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Protesters at Anglo Irish Bank

 


It appears the four people on ledger were arrested as well as two or three people who had been outside. All this took place in the space of ten minutes. Inspector Gannon who led the assault on Shell to Sea campaigners at Polthomas pier in Rossport was spotted among the Gardai and witnesses reported they had the clear impression that the Gardai were acting under orders that no further protests against the bank bailouts were to be tolerated.

Up to 100 Gardai are now around Anglo Irish bank with a second protest having being called by eirigi for 14.00 today. It has been confirmed that this protest will still be going ahead as will Tuesdays protest at the Dail.

We would call on people to join the anti-capitalist block at 19.00 at the Wolfe Tone statue on Tuesday (opposite Shelbourne Hotel) where we will discuss how to best respond to the attacks on bank bailout protests before proceeding to the Dail. 

Full report at source
http://www.wsm.ie/c/gardai-attack-eirigi-anglo-irish

House price index (Permanent TSB/ESRI)

Quarter 1, 2010 – Permanent TSB/ESRI Index crashes 10.3% for Dublin

Today sees the publication of the first Permanent TSB/ESRI QUARTERLY house price index which replaces the old monthly index which was suspended following publication of the December 2009 index because of thin sales. The index published today tells us that the price of residential property has fallen by 4.8% since the end of December 2009 to the end of March 2010, ie an average monthly fall of 1.6%. The indication is that the pace of price falls is easing overall. The average price of a property nationwide is now €204,830. However prices in Dublin crashed 10.3% in the quarter which is worse than the 7.5% fall in Q4, 2009.

The National House Price index stood at 91.0 at the end of March 2010. The last time it was at this level was in November, 2002  when it stood at 91.2. The following shows the index since June 1999 at the end of each quarter (Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec).

The Dublin House Price index stood at 83.0 at the end of March 2010. The last time it was at this level was in June, 2002 when it stood at 83.3. The following shows the index since June 1999 at the end of each quarter (Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec). The average price of a property in Dublin is now €250,872.

The Outside Dublin House Price index stood at 95.9 at the end of March 2010. The last time it was at this level was in March, 2003 when it stood at 96.3. The following shows the index since June 1999 at the end of each quarter (Mar, Jun, Sep, Dec). The average price of a property is now €183,309.

So the key questions : are prices still falling? We don’t know by month but it is certainly the case that prices have continued to fall since December 2009 and the rate of fall between Sep-Dec 2009 (quarter) was 8.5% compared with a fall between Dec 2009 and March 2010 (quarter) of 4.8%.

source http://namawinelake.wordpress.com/2010/04/30/quarter-1-2010-permanent-tsbesr-index-crashes-10-3-for-dublin/

To all the Wicklow TD’s

To the Wicklow TD’s

Our viewers would like to know, what is your position on the spread of these Head shops?

What the current situation is with regards the spread of these head shops and what
are the current trading times allowed for such shops?
what are you doing rid our communities of these very
destructive and now life threatening dangers to our children.

For your information I attach a report on some compounds that are been sold to children from these head shops

You will be aware that two children were found dead last week in England after consuming “mephedrone”

Will we have to wait for the death of Irish children before we ban these Drugs?

See posting report at http://thepressnet.com/2010/03/18/selling-death/

God save Ireland from these Gangsters!

Ombusdman Emily O’Reilly claimed today the work of her office was being undermined by what she described as “deficits in our parliamentary and government arrangements”.

In an address to the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin today, Ms O’Reilly criticised the Government’s decision last month to vote against a proposal to have her report on a grant aid scheme for commercial fishermen referred to an Oireachtas committee.

She said the handling of the controversial Lost to Sea report illustrated how the Oireachtas was being side-lined. Ms O’Reilly published the report last December after its findings were rejected by the Department of Agriculture, only the second time this has happened since the office of ombudsman was founded in the 1980s.

“Unfortunately, the model of government set out in the Irish Constitution has become more of a fiction than a reality,” Ms O’Reilly said. “In practice the Dáil, and to a slightly lesser extent the Seanad, is controlled very firmly by the Government parties through the operation of the whip system.

“For all practical purposes, and I very much regret having to say this so bluntly, parliament in Ireland has been sidelined and is no longer in a position to hold the executive to account,” she said. “With the exception of the election of a Taoiseach, almost all decisions of importance are taken by the executive and are rubber-stamped by parliament.”

The Lost at Sea scheme was established in 2001 by then minister for the marine Frank Fahey. Under the scheme, owners of fishing boats lost at sea could apply for grant aid for replacement capacity.

The Byrne family from Donegal later complained to the ombudsman after its application was rejected, on the grounds it was made after the deadline.

Ms O’Reilly’s report criticised several aspects of the scheme, including the advertising process, which she found was not comprehensive enough. She recommended compensation of €245,000 for the Byrnes.

Ms O’Reilly said last month the Dáil and Seanad had the task of deciding who is right and wrong in her dispute with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

But following a heat Dáil debate on the matter last month, the Government voted against referring the report to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

In her speech today, Ms O’Reilly claimed the Government had stopped the Oireachtas adjudicating on her dispute with the Department of Agriculture by voting “along party political lines”.

She said this illustrated “how deficits in our parliamentary and government arrangements can adversely affect” the work of her office.

Ms O’Reilly said she would have expected a parliamentary committee, following appropriate scrutiny, to reach the conclusion that her recommendation in the report that financial compensation be paid to the complainant.

She said her office “had done, in its area of responsibility, precisely what the Financial Regulator was accused of not doing, in terms of failing to serve the public interest and rooting out maladministration in the banking system”.

Ms O’Reilly said she hoped the Oireachtas may yet find a mechanism to allow the report to be dealt with “calmly and reasonably”.

In a wide-ranging speech, the Ombudsman said poor governance in a number of our key private and public institutions lies at the heart of our economic downturn.

source http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5i_wcQYTrQYYRoOefflmoB6QCHtgg

see also http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/ireland/ombudsman-blames-tds-for-economic-downturn-449298.html

and  http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0309/breaking38.html
 

comment

This is just the latest example of how our constitution does not meet the challenges from our own government with the self-interests now blatantly using the executive power to promote the interests of the chosen few

The political system in now was used and abused by a totally corrupt political elite and their lackeys.

The Dail is no longer listening to the voice of the Irish people.

Wrangling over the plum jobs and positions of power are the order of the day, sqandering billions down toxic Bank holes under the guise of the Con NAMA , and robbing ordinary people of their dignity in sickness

By putting them on trolleys in hallways, along hospitals corridors

Forcing the unemployed to work for nothing is programs (WPP) from discredited FAS

Allowing Bank Directors to be rewarded, who have supervised the systematic destruction of our national banking system to continue in place while the public loses their pensions and the shareholder loses 95% of their holdings!

Our political masters are so interconnected with these gangsters they have put the interests of International bond holders (NAMA)over the interests of the Irish people. We are no longer a free and independent nation our freedom has being given away and we and our children and the next generation are now financial slaves to foreign vested interests

This is treachery and it seems the constitutional rights of the of the people of Ireland are been ignored .This Dail no longer represents the people and any amount of shuffling the chairs around a corrupt cabinet will change nothing!

Traitors are still traitors it doesn’t matter where they sit

We the people want those responsible removed from their plum jobs and brought before the people’s justice. We also demand the a new government renegotiate the huge debts that were incurred by their corrupt bankers and the said Bank directors made pay from their own funds

Those responsible must not benefit in any way from their crimes.

These people at the top are the problem and until they all go Ireland hasn’t got any hope of retrieving its once cherished independence.

God save Ireland from NAMA and these Gangsters!

Recession or Depression?

I picked this off the Independent .i.e. site this morning This is the kind of news most people in employment are now fearing is it any wonder that the consumer is not spending and the more stories we see in the news media like this the more likely this recession will become a spiralling depression .with no leadership coming from our elected members of the Dail people will have to come up with their own solutions

THE OWNER of a toy shop last night defended his decision not to give staff any warning that the store was shutting down at close of business yesterday.

Speaking just before he handed his 17 workers their P45s, Vida Akauskien, who has worked in the shop for the past eight years, said: “I know the country is in an economic crisis but how can they treat people like that?”
Fergal Crinnion said soaring rates and service charges had forced him to put Tommy’s Wonderland at the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre into liquidation.

Mr Crinnion insisted there was nothing underhand about his decision to keep staff in the dark until the last minute saying: “With bad news, when you need to know it, you just need to hear it quickly.”

Shocked staff last night expressed outrage to the Irish Independent after they learned by word of mouth on Friday that the business was being liquidated and their jobs were gone with immediate effect.

Just minutes after the last sale was rung up, the shutters came down and work on removing remaining stock from the shop began. The stock will be transported to a warehouse to be assessed by the liquidator. Workers, some of whom have worked at the shop for over 15 years, will receive statutory redundancy and holiday pay.

 

 

full article at http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/staff-devastated-at-sudden-closure-of-shop-2084141.html

Irish Life Mortgage’s


Opposition parties have sought an assurance from the Government that other banks will not follow the lead of Permanent TSB if it puts up its variable mortgage interest rates.

Finance Minister Brian Lenihan said that no Minister for Finance since the foundation of the State had come into the Dáil and announced what mortgage interest rates would be.

He also pointed out that Permanent TSB had not applied to come under NAMA, nor had it sought any recapitalisation from the State.

Mr Lenihan added that Permanent TSB had paid for the benefit of the State 

Guarantees

and said the bank was in a difficult situation with historically low interest rates.

source http://www.rte.ie/business/2010/0128/mortgage.html

Lenihan again, cops out!

 Has he forgotten that is the Governments guarantees ,that keeps this corrupt financial Toxic Bank Afloat?

All he has to do is make a phone call, but for 70 thousand family’s,

 The sad news is,                                           

You’re not worth it!

Prison just for the poor??

THE NUMBER of people sent to prison for failing to pay fines or debts jumped to 2,520 in 2008, mostly caused by the recession and rising unemployment.

The latest figures available from the Prison Service show the number of people being sent to jail is rising. There were 13,600 prisoners on remand (a 14 per cent increase) and 8,000 under sentence (a 25 per cent increase) in 2008

Didn’t I read a few weeks ago that a court had ruled that it was unconstitutional for a court to imprison somebody for not paying debts?

Yes I remember now it was the McCann ruling on debt recovery

(Ms McCann (36), Mullaghmatt, Co Monaghan, brought her action against the State, with Monaghan Credit Union as a notice party, and the Human Rights Commission as amicus curiae (assistant to the court on legal issues).

Ms Justice Mary Laffoy yesterday ruled the relevant law – section 6 of the Enforcement of Court Orders Acts 1940 – breached McCann’s rights to fair procedures and personal liberty under the Constitution.) (Itishtimes.com)

Apart from this ruling it has also being reported that the Government will have an extra 400 more prison made available this year in order to cope with the rising demand as a result of people not being able to pay their debts

I am willing to take bets from anybody that Mr.Lian Carroll will not be gracing the inside of any of the countries Jails for non payment of his debts anytime soon

His latest action in the High court is just another attempt to stall the Supreme Court’s ruling a few days ago .just goes to show you if you have money in Ireland even when it is other people’s money you can run rings around any court’s ruling

Nor are we likely to see another Banker con artist, developer, or any politician join the thousands of ordinary people who will be turned out of their homes, and dumped into prison for non payment of their accumulated mortgage debts, in the coming months

We the people must not accept one law for the rich and one law for the poor Never!

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