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Fine Gael called “LIARS”

English: Alan Shatter TD at a Fine Gael press ...

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In terms of top prize for political incompetence in 2011, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better example than the farce that has surrounded the issue of Upward Only Rent Reviews (UORR) in commercial leases; remember both Labour and Fine Gael had promised to abolish UORR terms in existing commercial leases so that tenants would no longer have to pay rents which were set in better economic times, and particularly at the peak of the Celtic Tiger when commercial rents were twice today’s levels.

The commitment stymied the commercial property market where transactions dried up as neither buyer nor seller knew what rental terms would apply after the Government’s intervention. And Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence Alan Shatter issued frequent updates where he re-affirmed the commitment, and for many months the stock response to requests for updates from the justice ministry was that a bill would be brought before the Oireachtas before Christmas 2011. And a framework including detailed legislative provisions went to the Attorney General in October 2011.

full article at source: http://namawinelake.wordpress.com/2011/12/22/fine-gael-called-liars-in-metre-high-lettering-on-grafton-street-premises/

Comment:

I am not surprised this shower are only looking after the many landlords sitting in the Dail .

Rent supplements are keeping the property prices artificially high and I am surprised that the IMF hasn’t demanded that the government cut this subsidy to private landlords. Property prices are set to fall a lot further as this new penal tax on people’s homes will deter new owners and may even prompt others to sell out of the rental property business for good .I stated in a posting two years ago that we would see Dublin apartment prices come down to the mid thirties (thirty five thousand Euros) Well a friend of mine told me he sold a one bedroom apartment for 47,500 including a park space  two months ago and he is convinced that we will see apartments in the mid twenties in two years time .I would agree with him. I am currently living in Germany and I am renting a one bedroom apartment for 300 Euros a month and 100 extra for heating. I could buy this apartment for 42,500 and this would be in a similar area to D4 in Dublin! Around the corner there is a house with 3 bedrooms and I could buy this for 123,000 and I might get it for 115,000 if I had cash!

I cannot see any improvement in Ireland as long as we have incompetent political gangsters running the country we need a new revolution and cleaned all these public leaches out of the system a new political setup must be brought about centred on the needs of the ordinary citizen and not on the servants of the people as they call themselves. Cronyism must be stamped out.

I do believe that eventually the people will rise up but then even I will be surprised at the extent of the violent reaction against the political leaches that are now sucking the country dry and the collaborators, eager to serve the corrupt moneymen in Europe. The people will have their day they always do eventually  so Fine Gael you are been warned the day of reckoning is coming !

LABOUR has denied claims of cronyism !

Spotted this to-day

By Aine Kerr Political Correspondent

Monday March 28 2011

LABOUR has denied claims of cronyism after the daughter of Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore was asked to represent the State in a legal case.

Barrister Grainne Gilmore (28) was asked by the new Attorney General to be part of a legal team in a High Court case taken by objectors attempting to stop the construction of the Corrib gas pipeline.

The new Attorney General, Marie Whelan, was appointed by the Labour Party earlier this month.

But the party has denied allegations of a cosy relationship, pointing out that Ms Gilmore turned down the offer to work for the new AG and had carried out work for a previous AG under the Fianna Fail-led government.

It is understood Ms Gilmore, a barrister specialising in environmental law, worked for the former AG on “several occasions” when her father was on the opposition benches.

“She has undertaken work for the State during the period of office of the previous Attorney General,” a Labour Party spokesman said. “She was offered a brief in this case but declined it as she had offered advice to other parties potentially involved.”

The case involved attempts by objectors to stop the construction of the Corrib gas pipeline. The lawyers appointed to represent the State in this case are Niamh Hyland and Michael Cush.

Ms Gilmore currently teaches environmental law at Dublin Institute of Technology, having qualified as a barrister in 2008.

She previously completed a Master of European Law (LLM) at the College of Europe in Bruges and worked as a judicial extern for two US federal judges as well as a trainee at the European Commission‘s Legal Service (Internal Market and Environment) Unit.

She also taught EC Law, Environmental Law and Constitutional Law at NUIG.

legal Row muddies waters

– Aine Kerr Political Correspondent

source:http://www.independent.ie/national-news/labour-defends-offer-to-gilmores-daughter-by-ag-2597011.html

Irish Independent

Then we have this

By Sam Smyth, Tom Brady and Aine Kerr

Monday March 28 2011

GARDAI are investigating if the Moriarty Tribunal judge’s personal phone line was tapped just a week before his damning report was published.

The Irish Independent has learned that specialist detectives examined the landline phone in Mr Justice Michael Moriarty‘s office at Dublin Castle.

An investigation was ordered by the garda authorities after they received a report outlining tribunal concerns that a landline used by the tribunal judge had been compromised.

One line of inquiry being pursued is the possibility that Mr Justice Moriarty’s most sensitive calls on his private phone line were monitored and recorded.

The garda investigation began in the days leading up to the publication of the report, but was shrouded in secrecy.

Detectives were still working on the phone probe all through last week.

But details of the investigation only emerged last night, amid ongoing fallout from the mammoth report into the circumstances surrounding the awarding of Ireland‘s second mobile phone licence in 1995.

Meanwhile, Taoiseach Enda Kenny last night moved to defend his special adviser after his links to disgraced former minister Michael Lowry were highlighted over the weekend.

And Fine Gael faces another onslaught of questions in the Dail this week about the tribunal report.

Aside from the political fallout, the phone-tapping allegations only added to the growing intrigue.

Officers from the garda communications and technology unit were sent to Dublin Castle to check out the building complex used by the tribunal.

They carried out a comprehensive sweep of all telephone lines used by the judge and his staff and also checked out other equipment such as computer outlets.

But they found no evidence of any interference with the lines.

It is understood that the line was traced through a number of intermediary stages back to the telephone exchange after an incident on the phone in Mr Justice Moriarty’s office first aroused suspicion.

Checks are to be made in the next few days on external phone access points to find out if attempts had been made there to bug calls.

The publication of the report last Tuesday surprised everyone involved at the tribunal through its 14 years, including the legal teams.

Mr Justice Moriarty decided not to follow the tradition of publishing tribunal reports by having them bound and printed. The 2,230-page report concluded that businessman Denis O’Brien passed money to former Communications Minister Michael Lowry, who was found to have helped secure the telecoms mogul a mobile phone licence 16 years ago.

The Taoiseach last night launched a staunch defence of his special adviser Mark Kennelly, who worked for Mr Lowry during the period examined in the tribunal findings.

Mr Kennelly worked for Mr Lowry from 1995 to 1996, during the period when the multibillion euro mobile phone licence was awarded.

There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing on Mr Kennelly’s part during his time working for Mr Lowry.

But his recent appointment as a special adviser to the Taoiseach now leaves the party open to accusations it has failed to move on from past controversies.

“Mr Kennelly has been working for Fine Gael for the past 21 years. Only one brief period was spent with Michael Lowry,” Mr Kenny said. “He (Mr Kennelly) denies all knowledge, role or involvement whatsoever in the awarding of the second mobile phone licence.”

Dealings

Mr Kennelly is not mentioned in the Moriarty Tribunal report, having previously confirmed to the McCracken Tribunal he had no knowledge of the dealings between Mr Lowry and Mr O’Brien.

Mr Lowry also last night told the Irish Independent that Mr Kennelly had “absolutely nothing to do with the issues relating to the licence”.

“I think it’s a sad twist that anybody would infer that Mark Kennelly’s career should be in any way tied into this episode,” he said. “Mark Kennelly is a person of the highest integrity.”

Mr Kennelly was unavailable for comment last night.

But with opposition parties preparing to grill Fine Gael on past donations and fundraisers, the appointment of Mr Kennelly has cast a light again on party links to Mr Lowry.

TDs are preparing for a special Dail debate this week on the Moriarty Tribunal report which opposition parties will use to try and embarrass the party.

– Sam Smyth, Tom Brady and Aine Kerr

Irish Independent

source:http://www.independent.ie/national-news/gardai-probe-tapping-of-judge-moriartys-phone-2597054.html

and then this

EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY and PAUL CULLENMinister for Education Ruairí Quinn has rejected suggestions there was a collective failure on the part of the then-government in the awarding of the second mobile phone licence to Denis O’Brien’s consortium in 1995.

Mr Quinn was minister for finance at the time of the licence competition and was a member of the cabinet subcommittee on telecommunications which recommended opening exclusive negotiations with Esat Digifone.

Asked on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland  if he felt the government of the day fell down on the job, Mr Quinn said: “No, I don’t”.

However, he declined to enter into a detailed discussion on the matter in advance of tomorrow’s Dáil debate on the Moriarty report.

Mr Justice Michael Moriarty’s report, published last week, concluded that Independent TD Michael Lowry, then minister for communications, interfered with the competition process for the licence and secured the contract for Mr O’Brien’s consortium.

“There is a very clear record of my account that I gave to Mr Justice Moriarty in his very voluminous report, and I have no problem with the manner in which my comments have been described or, indeed, with his conclusions,” Mr Quinn said.

Asked if he thought Mr Lowry should resign following the damning revelations in the report, Mr Quinn said he supported Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore’s call for Mr Lowry to step down.

Meanwhile, former taoiseach John Bruton has expressed disappointment and regret over the licence process.

Making his first comment since the publication of the Moriarty report last week, Mr Bruton yesterday defended his actions as a member of the government that made the decision.

He said he was still in the process of reading the 2,400-page report and “would prefer not to make specific comment until I have further satisfied myself as to all the facts”.

But he added: “One has to look back on this matter with great disappointment and regret.”

He was responding to claims by Persona, which lost out to Mr O’Brien in the competition for the licence, that politicians in the then-governing rainbow coalition had failed to heed its concerns on the result.

Persona chairman Tony Boyle said yesterday his consortium contacted the Democratic Left leader Proinsias de Rossa and Mr Bruton about its reservations. Mr Bruton wrote back that the government “fully supported” the decision taken by then minister for communications Michael Lowry, Mr Boyle claimed.

In the letter, Mr Bruton wrote he was “fully satisfied that the process conducted by the minister and independent consultants was absolutely fair, objective and non-discriminatory”. He responded to Mr Boyle’s claims, citing a number of reasons why the cabinet subcommittee on telecommunications recommended exclusive negotiations be opened with Esat Digifone for the licence.

He pointed out yesterday that civil servants who assessed the bids had recommended Esat, as had an external consultant. Mr Bruton said it was the committee’s understanding that Mr Lowry was not involved in the process.

“We were also greatly reassured by the fact that civil servants from more than one department were involved,” he told The Irish Times. 

In 1995, the members of the committee were Mr Bruton, tánaiste Dick Spring of Labour and Proinsias De Rossa of Democratic Left, along with Mr Quinn.

The tribunal report stated it was “perhaps not surprising” that the four men “were left with the impression that there was a clear, unconditional and unequivocal outcome”, given the content of the documents Mr Lowry presented to them at a meeting in October 1995.

Mr Lowry bypassed consideration by his cabinet colleagues to deliver the result in favour of Esat, it said. He misled the coalition party leaders and sought to “overreach” Mr Bruton by claiming the government had no discretion in the decision.

Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said it was a matter for Mr Lowry to decide whether or not to resign as a TD.

Comment:

The new government is in power a wet week and we have all this promises have been broken and waffle is the order of the day .It won’t be long before we will not know whether or not the promise not to put another cent (any colour of cent ) into the toxic banks will be honoured !

Another few months of this kind of business and we the Irish public will be asking ourselves whether on not we got any real change in the Dail. One thing is for sure the signs are not encouraging and I am now dusting off my demonstrating gear for possible use outside the Dail again !

ALLIED Irish Bank could be nationalised by the end of the week

By Michael Lavery

Wednesday December 22 2010

ALLIED Irish Bank could be nationalised by the end of the week after President Mary McAleese signed controversial new legislation into law.

The decision, following a meeting of the Council of State to consider the Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Bill, paves the way for Finance Minister Brian Lenihan to make sweeping changes in the banking sector. He is now expected to pump up to €4.5bn into AIB over the coming days.

The injection will virtually wipe out AIB’s shareholders, who have already lost tens of millions of euro in share investments over the last two years.

The Government initially wanted to keep AIB listed on the stock exchanges but sources said “delisting” the bank is now a distinct possibility.

AIB, along with the other major Irish banks, was recently given an end of February deadline to meet tough new capital targets. In AIB’s case, it must raise almost €9.8bn by the end of February, a target that overtakes the €4.5bn it was originally mandated to raise by the end of the year.

As well as giving Mr Lenihan the power to act immediately on AIB, the new bill also gives him unprecedented power. He can direct banks to take actions, move loans and deposits between banks and force losses on subordinated bondholders who lent to the banks at high interest rates.

The decision to sign the new bill into law came as a huge relief to the Government, which rushed the new legislation through the Dail in four hours.

It drew criticism from opposition parties, which raised concerns about the powers being given to the minister.

The European Central Bank also had concerns, saying the bill was “insufficiently legally certain” on some key issues relating to the euro system.

President McAleese met with the Council of State, which is made up of 22 members, including the Taoiseach, the Tanaiste, the Ceann Comhairle, the Cathaoirleach of the Seanad, the Attorney General, the Chief Justice and the President of the Supreme Court.

A short statement was issued, saying: “President McAleese has signed the Credit Institutions (Stabilisation) Bill 2010 this evening pursuant to the Constitution and it has accordingly become law.”

mlavery@herald.ie

– Michael Lavery

Comment:

Allied Irish Bank could be nationalized by the end of the week

Brian lenihan is about to pump €4.5bn into AIB over the coming days.

Doing this is nationalizing this bank and yes we can expect delisting at to-days share price of.40 cent there is not much more pain now for the wiped out shareholders

There is no use in trying to fool the markets any longer this bank in history.

However the game is still on for Bank of Ireland and the Minster along with the directors are playing a real smart game of course this bank will follow the same rout as Allied Irish Bank as they are still hiding their derivate positions which must have huge losses

Trying to convince the markets this bank is sound is just laughable

This Bank is going down!  Forcing is customers to pay exorbitant charges is not going to get this corrupt bank out of a hole

long-awaited by-election in Donegal South-West go-ahead

The Government has bowed to unprecedented pressure from the courts and agreed to a long-awaited by-election in Donegal South-West.

The coalition now faces a mammoth battle to retake the seat targeted by Sinn Fein after it was left empty 17 months ago.

The party’s Senator Pearse Doherty challenged and defeated the Government in the High Court over its refusal to set a date for the vote, but the Government said it would appeal against the ruling.

Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns supported Sinn Fein’s claim that the writ for the by-election should have been moved by now but stopped short of ordering a date to be set.

After a Cabinet meeting Government Chief Whip John Curran said the writ for the poll would be moved tomorrow, with the vote held at the end of month.

“The Government, having heard the views of the Attorney General, has decided to appeal the decision of the High Court in view of the serious issues of constitutional importance raised by the judgment with very significant implications for future by-elections,” Mr Curran said. “The Government nevertheless has determined in light of the judgment, to hold the Donegal South-West by-election forthwith and without seeking to await the outcome of the appeal, as it is entitled to do so.”

Mr Curran said he would expect the by-election to be over by the end of November, as the Government makes final preparations for the December 7 Budget, expected to be one of the harshest in the state’s history. He said Government parties found it difficult to win by-elections but added Fianna Fail would select a candidate as soon as possible and vowed to vigorously contest the campaign.

The Chief Whip said the decision to appeal against the judgment was taken on foot of information from the Attorney General on the separation of powers between the courts and the Oireachtas. The High Court ruled the Government had offended the spirit of the Constitution by failing to hold the long-awaited poll.

“I am satisfied that the delay in this case is so inordinate as to amount to a breach of the applicant’s constitutional rights to such a degree as to warrant the court granting some form of relief,” said Mr Justice Kearns, High Court President. “Far from the court ‘tearing asunder’ the provisions of the Constitution by adjudicating on this application, it is the ongoing failure to move the writ for this by-election since June 2009 which offends the terms and spirit of the Constitution and its framework for democratic representation.”

Other constituencies awaiting a new TD include Waterford, after former minister Martin Cullen resigned on health grounds, Dublin South, left empty by journalist George Lee, and Donegal North-East, vacated by Dr Jim McDaid

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/republic-of-ireland/government-agrees-to-byelection-14993967.html#ixzz14GczPJNz

Comment:

This government helped by the Greens have robbed the citizens of this and other parts of the country of their democratic right to have representation in the Dail. The courts have now been used to get this right acted on and eternal shame on the current government and especially the Green Party for having allowed this betrayal of the citizen’s basic constitutional right to be violated in this way

How low will they stoop to stay in Power????

Still the same incompetence!

Cowen’s cabinet line-up

Taoiseach 

Brian Cowen

Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills 

Mary Coughlan

Minister for Finance 

Brian Lenihan

Minister for Health and Children 

Mary Harney

Minister for Transport 

Noel Dempsey

Minister for Justice and Law Reform 

Dermot Ahern

Minister for Foreign Affairs 

Micheál Martin

Minister for Social Protection 

Éamon Ó Cuív

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport 

Mary Hanafin

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government 

John Gormley

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources 

Eamon Ryan

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation 

Batt O’Keeffe

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 

Brendan Smith

Minister for Defence 

Tony Killeen

Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs 

Pat Carey

Attorney General 

Paul Gallagher

We see again that incompetence is ignored at the very top of Irish Politics

Cowen is rewarding his buddies and to hell with the rest of the people!

By surrounding himself with this clapped out and worn out bunch

We the people are going to be at the receiving end of yet more pain.

The Greens have now all but thrown in the towel and have being totally consumed in their self interest in big jobs and pensions for themselves

It is so sickening to see their blatant scramble over the crumbs from the Fiannia Fail Table

Talk about a bunch of wasters and sell outs

It’s just sickening!

When will the people rise up and get these leaches off our backs?


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