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Archive for the ‘John O'Donoghue’ Category
Taken from the http://thestory.ie/
… Get up them stairs, Johnny
Posted: 13 Oct 2009 01:30 PM PDT
[Thanks to IrishElection for the clip of Junket Johnny O’Donoghue speaking today before his resignation. I’m going to assume he didn’t need a limo to get from the chair to the backbenches.]
His speech reeked of a sense of entitlement that appears to have polluted parliament to a massive degree. The anecdotal evidence that Fine Gaelers are amongst the deputies giving Labour TDs the cold shoulder following Eamon Gilmore’s intervention last week speaks volumes. I suspect this abuse of the expenses system is not solely a Fianna Fáil problem, they just happen to have been in Government the last eleven years.
In his address Junket Johnny reminded us of the various ways he’d been hard-done-by by the the meeja and d’Opposition.
“When the public mood changed… I attempted to put my case to the appropriate body, established by the House for oversight of expenditure, the Oireachtas Commission. I was denied that opportunity by some members of this house who decided to act without giving me a hearing.”
Firstly, the Oireachtas Commission is not responsible for oversight of his expenses, the Dáil clerk does that job. Oddly, the Ceann Chomhairle is the man in charge of the Dáil clerk, so he’d hardly be the best man judge to Junket Johnny.
Secondly, the Oireachtas Commission sits in private and it is made up of TDs and senators, who hardly have the moral authority to rule in this situation. Asking for a closed court, which publishes no transcripts, on a matter of such interest to the public, was ridiculous and demeaning.
And thirdly, John O’Donoghue had months to speak on this issue publicly and refused to. Clearly, he was in avoidance mode – his excuse that his position was above politics held no water. Even when he was doorstepped in Listowel by RTÉ he barely recognised how ridiculous his expenses were seen to be by the general public.
The man formerly known as ‘Zero’ (for his zero tolerance stance on crime against the common man while justice minister, oh the irony) then spoke about the distortion of the truth around his expenses.
I loved two parts in particular. “While I was Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism I was on 14 international flights on the Government jet over a five-year period” he said. He failed to mention that in the two years he was Ceann Chomhairle he charged the taxpayers for 186 internal flights. 44 of which were taken by his wife.
Similarly, while he claimed the cost of his hotel rooms in Cannes and Venice were wrongly reported, he didn’t mention the €250 spent on water taxis in Venice or that he spent €492 on room service and dining in one night on another trip. His defense was selective because he was trying to defend the indefensible.
Over all, it’s clear John O’Donoghue’s head is still buried in the sand, like that of many of his Dáil colleagues. Nobody believes he was, or is, value for money. Nobody believes he “volunteered” his expenses – on the day before the Lisbon result, three hours after they were released to Ken Foxe of The Sunday Tribune, at the cost of €600. The revelations about John O’Donoghue will not end here. He remains in public office. His expenses remain unvouched.
“Everything was within the guidelines. I gained no enrichment from this”, he said. ‘Enrichment’ is word that does not relate solely to monetary gain, I suspect he did not suffer, or become overworked, when attending some of the most extravagant race meetings the world over. And he may have acted within the guidelines, but that does not make his expense level justifiable, he was supposed to be ‘value for money’.
Opacity breeds distrust, distrust breeds cynicism. Public cynicism burns through the social contract. If trust in the political process is not restored through more transparent governance, we’re in serious trouble.
I couldnt agree with you more!
The Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan, has said the issue of Oireachtas expenses had to be put into perspective.
Mr Lenihan was speaking after the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission, Tom O’Higgins, said his proposals to reform the system governing expenses for TDs and Senators were ignored by the commission.
Mr O’Higgins explained why he resigned in a letter which was disclosed to the Irish Times following a Freedom of Information request.
These guys will have to be brought kicking and screaming from their lucrative expenses rip-off
They have shown yesterday their total contempt of the taxpayers of this country by showing their support for the disgraceful behaviour of the CEANN Comhairle John O’Donoghue
It comes as no surprise to me that Mr.O Donoghue walks away with a (see Link) lavish payoff
Again curtsey of his pals on the same scam!
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 ?
Can you believe the Brass Neck of this guy, he is completely out of touch with reality
He is so full of his own importance his head is so far up his you know what !
This should be a reality check for everyone, giving a life line by voting for the government in the Lisbon 2 treaty, is only going to prolong the likes of this sort of self-service instead of public service
This leach is will go on with his snout in the trough until the Irish public wake up and put an end to it by kicking out this corrupt government and the best way now is to vote NO in the Lisbon treaty
A No vote will force the government to call a general election
This is your chance to put a stop to this self service government
Vote NO to Lisbon 2
Opposition parties demanded a full apology from the Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue tonight claiming his explanation of lavish expenses claims was insufficient.
Mr O’Donoghue broke his silence on controversy over chauffeur-driven limousines, the Cheltenham festival and first-class travel, claiming he accepted some of the bills appeared high.
But in his letter to Dáil colleagues, the Fianna Fáil TD said he expected to be treated with the same privilege as Government ministers at home and a visiting dignitary when abroad.
Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny dismissed the former Arts, Sports and Tourism Minister’s three-page explanation.
“There needs to be a fulsome statement outlining the situation regarding the expenses,” he said.
“It (the letter) was insufficient. A full explanation is required, and an apology.”
Labour’s Róisín Shortall added to the criticisms accusing Mr O’Donoghue of claiming expenses which should not have been run up.
“An honest acknowledgement that some of the expenditure was simply unjustified, an unqualified expression of regret and a forthright apology to the Irish people would have been helpful.”
The Ceann Comhairle has refused to speak publicly on the scandal after he ran up hundreds of thousands on flights, courtesy cars and functions abroad with his wife during his time as a minister.
In his letter he claimed he would not have been told how much ministerial luxuries would cost.
Mr O’Donoghue stopped short of a full and frank apology stating: “I wish to acknowledge that some of the costs incurred appear high.
“I sincerely regret, in so far as I am concerned, that some of these high costs occurred.”
He wrote that he had taken a voluntary 10% pay cut but did not want to draw attention to it – the second time the wage reduction has been put on the public record.
Taoiseach Brian Cowen said new arrangements were now in place to prevent excessive spending.
Mr O’Donoghue’s letter claims he has followed the tradition of the Ceann Comhairle’s office and carefully avoided becoming involved in controversy since taking the role.
The position earns him €125,000 on top of the basic TD salary of more than €100,000.
“It simply would not be proper, however tempting, for me, whether inside the House or outside the house, to become involved in public debate concerning my previous roles as minister,” Mr O’Donoghue wrote.
“Nor would it be proper for me to become involved in matters of public controversy concerning Departments for which, as minister, I have had previous accountability to Dáil Eireann.”
He added: “I want to assure you that I have at all times acted with good faith and with probity.”
Mr O’Donoghue attempted to detach himself from the controversy by first claiming the bills were paid for under statutory rules and later saying expenses were arranged and audited by others.
Mr O’Donoghue said he was at the forefront of attempts to reform Dail spending.
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photo from machholz
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
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
15 .when you hold a referendum keep going back to the people until you get the right result (the one you want)
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!
Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue on a junket to discuss poverty last year cost the taxpayer over €3,000.Just image how many people could feed themselves ?
Ironically, he and the cross-party delegation of senators and TDs were all attending a five-day conference in Cape Town with poverty as its core theme.
It is the latest revelation of a of the lavish expense claims clocked up by Mr O’Donoghue
Today I also heard on the Pat Kenny radio show George lee and another politician from the Government side discuss the NAMA Toxic Bank
You must just look at this situation
Here we have a radio talk show master earning 850.000,00 Euro almost 5 times the salary of the most powerful man in the world and a political system set up to help themselves get rich while the ordinary people that they represent get fleeced no matter who they vote for !
Mr O donoghue is not alone in having airs and graces above his station .there is no political parity advocating a radical shake up of the Merks and Perks and screw them for all I can get mentality .This is quite easily seen from the lists published yesterday in the Irish independent newspaper of the TD’s and Senators expenses
The facts are simple 90% of the TD’s in the Dail are there for themselves and if you think any different you deserve to have them suck you dry along with their social elite buddies!