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Government = Self-service just ask John!

Can you believe the Brass Neck of this guy, he is completely out of touch with reality

He is so full of his own importance his head is so far up his you know what !

This should be a reality check for everyone, giving a life line by voting for the government in the Lisbon 2 treaty, is only going to prolong the likes of this sort of self-service instead of public service

This leach is will go on with his snout in the trough until the Irish public wake up and put an end to it by kicking out this corrupt government and the best way now is to vote NO in the Lisbon treaty

A No vote will force the government to call a general election

This is your chance to put a stop to this self service government


Vote NO to Lisbon 2

I’m still worth it!


Opposition parties demanded a full apology from the Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue tonight claiming his explanation of lavish expenses claims was insufficient.

Mr O’Donoghue broke his silence on controversy over chauffeur-driven limousines, the Cheltenham festival and first-class travel, claiming he accepted some of the bills appeared high.

But in his letter to Dáil colleagues, the Fianna Fáil TD said he expected to be treated with the same privilege as Government ministers at home and a visiting dignitary when abroad.

Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny dismissed the former Arts, Sports and Tourism Minister’s three-page explanation.

“There needs to be a fulsome statement outlining the situation regarding the expenses,” he said.

“It (the letter) was insufficient. A full explanation is required, and an apology.”

Labour’s Róisín Shortall added to the criticisms accusing Mr O’Donoghue of claiming expenses which should not have been run up.

“An honest acknowledgement that some of the expenditure was simply unjustified, an unqualified expression of regret and a forthright apology to the Irish people would have been helpful.”

The Ceann Comhairle has refused to speak publicly on the scandal after he ran up hundreds of thousands on flights, courtesy cars and functions abroad with his wife during his time as a minister.

In his letter he claimed he would not have been told how much ministerial luxuries would cost.

Mr O’Donoghue stopped short of a full and frank apology stating: “I wish to acknowledge that some of the costs incurred appear high.

“I sincerely regret, in so far as I am concerned, that some of these high costs occurred.”

He wrote that he had taken a voluntary 10% pay cut but did not want to draw attention to it – the second time the wage reduction has been put on the public record.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen said new arrangements were now in place to prevent excessive spending.

Mr O’Donoghue’s letter claims he has followed the tradition of the Ceann Comhairle’s office and carefully avoided becoming involved in controversy since taking the role.

The position earns him €125,000 on top of the basic TD salary of more than €100,000.

“It simply would not be proper, however tempting, for me, whether inside the House or outside the house, to become involved in public debate concerning my previous roles as minister,” Mr O’Donoghue wrote.

“Nor would it be proper for me to become involved in matters of public controversy concerning Departments for which, as minister, I have had previous accountability to Dáil Eireann.”

He added: “I want to assure you that I have at all times acted with good faith and with probity.”

Mr O’Donoghue attempted to detach himself from the controversy by first claiming the bills were paid for under statutory rules and later saying expenses were arranged and audited by others.

Mr O’Donoghue said he was at the forefront of attempts to reform Dail spending.

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Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue

Ceann Comhairle John O’Donoghue on a junket to discuss poverty last year cost the taxpayer over €3,000.Just image how many people could feed themselves ?

The embattled Kerry TD managed to run up a hotel bill in South Africa almost three times that of the seven other Irish politicians on the same junket

Ironically, he and the cross-party delegation of senators and TDs were all attending a five-day conference in Cape Town with poverty as its core theme.

It is the latest revelation of a of the lavish expense claims clocked up by Mr O’Donoghue

Today I also heard on the Pat Kenny radio show George lee and another politician from the Government side discuss the NAMA Toxic Bank

You must just look at this situation

Here we have a radio talk show master earning 850.000,00 Euro almost 5 times the salary of the most powerful man in the world and a political system set up to help themselves get rich while the ordinary people that they represent get fleeced no matter who they vote for !

Mr O donoghue is not alone in having airs and graces above his station .there is no political parity advocating a radical shake up of the Merks and Perks and screw them for all I can get mentality .This is quite easily seen from the lists published yesterday in the Irish independent newspaper of the TD’s and Senators expenses

The facts are simple 90% of the TD’s in the Dail are there for themselves and if you think any different you deserve to have them suck you dry along with their social elite buddies!

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