Do you suffer from depression.? is your life totally empty? has your wife left you.? Are you so bored with living you feel suicidal.?
Well, suffer no more.There is a way out of this. Place yourself in an uncomfortable chair in your home. Ask a friend to tie you securely to the chair with strong rope, between 9 am and 11 am any morning of the week (Sunday excluded). Tell him to switch on RTE radio before he leaves,and come back in two hours to release you. All suffering is relative and you have to know how bad it can really get before your own problems are placed in proper perspective. This experience will profoundly change your attitude to life. Believe me, it works.
"Most of the criticism of social partnership has centred on the role of benchmarking in buying off the public sector.
That on its own was bad enough but the most toxic element of the politics of social partnership was the abandonment of any reform of the public sector in return for the unions' tacit support of Bertie.
The apogee of this was Mary 'I take the tough decisions' Harney's Health Service Executive where eight health boards amalgamated without a single job loss while 500 civil servants in the Department of Health were left with nothing to do."
"Under strict quota control due to severe over-fishing, Mauritania was an industrial fisherman's dream and some of the biggest fishing boats in the world paid what seemed like big money to a poor government in what became known as "cash for access" fishing deals. In 2005, China, which catches more fish than any other nation, gave Mauritania two fighter jets in partial compensation for fishing rights.
One of the first to do business with the Mauritanian government was the late Kevin McHugh, an Irishman and owner of the biggest fishing boat in the world, Atlantic Dawn"
Also Kerry fishermen defeat Minister Gormley in the courts and return to drift net salmon fishing.What changes in Leprechaunland.! Nothing ,never?
There is nowhere in Donegal for an atheist to rest his/her bones.!
Such was the discovery of journalist Roy Greenslade this week, following the death of his mother last Saturday.
Her remains could not be buried in Donegal. She was buried in a Derry city cemetery instead.
A humanist funeral service for Joan Greenslade took place last Monday but, her son told The Irish Times, that "according to the church people I approached - and underlined by the undertaker - an atheist cannot be buried (in Donegal) because the churches, Catholic, Church of Ireland and Presbyterian, own the graveyards. Therefore, unless one is willing to compromise one's beliefs by agreeing to a religious service, it is impossible to be buried."
He spoke to a former Church of Ireland rector on the matter who advised him it was "out of the question" for his mother to be buried in a Church of Ireland graveyard there.
His mother was buried in Derry on Tuesday.
The city council's cemeteries department, when asked if they could bury an atheist, said they had different areas in the municipal graveyard for Catholics, Protestants and even Muslims.
Asked whether they were starting an atheist section for Mrs Greenslade the reply was: "No, we're putting her in with the Protestants."
(Irish Times. August 2008)
2nd December 06:
Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and his Dublin Central constituency held the traditional annual Christmas constituency bash at Clontarf Castle. The party gives the Taoiseach the chance to relax away from the glare of publicity and surround himself with the nearest and dearest of the party faithful, not to mention a few prominent property developers and other friends in high places.
He was among friends. Hoteliers Jim Mansfield and John Glynn arrived together, with Mr Mansfield joking in the double negative: "I've no money for nothing."
Developer Sean Dunne was joined at his table by his wife Gayle Killilea.
Publican Charlie Chawke and his wife Bernice were given a warm welcome by the Taoiseach. And talking of developers, also present was Patrick Byrne and his wife Marian.
TESCO wants to build a new superstore on a flood-prone site which found itself under water once more during the recent heavy rains.
Portarlington resident David Orford objected to the development on the flood plains.
"I cannot understand how Laois County Council granted planning permission for this site, it floods on an annual basis. There's pictures going back the last 20 years. Our house is close to the river and last week the water came up to our door almost. There were more places flooded along Patrick Street, that have never flooded before, since all of the development along here," he added.
A spokesperson for Laois County Council was unavailable for comment.
Meanwhile Fine Gael's environment spokesman, Terence Flanagan, said Mr Gormley's pledge would be tested by a separate decision made by Galway County Council to grant permission to New Market Projects Ltd to build 48 houses on a flood plain.
Eimear Ni Bhraonain
Irish Independent 23.08.08
20 August.2008. "The NRA said if motorists claimed they were incorrectly charged, an operator would review video footage to see if their vehicle used the motorway.
Some 400 call centre staff have been employed to deal with customer queries.
Details of how barrier-free tolling on the M50 will work were revealed yesterday, with the NRA admitting that "teething problems" would occur as the notorious toll plaza is removed in three stages.
THE MAHON tribunal cannot pursue claims against the late Liam Lawlor's home and lands in Lucan, Co Dublin, in order to meet legal costs of more than €430,000 due to it by the late TD, the High Court has ruled.
Ms Justice Mary Laffoy said that when Mr Lawlor died in a crash in Moscow in October 2005, his interest in his family home and lands at Somerton, Finstown, Lucan, ceased and therefore various judgment mortgages granted to the tribunal against Mr Lawlor relating to the house and lands also ceased.
With Mr Lawlor's death, the interest of the tribunal as judgment creditor regarding the house and lands "passed out of existence", she ruled.
Mr Lawlor had predeceased his wife without their joint tenancy in their home and lands being severed and, on the death of Mr Lawlor, the house and lands accrued to Mrs Lawlor solely by right of survivorship
For an eye witness account of Liam's final farewell shindig, as he shuffles off his mortal coil to touch the face of God,go to:
Tax-cheat farmers get E.U. funds from Bert Ahern, without having to produce evidence of honesty in their dealings with the state...( while even a taxidriver has to have a tax clearance certificate to renew his livelihood.!)
SOME 583 tax-cheating farmers will get the new EU Single Farm Payment next December - without producing a tax clearance certificate, the Department of Agriculture has confirmed. Farmers are the country’s biggest tax cheats and have paid over €45 million in default payments to the Revenue Commissioners over a three-year period,
according to an Irish Examiner analysis of the official figures. This was an average payment of €77,857 for each tax-defaulting farmer from March 2002 to March 2005.
A separate Revenue Commissioners report has also revealed that farmers paid the smallest income tax contribution of 1.5% compared with the PAYE workers, who paid the largest amount at 77.5% in 2002. In money terms, this translated to PAYE workers paying €6.7 billion in income tax that year compared to farmers who paid only €126.2m.
Talk about name and shame - farmers were shown this week to be the single biggest occupational tax defaulters, with 35 of them owing an average €84,359, out of a total of 170 settlements. And where were Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, FG leader Enda Kenny and Labour leader Pat Rabbitte on Tuesday? In Mogeely, in east Cork, for the National Ploughing Championships!
Olivia Mitchell, the Fine Gael party's transport spokeswoman, said that the deal done with farmers just before the last election in 2002, over compensation for the loss of their land for countrywide road projects, was the main cause of the spike in costs.50% of the budget for a new road goes into farmers pockets.
The high cost of land for new highways will mean less badly needed new infrastructure, for decades to come. She told the Sunday Independent: "The farmers were kicking up a fuss before the election, a deal was done and the farmers went away quiet and happy. "Thanks Bertie, from the IFA club in Bluebell-see you on the next GAA chat show on RTE."
It's official, the good times are over and we all have to tighten our belts.
However, as the economy has ground to a halt, and the money dries up, we are asking, what do we have to show for a decade of unprecedented wealth?
A third-class road and rail network, hospitals which are killing healthy people who enter them, and primary children who either face going to school in a prefab or miles away from home are just some of the hallmarks of this Government's waste since it took power in 1997.
For the rest of the on Fianna Fail, visit first our web page:
and then take your pick-it's mostly old shit that you already know anyway-unless you have lived on the Moon for the past 20 years.!
consider the following scenario:
You earned €100 overtime and had €52 extra in your pay packet at the end of the week, after deduction of tax (42pc) and PRSI (6pc).
You had two pints (€8) after work on Friday.
On the way home you stopped for petrol (€30) and bought a bottle of wine (€7.50) and 20 fags (€6.50) for the wife.
That's your €100 overtime fully accounted for.
Between PAYE, PRSI, VAT and Excise Duty the Government has taken almost €77 of it. Plus some small extra proportion of the other €23 by way of Corporation Tax on the profits of your pub and the garage.
If you paid by Laser or Credit Card the Government will have already squeezed you for annual Stamp Duty charges of €10 or €40.
Lucky we're living in a low-tax economy."
The buy out of the Toll Bridge is a scandalous waste of money.Mor,than that it was an exercise in corruption.The state would, according to their original contract ,be benefitting from a revenue take of almost 100% of all extra vehicles on the M50.
(See the table from the NTR own web page on our link page)
The simple solution of sufficient booths, pre-paid, and electronic tolling, provided by the owners is being discarded .Every vehicle using the road could have an obligatory on line pre-paid account with NTR and the bridge could be opened tomorrow using scanning technology.
Instead 800 million euros is being paid to the NTR syndicate of wealthy farmers and big business just when the bridge is reaching its optimum benefit for the state. This is Martin Cullens greatest ever betrayal of the taxpayers of Ireland.
Every other country in Europe can operate an efficient toll plaza on a two or three lane highway-why not in Ireland.?
So much for 800 million in NTR,s pockets, plus a few billion for the Port Black Hole.This is a scam which none of the media or opposition parties have picked up on. It is of course possible that after the pay-off and after the election, three new toll booths may emerge along the length of the entire M-50,and ALL the revenue may accrue to the state.!!
There is either magnificent incompetence and waste in this buyout-or plain old corrupt cronyism.
The Soldiers of Destiny and Martin Cullen had another scheme to place three new tolls on the M-50 only 2 years ago which A spokesperson for the A.A. (Automobile Association) Mr Faughnan described as " madness".
Mr Faughnan,s analysis may be somewhat ingenuous.
Perhaps the "row" with the N.T.R (National Toll Roads). over the installation cost of a new electronic toll system at the Westlink tollbridge is nothing but a clever ruse to pay big taxpayers bucks to the toll bridge owners now and eventually bring a highly lucrative, multiply tolling system to the M-50 motorway which will cost sommuters dearly.? This has been an unforgotten objective in the minds of Fianna Fail Ministers for many years and was only postponed heretefore because of widespread indignation.
They have angered and antagonized many commuters with this proposed stealth tax, and it has been quietly dropped-for now. Paying off big business and removing the toll booths will do little but move the congestion to further exits a few miles down the road.
Will the host of harried motorists who are compelled to use any stretch of this chaotic public highway on a daily basis, give Waterford,s "Dick Turpin" and his cohorts among the "Soldiers of Destiny", their own quiet response, at the polling booths, in the coming General Election.
Note for Martin Cullen: Please send my consultancy fees to Soldiers of Destiny.org, Gran Canaria,Spain.
Total due: 300,001 Euros. (5% discount if paid within 7 days)
You may be wondering about the odd 1 euro,well it's a point of principal. Cause I'm worth more than Monica Leech.!