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Wicklow towns roads

Andrew Doyle
(Wicklow, Fine Gael)


Wicklow County Council has been given €850,000 to maintain its roads in 2010. With three weeks gone in the year and 49 weeks to go, I estimate that between €500,000 and €600,000 of that annual fund has been spent already. One of today’s newspapers reported that approximately €150 million – I imagine that was an educated guess – is needed to repair the damage done to this country’s roads in recent times. That equates to an average of approximately €4 million for each affected local authority. It is encouraging that the Minister of State from the capital city is present in the Chamber. It seems that his senior colleague, the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, who represents a neighbouring constituency, did not take this crisis seriously until it started to affect the city. As my colleagues have said, road infrastructure is the key to road safety. It is also the key to attracting investment, business and tourism. It is right that the road from the hotel in Glendalough to the upper lake car park was repaired last Sunday to make the road passable. However, another section of road not too far away, which is used for access by a milk lorry, was not repaired. If something positive is to come out of all of this, it is that local employment will have to be created as money is spent locally to repair our roads. If this is not addressed, we will have no road infrastructure in 12 months’ time.


Nice one Andrew, However I would argue that the roads in the town’s would need to be given priority as the car repair business is booming and workers cannot afford the constant repairs .This week alone I had to fork out 550 Euros for wheel Barings and the garage man tells me it was because of the various pot holes in and around the Abby street and Marlton road junction in Wicklow Town

Collecting my children from school is lethal as the potholes are getting bigger and bigger (near the Wicklow Montessori school) also outside the Abby National school

The whole road needs to be urgently resurfaced (Dublin Road & Abby Road ,Wicklow Town)

Irish Live Register

Irish Live Register: Rises 3,300 to 426,700 in December; 133,577 added in 2009; Unemployment rate still set to peak in summer 2010


Source: CSO

Taken from Finfacts Team
Jan 8, 2010 – 12:30:04 PM

Irish Live Register: The seasonally adjusted Live Register total increased from 423,400 in November to 426,700 in December, an increase of 3,300, according to the CSO.  In 2009 there was an unadjusted increase in the Live Register of 133,577(+46.1%). This compares with an increase of 119,642 (+70.2%) in 2008. The unemployment rate still set to peak in summer 2010.
January of this year has represented the spike in claimant increases in any month, with a record 33,000, or 11.3%, rise – – 26,700 additions in February, 20,000 in March; 15,800 in April; 13,500 in May; 11,400 in June; 10,500 in July; 5,400 in August and 600 in September.

The total fell 3,000 in October. and rose 900 in November.

There was an annual increase of 88,273 (+45.4%) in the number of males on the Live Register in 2009 and a corresponding increase of 45,304 (+47.5%) in the number of females.

I have being unemployed since January last year 2009

I was told at the Dole office as I was self-employed for the past few years I was not entitled to any state benefits, no Jobseekers allowance, and I did not need to register every week.

so go and don’t bother us again attitude !

Since I do not qualify for the jobseekers allowance, it would appear that I do not show up as unemployed in the CSO stats.

So now extrapolate this fact to the approximately 65, 000 thousand or so other X self-employed people. Who lost their self support means they had.

These would be chippies, electricians, brick layers and people who have lost their own businesses

And you begin to get the real unemployment figures.

Like every other government in the world this government is fiddling the real figures

I would estimate the real unemployment figures are close to 536,000 Thousand.

The greatest scam is that I paid all my taxes and paid into the PRSI, I also paid all taxes for my staff and I end up with no entitlements!

The lesson here is don’t set up yourself in Business in Ireland

Just go out and try to get a job in the public service

There are approximately 360,000 thousand lucky people already looked after for life.

But if you take in the now subsidized financial sector, and the thousands of guanos and advisers

We must be looking at 600.000 thousand plus.

Every time you here someone talking about the good job the government is doing just ask the question who is paying their salaries, inevitably it is the taxpayers!

Nothing is going to change for the Unemployed unless they get out on to the streets and take action themselves

Join the union for the unemployed

Demand jobs now and not empty promises

Join the CAB to-day

Sign  up and demand an emergency jobs creation and up-skilling program for the unemployed to-day!


To All TD’s

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???

Wicklow TD’s are big spenders

Wicklow TD’s are big spenders when it comes to expenses  419,327.00 s Euros

Wicklow Darby

With the growing number of Wicklow voters being dumped on to the dole queues like my-self and told that we are not eligible to any dole payments or any other social security payments after paying into the tax coffers for 35 years, and never having darkened the door step of a dole office before, it is a hard thing to swallow this extravagance in allowances for our well healed TD’s

I wont waste time calling for any explanations from our local servants of the people.

But you must agree that when the people that are supposed to be serving you in the Dail and that are supposed to be servants of the people are living way beyond the level of ordinary people there has to be something very wrong !

I call on the voters to now demand that any would be TD’s in the next general election declare that they will work for the average industrial wage and if not they will not get your vote and further more I propose that all able persons to stand for the general election against existing TD’s that refuse to make available to the local communities a complete listing of their expenses

I am offering to post any such information on this blog for free anytime

 I call  on all the Wicklow TD’s to publish their entire expenses for their term to date!and to do so every month from now on

Lets see what happens above race results were again

1 st place: Billy Timmins  FG at 120,685 Euros

2nd place: Andrew Doyle FG at 113,572 Euros

3rd place   Joe Behan      IND at   90,717 Euros

4th place Liz McManus Lab  at   76,503 Euros

Last Place Dick Roche  FF      at    17,850 Euros




This is a speech made by Joan Burton last week




Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, Spokesperson on Finance

To Humbert Summer School, Ballina, Co May0

Friday, August 21st, 2009





I’m sure you all remember a great poem from Leaving Cert English. Shelley’s Ozymandias sonnet tells the tale of a traveler who came across a vast derelict statue in a far off desert.


Two vast and trunkless legs of stone

Stand in the desert


The words on the pedestal tell the story of Ozymandias his ambitions and his destructive folly.


I mention this because Ireland is today littered with monuments to similar folly and the delusions of the past decade. As part of the NAMA process we are likely to take into public ownership many properties, hotels, apartment blocks and office blocks of little or no value.


Perhaps NAMA will choose to hold on to some and erect a plaque to remind a future generation of the greed that created the situation we now face with the NAMA Bill.


That Bill will be a critical test of our political institutions.


I wish I could say to you here that every clause will be scrutinized with care. That is unlikely. Take the Bank Guarantee. I recall going for a briefing to the Department of Finance. I suggested a few amendments that might impose some limits on taxpayer exposure only to be told that the Government would not accept any amendment.


The role of the Dáil was to rubber stamp the Bill and no other.


It would be intolerable if that same attitude prevailed next month.


The NAMA Bill rests on one particular clause Section 58 which sets out the rules for valuing the bank loans. It is a shoddy piece of work that does no credit to the Minister.


It could hardly be otherwise as Brian Lenihan is attempting, like Janus of the ancient Roman myth, to show two faces to the world looking in opposite directions.


One face is the Minister who needs to insist on the protection of the public interest. So the clause sets out current market value, however diminished, as a principle. That is what the former Swedish Minister Mr Lundgren recommended in his evidence to the Finance Committee. The results from AIB and the evidence presented in some of the High Court cases show just how heavy a discount is properly called for.


But Minister Lenihan also presents a different Janus face, reflected in a second basis of valuation contained in Section 58, a potentially bogus concept called Long Term Economic Value, which is the convenient cover he and Mr. Cowen use for a policy to pay way over the odds for the banks’ dodgiest loans on the pretext that the assets so acquired have an enduring value that is not reflected in the current market. That is political and economic mumbo jumbo.


I cannot believe that Dáil Eireann will pass so flawed a clause as section 58. Surely there are Cabinet Ministers who have qualms. Surely there are FF and Green backbenchers who will baulk at the shocking abdication of public interest that is inherent in Section 58.


This is the coming test of our parliamentary institutions:


To fight or to abdicate on Section 58.


To abdicate responsibility and to allow this clause to stand is to abandon the legislative role of the TD and to install a Cowen –Lenihan parliamentary dictatorship that is allowed to rule by decree without scrutiny or amendment.


Section 58 cannot pass proper scrutiny. It fails every test. Long Term Economic Value as defined in this section merits the exact words, ‘fanciful’ and ‘ lacking in reality’ used by Judge Kelly in rejecting Liam Carroll’s application last week.


The discount to be applied by NAMA has to reflect the current reality. Any consideration of future value has to be postponed till conditions in the economy generate such value. I can appreciate Professor Honahan’s suggestion that banks could share in any future value when the State has recovered its costs in full. But the evidence remains overwhelming that nationalization remains the safest policy as it does not require early valuations to be placed on the transfer of loans which would be between different public bodies. Mr. Lundgren emphasised this aspect on his visit to Dublin last month and it has a compelling logic that deserves greater public debate as an alternative to the gaping flaws of the entire NAMA set up.


There are many other reforms that could make our political institutions fit for purpose.


  • I believe we should open up the election of Ceann Comhairle.


  • I think we should look at the new procedures at Westminster for the election of the Speaker. It was a secret ballot and each nominee had to demonstrate some measure of cross party support in order to stand. In other words the office of Speaker is not in the gift of the ruling party.


  • I think it should be possible to allow a genuine Private Member’s initiative to get to the floor of the Dáil. If a TD can demonstrate a significant degree of interest in a public interest proposal with some evidence of cross party backing then time should be available to debate such an idea and if it commands a second stage majority it should get committee stage examination.
  • I served on the Public Accounts Committee and came to admire the work of the Comptroller and Auditor General (C&AG). I want to suggest an extension to his mandate. The USA has the Congressional Budget Office that does independent evaluations of spending proposals. Our C and AG can only report after the event. The mandate should be extended to enable a mandatory evaluation of cost to be tabled with every new proposal. We have bitter experience of rabbits out of hats on budget days that turn out to cost way in excess of what was first indicated. The decentralization fiasco is a case in point as is the 2002 announcement of the medical cards for the over 70s which came with a cost tag that did not reflect in any way the true ultimate cost. An extension to the C and AGs function could do that job as long as it was mandatory. It should also cover regular policy audits to see if the stated objectives of particular policies have been met.
  • We could also borrow another procedure from the US Congress. I refer to the rule that certain public appointments be subject to committee scrutiny and vote. The Office of C and AG, the appointment of Ombudsman are already subject to a Dáil vote but this is a formal process. I want the nominees to face a polite but thorough interview. The offices I have in mind, apart from the two I just mentioned, are Financial Regulator, Central Bank Governor, Chair of the proposed Election Commission and certainly the Chair of NAMA.
  • My party has long demanded a new law to protect whistleblowers. No institutional reform would be complete without such a measure. The Freedom of Information Act has proved its worth beyond measure and a new Government committed to reform will extend its scope and restore most of the sections that were deleted by FF in 2003.
  • Eamon Gilmore has already indicated his determination to overhaul the laws on election spending, on the disclosure of donations and limits on the size of donations. The present law is a joke. Millions were spent in 2002 and 2007 but the two big parties disclosed no donations above the threshold for disclosure. SIPO has drawn attention to this and I repeat here that Labour will insist on far reaching changes.
  • Political lobbying is a secret world that needs to be opened out and examined. One simple reform would be a register of lobbyists and I support that as a first step. It gets more difficult then but that is no reason to avoid the issue in a deeper way.
  • When does a pleasant lunch cross the line between a social occasion and a lobbying exercise? Even I was invited to have breakfast with the board of AIB, a strictly tea and toast affair, I assure you. Did my two cups of tea (the toast had run out by the time the plate reached me) constitute an AIB lobby of the Labour Party?


Frank McDonald and Kathy Sheridan describe an episode in their book on developers. They report an annual lunch organised by a leading auctioneer where Brian Cowen as Minister for Finance could meet the big players among Ireland’s developers while the Budget was in preparation. The venue was a private dining room in the Radisson Hotel on Merrion Road.


Ostensibly it was a social function with no purpose other than to eat, drink and be merry among friends. Equally one can assume these hard nosed businessmen (there are no women at these events) took the opportunity to let the Minister know what they would like to happen on the policy front in any Budget or Finance Bill that was in the offing.


Now how could you describe that event? Is it lobbying or is it lunch? It certainly wasn’t a free lunch. Mc Donald and Sheridan report that one participant had to write a cheque for €5000 to FF soon afterwards.


As a Sean O’Casey character might say, there’s lobbying and there’s lobbying.


Lobbying is one of the dark arts of influence peddling. We need to know more about it and to have stricter rules.


We have had 12 years of tribunals and still we don’t have a modern enforceable Anti Corruption Law. Amazingly even people who were named by Judge Flood in 2002 for corrupt payments and tax evasion, have never been disqualified as company directors let alone face more serious penalties. It beggars belief that this Government has done nothing to update the law on corruption, the penalties for corruption, the criminal procedures and the standard of proof required to secure conviction. Such a law, in my view, is a basic requirement of political reform.


May I briefly return to NAMA.


‘I have been reading remarks by Simon Johnson, a former IMF official with long experience of economic crises. This is what he has to say:

the real concern of the fund’s senior staff, and the biggest obstacle to recovery, is almost invariably the politics of countries in crisis. Typically, these countries are in a desperate economic situation for one simple reason—the powerful elites within them over-reached in good times and took too many risks’.


Sounds familiar.

So how does the IMF judge a Government’s resolve?

The IMF staff looks into the eyes of the Minister of Finance and decides whether the government is serious. The fund will give a country a loan but first it wants to make sure the Minister is ready, willing, and able to be tough on some of his friends. If he is not ready to throw former pals to the wolves, the IMF can wait.

I wonder how an IMF team would judge the capacity of this set of Ministers to face down their old cronies. Would a serious IMF team look at Brian Cowen in the eye and see there a man with the resolve with the determination to show his former friends the door.

Well would he? I think we all know the answer to that. It might have to come to that eventually but first this Government has a mindset that the plain people of Ireland are to be the first in the firing line, the children of Ireland are to be the target of cuts in welfare, in education, in health care before any effort is made to face down the elite that has been the favoured recipient of public largesse, of tax breaks, of easy tax exile status, of Cinderella rules, of public contracts.







An open letter to all the TD’s of Ireland

This latest attempt to bypass earlier supreme court’s judgment on this matter is an abuse of the process of the court and no ordinary member of the public could have even dreamed of getting away with this typical stroke,
that could have being dreamed up in the back rooms of the Fiannia Fall mafia ridden lenster house!

Since Mr. Liam Carroll has now got the right decision (the one he wants) from the courts there is now a good chance that we the taxpayers in the country will have to foot the bill for his debts!

there has never being a better example of one law for the rich in this country and one law for the poor ,the people that have lost their homes during this week and all that will lose their homes in the months to come

We the ordinary people must not let this corrupt system walk all over us

This decision makes a mockery of the rule of law and questions the whole notion of equality within the Irish legal system, and the Irish regulation of its financial system!

 It is no better that a binNAMA republic!

For more information on no to NAMA pleases follow this link


Please note I have no affiliation to this group !


News from Mr. John Gormley, T.D

Dear Mr Clarke ,


I have been asked by Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to refer to your recent email in connection with river pollution

I apologise for the delay in replying to your previous e-mail on this matter.

A further email on this matter will issue as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,


Eddie Kiernan

Private Secretary

Dear Mr. John Gormley

I am writing to you again to let you know that nothing has happened with the

problem we have with the river in our estate and as you can see with the

latest video the pollution is still ongoing


I sent this e- mail to the local council again

Dear Sir or Madam

Please follow the link below and take a look at the environmental damage

that is been done to the river in our estate

This pollution is now going on for the last 16 years and in spite of

complaining so many times nothing has happened to stop this pollution

This is again to remind you of the constant damage we have to put up with

Please find the source of this pollution and prosecuted those responsible

Thank You

Thomas Clarke

Video Link


Above reply received to-day 17.08.2009 from Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

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