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An Open letter to Michael Noonan


sent in to me to-day

By Dave Morrissey

Dear Michael Noonan,

 I read your comments on the Keane Report this week and how this glorious
new modern fairy tale will help families ‘break shackles’ of debt. I can only
assume that you did a Cowen and skipped over the report because you obviously
have no idea whatsoever about the plight that families find
themselves in.

Let me say straight off, I do not have a family of my own so there are no
little ones to worry about. And I didn’t buy at the height of the boom – I’ve
been living in a 2-bedroomed apartment since 1999. Neither did I buy an
investment property (or two) in my own or any other country. I have the one
home, that’s it. I do not have a 52″ plasma screen above my fireplace,
designer furniture with colour matching curtains; I do not even have a car
anymore, I had to give that back to the bank in February; I do not have health
insurance, my pension is on hold indefinitely, my phone line no longer exists
and I had to start selling off personal possessions for a pittance. I don’t
have a job either. I am technically self-employed but when there is so little
work out there, the only interest I have is in how far that money will go to
keep me alive, not how much of it I will give to a corporation. When no work
can be secured, no money can be pulled in because our fantastic system doesn’t
reward failure and self employed people receive no social welfare. So if I
don’t get any work, I don’t get anything.

So as you can see, I have had to undergo my own set of austerity measures
outside of the bigger ones you are planning to inflict on the nation in a few
weeks. And yet your comments on the Keane Report still made me angry. In case
you’ve forgotten what you said let me give you a little jolt:

“There would be some cases
where people would not be able to remain in their homes, saying it would “not
be in the interests of the taxpayer”.

Fancy language there Michael, did you actually say that? Tax payers are
people in case it slipped your mind. Or are people now JUST tax payers? Or is
there a distinction that must be made? Do people suddenly change into just tax
payers when they become 18? Let me tell you I resent being referred to as a
‘tax payer’ because the last time I checked, I was a flesh and blood human
being. This is obviously an attempt to divide us into two separate factions. Oh,
but of course you’ve already being doing that by pushing this division of ‘can’t
pay/won’t pay’
. It’s terribly transparent Michael and a lot of us
can see through it no matter how many times you try and brand some people.

So Michael, your esteemed Keane Report does not cater for me so it looks
like I’m going to be one of those who will not be able to remain in my home.
After all, I’ve stopped contributing to the banks welfare and therefore I must
be punished with eviction. But wait…the structure of my apartment is sound,
there are no defects, the neighbors know me as a kindly, positive individual so
I’m not a trouble maker, I don’t see the walls or ceiling falling in, the place
is not a fire hazard. Yes, the apartment is definitely 100% structurally sound.
Yet, I cannot remain in my home?

So Michael, explain the logic of why I must leave my home. And
while you’re at it, explain how it has become acceptable to sacrifice people’s
lives to feed the bankers greed. Explain how you can make a statement like the one
above where there seems to be some acceptable level of ‘collateral

When did people become expendable Michael?

That’s exactly what you have said this week and it astonishes me that you
have been let away with it. When you place bank welfare above even one
individual then you have failed every single individual.

Well I’m calling you out Michael. I want YOU to look ME in the eye and tell
me that I can no longer stay in my home. I want YOU to tell ME face to face
that you have my best interests at heart. I want YOU to assure ME 100% that my
well being comes before that of any bank or corporation. And I would like
answers to those questions to be free of statistics and double-talk. I’ve been
totally straight with you, I expect the very same back and nothing less.

Who do you work for Michael?

I should clarify for the record that I am NOT going to leave my home. I
will NOT just hand back the keys, I’m not leaving! I do not accept that
eviction, or, let’s call it for what it is – forced removal, is something that is inevitable. The whole idea of eviction, even down to the removal of one single individual is abhorrent and anyone who countenances such an action should not be allowed to represent the Irish people.You are great at fighting the bank’s corner, we see it every single day. You will very soon be called to explain to the Irish people why you are failing them on an ever increasing level at a faster rate as the days go on. In fact I
am doing just that. I demand answers and am holding you to account.

This letter has been sent by registered post. I will know when it has been
received by your office. I want a response by November 14th, by YOU, in plain
English. I do NOT want a generic piece of rubbish written by and signed by
someone in your office on your behalf. Should there be no response from you, I
will forward this letter to as many media outlets as possible.

It’s up to you Michael. I will not be fobbed off and I will not put up with
double talk any longer. I am sick and tired of the likes of you talking at me
and telling me there’s more pain on the way while the banks are catered for at
every turn. It’s time to cut the crap! I suspect I will not be the last one to
start fighting back, I suggest you start getting your house in order, and



The European Monetary Union is going to break down

By: Gary_North

The European Monetary Union is going to break down. This
will be followed by a break-up of the European Union

The threat facing the NWO is that the economic bait has turned out to be
poison. The EMU is based on a common central bank and a common fiat currency.
But without a common system of government, there can be no fiscal union. There
can be no central planning by Keynesian means.

The nationalism implied by Keynesian fiscal manipulation has led to the
Greek crisis. The EMU rested on an unlikely premise: the wisdom of Europe’s
commercial bankers, who had spent their careers in highly regulated domestic
markets. Always before, bankers in large banks could count on their national
central banks to bail them out. But, in this new world banking order, the
European Central Bank does not have the flexibility to bail out all of the
large national banks that are now in big trouble. There are members of the
ECB’s board who are part of the German-Dutch axis, which favors tighter money
and stable prices. The Board must placate them to some degree. This reduces the
ECB’s response time.

The Party Line of the EU and the ECB is that there is no unity-threatening
problem or series of problems facing the central government. They insist that
the current problems are temporary.

Full article at source: http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article30616.html


After 3 years of Austerity and the forcing of German bank debts on to the shoulders of the Irish nation, we are at last beginning to see the whole scam come apart. The treachery of Brian Cowen and Brian lenihan on that night of shame when they both agreed to bailout the corrupt banks by placing the entire bank gambling debts on the Irish citizens in order to protect the solvency of the Deutsche bank is now coming out into the open .

The people of Germany are wakening up to the lies that were been spread around Europe about the Irish having a party at the expense of the German pensioners is been
exposed to be utter lies.The Finance Ministers of Europe have realized that forcing
these huge private bank gambling debts on to the taxpayers of the smaller proliferate
countries of Europe is not going to solve the debt crises of European banks .The
reality is slowly dawning on them that this crises is now threatening the large
countries now and they cannot hide behind empty promises anymore. If Greece defaults
then there will be no justification is forcing Ireland in continuing to bailout
the (bondholders) Deutsch bank.

Indeed I would argue that Ireland should be given back all the billions we have already paid to the bondholders of this odious debt.I say again, I do not recognise the right of the Irish government to impose on me and my family this odious debt .I maintain this action to force the private debts of corrupt banks on to the heads of the ordinary citizens of Ireland to be unconstitutional and the people responsible should be brought before the courts on charges of fraud and treason! The State does not have the right to inflict massive debts on to its citizens.Suearly the citizens have a right to be consulted in such an issue ?

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 ????

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

The beleaguered Green Party

posted on Sunday 27.03.2011

On Saturday the 26th Around 300 members of the beleaguered Green Party  met to discuss its future.

The gathering in Dublin was the first such event since the party’s disastrous showing in the General Election, when the former coalition government partner lost all six TDs.

It also came in the wake of party leader John Gormley’s announcement that he would be standing down.

The meeting, called Re-Gather and Refocus, was organised by grassroots members with the support of the leadership.

During the event, members put forward their ideas on how to revive the party’s flagging fortunes.

But the issue of who will succeed Mr Gormley was apparently not on the table.


I am amazed that they would be so calm with the leadership the party is ruined and they have destroyed any chance of a return to government  in my lifetime .Gormely  can afford to just wander off into the sunset with his massive pension and leave the country in the mess it is in .

The party deserves to be wound up and the leadership deserve to be put in jail.

As for the remaining membership they should emigrate they will not be missed!

Ministerial transport arrangements cuts

Bertie Ahern, the sixth leader of Fianna Fáil ...

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THE NEW GOVERNMENT has decided to cut back on ministerial transport arrangements, with all but three members of the cabinet being forced to supply their own cars from May.

This morning’s cabinet meeting decided that only the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality would still be given a State-supplied car with a full-time Garda driver – with all other members of the government having to stump up for their own cars in future.

Other ministers would still be given drivers, under the new regime that takes effect on May 1, but the car will have to be supplied by the minister themselves – in line with the arrangements already in effect for junior ministers.

Former Taoisigh – including Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen – and former Presidents will also lose their automatic right to an official state-supplied car and a Garda driver, except when they are required in line with important State occasions.

The President, Chief Justice and Director of Public Prosecutions are the only other people who retain a State car with a full-time Garda at the wheel.

In a statement, a government spokesman said that those three, as well as the three exempted ministers – currently Enda Kenny, Eamon Gilmore, and Alan Shatter – required the use of a Garda driver for security reasons.

The new moves will produce “very substantial savings”, the statement added, explaining that Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett and attorney general Máire Whelan will also lose their full-time drivers and state-supplied cars, and will have to produce their own vehicles in future.

In the case of the former Taoisigh and of former president Mary Robinson, the new transport arrangements come into effect in three months’ time.

The cabinet also decided to cut the maximum permitted number of staff in the private and constituency offices of ministers and junior ministers.

Ministers will now have a maximum of eight staff in their private offices, and four in their constituency offices – reduced from ten and six respectively.

Junior ministers will see the same staffing numbers cut from seven and five respectively, to five and three respectively.


Why stop there what about the enormous salaries of the rest of the TD’s X civil servants and perks like free car parking in the grounds of Leister House. It would be better for the controller and Auditor General to first publish a list of exactly what the perks and wage top up’s public representatives get! .We the public don’t really have a clue as to how well X public representatives are looked after !

Fianna Fail crushed at polls in Ireland


 Pat Carey, outgoing Gaeltacht Minister


By Jasper Hamill

27 Feb 2011

The Irish electorate destroyed the incumbent party only months after the humiliating €85 billion (about £72bn) bail-out from the IMF and EU.

Exit polls suggest opposition party Fine Gael have won 36% of first-preference votes, just short of the majority needed to form a single-party government.

The polls indicate Fine Gael won 72 seats, while Fianna Fáil managed only 20, fewer than the resurgent Labour Party’s 38. Fine Gael is now expected to seek the backing of independents or Labour to form a coalition.

Fianna Fáil is estimated to have only 8% support in Dublin and may have failed to win a single seat in the capital.

Taoiseach-in-waiting Enda Kenny said the humbled Fianna Fáil party had lost touch with the Irish people.

“The lesson from this general election is that government should never remove themselves from the people,” he said. The people have voted with vigour and strength … This is a great day for the Fine Gael party.”

Senior figures in the centre-right party were bullish about their prospects and suggested a coalition government was far from inevitable.

According to an early count, Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams won in Louth after giving up his Westminster seat north of the border to run in the Republic of Ireland’s election.

 He said: “If Enda becomes Taoiseach, I wish him well.

“We will support him when he is doing things that we think are good and progressive, and we will oppose him tooth and nail when he is doing things that are not in the common good.”Conor Lenihan, a Fianna Fáil candidate who stood in Dublin South-West, was one of the first to admit defeat.“Clearly the tide was out for Fianna Fáil in Dublin,” he said.Pat Carey, outgoing Gaeltacht Minister, said: “There’s no shame in losing – the shame will be if we didn’t learn from it.”Fine Gael promised “Smaller, Better Government” during their campaign, promising to reduce the deficit by cutting waste rather than hiking up income tax.

Fianna Fáil has governed for 60 of the past 80 years and guided the country towards its Celtic Tiger economic successes. It has since been blamed for the subsequent recession which has gripped Ireland for three years.



Fine Gael promised “Smaller, Better Government” during their campaign, promising to reduce the deficit by cutting waste rather than hiking up income tax.

Well we will see, I expect an emergency Budget and tax hikes and wholesale selling off of state assets, further job losses and further cuts in health services and introduction of water charges, family home taxes, closing down of some of the Banks and job losses there too for starters and an increase in emigration. All this will be for nothing as I still expect us to default anyway. I will be betting that the government will last only tops 24 months any takers?

Irish general election turns into slanging match with parties divided

Afternoon calm in the well-scrubbed north Dublin suburb of Glasnevin was broken by a slanging match between rival campaigns. It happens in elections everywhere. Yet to no one’s surprise, this pavement squabble in Ireland‘s tense 2011 election was between supporters of the same party.

Fighting for vital second preferences in the country’s single transferable vote (STV) system can pit colleagues against each other when support is collapsing, as it is for Fianna Fáil, the governing party of the great banking crash of 2008.

“Why are you canvassing so close to the polling station when it’s illegal?” a supporter of Fianna Fáil’s Mary Fitzpatrick shouted at two younger men clutching leaflets for the party’s Cyprian Brady in their hands. As the pair half-heartedly protested innocence, he screamed: “Fianna Fáil could be wiped out in Dublin and we have a chance in this seat.”

“Calm down, we all have Fianna Fáil’s best interests at heart,” replied the Brady bunch. “No you don’t, or you wouldn’t be doing this,” countered the Fitzpatrick activist, who then called the police on his mobile. The Garda arrived within minutes and calmed both sides down. Such are the dynamics of STV, which gives voters a more sophisticated range of options than Britain’s proposed AV reform.

As disaffected Fianna Fáil voters in Glasniven were deciding whether to spare either – or neither – local Fianna Fáil candidate, the Fine Gael leader and taoiseach-in-waiting, Enda Kenny, was urging supporters to vote tactically too. After a quietly competent campaign (no disasters) and a late surge to 40% (Fianna Fáil is on 15%; Labour 18%; Sinn Féin 10%), ex-teacher Kenny is within reach of a clear 83-seat majority in the Dáil – though not quite there.

Wise heads are telling him that another coalition with “high tax” Labour, always uneasy bedfellows, would be the best option given Ireland’s economic troubles. The arguments are familiar to Lib-Con coalition Britain and the two parties’ attacks have softened as the vote counting looms.

But in a real sense, incestuous political feuding like the spat in Glasnevin has long been a wider problem with mainstream Irish politics. Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael are both parties of the right, nursing old historic quarrels but not offering voters sufficient choice, even after the disastrous bank bust of 2008.

Across Ireland yesterday, up to 3.2 million voters in 43 multi-member constituencies were picking 165 TDs (MPs) from among 566 candidates. But if voters emerging from St Columbia’s school polling station, Glasnevin – or down the road in poorer Phibsborough – are any guide, they were doing so without much enthusiasm.

“I voted for leftwing independents,” said Róisín Beirne, 24, a sculptor who lives in working-class-but-gentrifying Phibsborough. In 2007, when Fianna Fáil’s Bertie Ahern unexpectedly beat Kenny just before the Celtic Tiger boom exploded, Beirne included Greens and Fine Gael candidates in the mix. No longer. “Voting for Fine Gael or Labour isn’t change, it’s the same. I’m not sure I have any faith in their ability to run the economy.”

Older people were more likely to stick with old loyalties. “I’ve always voted Fianna Fáil and I did again. I don’t like Enda Kenny, he’s not honest, and they’re all to blame. Someone should have told the banks to stop lending,” said Kathleen Duignan, 82 outside All Saints Presbyterian church polling station.

In Glasniven, 83-year-old Ann Watters says much the same, except she’s a life-long Fine Gael voter. “The banks and the politicians were hand in hand.”

But the old fear for their country and the burden the crisis has bequeathed to Ireland’s young. When the Fianna Fáil government, led by Brian Cowen, rashly underwrote all the debts of tottering Irish banks after Lehman Brothers crashed, it turned a financial crisis into a sovereign debt crisis and Ireland into what its media routinely calls “a colony of Brussels”. Some voters have decided they prefer Europe to the crony government at home.

Though the campaign has shed disappointingly little light on realistic options ahead, the financial numbers are scary. After 2000 the early Celtic Tiger years became a property-led speculative bubble, made worse by weak planning laws and 300,000 too many new homes. The crash saw GDP collapse by 11%, unemployment triple to 13.3% and government debt quadruple to 95%, which will rise to 125% by 2014 on IMF estimates.

Labour’s leader Eamon Gilmore, likely deputy PM next week, has been criticised for saying that the EU/IMF renegotiation, which all parties agree must follow the election, must be on “Ireland’s terms, not Frankfurt’s”. But even the austere Financial Times argues that, if Germany wants to prevent an Irish default on its debts (for fear of wider eurozone contagion), it should share Ireland’s burden; Dublin’s debt disaster is also the fault of European lenders.

In busy Phibsborough Road, in sight of idle cranes and boarded-up shops, unemployed electrician, Michael Maher, 24, and his fiancee, Emma Mullen, can’t wait for the EU summits. They voted for independents and Sinn Féin, protest votes for individual candidates they admire. But the couple are already planning to follow an old Irish tradition by emigrating to Canada or Australia.

As the polls closed , Dublin’s recycling centre publicly crushed a BMW that once belonged to a banker who helped wreck the economy. It may make voters feel better – but for how long?

High turnout

Irish polling stations were expected to record one of the highest turnouts in recent history, with voters intent on punishing the government for its mismanagement of the financial crisis.

By mid-afternoon in Dublin, nearly a third of the electorate had already voted, with most constituencies elsewhere reporting that up to 30% of those eligible to vote had turned up.

Just over 3.2 million people are entitled to vote in the Republic. They make up 43 constituencies voting to elect 165 of the 166 MPs (the chairman, Seamus Kirk, is automatically returned to the chamber without having to stand for election). Fine Gael needs 83 seats to secure an overall majority, but opinion polls suggest it will just fall short.

Henry McDonald


Ministerial helicopter flights 2005 to 2009

received this morning in the post

from www.thestory.ie

Ministerial helicopter flights 2005 to 2009 Posted: 22 Feb 2011 04:17 PM PST Helicopter flights taken by Ministers, including flight time, estimated cost, minister name, route (in some cases) and diary entry for that day (where available). Bertie Ahern was the biggest user – he got around. From early 2005 to late 2009, about €383,243.31 was spent ferrying ministers around by helicopter alone. This excludes the cost of ministerial cars, which would often be involved at some level in each trip. It also does not include the use of government jets. This is the approximate breakdown (in a few cases two Ministers traveled together):

 Bertie Ahern €76,491.65

Willie O’Dea €45,873.34

Noel Dempsey €39,802.5

Eamon O Cuiv €29,590.83

Michael McDowell €25,529.99

Mary Coughlan €25,135.83

 Mary Harney €23,352.5

Dermot Ahern €22,431.67

Brian Cowen €17,894.17

Mary Hanafin €14,177.5

Martin Cullen €13,455.83

Brian Lenihan €13,095.83

 Batt O’Keeffe €12,822.5

John O’Donoghue €10,475

John Gormley €6,890

Seamus Brennan €3,975

Brendan Smith €3,180

Dick Roche €3,180

Micheal Martin €2,347.5 (H/T Colm King) with other data available at www.kildarestreet.com

Tuesday night’s TV3 Future Taoiseach debate,

sent in to day

What a week. So limited were the parameters of Tuesday night’s TV3 Future Taoiseach debate, it’s a wonder the papers succeeded in eking more than a tweet’s worth of commentary out of it. CrisisJam felt the Empty Chair put on an excellent show. Student nurses and midwives took to the streets to protest against government plans to gradually eliminate their pay and an Independent candidate in Dublin South East returned to his hip-hop roots. Meanwhile, a dictator remained 99% uninstalled in Egypt. Curated by Eadaoin O’Sullivan, CrisisJam refuses to button its lip even as we are told that the slightest flapping might sink the good ship Éireann; succumbs to the inevitable and analyses the leaders’ debate; shines a light on public funding for private schools; takes a look at Donal O’Connor’s glittering career; and finds that, whatever the mistakes of social partnership, unions are as essential as they ever were.

As ever, click below or visit politico.ie/crisisjam for more


I decided to go independent precisely because of the calibre of the so called opposition who haven’t exactly proven themselves worthy of my vote and if they get in to power they do so as a result of default since there is no other worthy political opponents available at this time and it would seem the rest of the country seems to agree. That is why we have now 230 independents running and I am proud to be one of them.

Help bring about independent day vote independent and show these out of touch political dinosaurs we mean business when se say we want real change and not political waffle .

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