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TD’s unite to give themselves a pay rise

in case you missed this

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.

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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

Unemployment and a corrupt politicial system

“Fairness for the small self-employed employers”

All of our problems stem from the same point!
Unemployment ,and the continuing loss of jobs are the government’s biggest failure.
It is well-known that over 80% of the jobs still available come from small business.
These small business are overwhelmed with red tape, taxes, and idiotic restrictions .
The government have done nothing to aid this small business to survive this rescission because none of them know anything about small businesses. The bank bailouts  have soaked up all of the funds the government might otherwise had to support these real supporters of the economy
Instead of helping the current government have done exactly the opposite by raising new stealth taxes and charges at the expense of the small business in favour  of the multi nationals (ESB Charges) (VAT hikes)
In fact not only are they not helping they are actively hurting small businesses with their bank bailout policies by robbing the life blood of credit to these small business .

Every Euro you take from a small business in taxes is a Euro that can’t be paid out in wages.
Instead of kneeling down before the multi nationals get you finger out and stop strangling the guy that gets up every morning and helps other citizens to hold down a job that in turn
Helps him to consume the products of other small business and safeguards local jobs
There will be no support in the property sector if ordinary citizens don’t have confidence in the wider economy or in the people who are supposed to be running the economy and as of now ordinary citizens have lost all confidence in the government’s ability to run the economy .

More worrying the constant televising by the established opposition political parties
About their plans to divide up the various ministries when they get into Government buildings is nothing short of sheer arrogance on their part .

We the citizens do not want business as usual with the existing musical chairs political system
The opposition have not displayed any of the characteristics needed for a radical approach to reversing the disastrous situation the economy is now in, nor have they displayed any real opposition to the governments handling of the crises.
Why?
Because they are themselves career politicians feeding from the same corrupt self-preservation system that they have grown up with all their political lives. Their political parties stamp out every last drop of independent thinking  these TD,s have.

They become addicted to the dictates of the leadership and their sole purpose in life from then on  is to become the leader of the party and so become the leader of their own administration. Citizens problems are soon forgotten and in time their own self-indulgence of their own importance becomes overwhelming .

They are totally reliant on the same civil servants that the current government is reliant on
The same people who will be advising the next batch of public servants whose loyalty is to the current corrupt system .

Remember they are not all fired when a new government is elected into office they stay put !

so they need to be constantly retrained and up skilled to meet the need of a modern economy

We need to get new people into the Dail with a mandate to totally revamp the system by giving back to the citizens the right to fire any servants of the people anytime and not have to wait for 5 years

Under such a system Ivor Callely would be gone a long time ago and without a pension and a lot of his fellow leaches would have joined him
Please support change (promise yourself that) by not voting for any of the current TD, s in the Dail otherwise we only end up with the same incompetence that has destroyed our country
We must break the mould that is sucking us dry

Billions for NAMA and sod the rest of us!

The right to work Campaign (3)

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!

X TD’s car-park Perks

 

Just in case you missed this

George lee was photographed yesterday getting into his car at the Leister House car park

Question is this car park space subject to the new car-park tax of 200 per year?

Did you know that X  TD’s are entitled to park their cars at the said car park for Life even when they are no longer TD’S?

George clearly is keeping this perk!

Tell the people the truth about the Markets & NAMA

Do you really want to know what is really going on in the market place?
Ever heard of the “Rigged Market capitalists system”
Are you ready for this news??
Ernst & Young auditors of Anglo Irish Bank now working for NAMA ,
The same auditors for Lehman Brothers .
This is criminal , allowing this to go on, they should all be in Jail !
We must have a new Irish people’s political party that will stop this fraud in its tracks.
A political party that will prosecute all the individuals responsible for this criminal conspiracy
They must be brought to justice
We the people must have our pound of flesh!

See just dead wood and no Heart!

Yesterday, the minister revealed she had learned of the 58,000 unchecked X-rays in December. But she insisted she only realized the scale of the problem on Tuesday.

Full article link http://www.independent.ie/national-news/calls-mounting-for-the-resignation-of-hopeless-harney-2095141.html

Adding my voice to the thousands of calls for this Minster to resigne will make on difference  as walking over bodies for this person is all in a days worke ,This I foubnd out my self personally ,remember the Susi Long case ,(http://www.susielonghospice.com/about%20Susie.html) I  was the only person at a PD Meeting to tell Harney that I could not suport her any longer as I belived she was wrong with the policies she was persuining at the time and they cost this woman her life I could not support this any longer!

Things havent changed and she is still clinging on to power and that is all she wants !

she started out great but power corrups totally! 

 

Adding my voice for this disastrous and useless minster to resign is not really going to be of any help, Iwas also shouted down be an elderly woman saying “here we go again”
Harney sat there stone faced and said nothing
I knew the she was out for herself in politics and that has been proven so many times since! Harney has lost her way many years ago and this suited Fiannia Fail to have a scapegoat and in Harney they have a perfect one!
The entire Government is all clapped out, wasted and dry, rotten fruit clinging to the tree branches waiting for a wind strong enough to blow it down!

It better happen soon before the Farmer will have to take the Axe to the dead wood!

God save Ireland from these Gangsters!

Ombusdman Emily O’Reilly claimed today the work of her office was being undermined by what she described as “deficits in our parliamentary and government arrangements”.

In an address to the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin today, Ms O’Reilly criticised the Government’s decision last month to vote against a proposal to have her report on a grant aid scheme for commercial fishermen referred to an Oireachtas committee.

She said the handling of the controversial Lost to Sea report illustrated how the Oireachtas was being side-lined. Ms O’Reilly published the report last December after its findings were rejected by the Department of Agriculture, only the second time this has happened since the office of ombudsman was founded in the 1980s.

“Unfortunately, the model of government set out in the Irish Constitution has become more of a fiction than a reality,” Ms O’Reilly said. “In practice the Dáil, and to a slightly lesser extent the Seanad, is controlled very firmly by the Government parties through the operation of the whip system.

“For all practical purposes, and I very much regret having to say this so bluntly, parliament in Ireland has been sidelined and is no longer in a position to hold the executive to account,” she said. “With the exception of the election of a Taoiseach, almost all decisions of importance are taken by the executive and are rubber-stamped by parliament.”

The Lost at Sea scheme was established in 2001 by then minister for the marine Frank Fahey. Under the scheme, owners of fishing boats lost at sea could apply for grant aid for replacement capacity.

The Byrne family from Donegal later complained to the ombudsman after its application was rejected, on the grounds it was made after the deadline.

Ms O’Reilly’s report criticised several aspects of the scheme, including the advertising process, which she found was not comprehensive enough. She recommended compensation of €245,000 for the Byrnes.

Ms O’Reilly said last month the Dáil and Seanad had the task of deciding who is right and wrong in her dispute with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

But following a heat Dáil debate on the matter last month, the Government voted against referring the report to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

In her speech today, Ms O’Reilly claimed the Government had stopped the Oireachtas adjudicating on her dispute with the Department of Agriculture by voting “along party political lines”.

She said this illustrated “how deficits in our parliamentary and government arrangements can adversely affect” the work of her office.

Ms O’Reilly said she would have expected a parliamentary committee, following appropriate scrutiny, to reach the conclusion that her recommendation in the report that financial compensation be paid to the complainant.

She said her office “had done, in its area of responsibility, precisely what the Financial Regulator was accused of not doing, in terms of failing to serve the public interest and rooting out maladministration in the banking system”.

Ms O’Reilly said she hoped the Oireachtas may yet find a mechanism to allow the report to be dealt with “calmly and reasonably”.

In a wide-ranging speech, the Ombudsman said poor governance in a number of our key private and public institutions lies at the heart of our economic downturn.

source http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5i_wcQYTrQYYRoOefflmoB6QCHtgg

see also http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/ireland/ombudsman-blames-tds-for-economic-downturn-449298.html

and  http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0309/breaking38.html
 

comment

This is just the latest example of how our constitution does not meet the challenges from our own government with the self-interests now blatantly using the executive power to promote the interests of the chosen few

The political system in now was used and abused by a totally corrupt political elite and their lackeys.

The Dail is no longer listening to the voice of the Irish people.

Wrangling over the plum jobs and positions of power are the order of the day, sqandering billions down toxic Bank holes under the guise of the Con NAMA , and robbing ordinary people of their dignity in sickness

By putting them on trolleys in hallways, along hospitals corridors

Forcing the unemployed to work for nothing is programs (WPP) from discredited FAS

Allowing Bank Directors to be rewarded, who have supervised the systematic destruction of our national banking system to continue in place while the public loses their pensions and the shareholder loses 95% of their holdings!

Our political masters are so interconnected with these gangsters they have put the interests of International bond holders (NAMA)over the interests of the Irish people. We are no longer a free and independent nation our freedom has being given away and we and our children and the next generation are now financial slaves to foreign vested interests

This is treachery and it seems the constitutional rights of the of the people of Ireland are been ignored .This Dail no longer represents the people and any amount of shuffling the chairs around a corrupt cabinet will change nothing!

Traitors are still traitors it doesn’t matter where they sit

We the people want those responsible removed from their plum jobs and brought before the people’s justice. We also demand the a new government renegotiate the huge debts that were incurred by their corrupt bankers and the said Bank directors made pay from their own funds

Those responsible must not benefit in any way from their crimes.

These people at the top are the problem and until they all go Ireland hasn’t got any hope of retrieving its once cherished independence.

God save Ireland from NAMA and these Gangsters!

Recession or Depression?

I picked this off the Independent .i.e. site this morning This is the kind of news most people in employment are now fearing is it any wonder that the consumer is not spending and the more stories we see in the news media like this the more likely this recession will become a spiralling depression .with no leadership coming from our elected members of the Dail people will have to come up with their own solutions

THE OWNER of a toy shop last night defended his decision not to give staff any warning that the store was shutting down at close of business yesterday.

Speaking just before he handed his 17 workers their P45s, Vida Akauskien, who has worked in the shop for the past eight years, said: “I know the country is in an economic crisis but how can they treat people like that?”
Fergal Crinnion said soaring rates and service charges had forced him to put Tommy’s Wonderland at the Blanchardstown Shopping Centre into liquidation.

Mr Crinnion insisted there was nothing underhand about his decision to keep staff in the dark until the last minute saying: “With bad news, when you need to know it, you just need to hear it quickly.”

Shocked staff last night expressed outrage to the Irish Independent after they learned by word of mouth on Friday that the business was being liquidated and their jobs were gone with immediate effect.

Just minutes after the last sale was rung up, the shutters came down and work on removing remaining stock from the shop began. The stock will be transported to a warehouse to be assessed by the liquidator. Workers, some of whom have worked at the shop for over 15 years, will receive statutory redundancy and holiday pay.

 

 

full article at http://www.independent.ie/business/irish/staff-devastated-at-sudden-closure-of-shop-2084141.html

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