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Taxpayers getting shafted once again

The Irish Times – Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Q&A

MARTIN WALL

Who will benefit from the early retirement/voluntary redundancy schemes? 

The schemes will be primarily aimed at staff in managerial/administrative and clerical grades in the HSE, voluntary hospitals and in voluntary health service agencies funded by the HSE. They will also be offered to support staff, such as catering, portering, cleaning and maintenance personnel. Approval for applications from these grades will depend on the number of management and administrative staff who apply and on the basis of the overall budget for the scheme not being breached.

How many people will leave? 

This will very much depend on the categories of staff who opt for the packages. The Government has capped the budget for the schemes at €400 million and if a large number of senior managers choose to go, it will restrict the overall numbers.

Minister for Health Mary Harney said about 4,000 managerial and administrative staff could leave. The HSE said it was estimating that between 3,000 and 5,000 personnel could go.

How do the two schemes differ? 

There is a voluntary early retirement scheme, which is open to employees over 50. This provides for immediate payment of pension entitlements on retirement with no actuarial reduction in respect of payment prior to minimum retirement age. Full lump-sum entitlement will also be paid and payments will not take into account the salary cuts introduced in the public service earlier this year.

The voluntary redundancy scheme will involve a severance payment of three weeks’ pay per year of service in addition to statutory entitlements, subject to an overall limit of two years’ pay. This could see some senior managers getting €300,000.

Is there a deadline for applying? 

Applications will have to be submitted by November 19th. Staff who take a package must leave the health service by December 30th.

Will all applications be accepted? 

Applications from managerial/ administrative staff will be prioritized and will be approved automatically, subject to the overall €400 million budget not being breached.

How will services be maintained? 

Management plans to use the provisions of the Croke Park agreement to redeploy staff or introduce more flexible work practices. Much will depend on the type of staff who actually leave. It may be easier to maintain services in administrative areas than if a large number of porters or catering staff, for example, from one organization took the packages.

Why are these packages on offer now? 

Since the establishment of the HSE in 2005 there have been questions raised as to why there was no rationalization of administrative and managerial staff given that 11 health boards were being amalgamated. On at least two occasions in recent years the HSE and the Department of Health drew up proposals for a voluntary redundancy scheme but these were rejected by the Department of Finance.

source http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/1102/1224282482579.html

Comment:

Having signed the Croke Park deal the government now have realized it was a disaster for the taxpayers of the country with 70% of the Health Services Budget going on salaries, this commitment should never have happened because the country could not afford to shelter any group of state employees if it was going to make any real savings  

So Not only is the HSE now closing down services and hospital beds they have now found 450,000,000:00 Euros to allow these middle management to retire laden down with these bumper benefits

Earlier this year we were told citizens will have to work an extra 3 years for the state pension (68)

With this deal thousands of state workers get to have their state pension up to 18 years earlier and this when the country is broke?

We the taxpayers were told back in 2005 that the rationalization of administrative and managerial staff was one of the reasons for the establishment of the HSE in the First place, given that 11 health boards were being amalgamated.

Now the taxpayers are again getting a raw deal here and the ordinary Joe public is been shafted once again having to foot the bill again! If you thought things were bad in the Health Service think again we are about to feel real pain now thanks to Harney.

Harney your hands are stained with blood and you know the country hasn’t got this 450 million it has to be borrowed why don’t you go and take all your cronies with you?

European bank stress test scam!

European bank stress test – official estimates signify NAMA is unintentionally overpaying for loans and undermine DoF’s claims about the Bottom

namawinelake | July 24, 2010 at 6:28 am

The Committee of European Banking Supervisors (CEBS) together with the EC and ECB has published its eagerly awaited results of stress-testing 91 European banks. The two Irish banks included in the exercise, Bank of Ireland and Allied Irish Banks passed the stress-test which set out to examine the capital base of banks in two scenarios – a benchmark scenario and an adverse scenario. Good news for BoI and AIB – seven other European banks didn’t pass the test.

As stated in the report “the benchmark scenario was based on the EU Commission Autumn 2009 forecast and the European Commission Interim Forecast in February 2010, with several adaptations to reflect recent macro-economic developments in a number of countries. The adverse macro-economic scenario was based on ECB estimates”. The assumptions for Ireland are summarized below together with the calculation by the CEBS of the effect on commercial and residential property prices

For information, here is a round up of recent predictions/projections for the Irish residential market:

For information, the ESRI published this week recovery scenarios for the State  – the high growth scenario and the low growth scenario. Both scenarios forecast 2010 GDP to contract by 0.4% and unemployment in 2010 to reach 14%.

What makes the stress test fascinating from the point of view of NAMA is its forecasts for commercial and residential property prices. It’s benchmark scenario is for a 15% compound decline in residential in 2010 and 2011 with drops in both years, a 19% compound decline in commercial in 2010 and 2011 with drops in both years. There is no projection beyond 2011. NAMA has chosen a Valuation Date of 30th November, 2009 pursuant to section 73 of the NAMA Act by reference to which NAMA is valuing the loans being transferred from the financial institutions.

How much does property need recover by 2020 assuming

1. Prices stop falling at the end of 2011

2. All property is sold in December 2020

3. 67% of property is located in Ireland

4. 33% of property is located in the UK

5. Property in the Ireland and the UK is split 50:50 between commercial and residential

The table below what recovery needs happen if NAMA is forced to rely on the recovery of the property market to break even – remember in the draft Business Plan is that the recovery was a flat 10% over 10 years. With the CEBS benchmark scenario, the recovery would be 24.7% and in the adverse scenario 41%. Both of these represent significant changes to NAMA’s draft Business Plan. To emphasise, assuming prices stop falling after 2011, the compound rate of growth needed would be 2.5% per annum for each of the nine years in the benchmark scenario and 4% in the adverse scenario.  These compound percentages might be rendered meaningless if there is significant default and NAMA’s interest receivable falls below its interest payable.

Perhaps a more interesting implication from the benchmark scenario is related to the question of whether NAMA is overpaying for loans now by paying for loans according to the 30th November, 2009. The answer is a resounding yes and if you compare forecast prices at the end of 2010 with the 30th November, 2010, there is an implication that NAMA is overpaying by something in the order of €3-6bn again based on the following assumptions:

1. NAMA acquires the loans by reference to a valuation date of 31st December 2010

2. Price changes in the month of December 2009 have been ignored

3. The LEV remains at a constant 11% above CMV

4. 67% of assets are in Ireland

5. 33% of assets are in the UK

6. The split of assets between commercial and residential is 50:50

Now of course the above is very much a simplification. NAMA’s assets may not correspond to general commercial and residential forecasts – where is development land for example? NAMA will have 7% or so of assets in the Rest of World. NAMA’s LEV as a percentage of CMV may change. So far this year in Ireland residential is off 5% (to the end of Q1) and commercial 8% (to the end of Q2) and the UK is broadly positive, so we have some way to drop before we get to the EU benchmark scenario. There are other assumptions but it is a fair representation, I believe, to say that we are overpaying by billions for NAMA loans by reference to current values – some overpayment was planned via the Long Term Economic Value device but the overpayment being referred to here is on top of that.

Lastly this stress test report comes on the heels of the publication of the EU’s Decision in respect of the first Anglo restructuring plan which was submitted with the DoF’s imprimatur, to the EC in November 2009. The Decision (paragraph 41) revealed that Anglo was planning for property prices were seen to drop in 2009 by 15-19% [actual according to Permanent TSB/ESRI was 18.5%] and continue falling in 2010 and 2011 before starting to rise in 2012. The average decline in property prices in the plan is estimated at 47% peak to trough but in the worst case is 62%. And now with this stress test we have the official EC/ECB estimates that property will continue to drop this year and next. Of course a finance minister has a responsibility to instil confidence but Brian Lenihan’s Bottom statements in September 2009 and April 2010 are now looking distinctly disingenuous and more importantly damaging because the Bottom will come at some point but may overshoot because of a lack of confidence in advice from the government.

source http://namawinelake.wordpress.com/2010/07/24/european-bank-stress-test-%e2%80%93-official-estimates-signify-nama-is-unintentionally-overpaying-for-loans-and-undermine-dof%e2%80%99s-claims-about-the-bottom/

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Needless to say this whole stress test episode is just a political stage show for the benefit of Joe public  in Euro land .The sad fact is that this test has absolutely no value whatsoever as it does not take into consideration the real dodgy bonds and loans that are the cause of the banking crises in Europe 

The various European politicians have jumped on this and are telling us and the markets that there is no financial crises with our banks and the  European Banks and it’s all a bad dream  that we are all collectively having!.

Cowen and Lenihans assurances that we have turned the corner in 2009 and again in April of this year were lies and dam lies!

How anybody will ever believe a word out of their lying mouths again I will never know!

We now need to wake up and start spending again and where are we going to get the money to spend when we are out of work, when the gangsters in the same “sound banks” are hiking interest rates and pushing people out of their homes as a result of their gambling

The government having poured billions into these same Toxic Banks, are desperately trying to get those of us that still have a little money to invest in these bankrupt banks so they can again start the whole rotten pyramid cycle all over again.Now that the country  is practically bankrupt, they are now about to sell off the last vestiges’ of silver ware the country has left, along with proposed new toll, s on the National roads network, along with home rates and water charges where can we go from here?

500,000 people are out of work and for the last two years none of the politicians in power or the crony independent TD, s that are propping them have done anything for the unemployed

The current government’s unemployment policy is to” let them eat cake “and waffle on about the smart economy

That’s smart all right 60,000 young people left the country last year and the ESRI believes at least 200,000 more will have left by 2014

Clearly the unemployed are only receiving lip service and are way down in the pecking order!

We need a complete change of the political system

Help get rid of the gombeen, s running this country,

Get active on the ground in your own neighbourhoods and do not vote the same leaches back into office

it’s time to change  the system!

Taoiseach rejects criticism

 

Taoiseach Brian Cowen,

has today rejected a call for him to consider his position by Fianna Fáil backbencher John McGuinness.

The former Junior Minister accused the Taoiseach of being a weak leader and putting the party and tribalism ahead of the country.

Speaking in Brussels, Brian Cowen insisted the comments were personal to John McGuinness, and believes the rest of his team are behind him.

“My focus at the moment to be honest is on leading the country and the Government in the very

serious challenges we have to face,” said Clown.

Yeh! Well Clown,

You are a disgrace to the nation you and your gang of 4 have ruined our country

You have sold us out the foreign bond holders, bailed out you builder buddies and are still protecting Criminals in the top Banks

You were the “Finance Fixer”  dining with Sean Fitz a week before Anglo Irish Bank was nationalized;

You have squandered billions helping corrupt banks to stay afloat

Hundreds have lost their livelihoods and some have lost their lives as a direct result of your incompetence.

You and your pals , that you have kept in place are guilty of corrupted practices, i.e. giving jobs to your buddies, and thus exacerbating the already disastrous state of our once financial independent country.

You have robbed our children of a future and the right to have a livelihood in their own country

You and your cronies are sucking the life blood out of this country!

This is treason and you deserve what the people have in store for you

Get out now !
 


X TD’s car-park Perks

 

Just in case you missed this

George lee was photographed yesterday getting into his car at the Leister House car park

Question is this car park space subject to the new car-park tax of 200 per year?

Did you know that X  TD’s are entitled to park their cars at the said car park for Life even when they are no longer TD’S?

George clearly is keeping this perk!

The Foxes minding the Chickens

The Governments intention to hold the inquire in the banking collapse in Private is an outright attack on Irish democracy

Having beaten down the will of the people to use the exiting democratic means to challenge them

We find that they are in total control of all the machinery of the state and they are using them to maintain their hold on power.

A recent poll on the performance of the governing parties is a complete farce.

The same radio station went out and asked the general public about the results and not one out of the members of the public supported the so called results of the earlier poll.

The News Media in this country is heavily infested by the ruling political elite

That is why there is a revolution going on with the whole way we access news to-day.

Bloggers are organizing themselves all around the country and demanding the same access as the established news media and probing into local corrupt practices within local county councils

(See for example https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#all/12654e2d240b57cd )

if you are want to start making a difference to the way the country is being run and get involved in direct action, you could start to-day by tacking action and fight for your right to be heard .

It’s your country and not the personal property of Brian Cowen, Brian lenihian, The Greens or indeed any of the political parity’s currently sitting the Dail

If you believe in an open economy, free enterprise, competition social justice

Then please get in touch and start an action group in your own area and help us to formulate a manifesto to challenge the established con artists that lurk within the current political system.

Join the CAB to-day

Let the people have their say!

“Deep divisions” are opening up in Irish society and attempts are being made to drive a wedge between public sector and private sector workers, Eamon Gilmore told the annual conference of Labour Youth in the Mansion House Dublin last night.

He said Friday’s huge turnout of both public and private sector workers at the Irish Congress of Trade Union’s (Ictu) national day of protest showed “workers are not going to lie down and meekly accept being singled out by Fianna Fáil and the Greens”.

“The Government is saying that the €4billion that needs to be found in this budget must be achieved by targeting those on social welfare; those who work in the public service; and those who are dependent on public services.

More at link

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/1108/breaking21.htm

Mr Gilmore, it surprises me to think that you did not anticipated this strategy from the Government and its media cronies, but what is more surprising is that you stated on TV last week to David Williams that if NAMA was passed you in a future Government would not change anything with NAMA

This has to be the shock of the year for me and thousands of others that thought you could be the obvious choice to replace Brian Cowen!

It is now not as clear to me if I should vote for Labour.

In light of this revelation, I call upon you now to demand an immediate General election.

You can stop NAMA from ever happening then,

(That is if you are really determent to stop it)

We the people have the right to vote on this ourselves don’t you think?

 

protests in Dublin streets (3)

Irish peoples union Dublin March to-day

Dublin 12.09.2009  link

 

Had a demonstration in Dublin to-day against the proposal to set up the Toxic Bank NAMA

 

 

They were supported by a wide range of concerned citizens!

This demonstration was called a very short notice and was organized over the internet via Face book, Blogs, and social networks .The ordinary people are getting more and more sophisticated in their use of the internet and more people have now independent tools to get the word out .this is not the 1970’s or the 1980’s where the ordinary people were left with only one option, that was to suffer in silence or emigrate for good, and leave the corrupt politicians rule the country

Not this time! Groups like Irish peoples union are springing up all over the country and I believe we are seeing the start of a people’s movement that will eventually shake up Irish politics for good

I attended to-days march to give my support to this movement; I am passionately against the whole concept of NAMA and I believe that this is the greatest challenge to the Irish Independence since the foundation of the Irish republic

I believe this is an attempt by the government to off lode all of the toxic debts of their buddies in the Banks and the Building Industry on to the backs of the Irish people and subsequently financially enslave this generation and the next.

We owe it to our children to fight this and any other attempt to take away our livelihoods and our financial independence

The corrupt politicians and criminals in the Banks must be brought to account!

Machholz is not a member of any political party and is a swing voter!

How to win a referendum:

Scaremongering but who’s doing it?


Finance Minister Brian Lenihan also warned yesterday that if Irish voters snubbed the treaty the result would “shatter international confidence” and lead to continued scarcity of funding and increased borrowing costs.(Looking for a yes vote)

A ‘No’ vote in next month’s lisbon Treaty  referendum could result in the interest bill on Ireland’s national debt jumping by up to €900m a year according to Indecon
(
Looking for a Yes vote )

A NO vote in the upcoming Lisbon Treaty referendum would represent a “spiritual withdrawal”, from Europe, Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan has warned. (Looking for a Yes vote)

A Yes vote in the referendum would earn Ireland the continued goodwill and support of the EU in tackling the banking crisis, he added.

Mr Gormley “It would be entirely counterproductive to vote “The whole emphasis in terms of the European recovery is a green recovery [which can provide] jobs, jobs, jobs.” Echoing the sentiments of other pro-Lisbon political leaders, “It would be a huge mistake to focus on national issues when this is a campaign to get us out of recession,” he said. (Looking for a yes vote)

How to win a referendum:

1. On top of high VRT, introduce a Green (Party) carbon tax, and just to be on the safe side, impose a €200 a year work parking tax, just for daring to have a job!

2. Make the citizens vote a second time, even though they said No – but make sure you don’t change the wording.

3. Have on the Yes side a millionaire car salesman, like Bill Cullen, who opposed changes to the infamous VRT, and is the biggest over priced merchant for  the Renault spear parts in the country(Nice one Bill!)

 

4 . Have Ryanair on the Government side, who are best known for their F-Service , saying there are a millions reasons to vote Yes (excluding taxes and charges), and (Baggage charges Now approaching 100 euro per bag) then have the same Government introduce a €10 travel tax, contrary to EU law of freedom of movement between member-states.

5 . In case the European Central Bank doesn’t hype up mortgage rates any time soon, re-introduce water rates and a property tax on every family home in Ireland, while at the same time making taxpayers bail out the bankers and the builders.

6 . Make sure Brian Cowen leads the Yes campaign.

7 . Have crooks running FAS

8 . Have people like John O’Donoghue become Ceann Comhairle in the Dail

9 . Create Toxic Banks to help your buddies in the Banks and the Building


Industries

10 . Keep corrupt Politicians in places of power

11 .TAX the Sh*** out of the ordinary people

12 Tell them you are going to crucify them in the coming December Budget

13. Make a complete mess of the Economy, and blame it on the ordinary people

For having paid extortion prices for their own homes

14. Put a Tax on those homes, let say 1000 Euro on average for every home in

The land

15 .when you hold a referendum keep going back to the people until you get the right result (the one you want)

16 .
Keep corrupt Bankers in their High paying Jobs at Bankrupt Banks

17. Allow these same Banks (Now with Government appointed Directors) to

Overcharge their own customers, and then, clam that it was a computer error when found out.

18. Allow dodgy Building Developers stroll into the courts of the land and present fantasy valuations as a means to dance around The Supreme Court rulings

When 80 families are turned out, and lose their overpriced homes every week, sold to them by these developers in the first place

19 . Make it blatantly obvious, that there is one law for the rich, and another law for the poor in this country

20. Tell everyone that NAMA is the only game in town and we the people must pay the gambling debts of the super rich of the country.

That should do it!

 

 

 


NAMA up-date

 


 

Up to 25 bank directors will be forced out under the NAMA deal.

The Cabinet yesterday signed off on the latest draft of the laws to bring in the Government’s ‘bad bank’.

Ministers agreed on a way of sharing the risk between the banks and the taxpayer.

It includes a form of delayed payment to the institutions for their toxic loans. In a significant departure, Fianna Fail last night allowed the Greens to take credit for the changes to the NAMA bill.

Part of the package of measures to reassure the public is the removal of the remaining directors from bank boards, as revealed in the Irish Independent yesterday. The Greens’ demand on the introduction of new bank board’s was agreed in principle by ministers, but precisely how it will be done has still to be worked out. Communications Minister Eamon Ryan stressed that the removal of the directors would be “an orderly changeover” over the course of two years.

All non-executive directors of the banks participating in NAMA will, if appointed prior to 2008, be required to step down. That will affect up to 25 bank directors in AIB, Bank of Ireland, EBS, Irish Nationwide and Anglo Irish Bank.

Irish Life and Permanent directors will not have to resign as it is highly unlikely to apply to be covered by NAMA.

Mr Ryan indicated the Greens pushed hard with their Fianna Fail counterparts to get their proposals included.

And he hinted that his party will play a greater part in the broader development of government policy from now on.

A large number of directors of the banks have remained in place since the crisis began last September, at the time of state bank guarantee.

Many of the non-executive directors command in excess of €100,000 for sitting on the board.

The Greens are also claiming credit for a windfall tax of 80pc, on profits gained from increases in land value due to re-zoning decisions, to discourage property speculation.

The party is also saying it is responsible for linking planning changes into the NAMA process and bringing in new rules governing corporate practice in the banks. The junior coalition partners were allowed, by Fianna Fail, to announce the changes. The party has a meeting with its grassroots members at the weekend to discuss the NAMA legislation.

The Greens being giving a free run is a sign Taoiseach Brian Cowen is conscious of the need to keep his partners onside to prevent the Government from collapsing.

The Greens’ ministers will offer the cull of directors, the reassurances to the taxpayer and the planning changes as a sweetener to members to back NAMA. The second draft of the NAMA legislation will be published today.

Secretive

Officials are still working on rules to force the banks to lend money to businesses after NAMA takes the toxic development loans off their books.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael called on the Government to publish the “NAMA 1,500” — the people that will be beneficiaries of the NAMA plan, so the taxpayer can see who is being bailed out.

FG finance spokesman Richard Bruton said at its core NAMA is a “secretive, tax-funded, politically directed work-out process for 1,500 of the most powerful, well connected business people in Ireland“.

The IBOA also has called for sweeping changes to the make-up of bank boards as the finance union give a conditional support for the Government’s ‘bad bank’ plan.

– Fionnan Sheahan and Joe Brennan

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