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Back in our Box!

We voted Yes for any Job


The people have spoken and this time it’s the right answer for the political élite who no doubt will be registering their preferences for the Jobs that now will be available to our political masters when they get kicked out of office in the coming months

The campaign was run on the basis that the word YES was a yes for Jobs
but of course it was the Jobs for the Boys they meant

We in Ireland over the last few years ran way ahead of ourselves and we started to get notions above our station in the real world

When we voted NO the first time round, just over a year ago, we had the impression that we were masters of our own country and weren’t we one of the richest countries in Europe and didn’t we do this all on our own too?

Coming from century’s of being dominated and run down it was a chance to show everybody in Europe that the Irish had now arrived at their just place in the élite circles of Europe and particularly the English our old Masters

Less than a Year later where are we now, beaten down and shown once again that we have just enough freedom of choice as long as it does not conflict with the greater interests of the ruling élite

we have been bullied ,told that we would be forced into a 2nd tier Europe , a kind of second class club in Europe and would lose many more jobs and investment from Europe if we did not vote for this Lisbon 2 treaty

This is not democracy we have just woke  up to find out that we still have no voice ,we have just being put back in our Box and told to shut up!



Supreme court carrousel


The seven companies, Vantive Holdings, Morston Investments, Villeer Developments, Paytor Developments, Carragh Enterprises, Parlez International and Royceton controlled by developer Liam Carroll, that had a second application for High Court protection refused last week are now going to appeal that decision to the Supreme Court again

The group’s original application was turned down by the Commercial Court and the Supreme Court.

Last Thursday, the High Court refused a second application for examinership by the seven companies.

Has it occurred to anyone that we are seeing a pattern of behaviour here? Lisbon 1,

Lisbon 2, Lisbon 3? Lisbon 4?

For Liam Carroll
it would seem if you don’t get the results you want just keeping going back again and again, everybody knows that this is just moving around the deck chairs on the titanic

This is also making a mockery of the Supreme Court.

The message is coming out loud and clear

There is one law for the Rich and one law for the poor in this country .There is special treatment for the super rich and the poor are just kicked out of their homes dumped out on to the street

I these crooks in the Dail manage to push through NAMA then I propose that all home owners in the country create one large housing association and then clam the same protection for all householders in the country this should stop all evictions and people who are about to lose their homes should be able to say to the banks to come back when the property market has recovered to the previous levels

This should give the same protection that is being given to the Banks and developers to all the citizens of the state

Government = Self-service just ask John!

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

I’m still worth it!


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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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


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.


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

A Message from the Taoiseach


A ‘No’ vote on Lisbon will cost jobs,

says Mr.Magoo Me and me pals Jobs!


A NO VOTE in next month’s Lisbon Treaty referendum would cost me my job, Taoiseach Mr.Magoo has warned.

Addressing the Oireachtas Joint Committee on European Affairs, Mr Magoo outlined the reasons why he believed ratifying the treaty was fundamental to the State’s economic recovery, and his own financial well being by keeping his job

“I am unequivocal in my view that a No vote in October would cost me my job!. In the business world, sentiment matters. You only have to look at how the international money markets work. And how they know how I have f***** up Here!

“Right now, Ireland and not me, is paying more than we would wish for borrowings, in part because of negative sentiment towards ME and me pal Brian for the most part because I and the lads were down at the Galway races, gambling with the Nations money.

There is little doubt that reaffirming our commitment to Europe, and to working closely and constructively with our EU partners, and baling out our Banker buddies and developer pals ,would help to restore confidence externally in our ability to manage our way forward.”

And the good times will roll again and we can get back down to business with our merks and perks and the tents at the Galway races

Le mass

Mr.Magoo Taoiseach

Don’t reward incompetence!

Voting yes to Lisbon is like saying thank you to the current band of misfits running the country and asking them to continue screwing us

NO means NO.

The political elites are hoping that this time around they can use the economic crisis to frighten people into voting yes. What they fail to mention is that it is the very Thatcherism policies of financial speculation and privatisation, policies enshrined in the Lisbon Treaty that created this crisis in the first place.

Millions of workers across Europe are losing their jobs cut and seeing their wages slashed, while governments across Europe are trying to blame the crisis of capitalism on public spending, and are attacking our public services. At the same time they are happily handing over willing to billions of Euros for bank bail-outs to the people who created this mess to begin with.

Instead of EU supported bailouts for bankers, we need to fundamentally rethink the free-market fundamentalist direction in which the EU has been driven. We need to build a different type of Europe, one that puts the interests of people before those of profit and big business.

This is our chance to hit back. Use it. Vote NO and tell this government that NO means NO.

for further information follow link   http://www.voteno.ie/

Rip-off Republic

Its official we in Ireland are being ripped off even in stores like Argos and IKEA

A Mr. Barry Smyth of University College Dublin, a computer science professor

Mr. Smyth decided to do a study on the price difference between Ireland and 12 other countries.

By writing a simple program that calculated the value index based on the pricing here in the Republic of Ireland.

At first, it turns out that on the whole we are not the ‘Rip-off Republic’ we thought we were as regards to the likes of IKEA,

So Professor Smyth decided to look further afield to ARGOS

Smyth analysed a staggering 12,000 items – over half the items listed in the Argos catalogue – in order to get a more realistic picture While products from IKEA in Dublin were ‘only’ 8pc more expensive on average in comparison to those in the Belfast store, with Argos Ireland, on average, a product on is 24pc more expensive that the same product on the UK site.

“These averages disguise a multitude of savings, and there are literally hundreds of products that are 40pc-200pc more expensive in Irish Argos stores compared to UK stores,” says Smyth. An example of this kind of difference was a 52-inch high-definition Sony LCD TV up north. This product is listed as €3339.99 on the Irish site but comes in at only €2,213 (£1899.99) on the UK site,”

This survey shows the discrepancies in pricing across different jurisdictions for Argos and IKEA but these are not the only companies that are taking advantage of its customers practically all of the large UK Based companies operating in the republic are at the same game.

It would appear that the government is turning a blind eye to its citizens’ being ripped off

When the current government is fleecing its own citizens’

They are setting a fine example!

Rip-off Republic is alive and well even in this depression

Get even and vote No to Lisbon 2 then they will have to listen to us the people !


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