"Mr Gilroy said that much of the HSE's multi-million euro annual rental costs were due to the signing of 25-year leases by the former health boards, which could not be broken. These include the HSE headquarters in Parkgate Street in Dublin and head offices in Bray, Co Wicklow, Swords, Co Dublin, and Millennium Park in Naas, Co Kildare."
"They are four offices of considerable size, all of which are on 25-year leases. If I could get out of any of them tomorrow, I would. All of them were signed pre-HSE," he said.
Who owns the buildings then ?. Are they Ballybritt racecourse donors,by any chance? Who signed off on the 25 year leases & why?
Why did Martin Cullen sign 25 year leases to store voting machine trash around the country.? How much did he then pay his cronies to get out of the contracts?.
So many unanswered questions.So much corruption.!All with taxpayers monies.
also: new buying opportunities from HSE for fortunate, Fianna Fail developer cronies, who are not yet bankrupt or Namad!
"JUST 320 passengers a day will use the €110m Galway-Limerick train service which opens for business next week.
And it will take longer to travel by rail than by road, with 30 minutes added to the journey time of commuters who choose to go green and leave the car at home.
The Irish Independent has learnt Iarnrod Eireann expects to lose €2.4m a year running the service"
"The cruel truth is, however, that we'll be paying a lot more than €6bn or even €15bn before the game of Monopoly aka Nama will be over.
What's worse, we may need four more Namas to deal with the bankruptcy of small developers, the mortgage crisis, personal and credit card debt and commercial debt.
It is hard to avoid comparisons between the fate the banks have visited on us and Orwell's famous boot stamping eternally upon the lives of a society.
Each payment to the banks will act as a stake into the heart of the retail economy for it will come at the expense of any possible economic stimulus. Each cutback or the taxes on pensioners and the poor so we can give more money to the banks will be a further attack on national morale."
"Last year when Denis Casey was forced to resign after the doctoring of Anglo's books with the co-operation of Irish Life, the board sought a replacement.
No doubt the interview process for Casey's successor was painstaking. Perhaps, like Bank of Ireland and AIB, they searched the world before making a selection. Within weeks they had found the ideal candidate. Enter the boy next door, Irish Life board member and head of life and pensions, Kevin Murphy.
Murphy, like his predecessor Denis Casey, is an Irish Life 'lifer'. Just like the anointed successors Richie Boucher at Bank of Ireland and Colm Doherty at AIB, he was selected "from an exhaustive process of interviews of external and internal candidates" . Insiders win at AIB. Insiders win at Bank of Ireland. And insiders win at Irish Life. Insiders will win when the third force is up and running."
"Last week, in the Economix blog of The New York Times, Peter Boone and Simon Johnsonnamed things as they are: "The (Irish) government has cut take-home pay of public-sector workers by roughly 20 per cent . . . guaranteed all the liabilities of banks and then began injecting government funds . . . The ultimate result of this exercise is obvious: One way or another, the government will have converted the liabilities of private banks into debts of the sovereign (i.e. Irish taxpayers)".
"Ireland had more prudent choices. It could have avoided taking on private bank debts by forcing the creditors of these banks to share the burden . . . But a strong lobby of real-estate developers, the investors who bought the bank bonds, and politicians with links to the failed developments (and their bankers) have managed to ensure that taxpayers rather than creditors will pay. The government plan is -- with good reason -- highly unpopular, but the coalition of interests in its favour is strong enough to ensure that it will proceed."
Sonia Cunningham, from Co Meath, will lose €1,700 spent on a holiday to Lanzarote.
Despite queueing since before noon, she was unable to get her daughter's passport.
"It's an absolute disgrace and they should be ashamed of themselves," she said. "I'm a nurse and I've lost €700 a month and my husband is in the ambulance service and he's lost €700 a month and we don't carry on like that. They should have prioritised those waiting for passports this weekend and brought them in."
(Irish Independent )
Its good to know that David Begg's uncivil servants are cutting their own mates throats too..
(Perhaps civil servants seeking passports should have been "prioritized", in the passport office queues.!)
March 10th 2010.
Charlie Haughey's son-in-law has been hit with a 1.4 million euro bill for unpaid taxes.
John Mulhern, racehorse trainer and retired boss of the Meadow Court Stud, The Curragh, Kildare,
was one of the top five biggest settlements on the latest defaulters' list.
Married to the late Taoiseach's daughter Eimear, chairman of bloodstock giant Goffs, Mr Mulhern
was hit with the bill for underpaying income tax and capital gains tax.
Friday March 12 2010
National Assets Management Agency (NAMA) board members have received a hike in salary -- despite being less than three months in the job.
Finance Minister Brian Lenihan yesterday confirmed he had approved a new fee structure for the nine-strong board in light of their increased workload.
The board's chair, former Revenue Commissioner boss Frank Daly, will receive €170,000, a 70pc increase on his original pay packet of €100,000. And the team of ordinary members will receive an annual fee of €50,000, rather than the €38,000 first proposed.
I appeal to the Irish taxi Council to consider my plan of action:
1 Organize 200 drivers prepared to camp in their cars for as long as it takes.
2 Take over Kildare Street-from end to end.
3 hire a PR outfit to get proper media coverage.
4 Appeal to all disgruntled citizens from whatever spectrum of society (victims of Fianna Fail) to come and join the “park in” on foot or bicycle and stand with their brother workers.
5 Remain outside Dail Eireann until all reforms are publicly agree to-or until Fianna Fail are forced from office.
A strike at the airports could take place in conjunction.
Causing traffic jams infuriates the public you need on your side.
Close Kildare Street-keep it closed-appeal to the public for a mass demonstration.
"Findings in relation to the disastrous Irish Glass Bottle site deal in 2006 are thought to be the biggest potential political hand grenade in the reports.
The DDDA's taking of a 26pc stake in the property was endorsed by Taoiseach Brian Cowen, who was then Finance Minister, and the then environment minister, Dick Roche.
The €412m purchase was carried out in conjunction with developer Bernard McNamara and businessman Derek Quinlan and was primarily funded with a €293m loan from Anglo Irish Bankand AIB.
The site is now worth just €50m. That former board members Sean FitzPatrick and Lar Bradshaw helped approve the DDDA's involvement while their bank was part-funding the deal has raised many questions".
- Shane Phelan Investigative Correspondent