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ANGRY draft-net fishermen protested after a sudden change in the law which saw their licences to fish for wild Atlantic salmon revoked overnight.
The minister with responsibility for inland fisheries, Eamon Ryan, stepped in to overturn the regional fisheries board decision to allow limited fishing in the Cromane area of Castlemaine Harbour in Dingle Bay, Co Kerry.
The fishing season for the 13 licence-holders opened on Tuesday after being given the go-ahead by the South Western Regional Fisheries board and was to continue to mid August.
However, Mr Ryan introduced a bylaw closing the harbour waters to all taking of salmon and sea trout because two of the four major rivers feeding into the harbour - the Maine and Behy - do not have a healthy salmon count.
© Irish Independent 15.05.08
COUNCILLORS IN south Dublin have rezoned land in a green belt area at Citywest near Saggart to allow for the development of a shopping centre of up to 40,000sq ft (3,700sq m), against the advice of the county planners.
The rezoned land is known as "golf village" and is part of the Citywest Hotel complex. The land was previously rezoned to provide facilities specifically to cater for golfers and their guests, consisting of designer shops and golf outlets
"He couldn’t fool us forever. The plain people of Ireland are not plain stupid."
"As Bertie snivelled his way into imminent obscurity, he declared that his great regret was not to have built a national stadium. No, you heard him right. He’s not losing any sleep over the state of the health service, public transport or education, he’s miffed that he didn’t get to build a white elephant no one asked for and no one’s felt the lack of since."
20,000 more 'non national' taxi drivers wanted:
"An overview of the asylum seeker situation estimated that 90 per cent of claims are bogus; that many are seeking asylum simultaneously in Britain and Ireland while travelling back and forth to their home countries; that Northern Ireland is the most frequent route into and out of the Republic because of the absence of any Border checks; and that people who fail to gain asylum status immediately move from one jurisdiction to the other
The cost of dealing with asylum seekers will reach €300m this year, with Irish lawyers making a killing from an estimated 1,200 judicial reviews of deportation cases by people who have entered the country illegally.
The brother of HSE Chief Executive Professor Brendan Drumm is leading a revolt by more than 40 hospital consultants who have told the executive they won't collaborate with the co-location strategy they believe will create one hospital for the rich and another for the poor.
A spade is always a spade:
One might get the impression,during his last peerless "Public relations exercise"excursions around the Boyne etc. that Mr Ahern singlehandedly brought peace to the Island.
Even the purchase of this site was mired in controversy and stroke politics!!
What- peace aside- exactly is his legacy?
The poor are today dying for want of effective health care
A two tier society has been created: -those with lifelong, highly paid pensionable jobs, and those young people outside the vast inefficient bureaucracy of the state, now heading for uncertain times, and possibly re-possession of their jerry-built, two bedroomed, flats in traffic choked out-lands of Leinster (and further afield)
The water is undrinkable in many parts of the "privatized" island of Ireland and sewage still pours into our rivers and on to our beaches-both from town and farm alike.
So called "one off' habitations-many of them holiday homes- litter the countryside, from Donegal to Dingle, all to indulge and fatten the pockets of farmers and developer cronies alike (the Ballybrit Brethren).
The pestilent spread of this chaotic rural blight is notably perceptible by satellite camera,(European Space Agency) and now the soaring cost of private transport and fuel prices will add to demands for further inflationary wage demands as people queue for longer and longer to reach their workplace.
Let us call a spade a spade-waffle aside.
Some Taoiseach,-some legacy.!
AA spokesman Conor Faughnan said the toll collection scheme is overly complicated. He added that, given how other major state IT projects have gone "pear-shaped", he does not hold out much confidence that it will work this time.
"It is an insanely expensive and complex mechanism. The Government would be far better off if they simply threw the barriers over the side of the bridge and let it become a proper motorway which it was supposed to be all along.
"It's estimated that the toll revenue generated per annum will be €80m; however €25m will go on the cost of collection. That's the same as 83 new buses for Dublin Bus every year, forever, just to collect these tolls... For a net benefit of €55m per year it seems extremely wasteful," he said
"This campaign is a well devised protectionist conspiracy not only against our exports but also against European consumers, who will be forced to pay even higher prices for a product which is already overpriced," the Brazilian ambassador claimed.
The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association (ICSA) called on the Government to veto any deal at the WTO talks which would be "detrimental to the farming community".
ICSA president Malcolm Thompson was speaking at the meeting addressed today (17th April 2008) by Mr Barroso.
Mr Thompson said: “Giving away so much already at the WTO talks represents one of the most shortsighted and potentially calamitous policy developments in the history of the European Union.”
Oxymoron of the year.!
He continued: “World food scarcities can only be alleviated by all farmers being encouraged to produce food and being paid a reasonable price for their effort, not by freeing up trade to the extent that many farmers are driven out of business.”
REPS (Rural Environment Protection Scheme), another stunt to enrich farmers, is supposedly a Scheme designed to reward Farmers for carrying our their farming activities in an environmentally friendly manner and to bring about environmental improvement on existing farms.
The vague and etherial objectives of the Scheme are to:
Establish farming practices and production methods which reflect the increasing concern for conservation, landscape protection and wider environmental problems;
Protect wildlife habitats and endangered species of flora and fauna;
Produce quality food in an extensive and environmentally friendly manner.
One presumes that these "objectives" would be "norms" for any self respecting farmer.They are not of course. Farmers pollute rivers and lakes as a matter of course-and with total impunity.
REPS consists of an annual payment of a whopping €200 per hectare for the first 20 hectares, €175 per hectare for the next 20 hectares, €70 per hectare for the next 15 hectares and €10 per hectare for the remaining hectares.
The farmers have opposed unnanounced inspections for compliance with all these normal procedures and demanded two weeks notice before inspectors can call to check their farms.
There is of course a plethora of grants and subsidies for farmers for overpriced beef and milk production, trimming hedges, feeding wild birds etc etc and other such nonsense too long to mention. (the subsidy laden "quota" for the milk had to be stopped as it was so ruinous to the CAP budget it threatened bankruptcy and is now so valuable it is actually traded between farmers on the open market,much like taxi plates used to change hands for big money before the state started selling them for 5000 Euros each)
If you or I invaded a government office and staged a sit-in we would be promptly removed by the gallant Gardai.Not so the IFA. They have arranged a show "sit-in" and a "hunger strike" by stalwart,Donal O'Brien who said he would not leave the building in Raheen Industrial Estate, Limerick, until he had received his REPS payments from the State which he claims is overdue.
Sunday June 18 2006
The silence from the "consumer protection agency" (of which the lovely Celia Larkin is a board appointee, thanks to our Bertie)-is deafening.
My holiday album begins, away from the Mahon Tribunal and all the Fianna Fail shit. (background) : click on "photo gallery" above.
We got this highly confidential document below (for a brown envelope..),from a source in the Government Press Office, whom we therefore cannot name,for obvious reasons:
"It is with profound regret that I have today accepted, on behalf of the Government, the resignation of the Taoiseach,Bartholomew Ahern, and his resignation from Dáil Éireann. Pending the appointment of a successor I, will assume responsibility for the day to day duties of his office.
His outstanding record of public service over the past forty years, initially as a T.D.,then Lord Mayor; Minister for Labour; and Minister for Finance. as well as the remarkable "anti treaty" I.R.A. service of his late father,Con Ahern, demonstrates in real terms the deep commitment of the Ahern family to republican principles, murder and mayhem, and the people of Dublin North and Dublin County.
Both he and his family can feel immensely proud of the major role he played in Government, in successfully achieving the breakthrough which resulted in today's historic events in the North. I thank him for the consummate professionalism with which he always fulfilled in his Ministerial duties.
"Bertie"- as we all effectionately knew the greatest con man the party has ever thrown up - always distinguished himself in the Ministries to which he was appointed, by his great managerial capabilities and his high work-rate, which unfortunately led to the dissolution of his marriage, but unlike his predecessor CJH, he courageously displayed his new amour among the political gliterrati on the world stage for all to see, despite the bishop bashing he endured from the ungrateful clerics who benefitted so enormously from his largesse. .
He brought further distinction to the proud Fianna Fail "family" tradition,of accepting money from countless businessmen both here at home and in the great diaspora resident in John Bull's country. Bertie magnanimously enriched close cronies, donors, work colleagues, girl friends, and needy constituents alike. This country owes him a debt of gratitude for his work on behalf of the nation, and his constant commitment to quality performance in sourcing so much hard cash from such a diversity of donors.."
Those who choose politics as a profession, know from the outset that they are putting their reputations on the line in their determination to serve the public,while maintaining an adequate lifestyle on the meagre recompense of a TD's salary and expenses. (350,000 eurosper annum)They have to accept the criticism which attends their decisions and their every action. Their families too learn to take the brunt of stinging remarks, about enormous waste of money, gross incompetence,holiday junkets abroad, and so on, which often overstep the boundaries of civility and courtesy.
In the case of Bertie Ahern, I see a much more sinister development: the persistent hounding of an honourable man to resign his important position, on the basis of innuendo and unproven allegations.
Some who would class themselves as protectors of basic civil rights have harried and hounded this man without according him the basic right of due process, which deems us innocent unless proven guilty. I believe personally that the according of due process is not just a basic right, but the very essence of common decency.
There has been a sustained campaign of incremental intensity. When this debate first began there were calls for Bertie Ahern to make a public statement. He did so, before the nation, courtesy of Brian Dobson on R.T.E, in a frank and open manner which deeply moved the entire population. Then there were demands for a Dáil Statement, followed by Questions and Answers. But when it was agreed that theTribunal would continue to deal with all the issues fairly and comprehensively, that was still not enough.
There comes a time when even the strongest shoulder bows, when even the stoutest heart falters, when even the very best can resist no longer."
"I regret the resignation of Bertie Ahern, my party colleague for thirty years and my Cabinet colleague for most of that period.
I deeply regret the reasons for his resignation and the pain and anguish caused to his estranged wife Miriam, his daughters Georgina & Cecelia, his long time partner Celia Larkin,and all his family and friends. It is an indictment of those involved in forcing him to this pass, that they clamoured for his resignation without giving him the proper opportunity of proving his case before the Tribunal has dug out the dirt on him, in it's totality.
I always found him to be a proud honourable man, loyal and true, persevering and principled, caring and committed but tough, yet a person who had friends, too numerous to mention, when cash was needed.
On behalf of the Government and particularly on behalf of the Fianna Fáil Party, not forgetting loyal I.F.A supporters, index linked pensioners & comfortable public servants nationwide,-we wish him well in his new million a year job in Brussells .
Bertie, may your strongbox always be flush with 50 Euro notes, legitimate ones this time.may you distinguish yourself in the new Europe, which you were instrumental in establishing with a massive "yes" vote. I thank you for your distinguished years in the service of your constituents and country." (Brian Cowan)
// Rustlers round up feral goats in overnight raid: in Ireland no goat is safe!
GARDAI are investigating the theft of up to 50 goats that were allegedly removed from the Burren in the middle of the night , bundled into a truck and driven away. The incident has sparked calls from Burren farmers for a proper management system to be put in place for the feral goats in the region.
The chairman of the Old Irish Goats Society, Colin Johnson -- who witnessed the incident early last Saturday and reported it to gardai -- said yesterday: "The 50 goats that were taken away last weekend are just a group of hundreds that are removed each year from the Burren.
"Some anecdotal evidence suggests that the goats turn up in the food chain where they are sold to ethnic butchers in the UK for example."
A resident of the Burren, Mr Johnson, said he was "manhandled" when he tried to protest to the men who were taking the goats away.
He said most of the goats that the society have been trying to protect over the past few years have disappeared.
© Irish Independent 18.04.08
How can we believe Ahern’s amazing technicolour stories?
A ¨" Review" 30 March 2008 By Vincent Browne
MORE than one million people are drinking tap water from public supplies on an official pollution "name-and-shame" dossier finally published the day Bartholmew Ahern resigned.!
The 339 public supplies listed -- many of which are identified as not removing deadly bugs properly, such as cryptosporidium -- provide drinking water to 1,260,541 people.
The damning list, affecting more than a quarter of the population, was finally published yesterday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
One of the most informative and useful sites on the web:
Containing incredible slanders, slurs, libels and all the rest.. directed at the finest government that the people have ever elected-and reelected-for the past two decades.This man calls a spade a spade, but perhaps it takes a government of rogues to govern a nation of rogues ?
THE Government is going to have to pay the lion's share of a €200 million bill to repatriate almost 800,000 tonnes of waste originating from the south, but dumped in the north.!!
Important notice to all full time taxi drivers.
Your industry and your livelihood is being destroyed by the unregulated issue of new licences. There were 4000 new licences issued in 2007 alone. There were three times the number of applicants for PSV driving licences in January 2008 as in the same month last year.
Your unions are Judas Goats.They have sold you down the river. They -like the government- are making a fortune from the issue of new taxi plates and new drivers membership fees.
A new organization is being formed.It which will truly representing taxi drivers interests.Protest plans are in place.Only when 10,000 taxis line up at government buildings, and nation wide strike action commences will the governments new Quango "Taxi Regulator" take notice.
Reject the fat cat union bosses.
Reform under new leadership
Refuse to pay any more membership fees to the Judas Goats.
React now-or lose your livelihood-the choice is yours.
No other group of workers would stand by like sheep and watch their jobs destroyed while fancy brochures and new restrictions are dreamed up daily by indifferent bureaucrats in secure state employment.
Stand together.Stand united now.It is your last opportunity. Tomorrow is too late. Hundreds of new licences are pouring onto the overcrowded ranks monthly, as the economy goes into recession.
Remember,every driver is facing diminishing earnings-and longer hours, chasing less business-even if the issue of plates was halted tomorrow.
it's your job.It's your choice.
Issued by the Emergency Committee For the Preservation of Livelihoods of Full Time Taxi Drivers.
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern is to address the United States Congress on April 30th. We can expect his speech to be strong on hyperbole, and sprinkled with clichés heard on such occasions. Today, I thought I would draft a speech for the Taoiseach that might be more in tune with political reality.
‘Honourable Members of Congress,
‘My appreciation for the great honour of addressing your joint Houses of Congress is exceeded only by my relief at getting out of Ireland. Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ declared that a prophet is never honoured in his own country and I can tell you, he never spoke a truer word.
‘For 30 years I have, as you say in America, rolled out the pork barrel for the Irish people - well, for some of them, anyway. Amnesties for tax cheats, billions in tax cuts to speculators and big corporations, the national airline and telecommunications industry given over to our big business friends to sweat, thousands of millionares living it up in tax exile - you name it.
‘Imagine what it took to get the crowd in Northern Ireland around the same trough. Now they are slurping away as happily as any of us.
‘And despite all that, ladies and gentlemen of Congress, back in Ireland a few begrudgers just want to know where a few extra sides of pork that finished up in my barrel 15 years ago came from. Can any of us remember where the rashers we had for our breakfast last year came from?
‘On auspicious occasions like this, it is customary to allude to the common bonds than join our two great countries. there are many.
‘You have the American Mafia. We have the Drumcondra Mafia. Your mafia observe omerta - never spill the beans. Wild horses wouldn’t get the truth out of ours. Your mafia protect the rackets, ours protect me.
‘A simple look at the internet under “US political scandals” shows that among your two great parties, Republicans and Democrats, there are as many chancers and cheats, speculators, spivs and liars as in my own party called Fianna Fáil.
‘Our members’ inclinations towards bribery and corruption give us a unique understanding of what drives our common political ambitions.
‘We can also learn valuable lessons from each other. I couldn’t help being struck by the fact that your members caught with their hands in the till, so to speak, are forced to resign within a few months.
‘Ladies and gentlemen, let me tell you from years of experience, they don’t have to. There is another way.
Forget your select committees, committees on standards of official conduct and the like. As we say in Ireland, “The tribunal is your only man”.
‘Get a few judges and a bunch of lawyers. Give them terms of reference as wide as the Grand Canyon. Telll them they can stay at it as long as they want and let them write their own cheques. Then tell everybody they must wait for the report - and wait and wait.
‘Meanwhile, enjoy the gravy. Believe me, it works. I am still on the train ten years later!
‘Your great country has been a beacon for freedom and democracy around the world. Never mind that over the decades your government supported every dirty dictator and thief that would do business with them. In my party, we call that “pragmatism”.
‘Never mind that in the fight against terrorism you must kidnap, torture and kill. And never mind “the looney left lulus” - as I call them in Ireland - who say you might have a lot less terrorism in the world if you didn’t support dictatorships and didn’t rob the poor people’s resources.
‘We are pragmatists. And that means my government connives with yours in these things. I can assure you that we bent over backwards to help your invasion of Iraq and recently the number of your soldiers we helped get there reached the million mark. (Pause here for applause.)
‘Finally, honourable members of Congress, let me pay tribute to your great President, George W Bush. Even among us accomplished liars and cheats, he must take the prize.
‘He asked you for money to go to war for freedom and democracy. You knew it was a lie but you knew what he really wanted in Iraq, and you wanted it too. You know the real value of oil. Your corporate friends know the real value of oil, and so do I.
‘That is why we climbed over the shredded bodies of the men, women and children of Iraq to secure it.
‘Honourable members of Congress, I believe we understand each other very well.
‘God bless America and Ireland - and God bless any poor fools that look to us for a better world.’
(From Another Voice Joe Higgins Wednesday February 27th 2008, Irish Daily Mail
Extreme left: Decontamination scene in 'St Luke's'. Top right: CDC agents arrive.Lower right:Latest victim.
Both Dublin Castle and St Luke's Fianna Fail H.Q. Drumcondra, were cordoned off yesterday by an emergency response team flown in from America, and based in the CDC (Centre for Disease Control) in Atlanta.
The Minister for Health Mary Hearney acknowledged that the local HSA ( Health & Safety Authority) were unequipped to deal with the current outbreak of an uknown strain of Cerebral Amnesia, which has been provisionally named "Mahon Virus"
Many former staff and associates of Mr Ahern have succumbed to the illness. The disease causes rapid mental deterioration and strikes down young and old alike.
The latest victim ,is Grainne Carruth, a young married woman with three children.
Experts have established that most of the victims were present in both locations at one time or another, and agents of the CDC were visible yesterday digging around for evidence of contamination in the vicinity of "St Lukes"
Grainne was found wandering around Dublin castle in a visibly distraught state, yesterday and when intervied by the investigators she had even forgotten where she lived; the names of her three children;and pretty much everything about her many years in Mr Ahern's employ.
She said she had written down her home address before leaving the house on a piece of paper that morning, but had forgotten where she put it. If anybody recognises the lady-pictured above ,and knows where she lives-please contact you local Garda Station. immediately.
Grainne lied for loyalty. Bertie lied because the Irish Permanent Building Society once told Tim Collins that it didn't have records going back that far.
Turns out that they did. The rotten edifice collapses.
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Sir - Aaaah! I screamed at my computer as my blood boiled while reading that Dublin TDs are claiming €25,000 a year in expenses and countrywide the figure is considerably more than this. My job is delivering white goods, with a meagre take-home pay of €407 per week; that's €21,164 a year, for a back-breaking job.
I am off work for the past two months with a back injury that gives no sign of healing. Unfortunately, I did not have personal or loss of earnings insurance. I was aware of such insurance, but I could not afford it as I have a family of four to support and my wife worked part-time with take-home pay approx €250 per week, but now she has started her maternity leave with the baby due within a week or so.
My boiling blood has turned to a sick-sinking feeling of despair as my employer is not paying me anything since I became ill, which is their right, apparently.
So, all I'm getting now is a disability benefit of €165.80 per week. Serves you right for not having yourself properly insured, some might say. Well, that seems to be the Government's view as well, as they do not care about the ordinary workers, the 'backbone' of Ireland. Their policy on the low pay workers seems to be - use 'em up and wear 'em out, and consign them to a life of benefit-stricken poverty.
Is this the view of the other political parties, as their voices are very quiet on the quality for the 'genuinely' sick? Will they think about us while they are collecting their expenses which is more than some of us are getting for a year of back-breaking work.
Surely they can run their offices and their cars on the large wages that they are getting, and stop screwing the tax-payer. I'm sure that their 'expenses' will come in very handy at this time of year while people like myself who are on injury or disability benefit won't get the Christmas bonus like our counterparts who are on unemployment benefit.
Christmas is a bleak time for us on the 'sick', but at least I'll have my baby son or daughter to look forward to. Please God.
Name and Address with Editor (Sunday Independent Dec.2006)
"This is a scandal. A scandal for Bertie Ahern. A scandal for Mary Harney. A scandal for the HSE. A scandal for the Government. A scandal for the limp Opposition. And a scandal for the local politicians. Here is a major trauma centre in a national hospital having to get down on its knees to beg for basic equipment.
The poor should be worried. And so, may I say, should the rich. If you have a knife stuck between your shoulder-blades, it is no time to go flashing your Plan E card at the Gullawntha Medical Clinic with the oak tree in the atrium and three ladies playing the harp. You will be redirected to the public hospital and advised to have a nice day."
Beaumont; Charles Haughey´s greatest legacy:It´s more than just an MRSA riddled public hospital ,you know..
(To be followed by the "Bertie Ahern Memorial Childrens mega hospital" , close by "St Luke´s" Drumcondra.)
We stole this joke from the www.resignmrahern.com site. Simply because it had me in stitches before breakfast.And laughter is the finest tonic to start your day. Enjoy!
Paddy died and went to heaven. As he stood in front of St. Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. He asked, "What are all those clocks?" St. Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move." "Oh," said the Paddy "Whose clock is that?" "That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie." "Incredible," said the Paddy. "And whose clock is that one?" St. Peter responded, "That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have moved twice telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life." "Where's Bertie Aherne's?" asked the man. "Bertie's clock is in God's office. He's using it as a fan."
A SWIMMING pool is to be located in the middle of the River Liffey, introducing a whole new 'Liffey Swim' experience.The Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) has announced plans to build a swimming pool on the Liffey next year, along with a "floating village marina".The swimming pool will join the Liffey river taxi as one of the attractions of riverside life. Much of the old waterside life disappeared after the docks ceased to be workplaces frequented by Dublin's dockers, and became a goldmine for Ballybrit tenters.A specific location for the Liffey "swimming pool" has not yet been decided.) David Higgins, DDDA director of finance, said the planned project was part of the River Regeneration Strategy for Dublin Docklands.
And to the music:
WHAT FF's PR MACHINE REPLIES:
1. It’s turned into a witch-hunt into his personal finances.
No, it hasn’t. An allegation was made that he had taken money. They investigated his accounts and found hundreds of thousands of pounds in them. They asked him to explain the source of the money. He can’t.
2. A different standard applied at the time - all this ethics business is quite new
Since when was it not required to pay tax on your personal income?
3. We should wait until the Tribunal reports
Why? John Bruton ordered Michael Lowry to resign within 24hours of learning of his payments from Ben Dunne on which he had paid no tax (for work actually carried out! unlike Bertie). Some people don’t need a tribunal to tell them how to act.
4. The people knew all this anyway before the election
No they didn’t. Substantially new information has come out in even just the past month.
5. It doesn’t matter cos he did a deal on the North
Who said that being tax compliant and delivering on political issues were mutually exclusive?
6. Lots of people have tax issues
And we can see why. Why should they pay taxes if successive FIANNA FAIL TAOISIGH don’t bother.
7. Other politicians in other political parties took money
And they were wrong too.
8. It’s important to be loyal to the leader
And debase everyone associated with politics in the meantime. And themselves.
9. Fine Gael and Labour lost the election so tough luck.
I don’t care. The Taoiseach took money for Fianna Fail and kept it for himself. Took money for himself and didn’t pay his taxes. He told huge lies to the people in the Brian Dobson interview. Even if the people re-elected him tomorrow it would still be wrong.
(via www.sarahcarey.ie )
(a member of the Moyross mounted "Janjaweed")
DEFENCE Minister Willie O’Dea yesterday (22,February 2008)came riding to assistance of the Moyross Janjaweed whose tribesmen have been shot at and kidnapped in the fields around Limerick.
. Bullets raked his house as McCarthy and friends sat in the front garden on a summer’s evening. Kieran Ryan and his brother Eds were at the centre of a mysterious kidnap incident in January 2003 and surfaced at a Garda station hours after gang boss Kieran Keane was murdered.
Kieran Keane was suspected of the murder of the Ryan brothers father, Eddie, in the Moose Bar in November 2000.
A DEVELOPER who built 52 holiday homes close to the Rock of Cashel has been granted "retention planning permission" for 32 of the houses.
South Tipperary County Council has granted the permission despite having previously issued an enforcement order demanding that all of the houses be demolished and the land restored to its condition "prior to the commencement of the development".!!
Remember Carrickmines! Nothing ever changes.
Irish air traffic controllers are going on strike. They are currently earning as much as €140,000 a year and are working “already low hours” of 34.7 hours per week. It also claimed they were looking for a 15% pay increase just to volunteer for overtime as well as an overtime rate of €1,200 per day. As for Aer Lingus.. what can we say? just enjoy the fun (and make sure you have a Ryanair ticket- rough and ready it is but at least you can sleep peacefully the nights before you go ).This Frankenstein company (Aer Lingus) is a creation of Fianna Fail´s appeasement policies to secure re-election in North Dublin-has to be closed down, before it can be reborn under new (union free) management. Problem is poor Michael O, cant go anywhere without ATC. Siptu´s tentacles are in the control tower too.! Ronald Regan sacked them all. God forbid, Bertie!.
If you have bought a house in Bulgaria from Michael Lynn, what can we say except repeat a phrase from the Danish: "The last fool hasnt been born yet" (You know the english equivalent..)
However if you have had money stolen from you here in Ireland by one of the numerous (mostly Fianna Fail party members) conniving thieves of the legal profession there is somebody who is trying to help you.It is not Fianna Fail. It is not the Law Society.As usual it is a body of victims who -in desperation- have come together to try and expose these scoundrels and fight for justice and proper independent regulation.
(When will we have a "Victims of the Medical Profession" lobby group?
As soon as all the splinter outfits come together to form a powerful lobby nucleus, just like the Irish Farmers Association -´who virtually run the country-by proxy,thats when, and not before. The government will then jump- when you say jump, but only when citizens stand together united and form powerful lobbys. For a start you could log on to www.gavinsblog.com and join his "Resign Mr Ahern" group on facebook, a lobby (almost 2000 young people at present) for accountability in politics. You could also attend the "Green Revolution" planned for April the 12th outside Dail Eireann. If real change is to come in our corrupt political system it must begin with our young people.
The fledgling environmental group CLEAN (Cavan leitrim Environmental Awareness Network) has responded to criticism leveled at it by councilors at the February meeting of Leitrim County Council over legal proceedings it has brought against the local authority.The Fianna Fail/ Gombeen men of Leitrim County Council had expressed their anger that the legal proceedings initiated by CLEAN is preventing the local authority from working on and upgrading a road that crosses Boleybrack Mountain which connects the Glenfarne and Newbridge areas,and runs through an Special Area of Conservation which is covered by the EU Habitats Directive.Read on..
(Perhaps they want to rezone a few hundred acres locally for housing and need a better access road!)
If so,f*ck the "Conservation" crap- get on with the development boys!
CLEAN have also foiled the plans of Roscommon´s Fianna Fail TD Michael Finneran, who was interested in destroying another parkland of outstanding natural beauty,with a luxury hotel and adjoining golf course for the wealthy jet set.
Fresh from his novel scheme to remove half the drivers in the state from the traffic congested roads of the nation, Noel Dempsey TD
probably rated second on the buffoonery scale among the Soldiers of Destiny, finally gives closure to the long running affair (5 years ) of the Great Limerick Road Construction Disaster.
"The final bill to the taxpayer is expected to be in excess of €83m after years of legal wrangling and the employment of another company to finish the job. Ms Tallon also admitted the department ignored the advice of the Attorney General when it advised Limerick City Council to fight the case in the High Court, despite having been told during an arbitration hearing that the contract was wrongfully terminated. " (Examiner Feb 2007)
Anyway it´s nothing to do with Noel any more, he has moved on from these now Green pastures to cause chaos in other departments
"It is deeply disturbing to me that in a modern, civilised democracy a forum can exist where an individual can peddle such monstrous and clearly obvious lies with impunity and immunity,"
said Owen O´Callaghan, Cork based property developer,and one of a group of (heretofore) shadowy financial backers of the Fianna Fail Party. The Mahon Tribunal changed all that.Meanwhile Hazel Lawlor, widow of the beloved (by a close knit brotherhood of scoundrels) Fianna Fail TD,Liam Lawlor has asked our gallant Gardai to investigate the immunity of the Mahon Tribunal´s star whistleblower Tom Gilmartin. (William Gogarty might contest this statement,were he still with us).
As our Gardai have investigated very little corruption-or shown any interest in investigating any corruption or fraud, involving Fianna Fail TD´s councillors,or their associated speculators or businessmen, during the past three decades, Mrs Lawlor,- I see no point in their poking their noses into the very able work of the Mahon Tribunal.They have enough on their agenda in places like Moyross, and the countrywide drugs crisis and associated murders and criminality.Perhaps you and your family could help the Tribunal greatly in their work, by furnishing them with any information you possess regarding your late husbands estate and his shadowy irish partners in offshore property development in places such as Russia and the Czech Republic.No doubt he has secured his assets far from the jurisdiction of Irish Law, nevertheless where there is criminality involved-as is certainly the case-it might be possible for their ill gotten gains to be eventually sequestrated by the irish courts.At a minimum it might reveal the identity of his bedfellows (no doubt very prominent figures in the Fianna Fail Mafia of international builders/speculators/property developers
These magnates are often feted in newspaper articles as ambassadors of Celtic Tigerland,when they snap up some office block in London or Paris for 200Million Euros etc It might be remembered however that their massive war chest is money made during the past decades when our schools,hospitals, and working class neighbourhoods, suffered from underfunding, and the latter was laid waste by the drug scourge and the meanest deprivation imaginable without even an acknowledgement that such places existed on the same planet as Charles Haughey or Bertie Ahern.) Few of them(such as the notorious Bailey Brothers) paid any taxes on their building projects countrywide, and amassed massive wealth to bankroll land and property purchases here and abroad.
Come Mrs Lawlor save yourself now and perhaps your late husband ,who may not be beyond your prayers and penitence.
Remember the phrase:
"What doth it profit a man if he gains the whole world-and loses his immortal soul".Ideas like that, are rather unfashionable in Ireland nowadays given that wealth-at any price- is the new God. You opted for a church funeral and a christian burial, so its worth making a decision now Mrs Lawlor-to help the Mahon Tribunal or to continue in your late husbands mission of impeding them at every turn.?
Manseragh,as gifted-and as loose with the truth-as his predecessor Martin Goebbels was in a former "Third (Reich) Term"government in Nazi Germany .
EU fundamentally undemocratic — ‘that’s a fact’(Examiner letters section)
DR MARTIN MANSERGH (Letters, February 2) rubbished the claims of Eurosceptics, but made no attempt to prove these claims wrong — the reason of course being he couldn’t do so simply because they are not wrong.
Dr Manserg criticises Eurosceptics for saying the EU is fundamentally undemocratic.
He didn’t deny this claim simply because it is true.
If the EU wasn’t fundamentally undemocratic, it would allow the people of every member state to vote on the Lisbon treaty and accept the outcome of each referendum. It doesn’t.
The EU has denied millions of people their democratic right to decide how they wish to be governed. Therefore, Eurosceptics are right.
The EU doesn’t respect the democratic rights of the people of those states. The EU is fundamentally undemocratic. That is a matter of fact — not opinion.
Dr Mansergh also criticises Eurosceptics who claim the EU "places the power of decision-making in the hands of unelected and unaccountable officials".
It was interesting to note he didn’t deny this claim either.
He couldn’t because it is true.
If we endorse the Lisbon treaty, our laws will be made by commissioners whom we never elected and whom we can never vote out of office.
Margaret Thatcher may have got a lot of things wrong, but the facts show she wasn’t wrong about the EU.
The 50 million Euros that Martin Cullen wasted on voting machines is small change in the broader picture of Fianna Fail´s corruption and criminality in office. Credit is however due to their Machiavellian ingenuity.It is a rare occasion that one of them (Martin Cullen) comes out "with his hands up", and admits to fucking up.Before the confession is dry on their lips they are busy scheming how to make a follow on "killing" , from the initial fiasco, all at the taxpayers expense.!
When Cullen found himself with a huge volume of rubbish on his hands,he thought to himself, how can we turn this to our advantage? He immediately proceeded to seek tenders from Fianna Fail cronies countrywide, asking them if they would consider storing at enormous expense, the junk machines. Not only did his mates rush out to buy old warehouses, but Cullen then signed long term year leases with them, to ensure continuity in his cronies ability to repay the money they borrowed from the banks to buy the storage facilities in the first place! .
This type of scam is similiar to the great refugee seeker scam . Thousands of illegal migrants arrived here to get a slice of the Celtic Tiger, and Fianna Fail boys were tipped off about the potential gains from housing them.They hurriedly bought old mills, run down hotels, and derelict buildings countrywide, put in a few hundred bunk beds, a slap of paint , and an application to Bertie to house the unfortunate masses.Places like the former Butlins Holiday camp, an assortment of run down huts and cabins originally intended for habitation in what passes for an irish summer, became a goldmine for Friends of Fianna Fail who had contributed to party funds and were paid up members of the party.John Gormley is now about to buy out the twenty year leases-make multi millionaires of the Fianna Fail party faithful- and spend another fortune dismantling and finally disposing of the junk! What a country.
THE Irish mixture of private and public healthcare has been described as "corrupt" by a leading international expert.
As hospital consultants finalize new talks on their contracts with Health Minister Mary Harney, Canadian management specialist Professor Henry Mintzberg said doctors should have to choose between working in the public or private systems, but not both.
"That is what we did in Canada when we created the national system in the 1950s, despite fierce resistance from doctors, including the American Medical Association across the border in the USA," he said. "The British government compromised with the doctors when it created the National Health Service in 1948 and Canada may have learnt from that. Our doctors are not State employees, but if they work for the State system, they cannot also earn private fees.
"It is plain corrupt to have people doing both jobs; one on a salary from the State and another on private fees," Professor Mintzberg said.
He was speaking after an address on managing healthcare systems at the UCD Smurfit Business School. Prof Mintzberg, who works at McGill University in Montreal, is a management specialist who has increasingly focused on the problems of managing health systems.
He said this was not the same as managing a business. Competition was unlikely to be the answer in what were "professional bureaucracies," where patients could not shop around as they can for ordinary services.
"Working in a health system is a 'calling,' not a business."
- Brendan Keenan (Irish Independent)
Biodiesel producers to challenge State licensing system as corrupt and crony orientated.
TWO brothers from Westmeath are to legally challenge the State for not granting them a license to produce biodiesel, even though they have been making the environmentally-friendly product from waste chip shop oil for almost three years. Engineers John and Tommy Newman, who have been running Newman Biodiesel Ltd at their self-built plant near Tyrellspass since February 2005, are taking their case after being twice refused a license under the Biodiesel Excise Relief Scheme in 2005 and 2006.
Independent Councillor Michael Moloney, accused other councillors from all parties in Laois of engaging in " reckless behaviour" when they voted last October to allow developments on some of the town's flood plains..whats new?
At a special press conference to announce the arrival of "hard times" in Ireland and a consequent shortfall in the public finances, bosses Bart and Brian, have expressed their thanks for the many votes they received from generously compensated public servants, in the historic "Third Term" election campaign.
The ATM machine is now closed until further notice (2012 maybe..?). Did you really think it could go on forever?
Let angels hail this Christmas tale.
Bartholmew Ahern is a martyr,- a living saint!. Fact: He never cared for money.(He still doesen't). Not the extra 40 grand he was awarded recently.Not all those digouts forced upon him and pushed into his safe by hard pressing pals..and his best mate Des. He only cares for the common people. Hence his persecution -and eventual crucifixion-at the hands of The Tribunal.
Bertie quote: "A pint of plain in Fagans is your only man".
He lives a simple life.He has no yachts, palaces,horses or offshore islands. He's a man of the people.His pals may be all millionaires,and convicted tax dodgers like the Baily Brothers (25 million to Revenue).Coincidence, thats all.! Its the poor and the sick and the dying (Rosie Long's bereaved family, breast cancer victims etc.) that he truly identifies with. He despised those wealthy builders who are in on every racket going: Building nursing homes: opening toll roads: bribing politicians: constructing co-located hospitals: flying to the Ballybrit races in private helicopters and displaying every conceivable vulgarity and ostentation (Jim Mansfield's new palatial home costing 20 million euros) and so on..
He despises the things of this world does Saint Bart.He even threw all that filthy lucre forced upon him into two old safes, and let it go mouldy there while he could have gotten 10% interest in a bank account and so on..is that the demeanour of a crook, a miser and a cheat I ask you?
Bertie's forehead is covered with penitential ashes on Ash Wednsday ,and he is a regular communicant.He flies out to meet the Pope in Rome, and get the Apostolic Blessing from Christ's representative on earth. (Cost the taxpayer one billion Euros-that did..)
It is widely rumoured that he says Rosaries and wears an Immaculate Medal wherever he goes. This has enabled him to survive many trials and Tribunals completely and miraculously unscathed.
May angels watch over him when he finally goes,and may flights of them carry him to his repose in St Fintans,Sutton, where he will "lie" for eternity beside his spiritual Father, St Charles Haughey, whose eternal soul now reposes in Heavenly Pastures, a fitting reward for his equally unselfish service to the people of the irish nation.Amen.
Happy Christmas,Holy Bart and also blessed is thy handmaid Mary,conceived with conceit: Mary pray for us who have recourse to ye and particularly for those amongst us who have recourse to your "co-located" public hospitals, Accident and Emergency units etc., this Christmas.)
Read about the 'Evil Conspiracy' revelation that caused hack writer Eoghan Harris to fall from his mount, on the Damascus Road, and landed him with a jammy job for life:
"The Constitution is explicit in the collective designation of executive power to the government, binding all its members to act together and to protect the legislative decisions of the Oireachtas. They are not free to engage in independent and possibly divergent criticisms or attacks on what the State has appointed them to protect and enforce. "
Meanwhile the worried Martin Manseragh, the 'Cardinal Richelieu' of the Fianna Fail Party ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardinal_Richelieu ) has recently attempted to rally the faltering troops of the Soldiers of Destiny behind Bartholmew. 2008 promises to be an interesting year..
Decent people are not going away Manseragh-now or ever.!
When will the good people of Ireland ever learn. Got this video from facebook´s ´resign Mr Ahern´s petition site. Feel free to join up and add your name to this ´Gavin´s blog effort, for what it´s worth. Not sure what it will take for a ´Risen people´to emerge though. They just re-elected the nearest thing to the nazi ´SS´in the form of The Soldiers of Destiny´and their loyal and immune Brownshirts´´ represented in Ireland by the colour blue, as you will see in the film clip.Watching the film reminds me of a poem (originally in German) by a chap called Martin Niemoller: When arresting and jailing the activists in Mayo created martyrs, the Gardai, staunch upholders of Fianna Fail dictate (and Fine Gael one must add); attacked and crippled them. Those who watch it all indifferently from other corners of Ireland would do well to read the following :
When the Nazis arrested the Communists,
I said nothing; after all, I was not a Communist.
When they locked up the Social Democrats,
I said nothing; after all, I was not a Social Democrat.
When they arrested the trade unionists,
I said nothing; after all, I was not a trade unionist.
When they arrested me, there was no longer anyone who could protest. ´
"Our political classes are dominated by people whose home areas and lives are untroubled by crime, and who feel little empathy or compassion towards the working-class people whom crime most effects." (Kevin Myers writes, see "stitched up" page )
The Dutch people said no.The French said no. Their politicians went ahead anyway. Now its time for the irish nation to say 'No'. Enough is enough. we want our schools and our hospitals, and our traditions, back. We dont want the status of 'Little Nigeria'. we dont want Muslim schools and classrooms filled with semi literate children,who diminishing the educating of our own.We dont want our second rate hospitals filled with expectant foreign mothers any more.The farmers, and the meat factories, and the dairy co-ops, and the hoteliers love the easy availibility of cheap non union labour ,and the citizens are well served with the 3000 extra (and growing daily) coloured taxi drivers on our streets at night. It all has to stop.
Also; The Great VRT Tax Rip-off, by David McWilliams; Fianna Fail´s "A La Carte" EU membership. who needs it.! Vote NO to more of the same:
Bertie Ahern today announced that he is changing our emblem from a shamrock to a CONDOM because it more accurately reflects the government's political stance.
A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a sense of security while you're actually being screwed.
Damn, it just doesn't get more accurate than that!
Bertie Ahern, sponsoring more rip-offs than you can scarcely imagine..
"Government financed agencies, including Garda vehicles and ambulances, intriguingly, use their cards at the filling station, at Ushers Island Quay on the Liffey, where they are charged at the average price of about €1.18 a litre." Casual visitors pay €1-80, a whopping 50% over the normal market price.!
"The station is located along one of the busiest routes in the country and is the first petrol station for many motorists coming off the ferry at Dublin Port. It is one of the only petrol stations in Dublin city centre."
"Dublin businessman Hugh Farrington, who has property interests and lives in Dalkey, owns the Usher’s Quay station through his company QEC…
Are the Fianna Fail Party, facilitators to the greatest rip fuel rip off, ever by assisting this thief to stay in business with a core of state bodies paying his overheads while he robs the unsuspecting casual motorists?
Three County Down fishermen have been ordered to pay back more than Ł1m which they netted through a fish quota scam. They were convicted at Liverpool Crown Court in January of landing fish stocks in excess of their permitted quotas. On Monday, a judge at the same court said the trio and two Kilkeel-based fish-selling firms had made more than Ł15m from this criminal conduct. The fishermen were given six months to either pay the money to the Assets Recovery Agency or face imprisonment.
We knew this shit was coming down the line long ago.The toll bridge has been a cash cow for a number of wealthy speculators. it has changed hands as many times as Telecom Eireann.(You were stung on that one too). The state have paid 600 million for their greatest nightmare ever. The last operators knew it was a fiasco in the making. They refused to be part of it. result? Bart Ahern bought it with your money.Wanton waste of taxpayers money.Read my lips.when did they ever do anything with competence.? free flow traffic? Billing thousands of churlish resentful motorists for the outlandish fee? bringing them to court.? Fining them? Imprisoning them?
Who are you codding Bart Ahern. Another Fuc*ing fiasco in the making.
left:The cunning Rat in an anorak. Right:The King Rat´s offspring.
The Marlborough employment agency appears to have grown and prospered as it had been channelled much of the recruitment for the numerous multi-national american companies who would have always deferred to the recommendation of government agencies(such as the I.D.A.) when setting up business in Ireland.but what can you prove about nod and wink stuff like that.?
He snapped up the Marlborough recruitment business in 1992 for ,7,500 and transformed it into a stock market giant worth ,165million in just five years. (If his high profile connections and drinking buddy Bart Ahern had nothing to do with that then Im a monkey´s uncle!) ´
Then, five years later, it collapsed under a mountain of debt.
An Old Trafford season ticket holder, McKenna regularly talked football with Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.
The closeness between McKenna and Des Richardson was obvious to those who know them. ‘‘They were so tight together and their friendship was well cemented long before the mid-1990s when things were really taking off for Marlborough," a business colleague said.
McKenna landed the recruitment contracts for many of the big multinational firms coming to Ireland such as Intel and IBM. He did little business by way of state contracts, but ironically, the deal that seems to have contributed to Marlborough's demise had a connection with a state body.
Another source said: "Some people thought him charming. A lot thought he was the polar opposite. He was cocky and lived the high life. A lot of people lost a lot of money in Marlborough and no amount of historical revisionism will change that." It is easy to see McKenna as the youthful pin-up of the boom years of the late 1990s
The survey of 1,000 Irish people published by Transparency International (TI) in Dec 2007,found the public regards political parties as the most corrupt of all institutions in the State.
The Global Corruption Barometer measures public attitudes in 60 countries using a points system of 1-5, where five represents institutions viewed as highly corrupt. Irish parties registered a score of 3.4.
John Devitt, chief executive of TI Ireland, said one of the likely reasons for parties being viewed with suspicion was the lack of transparency over funding.
"There's no easily accessible way to see political parties audited accounts, and they are not compelled to file them either," Mr Devitt said.
Over €2 billion in evaded tax is estimated to have been collected arising from the tribunals, the Ansbacher inquiry and Dirt inquiry, he said.
He noted the Criminal Assets Bureau (Cab) could reclaim over €50 million arising from what it says was a corrupt rezoning of lands at Carrickmines, Co Dublin. The matter, which arose from the investigations of the Mahon tribunal, is still subject to High Court proceedings.
Det Chief Supt John O'Mahoney, who heads Cab, says the bureau may pursue other matters arising from tribunals.
Ireland has signed up to the United Nations Treaty Against Corruption, but the Government has not enacted legislation to give it effect.
Some old shit on Des Richardson, Ken Rohan, and Bertie´s other whiparound pals:
Susie Long: Murdered by the state and its "social partnership" its incompetence combined with a policy of appeasment and surrender time and time again to the powerful public sector unions- and the medical and pharmaceutical professions.
A "Dublin" Taoiseach tickles the fancy of a prospective little patient..
"Two thirds of patients forced to wait long periods in accident and emergency are in Dublin.
New data from the HSE shows that the A&E unit at Beaumont Hospital accounts for more than 25% of patients nationally who experience unacceptable delays.
The Mater and Blanchardstown Hospital were next in line for delays exceeding 12 hours."
(Source Irish Independent,Oct 2007)
"The comments and attitude of the Taoiseach in the Dail yesterday on the death of Susie Long show his lack of concern and grasp of the harsh realities of life on the outside. He has been too long away from the coal face of waiting for appointments and the normal living that we all do." (Reader)
"In attempting to absolve his profession of any responsibility in Susie Long's scandalous wait for a colonoscopy, how dare a medical consultant from the Mater Hospital on Tuesday's 'Prime Time' programme try to scapegoat hospital managers? It was particularly galling at a time which has seen the same profession retain the private practice incentive in the new common contract."By CALDRAGH, CO LEITRIM Saturday October 20 2007
"The HSE's original target of reducing infections by 20pc over five years is clearly not being met. MRSA infections in our hospitals are far more numerous than had, for years, been officially acknowledged. Almost 600 patients were infected by the antibiotic resistant organism last year, and the same number the year before. With relentless consistency, almost 300 patients contracted the disease in the first six months of 2007."
I suppose the Department of Health has a policy function. It purportedly decides what policy the HSE should apply in its administration of the health service. But this is hardly complicated, especially since Harney’s policy views are fairly clear: persist with the two-tier health service, privatise as much of it as possible, don’t be too worried about resultant inequalities, and don’t bother with the reality that, as a consequence of the endemic inequalities in our society and health service, thousands die prematurely every year. Indeed, Ruth Barrington, head of the Health Research Bureau, estimates that 5,400 people die prematurely every year because of these inequalities. (Vincent Browne)
Nov 21st 2007, Mary hearney replied to a written question from Roisin Shortall (Labour party) re staffing numbers in the Dept of Health:
"The approved complement for my Department at present is 530 posts. This includes nearly 70 posts in the office of the Minister for Children, but excludes the General Registration Office, the Adoption Board, the Ombudsman for Children and the Repayment Scheme Appeals Unit."
Isn’t there something absolutely bonkers about this? A department that should employ around 40 people at most, employing ten times that number and costing close to half a billion?(Vincent Browne)
A requiem for Susie:
"Good morning good morning" the Health Ministress said, as she met us last week, in the long trolley line.
Now the patients she spoke to, are most of em dead, and we´re cursing Fianna Fail for incompetent swine.
"She´s a cheery farm girl" said Billy to Jack.
"The consultants have won- and we´re for the whack!.."
-And she did for em both ,with her two tier "Health pack"!
(With apologies to Siegfried Sassoon)
This beautiful song is for Rosie. I heard it sung at another funeral in Lucan village a short few years past, in a rather inappropriate setting. I was an unwanted visitor there that day . I just felt compelled to attend and get the feel of a real "Mafiosi" funeral gathering. I cycled 15 miles from my home to the church.I was not disappointed.Like Haughey´s demise, it was (as Joe Higgins said) "like a property speculators convention".
This tune is for you Rosie.Some of us will keep and cherish your memory and your courage in our hearts always.Why? perhaps because we are all "Rosie". There but for the lottery of God go I.
Irish Independent Feb 18 2007: MRSA lottery 1 in 5 patients go down with the dreaded bug:
"When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak, and taught them, saying: Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God."
Quiz: Whats the difference between Des Traynor and Des Richardson?
One was hung out to dry after he had passed on. The other, while he was in the land of the living.
For Bart Ahern to pose as the anti one armed bandit saviour of the nation, and anti casino champion is rich given that thousands of concerned citizens and dozens of councillors around the country, in those bad old days, failed to rally support, and effectual action, among prominent politicians to stamp out the flagrant abuse of weak gaming laws that existed at that time.
Numerous get rich quick merchants from all walks of live grew very rich from this racketeering-not least among them the now multi-millionaire,Isle of Man based, Jim Kennedy of the "Carrickmines rezoning scandal" fame.
I have intimate knowledge and good memory of the one armed bandit phenomenon which destroyed the lives of countless poor people in the eighties.A close friend serviced the machines throughout the country. There was no will to deal with this problem in the Fianna Fail Cabinet.. One ex garda became a very wealthy man operating a "casino" in the Dublin 7 area, at the time that OConnell street and the surrounding environs had been turned into a mini Las Vegas.
Many of those who grew rich were Fianna Fail supporters-just as many of those who have enriched themselves in such activities as illegal dumping, in recent years.Mr Ahern was a guest at the opening of one such individuals new hotel in Kerry, but later distanced himself from this scoundrel.Fianna Fail did a miraculous U turn on the casino plan-but only after sounding out the inveterate opposition to their scheme by everybody in Dublin 15 (the proposed location) and many other decent thinking people who were sickened by the existing exploitation of the weak and the poor in our society.The hapless gaming addicts were at that time contributing their miserable weekly income, to the enrichment frenzy, of numerous opportunists of all kinds, in pubs, fish and chip shops, restaurants, and gaming arcades countrywide. The laws regulating the stake and prize payouts were being flaunted.No enforcement procedures ever materialized. It was like alcohol 'Prohibition' in America, but with thousands of gaming 'Speakeasys' in every town and city.The gardai were less interested than the politicians.Whats new.?
The 'Waffler' Ahern gave a magic performance on TV when he spent days rehearsing his famous 'crybaby' soliliquy, in the presence of Bryan Dobson.his propaganda team came up trumps. (Martin Goebbels, are you jealous?) No waffling in this well rehearsed piece.Lots of crap though. The lies were impressive. They won a general election. Hear them for yourself before RTE are instructed to 'remove' the clip from public viewing..:
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern has admitted that action needs to be taken to deal with the situation in which some 36,000 people are said to be evading bench warrants for their arrest. Labour party leader Eamon Gilmore said the figure of 36,000 had been obtained from the garda computer system on November 25. He added that there were 111,453 outstanding warrants in total, which was "equivalent to the population of a large five seat constituency".
"Some of the cases would relate to people for whom a warrant was issued and they either forgot about it or were sick," Bertie said. (Bertiespeak translation: "I dont give a fiddlers f**k!")
More Bertiespeek translations here: http://www.rte.ie/podcasts/2007/pc/pod-v-141107-4m54s-nobnation.mp3
Cork based company "Enva" sells poison laced mining waste to Veolia as water treatment chemical!!
Understandably for the 10,000 people of Cavan Monaghan, most of whom re-elected Fianna Fail, their water has been poisoned with Phenol, and their confidence in the quality of what comes out of their taps is shaken. They don't understand why it took at least three weeks from when the problem was first noticed to when a ban was put in place. They are mystified as to why their county councils would sign a twenty year contract with Veolia when the company was not properly certified. But most of all they are worried about what had been going into the water for the two years that Veolia was supplying them water before this problem occurred.
If you are a victim,check it out, record your story.
Dont fall ill this Christmas-read a true nightmare tale of one victim of our health service on Christmas Eve.!
"A WOMAN diagnosed with breast cancer after being given the all-clear has had life-saving surgery cancelled because there was no bed available.In a further, shocking insult to those hit by the breast cancer test scandal, the woman earlier this week had her mastectomy cancelled at 6pm the night before it was due to take place. The woman, in her 50s, told the Irish Independent she now has to wait a further five days for the operation to be rescheduled at St Vincent's Hospital in Dublin and that she is still not guaranteed a bed even then."
Letter from a hospital employee:
"Every single non Irish/English person that I ever dealt with in this country has a medical card. I work in the health service and all the non Irish/English have medical cards. Not all the Irish have such a thing. Even working foreigners have them. It must cost the tax payer a fortune. I have lived abroad and have had to pay for healthcare. I have seen people from Poland, Nigeria, India all with medical cards even if they were working or not working. I see this in work all day and have to charge the Irish. Does the government check out how much property/money these non Irish/English have in the countries they come from? Are checks in place to see are they working/partners working? How is this going on? Is it any wonder they come here?'
Soon, Conor Lenihan plans to give them all the vote, so they can vote Fianna Fail." (And they probably will too.!)
We thought that when commander Bart "whiparound" Ahern, captain of the intergalactic space shuttle "Soldiers of Destiny" dispached Ripley to destroy the awful alien spawn gestating in the lakes and rivers of Galway, her mission had been a success. Now watch the dreadful sequel,"Cryptosporidium 2"
(Or-where the double taxation bin charges are spent!)
"We have a bigger drugs problem now than we had 15 years ago, worse inequalities in health (poorer people dying up to 15 years younger than rich people from the same diseases), literacy, frightful neglect of disadvantaged areas, small-time crime, big-time crime, the treatment of Travellers, over 100,000 children living in what is called ‘‘consistent poverty’’, numbers of working people living on incomes that most of us would consider impossibly poor (less than €11,000 for a single adult and less than €28,000 for two adults and two children)".(Vincent Browne)
"And not a cheep from anyone at the press conference (including myself) about the vast wastage of opportunity to deal with the huge social problems that we faced 15years ago, and that we face today in even worse manifestations, aside from unemployment and emigration. Or a cheep from anybody about the promises about ‘‘sensible’’, ‘‘prudent’’, ‘‘responsible’’ management of the economy. Translated, this means no attempt at all to address these vast social problems."
An old story (Minister Brennan´s) resurrected: No pension for you.!
The murder of Manuela Riedo has brought the usual calls for better law enforcement, and imprisoning the violent thugs whose senseless and random assaults on ordinary citizens-and foreign visitors-are now a feature of irish life. There never will be enough prisons of course.Some of the existing ones have a warder to prisoner ratio of 1:1. The staff draw down up to 100,000Euros a year in wages. No government can efford that kind of labour cost-or staffing level in the penal system. Michael McDowell tried to face down the Prison Warders union.. Hes gone, and he lost.The changes were cosmetic and minimal. The unions rule this public sector as all others.The blame lies four square with our political masters. Dreadful inefficiencies.It is the same story with driving tests.Its the same with Health. Anything touched or controlled by the state and the public service is a disaster and a nettle no politician of any of our current parties will ever truly confront.Our police have in recent years been exposed as an out of control maverick force with no external oversight or checks and balances to control dreadful excesses and injustices which is costing the taxpayer a fortune in compensation. Until the belated setting up of a watered down "Police Ombudsman Comission", itself a compromise to appease the police unions. It is an ineffectual "three leaf shamrock board" without the one person/ administrator appointed in the Northern Ireland equivalent body-where the police have also been a law unto themselves.
There is an unhealthy "Broederbond" between our two largest political parties and the nations police force, which has always led to a policy of appeasement before the worst of the force´s excesses were made public, in recent years.Virtually Every Justice Minister in recent Fianna Fail governments has been a crook , a rogue,and a scoundrel (Burke, Doherty,etc) so it hardly comes as a surprise that many of those under their scrutiny have also been "freelancing" in roguery.
There will be more Manuela Riedos in this nightmare state the so called "Republic of Ireland" which is as far removed from here homeland Switzerland in terms of competent administration,and police efficiency- as the Earth is from the Sun. See: Jail the witness & Stitched up
"At last !-my driving test is next year!"
So will the 12 month waiting list for learner driver tests be reduced to 12 days? Will Siptu and the infamous "Public Partnership" ATM pact for the public service be crushed at last? or Is Ireland just turning into a Gestapo republic.Maybe the Gardai should wear swastika armbands on road checkpoints and Bart Ahern should wear khaki for the rest of his "Third Reich"?
Check out Dying to drive..
Read on.Vincent Browne
The Taoiseach´s versatile author daughter Cecelia Ahern, following in the footsteps of her Da ( the star of "The crying game", "Show me the money"( and other T.V weepies too numerous to mention) has created a new T.V show which is expected to be a big hit in the U.S.
It is about an amnesiac who wakes up in hospital not knowing anything about the past. When this person gets out of hospital old friends gather around and bankroll the amnesiac.this helps him to rediscover life, work, socialising and so on. The amnesiac was not a very nice person before his mental disability.He was a selfish workaholic and ended up in an acrimonious marriage seperation. The amnesiac wants to be a better person in future, despite his mental lapses. But the situation has its compensations(in the end). Next week's episode is called The Virgin.Having forgotten what it was like to have sex, a new love helps to rekindle the amnesiac´s dormant passion. By the way,the TV show is not called "A tale of St Lukes"
"An estimated average of 24% of waste generated in Ireland is uncollected, "so this is a problem that extends much further afield than Waterford City alone", she said.
Council staff will call to households who have not paid the 2007 fixed charge and who do not have this charge waived to determine how they are disposing of waste." (Examiner ,Oct 2007)
Why a well paid sinecure in the Seanad for Eoghan Harris.?- Because they want him to keep his mouth wide open.! .(Boycott the Bolli*ks)
"One Irish farmer handed over his land to his son free of charge in 2005 and he immediately qualified for €125,000 in payments — three times what his father had been eligible for. In the North, a farmer who qualified for €109,000 moved his 600 cattle to a relative’s holding who then qualified for €40,000, the EU court of auditors discovered.
The auditors refused for the 12th year in a row to sign off on the EU’s €105bn budget of which Ireland got €2.3bn — the eighth largest recipient of 25 in 2006.
The report estimates 150,000 Irish entitlements have been affected by what it calls the Department of Agriculture’s irregular methods of calculation and it says 24% of claims for area aid were exaggerated.
A spokesperson for the department said its rules for implementing the scheme had been approved by the commission. Last year about 130,000 farmers received €1.2billion Euros, "
Food prices to soar and the poor to pay more, due to botched C.A.P. "reform":
The demands of America's ethanol programme alone account for over half the world's unmet need for cereals. Without that programme, food prices would not be rising anything like as quickly as they have been. According to the World Bank, the grain needed to fill up an SUV would feed a person for a year. America's ethanol programme is a product of government subsidies. There are more than 200 different kinds, as well as a 54 cents-a-gallon tariff on imported ethanol. That keeps out greener Brazilian ethanol, which is made from sugar rather than maize. Federal subsidies alone cost $7 billion a year (equal to around $1.90 a gallon).
Bertie Ahern today announced that he is changing our emblem from a shamrock to a CONDOM because it more accurately reflects the government's political stance.
A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks, and gives you a sense of security while you're actually being screwed.
Damn, it just doesn't get more accurate than that!
Irish Government Chief Whip Tom Kitt told the RTE Morning Ireland radio programme earlier this week that the expansion of the number of parliamentary committees to twenty-three was necessary to respond to the demands of the modern world. Twenty additional researchers will be employed and only a fool would expect any change in the 1920's era ramshackle system of governance with its limited accountability and responsibility. Meanwhile, in Paris, staff of the OECD, the think-tank for 30 governments of mainly industrialised countries including Ireland, are working on proposals for reform of the Irish public service.In parallel with a modern economy that is powered by the world's top companies in their sectors - - Intel, Microsoft, Google, Dell, HP, Pfizer and Boston Scientific - - old-style gombeenism still thrives. Despite the unparalleled opportunity provided by the prosperity of the Celtic Tiger, there has been no reform in our system of governance or public service in recent decades. In ten years, almost 100,000 extra staff have been employed in the public sector and before the pay increases of the past week, the politicians have headed the gravy train queue. The pay of the bog standard TD whose main function is as a citizens' bureau/messenger boy, had increased by 120% since 1997. In addition, the typical Irish private sector worker has no occupational pension while a TD can get a pension of €50,000 annually after 20 years of service. The funding cost of the equivalent of a public service pension, in the private sector, would be 28% of salary. Last year, the then Green Party leader and school teacher Trevor Sargent, was paid almost as much as the average Irish industrial wage in local travel expenses as a TD. He lives in North Dublin and apparently just used his bicycle and the train.
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"The city fathers of Stockholm simply took an option on all land on the periphery of Stockholm, compulsorily purchasing it as required, paying the owners a reasonable premium over its previous value as farming land, and prescribing to builders what services they should provide along with the houses or apartments that they erected."
Death of a Celtic Tiger.
Des Richardson puts the squeeze on Fianna Fail´s financial backers.
"As someone directly affected by breast cancer, my mother and close friend were diagnosed with the disease, I am appalled by the lack of quality standards in breast health care in this country. With a family history of breast and ovarian cancer I am recommended to have annual mammograms. I approached my GP about this 2 years ago and have an appointment, supposedly, for January, 2008 in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital, Drogheda." (quote from another hard up victim of Fianna Fail)
"The top 1% of our population now holds 20% of the wealth, the top 2% holds 30% and the top 5% holds 40%. And if you don’t count the value of housing wealth and focus primarily on financial wealth, the concentration of wealth increases — to the point where 1% of the population own a third of all the wealth.
So why do some questions nag me so much? For instance, if there is going to be belt-tightening, why am I so certain that it won’t be the top 1 or 2% who are asked to tighten theirs? Why am I so certain that there are still going to be hungry children in Ireland this year, where average wealth per capita has risen so much? Why am I so certain that there will still be queues for essential public services, in the second richest country in the OECD? And why, in this best of all times, does so much wealth have to live side by side with so much misery?" (Fergus Finlay. Examiner)
When he was found out he paid it back-20 years later!
"Ive broken no law no ethical code no tax law" Bart Ahern.
"I appointed my whiparound pals to state boards not because they gave me money-but because they were my friends!" Bart Ahern.
"Vital transport projects which were promised years ago but are still not built include the Metro at an estimated cost of 2.5bn and the new terminal at Dublin Airport, which has already soared from a 2005 estimated cost of 270m to 395m."