The film John Boorman didnt make-yet. Here is the real script:
Set in 2015,this film predicts the end of the Celtic Tiger era, and the widespread anarchy and civil war which ensues.
´It began as a trickle. American multi-nationals such as 3-Com, I.B.M, and Intel had announced plans to move manufacturing to Singapore,Latvia,India, China,and other locations where an educated, english speaking work force, quickly facilitated a smooth transfer of business.
The trickle turned to haemorrhage, and the haemorrhage became a flood.Every foreign employer wanted out.It was time to move on. The Celtic Tiger was dead .The crazy irish property market was in free fall .Wealthy speculators were buying repossessed properties cheap, and re letting them to former-now unemployed-occupiers who were recipients of generous rent supplements (to prop up the builders and landlord classes-as usual). It was a good time for the Bailey Brothers and other wealthy Fianna Fail financiers,who sold at the top of the market,-and bought back in at the bottom.
For a time, the Irish government tried to prop up the creaking property market with mortgage aided payments, for the unemployed, all funded by the remaining taxpayers. In the end the escalating cost, combined with the narrowing tax revenue, meant this exercise had to be abandoned.The tax revenues dried up. Bills went unpaid.Thousands were brought before the courts and mass civil disobedience caused chaos in the prison and judicial system.
The emergency taxation then imposed on the remaining gainfully employed workers in the public sector to help prop up so many unemployed, caused nation wide strikes by Teachers,Civil Servants, and E.S.B. workers (the highest paid employees in the state).
SIPTU, IMPACT and other public sector unions attempted,once again, to hold the government of the day to ransom.
Their wages , perks, and index linked pensions had long been the envy of hard pressed citizens outside this working class "Golden Circle" of government employees. The strikes were long and divisive. Riot police attempted to seperate the rival factions parading in the streets on a daily basis. Green bereted SIPTU mobs clashed with the PD/McDowell fascist "Blackshirts",while Joe Higgins "Socialist Army" formed an uneasy alliance with Jerry Adams. Rioutous & ever opportunistic "Shinners" caused havoc countrywide.
Unemployed private sector workers of all persuasions and parties fought with well paid Public Sector employees whose banners were prominent in street demonstrations, but whose jobs were secure in these hard times much to the chagrin of the unemployed.
The new taxes levied on all commodities, plus increased V.A.T. (25%) to pay government employees' wages, were punitive and demoralizing. The manufacturing industries ceased to exist in the country. Mass street demonstrations ended in bloodshed.There was no emigration outlet for all but the most gifted and highly educated, who were leaving for the U.S.A. and Australia.The injured rioters and the unemployed sick among the polulation had no haven or hospital to care for them .The public hospitals had all but closed as thousands of sick and injured patients who had presented themselves there previously, had died from the dreaded MRSA plague. Makeshift casualty centres tended to the wounded.The closures crisis had erupted during the reign of the now notorious health minister Mary Hearney who was still remembered as "The Black Madonna" due to the numerous MRSA virus deaths in Irish hospitals during her reign of office, and the secrecy which had surrounded the scandal for so long.
The Chinese government, which represented the worlds most powerful state, declared its support for the unemployed workers families, and sent ships laden with food for the hungry.There were angry exchanges between the U.S and China at the U.N..America declared that Europe was within their sphere of influence, and China had no right interfering.
Finally after months of street riots and widespread anarchy, the Soldiers of Destiny bowed to the will of the people massing at the gates of Leinster House.(Fine Gael had long since ceased to exist as a so called "opposition party", and many of their old guard had joined Fianna Fail years, previously.)
New elections resulted in a coalition of Shinners, Socialist army and the Green party agreeing to share power in an emergency cabinet. The farmers and landowners parties Fianna Fail (and Fine Gael) were finally routed.
But this unusual coalition lasted for only a few weeks. The E.E.U. refused to recognise the legitimacy of the new coalition government declaring its socialist leanings, "to the right of Norway". Likewise the United States president protested vigorously and vowed to use the C.I.A or whatever forces were at his disposal to remove them from office.
In a surprise move the irish army, which had been called out to quell previous street riots by force of arms, and which until now had stood apart from politics,- launched a surprise Junta. The top generals invested themselves as the provisional and only authority in the ensuing chaos and quickly moved to take control of the airports. The long discredited police force were reluctant to mount further violent charges against street demonstrators. Declaring itself the only legitimate provisional power, the army declared martial law which was followed by curfews and there were widespread arrests of known left wing politicians and agitators who had held ministerial posts such as Jerry adams and Joe Higgins.
Unemployed families demonstrated outside the " K Club" and other five star golf venues and luxury hotels, haunts of the nations multimillionaires had long been exempt from taxation and continued to employ low waged staff from eastern Europe. The game was up. Only the numerous golf course owners such as Oliver Barry continued to prosper, but the unrest and international publicity soon destroyed the tourist trade which had already been decimated by the world wide web and the "socialization" of holidays with the advent of home exchange clubs. These had blossomed world wide, and were the last nail in the hoteliers' coffins. People no longer used expensive hotels. They simply swopped their family,or holiday homes.! High unemployment across Europe resulted in fundamental changes to all of the ruinously costly farm support programmes, heretofore supported by all of the overpaid E.E.C. commissioner bureaucrat-outcasts, domiciled from their own political parties across Europe. Brussels was bankrupt-of both cash and new ideas.
When the protests continued unabated, against the imprisonment of Joe Higgins, Jerry Adams etc,the army gave ground to the popular "people power" uprising, and changed tack once more.To appease the unemployed citizens who attended mass demonstrations countrywide,they turned their attention to the hated former Fianna Fail government ( known as "the Organization" or "Cosa Destino" ).
Thousands of these venal self serving councillors countrywide, were rounded up by the army, in dawn raids.Publicans, Auctioneers, troublesome farmers were summarily arrested and placed in detention centres, of which there were almost 17,000 countrywide.
The largest and most notorious of these holding centres was "Leas Cross" in Dublin, which was reserved for core members of the Cabinet, such as Aherne O´Donoghue,Cowan, Cullen, etc along with Bishops and high ranking clergymen, and numerous wealthy property speculators who had inflicted much suffering on the poor and the dispossessed in Ireland heretefore..
Few Fianna Failers survived the harsh regime and terrible conditions in these dreadful stalegs for more than a few months.These " rest homes" had previously been utilized as euthanasia centres by the Fianna Fail Soldiers of Destiny,who- like the SS in Hitlers concentration camps- had grown fat from a horrific death industry which expedited the departure of useless and unwanted citizens, found to be dispensible during Bartholmew Aherne,s Celtic Tiger era.
now the boot was on the other foot. The custodians and guards were members of the James Connolly revolutionary coalition army.
The new revolutionary coalition declared its first act of legislation would be to implement the ancient "Kenny Report" which dated from the previous century and lay on the shelves of state for 60 years. All landowners would be obliged to provide land for public housing projects with minimal compensation equating with the agricultural value of the land.
Billionaire landowners and staunch Fianna Failers such as the corrupt Bailey Brothers, who controlled pretty much all of the land banks ready for rezoning near the capital cities, were informed that they would be compensated in like manner.
Meanwhile the street riots spread to Paris, London and Berlin.Unemployed Muslims were in the forefront of the struggle particularly in continental cities.Citizens took to the streets opposing government waste of taxpayers money, pandering to the landowners and the wealthy, in times of visible hardship for so many.
It was the best of times and the worst.A new dawn was in sight. A fairer Europe.
The spirit of 1789 was in the air after more than two centuries,-a period widely seen as a major turning point in the history of Western democracy.The era of the citizenry as the dominant political force, was just beginning.!
July 2006. Intel is seeking a "small number" of redundancies in Ireland as part of the company's plan to cut 1,000 management jobs in a worldwide cost-cutting move.
It is not yet clear how many of those cuts will be made at Intel's operations in Leixlip and Shannon.
Intel, the world's largest computer chip maker, employs nearly 5,000 people in Ireland at its production facility in Leixlip and service centre in Shannon.
In April, the company saw a 38 per cent drop in its first quarter profit as competitor Advanced Micro Devices gained market share and demand dropped for personal computers.
At that time, Intel's chief executive, Paul Otellini, said he would restructure the company in an effort to save some $1 billion a year.
Sept 2006 ( phoenix Magazine report).
"GOVERNMENT ministers are less than impressed at the false messages coming out of Intel in recent months – publicly as well as in private – with the US multinational either hiding or misrepresenting the facts about job, here and abroad.
Last July, when rumours began circulating about job cuts of a serious magnitude, Intel stated that it was to shed 1,000 jobs
worldwide in a “voluntary separation programme”.
Rumours of cuts ten or more times this size were dismissed at the time but now it has been confirmed that job losses of up
to 15,000 – out of a global total of 100,000 – are imminent. It is simply not credible that pending job losses on such a scale were not known by Intel management less than two months ago when the company allowed the public to believe that the cuts would amount to a small fraction – 1% – of the work force.
Last week, Intel told journalists that such stories were “speculation” and that they had no comment about any job losses at the company’s Leixlip plant, one of the biggest companies in the state where 5,500 people are employed. The next day it emerged that at least 100 managers have been let go over the last six months or so with others claiming that the real figure so far is nearly double this figure.
Intel is politically and economically akin to the construction industry as far as the government is concerned with the perception being that good times for Intel equals boom time for Ireland – and vice-versa. From Bertie’s point of view it is hard to imagine a bigger political hit than thousands of Intel jobs going west."
|Friday, August 29, 2008 |
Europol: Ireland a haven for illegal immigrants
IRELAND is a “highly attractive” destination for illegal immigrants and criminal gangs smuggling them in, according to an EU security report.
The report also said Irish criminal gangs were bypassing international drug traffickers in Europe and arranging deals in “source” countries.
“The UK and Ireland are highly attractive destinations for illegal immigrants and organised crime (OC) groups who facilitate illegal immigration,” said the EU Organised Crime Threat Assessment 2008, conducted by Europol.
“Both countries are favourite destinations because of a flourishing economy and consequent demand for workers, particularly in low-skilled sectors, and the image of easy access to health, welfare and education systems.”
The report by the EU police co-ordination agency said “significant numbers of people” were attempting to enter Ireland.
“Nigerian OC groups for generations present in, amongst others, the UK and the Netherlands, and responsible for various forms of fraud, are now also discovered in Ireland,” said the report.
The assessment said educational establishments had gained importance in facilitating illegal immigration in Ireland and Britain.
“This allows the use of genuine documents instead of falsified documents to apply for access to a school. Recently, also, bogus schools, established by the OC group themselves, help in obtaining the visa applications by providing the necessary documents.”
The report said Irish criminals based in drug-trafficking hubs in north-western Europe, particularly in the Netherlands and Belgium, acted as “facilitators for drug deliveries” to their home country.
The report said some Irish gangs were directly organising shipments from production countries.
“Established Irish OC groups are starting to bypass the criminal hubs and becoming active in the source countries,” said the report.
Ireland has two Garda liaison officers in Europol, based in the Hague, and a Customs liaison officer is pending.