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Fine Gael ,talk is cheap!

Fine Gael today renewed its calls for the Government to revisit its plans to restructure Anglo Irish Bank and shut it down if saving it is not economically viable.
Finance spokesman Michael Noonan noted Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan said last year the cost to the taxpayer of saving Anglo would be €4.5 billion.
“The Minister’s estimate has now risen to almost € 25 billion and Standards and Poors, when evaluating Ireland’s creditworthiness last week, put the cost at €35 billion,” he said.
Mr Noonan said the uncertainty about the back is having serious consequences for the Irish economy, with borrowing costs rising and credit lines tighter.
He called on Mr Lenihan to conclude negotiations with the European Commission “as a matter of urgency” and state clearly what the plan for the bank is.
“He must produce an accurate and internationally acceptable estimate of the cost of the Anglo rescue to the taxpayer, and he must clearly show that his rescue plan is less costly than an orderly wind down of the bank would be,” he said. “If he cannot do this, than an orderly wind down should commence immediately.
He claimed the Green Party was in favour of such a course of action. “The Greens are wrong about most issues but they may be right on this one.”
source http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0829/breaking34.html

Comment:

Here we have a an example of the Fine Gael riding to the rescue suddenly getting the words together to maybe call for the wind up of the Toxic Toilet Anglo Irish Bank ,when the Irish taxpayers have been robbed blind and nothing more can be done by Lenihan and the rest of the cr**** in the Government
Even now Fine Gael still cannot come down on one side or another the facts are, the big con artists
Of Anglo Irish Bank have long gotten their booty to safe shores and Mr. Kenny does seem to be well use to the plush green Fairways of the K club.
The developers have by now gotten all of their choice assets on the a family members name and can declare that there are” Broke” even though they are still apparently well able to fork our 1500 Euros per plate at “special dinners”
“Have no fear Kenny is here” Is not a cry you will be hearing from the trampled down populous anytime soon!
Fine Gael is coming up behind sometime soon when the coast is clear, is more like the type of phrase you will here
Instead of a well organized opposition we have a bunch of on the make it up as you go long’s
The success of Fianna Fail in pushing through the largest fraud in Irish history (NAMA) on to the taxpayers of this state is directly linked to the incompetence of the opposition parties and that is no badge of honour Mr. Noonan, nor should it be rewarded by the citizens of Ireland in the next general election
Fine Gael has failed miserable in their job as the largest opposition party!
How in God’s name do they even think that they will be allowed to lead the next government by the bewildered taxpayers of this country?
Do they think we are fools?
Do they expect to just walk into the Dail and carry on with the same political musical chairs system we have had for the last 80 years
No lads we the people have had enough of this gravy train for incompetent fools and it doesn’t matter what party you call yourself lads!

Conclusion: Fine Gael Talk is cheap

What if this oil spill was off the coast of Ireland?

 

If this had happened in Irish waters the Government would have told the nation that we were all responsible and we must all put our shoulder to the wheel and help stop this well from leaking any more of our precious oil .They would also blame the single mothers and the Unemployed for using up badly needed financial resources that would otherwise be spent plugging the well.

A call for a national bond would be made and everyone in the work would be made pay a new oil cleanup carbon tax levy and the Unions would tell the members that we have no choice as this is the only option for the country

Gormley would employ a few green pals to count all the dead fish and Ryan would call for a national day of mourning .Brian lenihan would go on national TV to tell us we must tighten out collative belts yet another two notches!
Bertie Ahern would look for another “Dig out” from his pals to help pay his levy!
Having got it he would then seek an exemption from the revenue on the grounds he was a struggling artist!
The Government would then blame the protesters of shell to sea for the disaster and have them all thrown into jail!

Billions for NAMA and sod the rest of us!

The right to work Campaign (3)

Careful what you ask for!

 

With the cries of change the government getting louder, I caution and ask the question will we be any better off?

Make no mistake I want to have a change of government and I want to jail All
the corrupt Basta***

Responsible for the mess we are now in.

What exactly will the new government do about the political gangsters responsible for the mess we are now in?

Will they reverse the whole
NAMA
fraud?(Never Any Money Again)

Will they route out the civil servants in the Department of Finance who are totally out of touch with the reality of the modern financial markets and who are obviously in cahoots with the crooks in the boardrooms of the country’s banks?

Will we see Berti Ahern, Brian Lenihian, and Brian Cowen all go to jail??

Will we see anybody go to jail? Will we see Sean Fitz, and the X financial regulator go to jail?

Will we see the Board of directors of Irish Life and permanent go to jail?

The system we use to elect a new government does not behold any political party to hold its promises to the electorate. So they can promise what they like only when in power forget all about it!

unless we have a new system that allows the people an instrument that they can use to change the government if the people deem that the elected government have lost their way and broke their promises that got them into government in the first place.

The political system that any (New) government will be using is the same system that this government are using and this is where we get screwed all the time.

For example the system allowed the Fiannia Fail government to take control by first telling us lies; they had control of all the economic information kept it to themselves!

Then they were able to get the greens on side with offers of power sharing, who promptly ditched their own core values and morals.

The economy fell off a cliff. They are now imposing NAMA on us and we as a result will now lose our national financial independence.

In other words we lose our Independence just like that!

The political system allows these traitors to destroy our country and we the people can’t do anything about for another two years?

We the people now know that this government are responsible for all of this mess and we cannot now get them out, because of systems they have helped to put in place over the last 90 odd years .why is there no system in place for the people to kick out governments that have blatantly broke their word, abandoned their promises to the electorate, by claiming that the economic conditions have changed?

Why in such an event we the electorate don’t get to have our say again with the new economic facts put in front of us?

Why must we allow our country to be destroyed for the next 5 years by people who have abandoned all the promises made to the electorate?

We must change the system that allows politicians to do just what they please once they get into power .remember they are supposed to be working for us and not the other way round!

So with regards to a change of government, chaining personal just because they are from the other side of the Dail is no longer good enough ,we need to have qualified people running the country

To get this we need to have universal free and lifelong education.

An educated people would be in a better position to know and elect better people to positions of power and even come up with a better system of ensuring that the government of the day is held accountable to the people the real masters.

we need reform now!

The current Irish Government are responsible for the financial disaster the country is in,
With the establishment of NAMA the Government is trying to socialize the enormous losses that the Banks and their Developer buddies have encored.
Corruption is rife and now a new monster burocratic system is being created, where X politicians will have jobs for life and the same corrupt developers will be able to manipulate the housing market all over again
While the people are being robbed of their homes, savings, pensions, and education for their children, that same gangsters are running the country
This has to stop!
Join the CAB to-day and get things moving
Come on! Get active in your own area now!
We as a country need new faces and not the same old tired faces that have being around using the system to suite themselves.

Statement from Déirdre de Búrca

Monday, 15 February 2010 15:04

Putting the record straight

Over the past few days I have heard and read many of the comments that have been made publicly about my recent resignation. I would like to correct some of the inaccurate information that has been put into the public domain in order to allow people to make their own minds up about my resignation, based on the facts.

Threats to the Green Party

Firstly it has been suggested that I made threats about ‘damaging’ the Green Party. I think most people who are familiar with my political record will acknowledge that I have always tried to act in the best interests of the party. In fact, even though I have resigned from the Parliamentary Party (and not the party itself) I am still deeply concerned about the party’s future. Before I resigned however I was very clear with my colleagues that I believed my resignation could be damaging for the party. This was a statement of fact, not a threat, and the events that have occurred since have proven the accuracy of my predictions. Unfortunately I do not believe that I had any alternative but to resign given the circumstances.

Disappointment over the Brussels job

It has also been said that my resignation was motivated by a failure to get a job in Brussels . I openly admit that the failure of my party leader to insist that our government partners honour a clear agreement they had entered into with him about a position in Brussels was the trigger for my resignation but it most certainly was not the cause. The focus on the Brussels job distracts from significant events within the parliamentary party which reflected my growing concern at the kind of decisions that we were continuing to support in government, and the treatment that we appeared willing to put up with from our government partners in order to stay in government.

These events came to a head in July 2009 when I absented myself from a vote on an opposition amendment to the Defamation Bill which attempted to delete the crime of blasphemy from the bill. When the government lost the first vote I was summoned to the Seanad Chamber and told to vote with the government in a walk-through vote. I was sharply chastised at a subsequent Green Parliamentary Party meeting and was told that if I failed to support the government in a vote again that I would lose the party whip. I was also put under strong pressure to support the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill. Eventually Senator Dan Boyle and I failed to support the government on the final votes on that bill. This was because we were deeply unhappy with the way in which the Minister for Justice had dealt with the Green Party’s input to the legislation. When the Seanad returned after the summer break, I spoke with John Gormley as Party leader, and explained to him how uncomfortable I was at having to support certain upcoming government decisions. I told him that I was considering leaving the parliamentary party. From that point on he was very aware of my position regarding remaining in government.

Green Party lobbying of Brian Cowen for Brussels job

The third inaccurate claim that has been made publicly about my resignation is that my party had agreed only to lobby on my behalf with Brian Cowen in relation to a position in Maire Geoghegan Quinn’s new cabinet. In fact, John Gormley told me clearly that he had negotiated a position for a Green in her new cabinet as a basic condition of Green Party support for her nomination. The Green Party had favoured Pat Cox for the position of Commissioner, and. the two Green Ministers actively lobbied Brian Cowen to have him nominated for the post. However, Fianna Fail was insistent that one of their own be nominated, and favoured Maire Geoghegan Quinn. The Green Party eventually agreed to support her nomination subject to the condition that there be a position for a Green in her cabinet. I queried John Gormley at the time as to whether this was not a decision that the new Commissioner Designate herself would have to make. John told me that Brian Cowen had telephoned Maire Geoghegan Quinn last November and made her aware of this condition before she was officially nominated. I asked how she had reacted to the news and he told me that she had agreed because she was very interested in the nomination. This occurred last November and while there were obvious sensitivities about discussing the matter publicly before the Commissioner was appointed, there was no uncertainty about it. Any suggestion therefore that my party had merely agreed to lobby Brian Cowen for me in relation to the position is very misleading.

Research portfolio unsuitable for a Green

The subsequent news that the Research and Innovation portfolio had been assigned to the Irish Commissioner was very welcome to me. This portfolio area will be critical in assisting the European Union to achieve its most important strategic objective of becoming an internationally-competitive, low-carbon economy based on innovation in many new areas of green enterprise and technology. The broad scope of the research portfolio includes health, agriculture, energy, environment, sustainable development, transport and industrial technologies. A Green presence in that cabinet would have a valuable contribution to make to the work of the DG. John Gormley’s early insistence on having a Green in the cabinet seemed a very sensible one. However, the Sunday Business Post recently (14/2/10) described the Commissioner’s cabinet as a “praetorian guard…expected to be completely loyal to their principal…inevitably de Burca would have been seen as an outsider”. Perhaps a form of political tribalism is a more accurate explanation for the failure of our government partners to honour the agreement that was made with John Gormley last November than any concerns about the “technical ability” of the green candidate for the position. It is indicative of the weakness of the Green Party’s position in government at present that, given the opportunity to influence the momentum in the EU towards a greener low-carbon European economy, my party allowed itself to be “shafted” (to quote John Gormley). It indicates a particular attitude towards green policies that became very familiar in dealing with our government partners in Leinster House. I regret that John Gormley seems willing to allow the party to be so regularly outmanouevred in this way in the interests of remaining in government, rather than asserting the interests of the Green Party and its constituency.

My motivations

Finally I would like to address the issue of my motivation in resigning from the Green Parliamentary Party and Seanad Eireann. The past few weeks leading up to my resignation were very extremely difficult ones for me. Three weeks ago a Senior Minister (who is not a Green Party member) stopped me on the corridors of Government Buildings and informed me that the position in Maire Geoghegan Quinn’s cabinet, popularly understood be held for me based on the agreement with my party leader, had been offered to another individual. This was the first indication I had that the position was not going to be offered to me. I immediately spoke to John Gormley but it took a further week to confirm that the agreement had been breached by our government partners. I encouraged him to insist on the agreement being honoured but he told me that he was powerless to do so. He told me that our government partners were willing to offer me a position as Chef de Cabinet in the European Court of Auditors. I turned the position down on the basis that I do not believe I have the necessary skills or experience to carry out the important work of ensuring that the EU Budget is correctly implemented. I was offered this position on several occasions. I made it clear to the Green Party and Fianna Fail that I was not looking for a ‘plum’ and well-paid job in Brussels but rather that I genuinely want to make a serious contribution to ensuring that the European Union leads the way internationally towards a more sustainable and responsible way of living on the planet.

I resigned from the Green Parliamentary Party without any clear plans about my future. I do not regret the decision, although I am obviously concerned about what lies ahead. I hope my resignation will cause the Green Party Parliamentary Party members to seriously rethink their role in government. If they do not, I believe they risk consigning the Green Party in Ireland to political oblivion for the foreseeable future. This would be a very real tragedy and I sincerely hope that it does not happen.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0215/deburcadstatement.html

Comment

First of all I am shocked to think that this is the way jobs are doled out to party members of the current government

Why Mrs de Búrca would assume that she was even entitled to a secure job in Brussels is just sheer arrogance and a confirmation of the wheeling and dealing for jobs that goes on after every general election by the victors

This also confirms that the current crop of Minsters owe their jobs to their loyalty to the party leader and not because of their qualifications in the different areas

In other words cronyism is alive and well in lenster house and it would appear Mrs.De Burca was shafted by her own party because of her “concerns” of where the party was going!

I believe that they were glad to get rid of a non performing member and a member that was increasingly demanding better job security for herself.

This whole saga only goes to show that the Greens are out for the plumb jobs for themselves as well as the corrupt Fiannia Fall

The Greens have become just as corrupt now!

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