“Civil servants, politicians, hospital consultants, teachers and nurses are all better paid than their Northern Ireland counterparts on most rungs of the promotional ladder, while the exception to this rule are police services, with gardaí and PSNI officers broadly on similar rates. As politicians, commentators and the public debate the cost of public sector pay and social welfare in the current financial crisis, we in Fine Gael have examined public sector pay scales and social welfare entitlements on both sides of the Border .Our survey illustrates sizeable differences.”He continued.
“The Department of Finance’s estimated public sector pay bill for 2010 is €16 billion, more than a quarter of the estimated Government budget of €61 billion. Estimated social welfare payments for 2010 are €22 billion, more than a third of the total Government budget. Combined public sector pay and social welfare payments amount to €38 billion, more than 60 per cent of the total budget.”
Mr Kenny continued ,” Figures provided by the Department of Finance show the two best-paid civil servants in the South are Dermot McCarthy, secretary general to the Government and the Department of the Taoiseach, and Kevin Cardiff, secretary general at the Department of Finance. They each earn €228,466. As figures from the Northern Ireland Department of Finance and Personnel illustrate, the top rate of pay is potentially higher for Northern civil servants, the scale for permanent secretaries running from £98,059 to £205,000 (€115,050-€240,387).
But no one in the North is near the highest rate. Bruce Robinson, head of the North’s Civil Service, receives between £150,000 and £155,000 (€176,542-€182,410). Most other Northern permanent secretaries earn between £100,000 and £120,000.
Southern deputy secretaries earn €168,000 and while the scale for the Northern equivalent is £81,600 to £160,000 (€95,702- €187,638) no Northern civil servant has reached the higher levels of that scale. The difference in pay is also considerable further down the ranks.
Southern politicians also pay themselves substantially more than their Northern counterparts. The Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, earns €228,466 compared to €134,436 for First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness. Government Ministers earn €191,417 compared to €94,959 for their Stormont counterparts. TDs earn €92,672 compared to €50,595 for Assembly members.
Northern Ireland hospital consultants earn between €87,460 and €117,923, according to the North’s Department of Health – less than half of pay for consultants south of the Border. Rates for consultants in the South who do public hospital work only range from €184,455 as entrants to €241,539 at professor level.
Northern consultants can also earn bonus-type payments for public work, but even taking this into account there is still a huge gap in consultants’ pay between practitioners on both sides of the Border. Moreover, most Southern consultants earn substantial figures from private work – much more than their Northern counterparts, according to Northern consultants.
Southern staff nurses earn between €30,234 and €42,469, compared to a pay scale of between €24,856 and €32,521 for Northern nurses, according to the two health departments and nursing union representatives.
The Department of Education in Northern Ireland was able to provide a clear statement of average payments for school principals (€65,867), vice-principals (€57,469) and teachers (€44,056), but the picture was less clear for the South.”
Based on information provided by the Department of Education and teachers’ unions, the pay of teachers, on average, ranges between €55,000 and €60,000. Principals of 500-plus pupil secondary schools average between €95,000 and €105,000, while primary principals, who run smaller schools, on average earn about €67,000.
The PSNI Chief Constable Matt Baggott bucks the trend by earning more than his Garda Commissioner counterpart, Fachtna Murphy – €227,290 against €197,625.
On the welfare side, Southern pensioners receive €230.30 per week compared to €114.65 for Northern counterparts.
Jobseekers over 25 in the South receive €196 per week compared to €76.82 for jobseekers over 25 years in the North.
Child benefit for the first child in the South is €150 per month compared to a Northern figure of €103.29 per month."
His defeat came amid bitter infighting within the party with his own running mate accusing Fianna Fail of "disgusting" behaviour.
Pat Fitzgerald claimed he had been abandoned by Fianna Fail after a team of lawyers and senior party officials arrived at the Shoreline Leisure Centre in Greystones to marshal Mr Roche's challenge to his original elimination on Sunday night"
Saturday February 26 2011 (IrishIndependent)
A DUBLIN city councillor yesterday refused to make a charitable donation over the attack which left former
health minister Mary Harney splattered with red paint.
Louise Minihan (29), who is a member of the socialist republican Eirigi party, was fined €1,500 and given a
two-month suspended jail sentence.
A nation of sheep will be led by wolves.It is a sad reflection on our country that only during the eleventh
hour of the reign of the most corrupt political regime (Fianna Fail) ever to dominate Irish political life, a
handful of angry people (Eirigi) carried out a highly visible protest.
Mary Hearney became a self styled Joan of Arc, and like the Maid of Orleans, she was set upon a horse and
armoured with untold billions of extra Euros by her Soldier of Destiny comrades.She created a ruinously
expensive and inept, second tier bureaucracy in the Health sector,lavishing obscene salaries on her cronies and those of
the governing party,-without touching with her little fat finger, the incumbent bloated and overpaid bureaucracy.
To add final insult to the recipe, she promoted private hospitals, so speculators could cream off the most
lucrative health care procedures. She offered them public land and tax relief status.
Every developer, doctor and dentist in the country got in on the "private hospital industry".
More empty and idle edifices to add to the derelict apartment blocks and ghost estates countrywide.
Here is a message from every citizen who today opens a letter from his or her local(public) hospital telling them that the consultant to whom they have been referred by their local GP will see them in two years time!.
Bad cess to you Mary, while you sit on your (private) potty, in your private hospital,counting your obscene (public) pension!.
If we get rid of Fianna Fail-how will we get rid of the Dublin City councillors, and their subordinate architects department staff,who have secure, unionized employment.?
EPA at Brownstown toxic dump, Co Kildare. Fire tenders tackle underground fire and toxic emissions from the dump.
Another massive bill for the Irish taxpayer,an enduring legacy of the unregulated years of Fianna Fail governments, and the culprits have disappeared into the sunset with millions of Euros of profit.
The Irish Times - Thursday, August 12, 2010
A LANDFILL manager has secured a High Court injunction preventing his employers from continuing a disciplinary process against him arising from claims that he falsified information about the levels of toxic leachate present at a site.Yesterday the court heard that Michael Bergin, an environmental engineer with Greenstar since 2004, has acted as the manager of the waste management firm’s landfills at Brownstown, Kilcullen, Co Kildare, and one in Co Galway, and has brought proceedings arising out of an investigation into a leachate leak that occurred in Kilcullen in late 2009.
By Aoife Barry.Last Updated Jan 2011By: TCM Editorial
It was confirmed in a report released by the EPA last month that almost 50 million litres of lethal landfill gas are escaping from the dump each day and that St Vincent de Paul’s Kerdiffstown House is being polluted by explosive gases and toxic leachate from the area.
A LIQUIDATOR and receiver this week took control of A1 Waste group, one of the biggest operators in its sector in the Leinster region. Pádraig Monaghan of KPMG has been appointed receiver to Dean Waste, which holds about 90 per cent of the group’s assets. Yesterday, a creditors meeting appointed Tom Kavanagh of corporate rescue specialists Kavanagh Fennell as liquidator to Neiphin Trading, a smaller entity which holds the group’s waste management licences. A further creditors meeting called by Jenzsoph, which owns the group’s landfill site near Naas in Co Kildare, was adjourned pending the outcome of the receivership and liquidations of the other businesses.
A1 was controlled by businessman Tony Dean, and was one of the bigger players in the waste sector.
The company grew strongly during the building boom as a significant part of its business came from dealing with construction waste.
The most recently available accounts for Dean Waste show that it made a profit of €9 million in 2007, which coincided with the building boom’s peak. However, the figures show that this dropped to €98,000 the following year. Last year, the Circuit Court fined Mr Dean €10,000 after he pleaded guilty to recovering waste without a licence.
A1 Waste had illegally dumped construction waste at a site in Wicklow in 1998.
While Mr Dean pleaded guilty, A1 Waste’s lawyers argued that in 1998 the legislation relating to waste-management licences was not clear and pointed out that a Wicklow local authority was dumping at the same site.
Earlier this year, Neiphin Trading clashed with the Environmental Protection Agency over the licensing of its landfill site in Kerdiffstown near Naas, Co Kildare.
The agency said the company had broken the terms of its permit.
The High Court subsequently ordered Neiphin to stop taking waste at the Kerdiffstown site, pending the outcome of a full hearing.
Mr Dean is known to be a Fianna Fáil supporter and A1 Waste donated cash to the party earlier in the decade.
Sources suggested that it may be possible to sell part of the group’s businesses.
Here is another prosperous criminal whose luxury hotel in Sneem Co Kerry is worth a visit.Perhaps Jackie Healey Rae pops in for a pint now and then-and the chat ends in all kinds of rubbish.
Two typical Fianna Fail activists/landowners/ developers from County Meath-Mick and Tom Bailey.
It is a truism that supply and demand factors determine the evolution of property and indeed all prices.
In the case of Ireland, a major dysfunctional factor in the property area was the very restrictive zoning policies of the authorities that have been relaxed only in recent times. Such policies were bound to result in large price increases if housing demand increased substantially.
Much of the land that had been zoned was tightly held by major players who had accumulated this land over time. For example, the construction sector analyst, Jerome Casey, has documented how eight major developers had effectively cornered the market in zoned land in North Dublin.
"JOE Higgins was in cracking form when he rose to speak in the European Parliament last Wednesday.
The forum is hostile terrain for Joe but he is a master of guerrilla warfare. Nobody lobs more lethal grenades.
And even if Joe expresses his views in the medieval language of "vassals" and "serfs", he sometimes hits the
target bang on.
It was wonderful to see him get right under the skin of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso.
Indeed, it is a rare accolade for a little-known MEP to provoke the portly Portuguese plutocrat to anger."
The latest data shows that Anglo Irish Bank and other lenders had borrowed €51bn (£43bn) from the Irish central bank by the end of December, under an obscure progamme listed in the balance sheet as "other assets".
This comes on top of €132bn in loans from the ECB itself, the figure normally tracked by analysts and itself 24pc of all ECB lending.
"This is a horror story: it shows the cataclysmic condition of the Irish banking system," said Tim Congdon from International Monetary Research. "The banks have borrowed €183bn in total, or 110pc of Irish GDP. They have burned through all their capital and a lot of their deposits as well. This is going to end up on the national debt".
The actions of the Irish central bank are authorised by Frankfurt, but fall into a grey area of monetary policy since they appear to involve creation of money outside the normal control of the ECB's governing council.
The use of Ireland's emergency liquidity assistance programme (ELA) raises further questions since the quality of collateral is unacceptable for normal ECB operations. The volume of borrowing has begun to level off after a surge in November.
Fine Gael policymakers are working behind the scenes to come up with a way to let Ireland Inc. get out from under crushing debts, including the pensions they have promised to retired -and retiring-public sector workers. Any effort to change current legislation would have to clear high constitutional hurdles .
Beyond the governments serious short-term budget gaps, many Irish companies Ireland have deep structural problems, like insolvent pension funds.
Public sector wages and pensions are diverting money from essential public services like education and health care.
A form of national “Bankruptcy “ could permit Ireland to alter its contractual promises to retirees, and it could provide an addendum to the current IMF/European Bank bailout .
There will be widespread panic in Ireland and elswhere, our state funded services and programs will be closed down immediately, and confusion amongst political leadership and the citizenry.
Not long after the event we could we see martial law declared by the Taoiseach, as a means to bring order and peace. Those who are not willing to comply with the mandates of the martial law will be hauled off to internment camps and military bases throughout Ireland
How can you prepare for this economic collapse now?
• Begin stocking up your cabinets, pantries, and closets with non-perishable food items.
• Purchase a portable camping stove in case your home’s electricity is shut off.
• Start consuming a healthier diet so your body isn’t dependent on the processed and junk foods we’ve grown accustom to.
• If your have the space in your yard, plant and grow a garden.
• Stock up on vitamins and necessary supplements to ensure you stay healthy in the next Great Depression.
• Discuss emergency plans with your family, roommates, friends, and/or loved ones.
• Store a stockpile of hygiene items including deodorant, toothpaste, towels, washcloths, and toilet paper.
• Make sure you have a hefty reserve of bottled water on hand, stored in a safe place.
• Keep extra pillows, sheets, and blankets in your closets.
• Get to know your neighbors.
• Know who you can and cannot trust in your local community.
• Gather together with like-minded individuals in your community, choose designated methods of contact, and choose a few leaders.
• Pick a safe house, where your community coalition will go in emergency situations.
• Pick two alternative safe houses, in case the primary safe house becomes compromised.
• In times of peace, continue to make your community aware of political, social, and economic dangers.
• Save paper and coin money in a safe place in your house.
• Invest in a small or medium size safe to store your money and other valuables.
• Slowly begin withdrawing from your savings and investment accounts on a regular basis. Store this money in a safe location.
• If you can purchase gold, buy it. Gold retains the same value no matter how low or high the currency markets go.
• Stop paying taxes to save money and force government leaders to listen to the citizenry, the people who put them in office.
"The whole semi-state sector is infested by Fianna Fail cronies. If the next government does not act, it will take a generation to cleanse Fianna Fail's infiltration of the semi-states.
In these circumstances, perhaps, as the diners at Druids Glen have maintained, the quartet really did discuss the plight of small business? But who was less suitable to summon from his plush Donnybrook home to discuss small business than Gary McGann the President of big business outfit Ibec! Would it never have occurred to Cowen's chum, Fintan Drury, to invite Mark Fielding, the head of Isme, the small business organisation?
Mark knows more about small business than the combined knowledge of all the plutocratic bank directors who gathered in Druids Glen on that fateful day in 2008; but Mark is not an insider.
The Taoiseach's own explanation to the Dail of what had happened was typical Cowen gobbledygook: "I was there chatting to see if there were ideas and to find out other people's views of things and to see if things could be done that might be helpful. As the deputy will know, those people would have some views on that. That was basically the sum of it."
The national interest demands that cronyism comes to an end. Cowen, an amiable man with a big heart, leaves the nation having spectacularly failed to break the tribal mould of Irish politics." (Shane Ross)
"On 16 December 2010, Dublin City Council granted a licence for the development of 178 housing units, a community centre, retail units and a memorial for the dead.
This licence came in the wake of several other planning applications made by the Butterly family, all of which were refused.
The Butterly family owned the Stardust nightclub, and the site has remained in their ownership since the tragedy.
Colm Butterly currently operates a business park and the Artane House on the site.
Representatives of the Stardust Committee have said that they do not want to have any part in the memorial which is planned as part of the new development."
Saturday Irish Independent) March 27 2010
Bovale Developments, the company controlled by Tom and Michael Bailey, needs the support of the banks
to remain a going concern, its auditors have stated.
"The company's ability to continue as a going concern is dependent on the availability of continued financial
support from their bankers,'' the auditors say.
The precise financial condition of Bovale is not known because it has an unlimited status, which means it
doesn't have to disclose its profit and loss account or balance sheet.
"The directors believe that appropriate funding will be made available to the company to continue as a
going concern,'' state the auditors.
The bankers /builders bailout parable for monkeys!:
A man walks into a bank and says, 'I have immediate crippling debts which I cannot possibly pay off, so please lend me the money to keep me in business and pay my debts'
The bank manager asks what collateral the man has.
The man replies that although he has many assets he cannot sell them at the moment because no one wants them, and so he cannot get a fair price for them.
The manager starts to suspect a chancer.
'A fair price is what someone will pay for them when you need to sell,' he explains.
'Thats rule number one.'
The man starts to panic.
It's an emergency.Lend me the money NOW,and I will pay you back out of the profits, and from selling my assets when they recover their worth.'
The manager is a tolerant fellow and asks to look at the man's business model.When he looks he nearly faints. The man is truly, deepply in debt. His assets are so putrid that many of them will never recover any value. He is also leveraged to insane levels.His exposure to future losses is so high, that he has no chance of ever becoming solvent,even with the loan he is asking for.
The manager is so amazed that he indulges his own curiousity. 'How much do you need ?. He asks.
The figure the man asks for is so large that the bank does not actually have enough itself.
The man is unmoved. 'I suggest that you borrow the money to lend to me' he says to the bank manager.
The manager is amazed at the brass neck of the man and asks, 'If we do borrow the money, who will pay the interest? You?'
'oh no' says the man.'that's your business, you pay your own interest.'
'Let me see if I have got this straight', says the manager,'You want me to go into crippling debt and for ME to pay all the interest on this debt so that I can give you money to pay off your insane debts and allow you to run a failed business model of insane leverage.Why the hell should I?'
at which the man pulls out a gun and holds it to his own head and says, 'Because I am too important to fail.'
We must not be so stupid as to believe this.
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Blathnaid Timothy, who lives at Smith Hall on Camden Street and works in the IFSC, has not been seen since she got into a taxi at Sir John Rogerson's Quay in Dublin on December 14, at 8pm.
The black Mercedes, which gardai believe headed off in the direction of the city centre, has not been traced.
The detective leading the investigation told the Herald today that gardai were currently ruling out the possibility that Blathnaid was abducted.
I heard an amazing story today, which is why I am posting it.
I was abroad until yesterday and knew nothing of the missing girl until today.
About one year ago the same thing happened to another girl, and the black taxi driver
took off in the wrong direction (towards Wicklow) after locking all the doors of the car.
The girl was petrified with fear.
The driver stopped at traffic lights and lucky for her, a Garda car coincidentally pulled up alongside him.
The girl was so petrified with fear she could not bring herself to even bang on the window to try and attract attention.
Luckily for her the driver panicked and went off when the lights were still red.
The police chased him and he was arrested and the girl released.
Her parents however refused to allow her to press charges,and being very influential lawyers, they had the whole matter hushed up.
I am assured of the veracity of this story.!
If it is true, it could be the same driver-unlikely of course, as new bogus Nigerian/Chinese/Congolese drivers are being uncovered weekly, and deported.
The Gardai are in a slight panic, fearing that news of the chaotic lack of supervision in the industry may leak out to the media.
They do not have to issue details of how many such drivers they have uncovered and deported in the past year.
A blanket of secrecy shrouds all their activities (no Freedom of Information Act applies to the boys in blue) which is very convenient in situations like the latest disappearance..
Thus the "Taxi Regulator"-another Fianna Fail "jobs for the boys" quango is shielded from all criticism and blame.
I am intrigued that the Gardai feel sure that there has been no foul play.
Does Blaithnaid Timothy suffer from some type of mental illness/lapse of memory.? Has she disappeared before for periods of time such as now?
Nobody loves the nations 26000 odd taximen who were out earning a living in the recent treacherous driving conditions,and brought you home safely when the buses went off the road.They have no choice, being self employed they have to work and put bread on the table.Spare a thought for them this Christmas.
A former edition of the Sunday Independent contains a very interesting letter from a self employed businessman one Richard Lett who claims that Mr Ger Deering, the director of NERA (The National Employment Rights Agency quango) ,is strangling his business with:
“ Yet more ridiculous paperwork, records and unnecessary red tape.”
This is interesting because Mr Deering's former post was director of The “Taxi Regulator” quango.!
In that role he oversaw the introduction of a raft of new fees for cab owners, including expensive mandatory skills tests for all taxi drivers and even radio company telephonists. Many of these people had survived for the past 30 years in the business ,without having to “go back to school” as it were, and study the expensive new glossy manuals and accompanying CD's with which they are now confronted).
(If they fail the new tests, the repeat charge for sitting again is 90 Euros)
Financing the Taxi Regulator quango was also assisted by the issue of countless thousands of new taxi licences which were sold at 6000 Euros per licence by the state but that source of revenue has unhappily dried up as licences are being resold (if at all) at less than half that figure.
The 5 year PSV drivers licence renewal fee was also increased by a modest 2500%!!
All this, in an industry which now has as high a suicide rate among hard pressed drivers as former millionaire property developers.
The question is: will there be life left in Ireland after the numerous, parasitical Fianna Fail inspired quangos perish from the coming financial drought which will surely wipe out their host victims in the productive community?