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Ireland Offline

Internet lobby group Ireland Offline have criticised Communications Minister Eamon Ryan, saying that Ireland’s broadband speeds have continued to decline.

According to the group, in this quarter, Ireland has been overtaken by Vietnam and Macedonia for average download speeds. They also noted that Albania has overtaken Ireland for upload speeds.

They say that download speeds are less than half the EU average, which is 11.37mbits, and upload speeds are only over one-third of the EU average of 2.82mbits.

Since May, IrelandOffline states that Irish download speeds have declined from 5.94mbits to 5.51mbits. Upload speeds have held at 0.97mbits from 0.94mbits since the summer.

This places Ireland as 55th in the world for download speeds, down from 51st in September and 41st in May.

The group also notes that Ireland is now 75th for upload speeds, down from 70th in September and from 63rd in May.

However, Ireland ranks 56th for broadband quality, which is up from 59th in September and 63rd in May.

“This continues to show that the policy of relying on unreliable mobile ‘midband’ products does nothing for the consumers of Ireland,” said Eamonn Qallace of IrelandOffline.

“A system that cannot guarantee minimum speeds to consumers is not a suitable replacement for fixed ‘line’ broadband across the lesser served areas of the country.

“The only reasonable solution is a fibre-optic deployment and the lack of fibre-optic cables needs to be addressed urgently,” said Wallace.

The findings come just after Ryan’s announcement that 99pc of Ireland has broadband coverage.

Can the minster now confirm ?

EOIN BURKE-KENNEDY and AOIFE CARR

AIB has decided not to pay some €40 million in backdated bonuses to staff following a letter from Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan.

The bank’s board met earlier this evening to consider Mr Lenihan’s letter which warned the bank that further State support would be conditional on the non-payment of bonuses awarded, no matter when they had been earned.

The minister’s letter to the board stated that without the State support which had been provided in a variety of forms, AIB could not have survived until now.

The bank had previously claimed it was under legal obligation to pay bonuses due to certain employees.

But in a statement this evening, the bank’s board said AIB had considered the minister’s letter and decided not to pay the bonus payments.

The executive chairman of AIB, Mr David Hodgkinson, said “The board of AIB very much welcomes the actions of the minister and is relieved to be in a position not to pay these bonuses.

“We are determined to position the bank to play a full role in the recovery and development of the Irish economy. In doing so, we are committed to treating our customers, staff, the taxpayer and the public in a fair and transparent manner,” he added.

Welcoming the decision, Mr Lenihan reiterated his “total confidence” in the executive chairman and the board of the bank.

“I appreciate that AIB was not in a position to put up a sworn defence in the High Court proceedings and that the executive chairman and the board have acted with complete propriety in this matter.”

Legislation implementing the proposal would be discussed by Government tomorrow, Mr Lenihan said.

Taoiseach Brian Cowen said earlier the Government was looking at all options available to prevent the payment the bonuses to AIB staff.

The High Court last month ordered that AIB would have to pay backdated bonuses to some staff after the bank failed to enter a defence against a case taken by trader John Foy.

However, Opposition politicians yesterday said the Government should stop the payments and should sack the board of AIB.

Mr Cowen said the Government was “looking at everything” to see if it could prevent the payments.

“We’ll have a Cabinet meeting tomorrow and see, as a result of inquiries further over the weekend, whether anything further can be done over and above what we’ve clearly pointed out, which is, from a personal point of view, from a Government point of view, we’d rather these weren’t taken up,” he told reporters at a meeting of the British-Irish Council in Douglas in the Isle of Man.

Minister for Energy Eamon Ryan said the payments were not “appropriate” under the current circumstances. “We’ll have to look at whatever different ways we can to see if that can be changed,” he said.

Minister for Health Mary Harney said it was a “pity” AIB had not contested the case taken by Mr Foy to force it to pay €40 million in backdated bonuses.

Speaking in Dundalk, Ms Harney said it would have been better if the case were fought but she understood “different legal advice” had been given to the banks.

“But clearly the bank’s ability pay has to be very much in doubt given the state of the bank and the huge amount of capital put in by the exchequer, on behalf of the taxpayer,” she said.

“At a time when the exchequer is putting huge amounts of money into AIB, people need to be mindful of their responsibilities – that applies to management, those on the board and the government.”

Ms Harney said she hoped the Government would win the Dáil vote on the EU-IMF bailout on Wednesday.

“Member of the government will support it and I believe we have the support of independents. It is unfortunate that the opposition parties are not going to give their support,” she said.

“This arrangement is essential for the functioning of this country, last year we had to borrow €19 billion more than we raised in taxes to run the country, to pay doctors, nurses and teachers. We don’t have the capacity to raise that money, we do need outside help,” she said.

“It was regrettable that we had to get that help but we’ve got it now and we have a programme for the next four years and I believe there’s a responsibility on everyone elected to the Dáil to take that responsibility seriously and to support that vote when it comes before the Dáil on Wednesday.”

Last week, Mr Lenihan announced that 90 per cent of bonuses paid to bankers would be recouped by the exchequer in tax after it emerged AIB staff would share tens of millions in bonuses for 2008.

Mr Hodgkinson had said the payments reflected AIB’s past and was “not the way we intend to conduct ourselves in future”.

Mr Lenihan said in a response to a parliamentary question that some 2,869 AIB employees were paid €58.65 million in deferred bonuses this year and last year.

Some €35.5 million was paid this year following legal action and a further €3.7 million was paid to staff in AIB Capital Markets in respect of deferred bonuses relating to work in 2006 and 2007. Some 62 executives shared €11.11 million, or an average of €179,000 each, for 2009, while 674 managers shared €30 million or an average of €44,000 each.

source :http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/1213/breaking35.html

Comment :

This latest news is most welcome but it begs the question are there bonus payments been paid to any other bailed out bank employees for example the top guys in Bank of Ireland???

Can the minster now confirm that there are no such payments of any sort  going to any of the bailed out bankers ????

ESB price hike of 5% from to-day


This twit is putting all our ESB bills up by 5% from to-day.
In spit of the fact that 300 households are been cut off because they are not able to pay their existing bills at the current prices
Another example of the government been out of touch with the real world

enough is enough !

Guns & Roses rolled into town and were to play a concert at the O2
They arrived at 22.25.
I believe they were to start at 21.00 hrs so nearly one and a half hours waiting the eventually came on to the stage with no explanation why they were so late!
There was no interaction or apology by Axel to the crowd who were booing etc..
Bottles were thrown onto the stage during the start of Welcome to the Jungle. Axle told the crowd to stop throwing bottles at him or they’ll leave
Talking about reading the situation completely wrong!
Axel should have offered an apology and I am sure that would have done the trick
It would appear the Irish people are now fed up with half measures and the same old excuses for not delivering on rightful expectations
The same can be said of the current government, the TD, s that are pampered and are totally out of touch with the ordinary people of Ireland.
A Good example of this is Eamon Ryan advises customers to save money by leaving ESB
Now the last time a government minster told the Irish public to do something It turned out to be a disaster for 500,000 of them (Eircon remember) then we had the former Bertie Ahern tell the nation to buy property at what turned out to be the height of that Ponzi scheme.
So now with yet another half twit government minster telling us to leave a state body and go to another energy supplier you have to be sceptical at the very least
Then we hear An Bord Pleanála has granted planning permission for developer Liam Carroll to complete the building of the proposed Anglo Irish Bank headquarters in the Dublin docklands. What is this Toxic toilet going to do with a new headquarters? Is this a suttle rescue of their pal Liam Carroll by the boys in Government?
This would be a nice earner for him at the taxpayer’s expense of course
The state-owned Anglo Irish Bank formally ended its agreement to occupy the building in February. So what has changed are we going to hear from Clowen and Lenihan we need a Good Anglo and a Bad Anglo and the good will need a nice new shiny headquarters and Liam is there to help out
Something’s rotten in this state of ours and the ordinary people will not put up with any more
Enough is enough! time to clear the decks once and for all!

Cabinet prepared for tough economic decisions

according to the RTE News

Government ministers are admitting tough decisions must be taken in order to deal with economic realities.

Their comments came ahead of a Cabinet meeting at Farmleigh to discuss preparations for December’s Budget.

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said today’s meeting was the start of a long process.

He said that the difference between income and expenditure could not continue.

He said that the long budgetary process started with decisions being made early, but he added that as time goes on the cuts would come ‘closer to the bone’.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin said a range of options would be put before Cabinet today.

He said every year the Cabinet works hard on the Budget and that would continue. Mr Martin added that every Department must identify areas in which it can save money.

Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Mary Hanafin said today’s meeting was an important part of the budgetary process. She said it is, as yet, too early to make decisions, but that tough decisions need to be made.

Ms Hanafin insisted the decisions must happen in the context of creating employment.

Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith said a lot of decisions need to be made and detailed discussions will take place between now and Budget day.

Asked if the outcome of today’s meeting and the next Budget would mean pain for the public and Government departments, Green Party minister Eamon Ryan said ‘let’s see, we will get there’.

Today’s meeting was due to begin with an overview from Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan.

The Government needs to axe €3bn from spending, €1bn from the capital programme with the lion’s share of the balance coming from cuts rather than tax hikes.

December will not see a property tax but what sources were calling ‘novel approaches’ in the capital tax area were not being ruled out even though all concerned realise the scope for significant revenue there is limited.

There will be no announcements at Farmleigh today. The meeting is expected to continue until after 5pm.

Comment:

How long more are we the Irish public going to tolerate these incompetent baboons at best running our country?

Not one of the departments’s projections has been right. (Department of Finance)

All we can expect is more taxes and lies!

How do the politicians and bureaucrats, perceive the citizenry? Paying lip service to their role as “public servants,” especially at election time, public officials, in reality, scoff at any such notion. In their eyes, the citizens are means, not ends, which exist solely to ensure the preservation of the bureaucracy.

This philosophical perspective — that the citizen is merely a “cog in the wheel” which can, and will, be sacrificed for the greater good of the bureaucracy

The civil bureaucracy exercises ever-increasing control over the lives and wealth of the citizenry.

 

 Are we are now going to continue to allow these economic terrorists destroy the rest of our country’s wealth for the sake of Toxic banks and dodgy developers ,whom by the way Fine Gael is just as cosy with it would appear ?

We the people are soverne and not the over bloated individuals that clam to be servants of the people

We need to rid ourselves of these leaches and incompetent bureaucrats once and for all

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?


Fiannia Fail welcomes its latest new members

 


I see the Green Party has denied it has done a U-turn on third-level fees.

After a day of conflicting statements from the party, a spokesperson from the Greens tonight said that they were still opposed to the return of fees, but that they would look at the Minister for Education’s proposals as outlined in a document for the Cabinet.

It is simply astonishing how well the Greens in power have adapted to the political speak and the political spin .they have become masters at it

Not surprising you might think well they do have the Grand masters of political spin as their partners Fiannia will fall

Mr Ryan yesterday indicated his support for the return of third-level fees that would involve a loan scheme to students.

Under the scheme, graduates would pay back a portion of their college fees once their income was above a set limit. So it is now spun!


News Flash Mr Ryan!

If you have to pay now or in the future that means you have to pay for education that you did not have to pay for in the first place

Eamon Ryan said any new scheme should remain free at the point of entry, and should not discourage students from attending college.

So now we are splitting hairs it’s free at the point of entry this is all hog wash

Mr. Ryan you and your parity colleagues have sold you collative souls the Finnia will fall Masters

It is very disappointing to see this confirmation yet again on how the lure of power will show the real person inside

The green party have betrayed every major policy they had for the sake of staying in power I hope the people of Ireland will not forget this!

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