the
country-not to recovery-but to utter and total ruin.
The Commission for Aviation Regulation prompted by Minister Noel Dempsey is going to hike the charges at Dublin airport by up to 40 % in the coming years for passengers leaving from both the old terminal and the new white elephant palace alike to pay for the escalating debt of the DAA which is estimated to reach 1 billion in the next few years.
This is on top of the existing government stealth tax levy of 10 Euros on every ticket into and out of the country..
At present the taxes and charges at Dublin airport frequently exceed the cost of a ticket.
The destruction of our tourist industry will soon be complete.
How many stag party groups will fly from England to Dublin for a wild spending weekend ,when they can go to Portugal or Spain for less and drink for far less,and stay there for far less-?
I asked the European Commission to strike down this totally illegal tax two years ago as it discriminates between internal and international flights.
My petition is winding its weary wat through the Brussells bureaucracy and no doubt in another 2 years it will be outlawed-and immediately replaced by another revenue gathering imposition under another name.
By then our tourist industry will be totally destroyed.
Hotels are already suffering from new concepts such as home swop organizations of which I am a member.
I have travelled the world in recent years and never had to pay a penny for accomodation or car hire.
This government has always turned to more tax to pay for its profligacy but this time they are driving the country-not to recovery-but to utter and total ruin.
The proprietor of this web site has-two years ago-asked that the illegal travel tax imposed by Fianna Fail be struck down as it is clearly in contravention of European law.
Two years later we have been informed that the investigation is ongoing. Fianna Fail will likely be out of office in 2012,and at this rate of progress it will be at an even later date that this matter is finally resolved!.
Given that the total taxes imposed on Irish citizens travelling abroad now frequently exceeds the cost of the airline ticket, is it any wonder that the illegal tax- plus the other ever increasing charges which are now imposed by the government to pay for the new DAA "white elephant" passenger terminal, is destroying the Irish tourist industry?
Latest correspondence from the EU Parliament Commission:
|EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT||2009 - 2014|
Committee on Petitions
NOTICE TO MEMBERS
Subject: Petition 1647/2008 by Mr. David Collins (Irish), on alleged breaches of EC legislation by the new Irish aviation departure tax
Petition 1678/2008 by Mr. John McDermott (Irish), on alleged breaches of EC legislation by the new Irish aviation departure tax
1. Summary of petition 1647/2008
The petitioner considers that the newly introduced aviation departure tax for the citizens flying from Ireland to other EU member states would beach EC legislation. He asks the European Parliament to have the Commission investigate the matter.Summary of petition 1678/2008
Petition No. 1647/2008 declared admissible on 24 March 2009 and Petition No. 1678/2008 declared admissible on 25 March 2009. Information requested from Commission under Rule 202(6).
3. Commission reply, received on 26 October 2009.
The Air Travel Tax has been applicable since 30 March 2009 at all Irish airports, except for very small ones, on flight tickets for outbound flights from Ireland. The Irish authorities have drawn a radius of 300 km around Dublin airport. All flights taking place within this circle are subject to a 2€ levy per passenger, while all other flights are subject to a 10€ levy per passenger.The petitioner considers this tax to be discriminatory and unlawful, and he refers to the cases of Portugal and Malta, where roughly similar taxes have successfully been abolished.
4. Commission reply, received on 11 May 2010.
In the light of further information on the operation of the tax received from the Irish authorities, the Commission has analysed the tax and its compatibility with provisions of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union enshrining the freedom to provide services (article 56) as well as article 15(1) of Regulation 1008/2008 which lays down the conditions for the operation of air services by carriers within the European Union1.
The tax is levied at two different rates depending upon the distance of a given flight's destination from Dublin Airport. The Commission is concerned that this may mean that substantially different conditions are imposed on cross-border flights compared to those operated wholely within Ireland and that the tax could, therefore, constitute an infringement of European law. The Commission is currently investigating the case accordingly.
Sunday Independent,June 06 2010
FIANNA Fail Senator
Despite his obscene wealth,Ivor has confessed to suffering a "breakdown" after his non re-election in his Dubin constituency in
the last general election. ! How sensitive are our poor soul, piggy politicians, when they are rejected by the fickle electorate..
Research by the Sunday Independent sheds further light on the extent of our landlord class of politicians, showing
that half of all TDs have interests in investment properties of some type, many of which would generate significant
income on top of the salaries and expenses that are funded by the taxpayer.
Among the 19 properties he owns or co-owns are 10 apartments on Rue Du Sceptre in the theatre district
of Brussels as well as a further five on Rue Emile-Paul. As well as a Jumeirah Estates-built house in Dubai, he also
register of TDs' interests. He was also in the process of buying two further properties in Portugal when he last filed
information in the register.
Fahey's colleague backbencher John McGuinness is the landlord of a pub, off-licence, fast-food outlet and motor
service outlet on O'Loughlin Road in Kilkenny plus a second commercial property there.
accommodation in Limerick, he can also look forward to steady income every month from perhaps dozens of
students, pensioners and holidaymakers.
holiday home at the Doonbeg five-star golf and spa resort in Clare.
In addition to his quarter-share of a nursing home in Tipperary, he would see a sizeable monthly rent roll from the
block of surgery rooms, offices, shops, a supermarket, a restaurant and apartments he owns in Lusk, north
His colleague Alan Shatter would also earn a considerable monthly income from the 10 apartments and office
The picture is not very different in the Seanad, where Senator Larry Butler is the latest politician from whom
the Taoiseach demanded an explanation for questionable expenses claims.
These were made for travelling into Dublin from a second home in Co Carlow, despite the fact he also owns a long-
term home on the exclusive Westminster Road in Foxrock, south Dublin, where his neighbours include
But Senator Butler is way down the league compared to Fine Gael Senator Paul Coghlan, who owns 18 properties,
restaurant. Apartments in Dublin, an office block in London and student accommodation in Waterford, Cork
and Galway generate further income for him.
nine properties he owns in Dublin and Westmeath.
Eschewing the Marxist view that all property is theft, Labour Senator Dominic Hannigan is the final politician of note.
Along with an apartment in Florence and a house in London, he also owns a holiday villa on the shores of
Fianna Fail politicians
"MORE than 700 convicted criminals are walking the streets because there are not enough prison spaces to hold them.
The proportion of inmates being given temporary release to ease prison overcrowding has more than tripled in the past two years.
The increase has coincided with an upsurge in crimes committed by prisoners on temporary release, new figures obtained by the Irish Independent reveal."
Meanwhile the real criminals are governing the country!
"Dermot Ahern’s commitment to protect whistleblowers will not safeguard a single employee in our banks and few in our public service
THE MINISTER for Justice sounded like Eliot Ness last Friday night. Speaking at the annual dinner of the Law Society, he committed the Government to a crackdown on white-collar crime."
John Devitt is chief executive of Transparency International Ireland – transparency.ie
The cash-strapped Dublin Airport Authority has incurred "significant" losses on a €22m land deal to buy a 20-acre field with builder Gerry Gannonas markets were collapsing. Loans related to this deal are bound for Nama.
Last week, the Sunday Independent revealed that the loss-making DAA had ploughed into the overheated property market at the height of the boom with developers Liam Carroll and Bernard McNamara. Joint venture companies that bought these lands and assets had racked up borrowings of nearly €60m.
The D A A is constantly increasing airport landing charges at Dublin Airport to pay for it's white elephant terminal which cost 700 million Euros. On top of the 10 Euros stealth tax on all tourists arriving in Ireland this policy will hasten the ruin of the only industry capable of reviving the nation in the short term-tourism.
A ticket bought from Ryanair not infrequently costs less than the totality of taxes and landing charges imposed on the airline.
The Irish Independent reports that property developers Bernard McNamara and Gerry Barrett have emerged as the buyers of a number of hotels in the Great Southern group.
The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA), which owns the group, has approved the sale of seven of its eight hotels for more than €265m.
Mr McNamara has acquired the Parknasilla Hotel in Kerry, regarded as the jewel in the crown of the hotel group, for around €40m.
Galway-based developer Mr Barrett has bought the Killarney, Eyre Square and Corrib hotels through his Edward Holdings development company for more than the €130m.
The three airport hotels at Dublin, Cork and Shannon have been acquired by a company controlled by Ronan McArdle, Frank McArdle, Alan McIntosh and the Walsh brothers.
PROPERTY developer Bernard McNamara is seeking damages of tens of millions of euro from Dublin City
Council after it turned houses that McNamara wanted to develop into protected structures.
McNamara has taken a high court challenge against the council's decision last July to preserve the 19th
century terraced houses in South Dublin.
In an application for a judicial review of the decision, McNamara and his business partners argued that the
decision to list the houses at Llandaff Properties on Merrion Road was "ultra vires", meaning beyond the
powers of the council, and therefore has no legal effect.