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I missed this demonstration because I was not aware that is was taking place but you can be sure I will be there for the next one on Tuesday the 18th of May .I am not sure of the time but I think it will be 17.00 hrs at Parnell square anyone that wants to get rid of this un-elected government and bring about a new elected government with a new mandate should support these protests
“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.
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?
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UP to 75,000 yesterday took to the streets to protest at €4bn in proposed Budget cuts — but the only thing that had changed by last night was that the country was €70m deeper in debt.
And Taoiseach Brian Cowen and his Cabinet insisted the Government would press ahead with the cuts in the Budget.
Last night, Mr. Cowen’s spokesman said the march would not shrink the gaping hole in the public finances.
When the marches were over, Defense Minister Willie O’Dea told the Irish Independent that the Government still had to take the difficult decisions.
Everybody seems to have forgotten who it was that got us into this mess in the first place .Mr.Cowen and Mr.Lenihan and the their Green Lackeys are responsible and when and not if the fireworks get started the people will hopefully get justice
The corrupt bankers and the incompetence of the financial regulator’s office must be addressed as well
We must take back all the golden handshakes that were given out to these crooks and criminal precautions must be sought
All bankers that were involved must be stripped of their pensions and other assets and these given back to the people who have lost their jobs and pensions
These fraudsters should be on trial for treason and the loss financial independence of Ireland
If the Government is looking for money they should go to the Irish permanent they have 7,000,000,000:00 sloshing around to help out friends in distress!
Give us jobs, results, not SoundBits!
The Government is busy telling us, they must fix the banking system first and then the finances of the country
This is all well and dandy but what about the likes of the hundreds of thousands of people like me who are unemployed?
Mr Cowen got up in the Dail yesterday and told the people that FAS was delivering courses for the unemployed. This is not what my personal experience shows
FAS was to do a course on web design ,starting on Sep 28th ,I applied for this course in February ,I heard nothing until I complained about the lack of information to FAS and I was called to an assessment exam just two weeks before the course was to begin
Here I was told that the course I was supposed to attend was no longer available; it was cancelled just like that
The FAS teacher went on to tell approximately 28 other people in the class that FAS was cancelling many more courses because of their budget problems
We were then told that the original course was now just 12 weeks (instead of 37 weeks ) and that the modules that were taken out were now included in the new requirements all candidates would have to have to attend the NEW 12 week course
All they did was to cut the original course from 37 weeks to 12 weeks to save money
Needless to say I was not successful in getting on to the new course because of these late changes!
I have heard from FAS in the last week informing me of a part time course again which is of no use to me as it will not result in me getting any job
What a Joke cutting courses when they should be putting on more courses that have real job’s prospects at the end of such courses
We need Jobs and not time wasting courses that are just filling in the rhetoric of out of touch politicians
An educated, available workforce, is more likely to be offered jobs
We need up skilling and re-education as a matter of national emergency
Where do we fit into your National Emergency Plan???
Everybody else had to pay only not us, this gent was quite happy to see other people lose their jobs and their pensions, get their dole money cut or even get nothing at all but when it comes to his own member’s civil servants. Servants of the people what a laugh, well let’s just say he and his members are living on a different planet that the rest of us!
In previous postings I asked the question where were the Unions when this government were imposing penal taxes on the most vulnerable ,those that have no voice , the self employed ,now most of us unemployed ,our pensions gone ,paying into the PRSI and then being told that we were entitled to nothing, no help from the state.
The fact is the union bosses have also lost touch with the ordinary rank and file of the members
Their salaries are ten times the average industrial wage and a multiple of the ordinary member’s wage.
Yes these Union bosses could embarrass the King of expenses accounts Mr Jonny CASH
Ceann Comhairle O’Donoghue
Where on a daily bases we here people who are being paid huge salaries from the state tell us that we must pay more taxes and pay for the bail out of fat Bankers, corrupt politicians fiddling their bolted expenses and civil servants help themselves to whatever funds they want all taken from the public purse
For God sake , stop these vested interests stealing the families silver or is it too late ?