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“great to get a shot in the arm”

 

Great supporting e-mail this morning “great to get a shot in the arm” every now and then. T

Hey Paul !!

 
Do you have any friends in Wicklow?  Perhaps you can get them to look at Thomas’ web/blog ! (see below) I’ve met Thomas on 3 or 4
occasions. He’s very solid and wants to put ” value for money/transparency/accountability/honesty” as a priority in Dail Eireann. Spread
the word on your Facebook page. Thomas would be way better for Ireland than that Roche, Dick. Thomas has put in a lot of effort already.
Back in Sept/Oct he went door to door and spoke with over 5000 homeowners. He’s also held meetings in Wicklow town with a couple of
economist as guest speakers. I know there’s a few other Independents running in Wicklow but they don’t seem to have Thomas’  fire, drive,
commitment or perseverance.
 
As I said, Spread the word,
 
Say “HI” to Slim,
 
All the Best,
 
Paul

“Evil prospers when good men do nothing.”

                                                            

                               Fine Gael and Labour looking after business!

Goes  to show the markets are not jumping for joy(see  “Ireland’s credit rating grouped with Botswana “ ) with the prospect of Fine Gael or Labour taking office soon .They are only offering more of the same gombeenisem  and stroke politics.

Looking after themselves is their number one priority. Here we have ten people who have been telling us the citizens of Ireland that we are livening beyond our means and have justified imposing sever austerity measures never before see in this country .I see the results of these measures every day in all estates around the county of Wicklow below you see their pension payments that they will receive for the rest of their lives and none of the established political parties have come out and promised to cut back on these lottery pensions .These payments are immoral and cannot be justified.

I see evil and I am standing up against it are you with me?

They show how bankrupt the political system and how corrupt it is!  

By voting for the established political parties you are voting for a continuing of this type of behaviour. I am ashamed to go to the doors of people and just stand there and not be able to do anything about this, when you see people who can’t pay for the heating or their car tax or are dreading the next ESB bill or the next VHI notice of payments due.

Wicklow Friday 25th February 2011, 22:00  

                                                       Constituency Betting  
 

    Singles Only. 5 Seats. To win a seat for the constituency at the next general election. All in, run or not. **Not all candidates are confirmed. Bets will stand regardless.** Others on request.

Billy Timmins (FG) 1/6

Tom Fortune (Lab) 11/8

Pat Kavanagh (Ind) 25/1

Anne Ferris (Lab) 1/3

Pat Fitzgerald (FF) 11/8

Gerry Kinsella (Ind) 25/1

Andrew Doyle (FG) 4/9

Joe Behan (Ind) 11/8

Niall Byrne (Green) 28/1

Conal Kavanagh (Lab) 4/9

John Brady (SF) 7/4

Peter Dempsey 33/1

Dick Roche (FF) 4/6

Stephen Donnelly (Ind) 14/1

Robert Kearns (Ind) 33/1

Simon Harris (FG) 4/6

   

   

Judging from the paddy power betting I haven’t got a hope so why do I continue to put myself to the expense of standing when I can’t reach all 130,000 voters in the county when I can only speak to 20 people every hour and only commit to 5 hours every day until the Election Day

Because I want to be able to show my Children I did something to try and stop this outright robbery and I stood up to this corrupt system.

                        Evil prospers when good men do nothing.”

Brian Cowen   310,000:00 Euro FF       Noel Dempsey  313,000:00 Euro FF

Mary Harney  310,000:00 Euro NP       Willie O Dee   270,000:00 Euro  FF

Noel Ahern    310,000:00 Euro FF       Ned o Keeffe 250,000:00 Euro FF

Martin Cullen  265,000:00 Euro FF       Bat O Keeffe   258.000:00 Euro FF

John Gormley  229.000.00 Euro GP       Eamon Ryian  229.000:00 Euro GP

                           Good Men and Woman help stop this now

Out of this World Minsters and TD’s

Nama to seek pay cuts

SIMON CARSWELL and STEVEN CARROLL

The National Asset Management Agency (Nama) has said it is not setting a cap on developers’ pay but will force large pay cuts across their companies as it seeks reductions of up to 75 per cent in the cost of running their businesses. 

The agency, which was set up by the Government to take the most toxic loans out of the banks, is aiming to approve business plans submitted by the 30 biggest borrowers by the end of next month.

According to the plans, developers must provide details of how they plan to reduce overheads, including pay, by between 50 per cent and 75 per cent of what they were at the peak of the booming property market.

Nama said the banks had allowed developers to grow their businesses to “unsustainable and unrealistic levels of overheads”.

“We are not getting into what individuals should be paid,” said a spokesman for the agency. “But it is inevitable that there will be very significant pay reductions for executives working in the businesses if their overheads are reduced by up to 75 per cent.”

Developers who assist Nama can hold on to their family homes if they can afford to do so on their reduced pay, as the agency will not call on personal guarantees on loans while they are co-operating. However, Nama will force developers to sell overseas houses and holiday homes to repay loans.

Weekend newspaper reports suggested that some of the 10 most heavily indebted developers may pay themselves salaries of up to €200,000 a year under their business plans. Nama would not comment on specific salaries, saying the division of an overall pay bill approved by Nama under a business plan was a matter for developers.

Speaking on RTÉ radio yesterday, Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said the scale of salaries might not seem right to the public but the developers would not be let off the hook.

If Nama wanted co-operation from developers to finish building projects in order to ensure a return for the taxpayer, then it had to take pragmatic decisions, said Mr Ahern.

“Ultimately, there will be excessive pain for these people one way or the other – either it is bankruptcy or they co-operate with Nama,” added the Minister.

The agency has a first legal charge over their assets so developers will “potentially lose their family homes and all the assets that they have”, said Mr Ahern. “There will be an awful lot of pain meted out to these people who took out excessive loans, and because of the burst they’re not worth what they used to be.”

The agency said it intended to work with developers who co-operated in selling assets and completing projects with a view to repaying loans and helping Nama to recover the highest amount for the taxpayer.

Where developers do not co-operate the agency will take enforcement action, he said, adding it was working on about 12 potential cases to bring developers to court or take control of their businesses.

Nama said it would judge whether it was better value to install an insolvency expert to run their business if a developer’s business plan was too costly. The spokesman for Nama said the agency was “astounded” that insolvency professionals had asked for up to €800 an hour for a 500-hour assignment – a fee of €400,000 for one job – in a competitive tender for contract work with the agency.

Nama will only hire at the lower end of the range offered, from €180 an hour, the spokesman said.

Some €27 billion in loans owing by the 32 most indebted developers has been acquired by Nama in the first two tranches of loan transfers to the State agency.

Nama is buying €74 billion in loans linked to 840 borrowers from five participating lenders. The agency is paying about €40 billion for the loans, which is creating massive losses at the institutions, forcing the Government to inject capital and to effectively nationalise four of the five lenders.

Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan has said all loans will be moved to Nama by the end of the year after he approved the fast-tracking of the transfers to remove uncertainty around the process.

Comment :

The Governments fast track approach to consigning developer’s loans to NAMA with super speed expedience is nothing short gross negligence.

This is giving the Toxic Banks a unbelievable opportunity to off load otherwise worthless toxic assets  

Then we here that these same developers can now stay in their stately homes thanks to a deal worked out by the new gangsters in NAMA and that they will also receive a salary of up to 200,000:00 Euros and this when the Fianna Fail & Green Government will tell the people of Ireland that they must take 15,000,000,000:00 out of the economy to safeguard Jobs and growth in the same economy.

For God sake how is taking 15,000,000,000 billion out of the economy going to help grow the economy? Cuts are needed but we are  not going to get them where they are needed  namely in the hugue saleries paid to the top directors in semi state bodies ,mMinsters,TD’s and Top civil servents   Are they even livening in the same country that I am struggling to live in?

The one minster we have in Wicklow was “busy” been fated in the Marriott Hotel in Druids Glen last Thursday

source Wicklow Times

while the rest of us are bewildered by the latest display of the pampered out of touch brigade in Government arriving in their plush Merks at Government Buildings .

http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/1026/economy.html#video

None of these seem to be worried that they could be on the dole queues anytime soon in written all over their faces.

If you do anything good in your life promise yourself that you will not vote for any one of these Leaches ever again

Dick Roche Wicklow TD

I see the Sunday Times journalist Mark Tighe has published some interesting documents concerning Minister of State for European Affairs, Dick Roche. The correspondence details Mr Roche making representations relating to a tender for patient transport services for the HSE. PDF Documents click here  Dick Roche TD

The Wicklow firm that Roche lobbied for is run by Pat and Irene Sweeney in Arklow. Pat Sweeney has been a town councillor in Arklow for Fianna Fail while Irene, his wife, ran unsuccessfully for Fianna Fail in last year’s local elections.

Roche wrote to Brendan Drumm, chief executive of the HSE, and the HSE’s board to criticise the “fundamentally flawed” HSE tender process for taxi services in which the Sweeney’s failed to win a contract.

Ms Sweeney was also appointed to the board of the EPA. (http://www.epa.ie/htmldocs/annualrep07eng/annualreport2007en_04.htm )

 Mr Roche says he was acting on behalf of constituents, but they are constituents who were clearly party political, and Mr Roche was trying to interfere in the tender process on their behalf. This type of behaviour from a politician is sadly, likely all too common – political loyalty above serving all of the people.

Wicklow TD’sDail comments for June 15th

speaker:Dick Roche : 11 Dail debates

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There are more results than we have shown here. See more:

http://www.kildarestreet.com/search/?s=speaker%3A243+section:debate&o=d

Confidence in the Taoiseach and the Government: Motion (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-06-15.42.0&s=speaker%3A243#g122.0

Dick Roche: Fine Gael has no confidence in Deputy Enda Kenny.

Confidence in the Taoiseach and the Government: Motion (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-06-15.42.0&s=speaker%3A243#g125.0

Dick Roche: We remember its policy on stamp duty.

Confidence in the Taoiseach and the Government: Motion (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-06-15.42.0&s=speaker%3A243#g129.0

Dick Roche: Fine Gael supported it.

http://www.kildarestreet.com/D/378-OfaGZDsLHxRu/XwN

speaker:Billy Timmins : 2 Dail debates

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Confidence in the Taoiseach and the Government: Motion (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-06-15.42.0&s=speaker%3A18#g339.0

Billy Timmins: One cannot get a passport for the past five months. Do

not twist the facts.

Confidence in the Taoiseach and the Government: Motion (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/debates/?id=2010-06-15.42.0&s=speaker%3A18#g344.0

Billy Timmins: I thank the Acting Chairman. The Minister, Deputy

Carey, stated the Government has not heard any constructive criticism.

It has not heard it because it has not listened. It has not listened to

anybody. A great number of constructive proposals were put forward by

this side of the House but they fell on deaf ears and the country has

suffered as a result. In the past week I heard a number…

speaker:Billy Timmins : 4 Written Answers

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Written Answers – Visa Applications: Visa Applications (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-06-15.1454.0&s=speaker%3A18#g1455.0.q

Billy Timmins: Question 302: To ask the Minister for Justice, Equality

and Law Reform the position regarding the case of persons (details

supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25108/10]

Written Answers – Overseas Development Aid: Overseas Development Aid (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-06-15.1643.0&s=speaker%3A18#g1644.0.q

Billy Timmins: Question 361: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs

the number of applications he received under each fund of Ireland Aid

annually since 2007; the number of successful applications; and if he

will make a statement on the matter. [25519/10]

Written Answers – Overseas Development Aid: Overseas Development Aid (15 Jun 2010)

http://www.kildarestreet.com/wrans/?id=2010-06-15.1643.0&s=speaker%3A18#g1646.0.q

Billy Timmins: Question 362: To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs

the amount of disability funding as a percentage of overall funding

annually since 2007; the details of Ireland Aid’s disability strategy;

and if he will make a statement on the matter. [25520/10]

We need a change from This !

Dick Roche
(Minister of State with special responsibility for European Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs; Wicklow, Fianna Fail) Link to this

I acknowledge that Deputy Timmins made suggestions with a view towards helping. However, escalating the conflict with the trade union would not necessarily help. I agree with him that the union should give serious consideration to reviewing and reversing its position on overtime and the taking in of temporary staff. Many of the temporary staff are people who have been employed over the years in this capacity. It is strange, to put it no stronger than that, for a trade union, at this particular time, to take a view that employing additional staff is a wrong thing to do.

I do not agree with Deputy Timmins that simply blaming the paycut policy of the Government is a solution. This is a reality which we all face. Of course, I have no doubt I would make the same point if I were sitting across the House.

Add your comment

Billy Timmins
(Wicklow, Fine Gael)

Deputy Roche soon will be.

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Mr Timmins above comment implies that he is assured to be on the government side of the house in the near future

This is the problem we have in this country that we the people only really have to choice between Fiannia Fail and Fin Gail

I personally hope the people get up and create a real alternative to these two choices

Mr Timmins comment is a prime example of the complacent attitude one would expect of an opposition that thinks that they are entitled to take the place of the current government without having really done very much to prevent the catastrophic events that led this country down the toilet!

We the ordinary people must break the stranglehold these 2 old run down political institutions have on our country

The admittance by Mr.Dick Roche he would do the same if he was in Mr.Timmens side only demonstrates the cosy set up in the Dail

This “All change sides attitude” is just not good enough anymore,

We the people must ensure that we have capable people with competent qualifications to run the country and we must now dispose of these party functionaries that have mastered this outdated system in favour of non career orientated public servants that will serve their local areas for a set time and then gracefully bow out without becoming rich and in receipt of a pension that would shame any other member of the community because of its size.(the standard national citizen pension should be enough for them!)

 


 
Dick Roche
(Minister of State with special responsibility for European Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs; Wicklow, Fianna Fail)

 

per week just to keep the public services ticking over. A very high proportion of that is going on pay. It is clear that the Government, whoever is in government, must balance the books. We cannot continue to borrow at that level. It would not be wise or prudent to talk about reversing this situation. In fact, I would be absolutely opposed to that.

I agree with Deputy Timmins that it is a citizen’s right to travel. It is a fundamental right and enshrined in national and international law, the Lisbon treaty, the Charter of Fundamental Rights and the many measures we have enacted. That is why the action taken by the trade union in this case is singularly ill-advised. It will create bad feeling between the union and the general public, who are being grotesquely inconvenienced. There is something fundamentally wrong, in the 21st century, in people having to queue from 3 a.m. I heard a lady from Donegal speaking on a radio programme earlier today. She said she left her home at 3 a.m. to come to Dublin because a passport was urgently needed for a child who wants to travel to engage in some activity. That is wrong. Public service unions, notwithstanding industrial relations disputes, must be aware of this.

I am not entirely convinced that outsourcing public services is the best way to go. I have never been a big fan of outsourcing public services. However, the Deputy is right when he says outsourcing has worked very well in the Netherlands and is working in the United Kingdom. I am not sure of the precise position in Denmark. In so far as it is possible to run an efficient, effective and cost-effective service, we should do so within the public service. That is why I think the action of the trade union in this case is so ill-advised. In terms of the long-term relations between unions and the public it is an ill-advised action. I join with Deputy Timmins in calling on the Civil and Public Service Union to reconsider this, reverse its action, resume overtime and allow temporary workers to take up their positions.

 

Comment

While members of the public were camped outside the passport office,freezing their collective butts off

The newly elevated members of the Government were across the road in the Buswells hotel

Partying through the night

What does that tell you?

Captains Log

Starship Dail

Star date 456231

 

 


IN

Captain Seamus Kirk has been elected as the new Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil

and promises to go where no Captain has gone before !


OUT

Captain Kirk, from the starship Dail, succeeds X
Captain John O’Donoghue, who resigned earlier today over the controversy surrounding expenses he incurred while in office, and did stay too long at the
Romulan pleasure dome !

There was no sign of sorry indeed Mr.O Donoghue made a staunch defense and mother Teresa could not have done a better job, I nearly started to cry and shout bring him back all is forgiven John!

Until I noticed this Cheshire cat grin on His face, and I started to ask what has he being promised by his peers to go quietly??

Mark my words a top job is coming down the tracks, maybe the European commissioners Job???

Dick you might as well un-pack your bags, this guy looks like he’s  waiting for the next plain to Brussels

All those perk on the way and out of sight from those prying eyes as well!

 

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