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Dail Eireann and Moral Leadership

By Christopher M. Quigley B.Sc., M.M.I.I., M.A.

17th. April 2012

Morals matter. Moral leadership is fundamental. It is sad that a humble lowly citizen must make this point explicit to his government.

Following very expensive public tribunals certain people of Irish birth were found to have acted corruptly.In summary lest we forget:

Bertie Ahern was found corrupt.

Padge Flynn was found corrupt.

Dennis O’Brien was found corrupt.

Michael Lowry was found corrupt.

These individuals should beshunned by elected politicians if not privately then definitely publically.This is normal operating procedure in a modern parliamentary democracy. In particular with the case of Michael Lowrey, the latter individual mentioned above, the following point mustbe stressed. The fact that a “crook” has been elected to a parliament does not mean they should be given access to power. In Austria a group of rightwing radicals were elected. The European Commission refused to meet orrecognize this group even when they went into a power coalition. This action bythe commission forced a change of leadership of this radical group. Similar moral action must be brought to bear in the Irish house of government lest that hallowed body lose all respect from the struggling people of Ireland.

One final point. Alan Shatter, a man I have great respect for, has completely lost his moral focus.Mr Shatter is Minister for Justice and Minister of Defence. The courts look tohim for representation. The army looks to him for representation. The Garda Siochana look to him for representation yet he cannot say whether or not he gave representation to a “crook”.

Ladies and gentlemen of the Dail, please reflect on this issue. It is fundamental. If the Dail continues to be brought into disrepute by Dail members openly associating with crooks of the Lowry and the O’Brien type folks in Ireland will start to vote with passive resistance rather that with active voting. A tipping point is quickly beingreached.

Gombeen politicians still in charge???

Bertie Ahern

Bertie Ahern (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern is to resign his membership of Fianna Fáil just days before the party’s National Executive meets to consider a motion to expel him.

In an article in the Sunday Independent  newspaper, Mr Ahern said he was “deeply saddened” by the tabling of a motion to expel him from the party which he led for 14 years.

Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin yesterday confirmed his intention to seek the expulsion of Mr Ahern, former EU commissioner Pádraig Flynn and three others after they were criticised in the Mahon report.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan has instructed the head of the Criminal Assets Bureau to take charge of investigations arising out of the planning tribunal’s report which identified widespread dishonesty and corruption in public life.

full article at source:http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2012/0324/breaking68.html?via=mr


This  Gombeen politician should be in Jail, there are people in Jail because they have not paid their TV licence and this creep is raking in 157,000 euro from the people of Ireland every year .Where is justice in Ireland today .Corruption ,,Fraud ,bullyboy tactics and outright gansterisem is rewarded in  the political system we are allowing to continue .We must now get up off our knees and take back our country from the likes of this creep and his buddies who continue to protect outright criminals on fat pensions and state perks .For God sake Ireland Get a set of Balls and get up and fight back!

Why Ireland should join dollar or sterling currency now



“On Thursday 18th  November 2010 The IMF arrived in the Emerald Isle. What  a sad sad day that was  for the proud people of Ireland. Following 300  years of armed struggle the then resident Fianna Fail government replaced  English masters with the Continental variety. However the method of usurpation  this time was not guns and bullets and starvation but economic and financial  prowess. To the victor will go the spoils.”

Read more: http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Why-Ireland-should-join-dollar-or-sterling-currency-now–119999509.html#ixzz1bPASclK1

Student protest at Fine Gael ‘think-in’ in Galway

But then we also get this !


Top civil servant received a pension package worth over €700,000.

HARRY McGEE, Political Correspondent

THE COUNTRY’S former top civil servant Dermot McCarthy received a combined retirement and pension package worth over €700,000 after stepping down this summer.

Mr McCarthy, secretary general to the Government, retired in July after 11 years in the position. He was also secretary general to the Department of An Taoiseach. As the taoiseach’s chief adviser, he was entitled to attend all Cabinet meetings.

During his tenure of more than a decade, Mr McCarthy was most associated with the social partnership process. He was secretary general to three taoisigh: Bertie Ahern; Brian Cowen and, in recent months, Enda Kenny. He was the taoiseach’s main adviser during the Northern peace process. He was also in position when the banking sector collapsed; when the economy was thrown into recession and when the previous government was forced to rely on intervention from the EU and IMF.

In addition to his annual pension of €142,670, Mr McCarthy was also paid a once-off lump sum of €428,011. He was also entitled to another special severance payment of €142,670. The overall package was worth €713,000. Details of Mr McCarthy’s package were released to RTÉ under the Freedom of Information Act.

On retirement, all public servants are entitled to a lump sum, worth 1.5 times the final salary. The sum is untaxed for all but the highest earners and has become increasingly contentious in recent years. While Mr McCarthy’s annual salary had fallen from €285,000 to €208,000 as a result of a series of pay cuts affecting high-earning public servants and ministers, his final salary for pension purposes remained the original figure of €285,000, leaving him with the lump sum of €428,000.

He will pay no tax on the first €200,000 of the €428,000 but following changes in this year’s Finance Act will pay tax of 20 per cent (or €45,600) on the remaining €228,000. The net worth of the lump sum is €382,400.

A Government spokeswoman said it was committed to ending the “exceptionally generous pension regime” for those at the top of the public and private sectors.

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What can one say this is just sickening? A servant of the people someone who was supposed to be working for the citizens of Ireland, a civil servant ending up with this kind of pay off , a pension 15 times more than the average citizens pension  this
is shear madness and outright immoral .When we cant go one day without hearing
about ordinary people struggling to meet their mortgage payments ,hospitals
been closed down because of lack of public funds .For God sake we cannot allow
this kind of outright blatant abuse of public moneys be plundered  and given to the chosen few who are not accountable  to anybody ,who seem to be entitled to such vast sums of our money.

The government of the day are not going to stop this plunder of the public purse because they are themselves in line to collect their own entitlements when they are eventually kicked out of “Public Office”.We the people are the gobshites as we are just sitting back and whinging about this state of affairs and we consistently vote the same conmen and woman into public office. Take a look at the coke park agreement; the government decide to protect the civil servants from the new reality,(this country cannot afford to
keep 300,000 people in the pay from the public purse at the rate of pay they
are getting ) The private sector has had to cut their cloth but the politicians chose to ignore this reality and instead choose to take from the already poor, unemployed and cut hospital services instead ,but this action will not save the country it has only extended the pain as we continue to create more and more debt trying to ignore this elephant in the room .

Obviously I am not talking about civil servants who are on the
average national wage. I’m talking about the likes of this Mr McCarthy who will
never have to worry about health services or mortgage payments thanks to the downtrodden citizens of Ireland who will keep him in the laps of luxury for the rest of his
life .He is not alone I suspect we the people are keeping about 120,000 x-politicians,
top civil servants, in this state .These same people are from time to time
rolled out and they tell the rest of us that we need to tighten our belts .When
will we wake up in this country and rid ourselves of these leaches ????

Berti Ahern is still sucking the taxpayers of this country dry

I see Berti Ahern is still sucking  the taxpayers of this country dry  having
destroyed our national financial independence and made debt slaves out of all
of us this leach is still enjoying the good life . He has been paid just over
€264,000 in expenses since he stepped down in May 2008, including €7,500 on
mobile phone bills. The money is separate from his pension, which stands at
€150,000 a year. His secretarial expenses amounted to €106,838 last year and
€114,369 in 2009.He claimed €42,890 for secretarial expenses in the first six
months of this year. This compared to €24,731 for Albert Reynolds and €13,562
for John Bruton. it is now time for the new government to make an example of
this conman .strip him of all benefits he is still receiving. Let him survive
on the dole payment for the rest of his life!

Bertie at Galway races, Cowen pissed, Yank in Dublin!

Hope things pick up for you soon every politician should
take a good look at this video and see how an ordinary man earns a living .By
the way If that was Cowen, he is lucky I wasn’t around because I would have a
few words to say him the Ba*****. I think Taxi drivers are a great source and indicator
of how the economy is going and judging from this man’s rant things are not
getting better anytime soon

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