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TD’s unite to give themselves a pay rise

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By John Drennan

Sunday November 07 2010

As the country faces economic meltdown, TDs and senators are planning to improve their already plush terms and conditions.

An official estimate of the money required to run the Dail in 2011 ‘sneaked’ through the Dail last Thursday reveals that the recession stops at the gates of Leinster House.

Did you Know?

In a touching scene, deputies across all parties suspended hostilities and agreed to the estimates without a single objection.

The estimates reveal that the cost of a Dail which serves fewer people than the population of cities such as greater Manchester, will in 2011 come to €112,983,000 — which represents a drop of just €1.2m (or 1 per cent) on last year’s spending.

But expenditure on the perks and services enjoyed by our TDs and senators will actually increase in certain areas next year.

The cost of salaries for TDs, senators and secretarial assistants will increase, while salaries of staff like those in catering and behind the Dail bar will decrease.

The estimates for 2011 reveal that there will be an increase in the postal and telecommunications service, which allows TDs and senators to send out promotional literature to their constituents.

The budget for delegates to ‘other parliamentary assemblies‘ has increased by 50 per cent and the ‘grant in aid’ for ‘inter-parliamentary activities’ has also increased by a whopping 40 per cent.

Even this, however, is dwarfed by the increase in the budget for allowances in respect of former members of the houses of the Oireachtas, which has been increased from €49,000 to €149,000.

At a time when pensioners fear losing entitlements such as free travel, the estimates also contain an increase of the ‘grant in aid’ to parliamentary pensioners from from €10,084,000 to €10,562,000, indicating that Dail and Seanad pension recipients will be unique within the country in actually securing an increase next year. The estimates also reveal that there will be a substantial increase in the Budget for televising Dail and Seanad proceedings, which provides TDs and Senators with much-desired coverage.

Though some minimalistic cuts are revealed in the anticipated expenses of TDs and senators, one source noted that “when the increases are taken in the round, TDs and senators will not be losing a penny in salaries and expenses next year”.

– John Drennan

Sunday Independent

Comment

Here we have a perfect example of our public representatives sucking us dry  these blood suckers will still have a neck to come calling in the next few months to our doors our homes and tell us how hard things are going to get and they are the people to make the hard choices on our behalf  and we should vote them back into the Dail .

 Do not vote in any of the existing TD’s ever again  give them their P45 ASAP

The party is over Boys and Girls in the Dail

Poor Mr.Bernard Durkan tells us he will not be giving back his pension (€5,483)

Listen to Bernard  click Bernard Durkan TD

But Bernard is not the only one of the Dail Poor in receipt of a nifty addition to his Dail salary

Speaking yesterday, Mr Lenihan said that it was open to anyone to make a contribution from their pension to the Minster for Finance.

“Many can reflect on the difficulty economic circumstances Ireland is in and decide to assist voluntarily,” he said.

PARLIAMENTARY PENSIONS 

Ruairí Quinn: €41,656

Bertie Ahern: €98,901

Richard Bruton: €13,242

Parliamentarians who have forgone ministerial pensions, (provisional 2009 figures which have yet to be audited): 

Joan Burton (Lab): €1,664

Jimmy Deenihan (FG): €1,655

Eamon Gilmore (Lab): €1,181

Michael D Higgins (Lab): €17,738

Enda Kenny (FG): €9,113

Liz McManus (Lab): €2,128

Mary O’Rourke (FF): €28,341

Pat Rabbitte (Lab): €4,255

Gay Mitchell MEP (FG): €2,837

Proinsias De Rossa MEP (Lab): €4,890

Michael Woods (FF) €33,343*

*forwent half pension entitlement

Parliamentarians and former ministers still receiving ministerial pensions (provisional 2009 figures which have yet to be audited): 

Bertie Ahern (FF): €98,901

Bernard Allen (FG): €5,485

Liam Aylward MEP (FF): €12,261

Seán Barrett (FG): €28,667

Richard Bruton (FG): €13,242

Sen Ivor Callely (FF): €6,637

Paul Connaughton (FG): €16,092

Bernard Durkan (FG): €5,483

Frank Fahey (FF): €37,205

Pat “the Cope” Gallagher MEP (FF): €23,634

Jim Higgins MEP (FG): €5,952

Sen Terry Leyden (FF): €21,761

Jim McDaid (FF): €22,487

Michael Noonan (FG): €39,944

Ruairí O’Hanlon (FF): €82,355

Jim O’Keeffe (FG): €17,770

Ned O’Keeffe (FF): €6,810

Brian O’Shea (Lab): €7,716

Ruairí Quinn (Lab): €41,656

Emmet Stagg (Lab): €7,716

Noel Treacy (FF): €24,007

Its time this Gravy train was stopped in its tracks, write to you local TD and demand that the practice of collecting pensions whilst still in receipt of a Dail salary be stopped immediately

Furthermore all pensions should not be more that the national average citizens’ pension

TD’s should not be financially better off as a result of payments from the taxpayers of this country, the people they are supposed to be serving

It’s time to get real and let these leaches know that the party is over,and they better get use to the idea!

Forget the minimum wage and work for nothing!

Work Placement Program (WPP)

Languishing on the Dole for the last 12 months and not in receipt of any payments (because I was self-employed) I heard about this program, and thought I would go down to the local FAS office here in Wicklow Town and enquire about this possibility for myself!

As usual I was met with the usual courtesy .The FAS officer reminded me that they were always available, no appointment was necessary and we got down to business

I wanted to know if there was a possibility I could take advantage of this program.

Cheerfully she informed me I would be eligible for this program (now we are getting places I thought!)

Then out of the blue I was told that whilst I could theoretically get a placing for up to nine months in a company, I would be working without pay for those nine months.

As I am not in receipt of any payments from the department of social welfare or FAS itself.

I would not receive any funds from these state bodies nor would I receive any payment from the company I was working for!

So we have now reached the bottom in the Irish labour market, forget the minimum wage, with the new changes to the FAS rules at the last budget in December.

Brian Lenihian now expects the unemployed to work for nothing!

The sense of injustice is just sickening, as I have worked all my life and paid my taxes and yet I see people who have not contributed to the state collect payments!

It’s almost a crime to be Irish in Ireland now! FAS may not have any more money to pay

For the training and up skilling of the unemployed as a result of their incompetence

And questionable financial practices.

I appeal to the minster concerned to ratify this obvious abuse of the Unemployed and I call on all TD’s to demand that this practice be immediately revoked

I particularly call on the local TD’s for my area, to publicly show their support for the unemployed of Wicklow and support this petition.

Liz McManus TD liz.mcmanus@oireachtas.ie,

Joe Behan TD joe.behan@oireachtas.ie

Andrew Doyle andrew.doyle@finegael.ie

Billy Timmins billy.timmins@oireachtas.ie

Dick Roche dick.roche@oireachtas.ie


Development Aid

Billy Timmins
(Wicklow, Fine Gael)

I understand the issue of development aid has been deferred to next June’s Council meeting, but events in Haiti overshadowed the meeting of Development Ministers that took place last week. Will the Minister discuss with his European colleagues the possibility of sending a European Union battle group to Haiti in the context of the United Nations Secretary General’s request for additional assistance? In the run up to the second referendum on the Lisbon treaty, the emphasis in discussions on the battle groups was in the context of Iraq or another military offensive. The reality is that these groups have an important humanitarian role to play. A force of 1,500, available to move within 15 days, self-sustaining for 30 days and which can be resupplied for 120 days is an important resource. I understand Ireland is not on standby again until the first half of 2011. The battle groups have preordained command and control structures in place and are able to operate independently.

The Minister and his colleagues must examine the degree of effectiveness of co-ordination efforts in the aftermath of national and international disasters. Such operations always seems to be very slow to get up and running. I appreciate that in disaster situations such as that in Haiti communications may be down and infrastructure damaged, making efforts to assist more difficult. However, we must be sure to learn from previous mistakes so that co-ordination and relief efforts can become more streamlined.

At December’s Council meeting the Stockholm programme 2010-2014 was discussed, with its laudable objective of an open and secure Europe. However, as we saw from the incident in the United States on Christmas Day, we cannot afford to neglect the importance of security. The Minister must liaise with the Minister for Transport to ensure that whatever mechanisms are necessary are in place in our airports, including body scanners and so on, so that we do not become an easy means of passage for terrorist attacks on United States aircraft in particular.

In regard to external relations, the Taoiseach did not refer to it in his speech but I understand there was a Swedish initiative to examine a proposal to ordain east Jerusalem as the Palestinian capital. Will the Minister comment on the Government’s position on this issue and why the initiative ran into the sand?

Submissions must be made in the coming weeks regarding the citizens’ initiative. This process must be made as flexible as possible, requiring perhaps one quarter of member states and in the region of 0.2% of the population, as recommended by the Joint Committee on European Affairs. This would mean that some 9,000 signatures would be required in Ireland. Petitioners should have up to one year to gather the necessary information after which the Commission would have to act on it within six months. I note the difference of opinion between the Parliament and the Commission as to how this should be done. What is most important is that it should be as flexible as possible. With regard to the mechanism that should be in place to facilitate the process, it is more difficult to come up with a proposal to achieve that.

The European Union’s 2020 strategy concentrates on economic matters, including sustainable public finances. There is also a commitment to a 20% reduction in 1990 emission levels by 2020. The possibility of achieving a 30% reduction should be pursued in the future, difficult as it may be.

Also in the context of the 2020 strategy, I raised with the Minister of State, Deputy Roche, the importance of ensuring a standard approach across member states when it comes to measuring numeracy and literacy. The Minister, Deputy Martin, as a former Minister for Education and Science should be aware that, regrettably and despite claims to the contrary, we do not have the best education system in the world. There are many shortcomings at primary level in particular. We pride ourselves on our position as a gateway to Europe, as an English language-speaking country which is able to attract investment from United States companies. However, global economics have moved on. We must consider introducing Chinese language tuition in schools, in addition to French and German. Being the only English-speaking member state in the eurozone is no longer adequate because many people throughout the Continent can speak English. It is no longer a competitive advantage. Chinese language tuition should be introduced in schools, and that proposal should be included in our submission on the 2020 strategy.

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)

Bertie Ahern’s exemption from Tax

Extract taken from www.thestory.ie


The 2006 capping of the exempt income has – as artists’ lobby group, Visual Artists warned – resulted in some high-earning individuals moving their tax residency abroad. The most infamous case, of course being U2, who moved their tax residency to The Netherlands.

However, a stark majority stayed, obviously, as it’s almost always awkward to uproot.

Bertie Ahern’s claiming of the exemption is notable for two reasons, one perhaps less noteworthy than the other.

Firstly, it illustrates just how little civic responsibility the man feels for the situation the country finds itself in today, something that will surprise few. Ahern is already in receipt of a number of State pensions, these total more than €120,000. He also has use of a State car 24 hours a day, every day, which transports him wherever he wishes to go at no personal cost. On top of this he receives a TD’s salary of more than €100,000. He also earns, or has earned, considerable amounts from private speaking engagements, though it is said business is slow these days for ‘the architect of the Celtic Tiger’. In short, he’s not in search of a few pence to rub together, unlike many PAYE workers and private sector taxpayers as of late. Still, he actively sought the exemption on a book ghost-written by Richard Aldous for which Ahern received more than €400,000 in an advance when he could have left the money in the nation’s coffers. This is where, I argue, it is needed and should be. He did so knowing it would cause controversy and offense.

A well written article indeed well done

However I beg to differ on one small point

I do not believe that anybody having earnings over the average industrial wage should be able to avail of this exemption from income tax , period!

There should be a ban on all public servants from gaining financially from their knowledge of having being a Public servant

Just my humble opinion!

The green guttersnipes

 

Mr Gogarty, a green TD who along with his party have sold out the young and old and the unemployed of this country, for the perks and merks of office.

Mr.GOGARTY, has Shown the true colours of this party of gurriers, to a shocked nation!

If anyone was in doubted the calibre of the Green TD’s we have running the country this clip demonstrated the type of thugs we are now saddled with who are calling the shots within the Irish Government

Drunk with power only after two and a half years in the Dail, these Greens have shown the world that they have total control over the Government and they can say and do what they like because Brian Cowen and Brine Lenihian desperately need them and have lost all credibility with the bewildered people of Ireland!

We don’t need any more evidence; this is the undeniable proof that we are being ruled by people directly from the gutters.

Budget 2010

Remember the joke ‘What’s the difference between Iceland and Ireland? One letter and six months!’ Oh how Insider wishes that had been true.

The Icelanders took no crap from their Government;

They took to the streets and toppled their Government, dumping with it the banks and speculators that had caused the crisis through their greed and free market economics. There was no NAMA in Iceland, no bailing out of the banks and their hangers-on.

Today the icy island is experiencing economic ‘green shoots’ quite unlike Ireland

Where our crooks that led us into this catastrophe are still in place and they have successfully convinced the people to pay their gambling debts

But for how long will the people put up with this con job and take matters into their own hands?

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???

Dear Minster

 

Dear Minster

Having recently failed to get a FAS course on website development and having waited 9 months to hear that that course was cancelled I heard to-day from my local FAS office (Wicklow Town FAS)

Thanks to very professional front line staff at this office my letter to you, might have a lot more fire in it to say the least.

It came across like I was offered a consolation prize, of a part-time evening course (non payable)

An introduction to the web, a course I believe I am overqualified to attend and I would not want to take this place away from somebody who would need this place ,the FAS official agreed with me on that point!

With my last experience still fresh in my mind I proceeded to tell the FAS official that I was not sure that I could thrust in the course information as they seem to change these courses at will and by the time I would again go to start the course the criteria may have changed again

The people running FAS are completely out of touch with the needs of their would be students

Cancelling a course that had an obvious demand is just sheer incompetence

It’s not cutting courses they should be doing but increasing such Courses

The course I was applying for was for 37 weeks the course ended up as a 12 week course and the bits they took out became a new requirement for the bewildered students applying for the course yes the very subject matter we were supposed to be taught became a qualification to attend the course and this information was disclosed to us on the very day we were to sit an aptitude test

Nine months after I first applied for the course, and just 2 weeks before the new redefined course was to start.

I am still expected to pay my mortgage and pay al the house hold bills, without any help from the State I am fast running down my life’s savings, having wasted 9 months waiting for FAS to get its act together

What a farcical way to run a training agency!

Somebody can’t tell their face from their A***

With the state of this organisation it is no wonder that the country is in the mess it is in, heads should roll at the top of this incompetent organisation

I am calling on the Minster to take action now to resolve the obvious shortcomings within the FAS structure and to introduce new courses that would give the likes of myself, and others, a new future in the supposedly smart economy

I am beginning to think that there is institutional ageism in FAS

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