Publication 1 on machholz blog.com
The Fine Gael and Labour Party Gravy train has arrived at Dail Eireann.
By Donal Buckley
After a 30 year trip through the political wilderness (there were a few brief stops along the way) the 2011 Irish Government gravy train is now disembarking at Government Buildings.
Favours and kick backs have to be honoured by the sack full.
TDs are employing wives, brothers in law and nephews to work for them at the expense of all citizen in this little country.
Ministers and junior ministers add two drivers each to this employment drive.
The Taoiseach requires four advisors at a cost of Euro 170,000 each per annum (plus perks).
There are thousands of citizens who are well qualified to advise the Taoiseach and the others in need of advice.
Mr Kenny only has to walk down the street and the dogs in the street know the solutions to many of our problems in this Ireland of the cute w***e in 2011.
The advisors can be found down at the dole office queuing for Euro180 or less per week.
Advisors can be employed for the average industrial wage immediately.
There are volunteers by the truck load who will offer to advise on an intern basis.
There is a Department overflowing with civil servants paid to advise the Government.
Is that a total of Euros 680,000 for four advisors per year and then the chauffeur driven limo at an annual cost of Euro 250,000.
This is borrowed money which Mr Kenny is lashing out to all his associates.
Borrowed money which we have to repay from ever reducing resources , from private households, from carers, from the sick, the old, the weak and from our children.
The money squandered by Mr Kenny, Gilmore and co is our money, the citizens’ money and these people in Government think they can splurge with impunity on their cronies, their families, brothers in law and nephews.
They require two drivers to get to work. Fine then let them pay for the drivers out of their own private funds.
The list is endless, it is difficult to quantify but the way in which these jobs are given out as favours or to family members is corruption of the political system as it is meant to be.
Mr Kenny’s own rhetoric decried this sort of cronyism and dishonesty during his election campaign.
Now that Mr Kenny is Taoiseach he regards the tax payers money as his own personal bank account to dish out to his Fine Gael cronies.
His rhetoric flowed like honey but the Government behaviour in its first 100 days in office is not sweet smelling.
Lest we forget there are over 446,000 registered unemployed , ( add 50,000 plus self employed who do not qualify but are out of work for years now) and no equal opportunity advertising of these jobs for the boys (and girls).
There must be at least 1000(conservative estimate) new jobs involved in this carve up.
Nowhere has the Government announced the creation of over 1000 vacancies in Government Buildings.
No pronouncements on equal opportunities for all citizens, especially for those on the dole queues and over qualified for each and every job in Dail Eireann.
Take an example of one unemployed secretary with a family of four, paid a pittance by the Social welfare because the other partner is earning some income.
There are 165(+) secretarial jobs now being filled in Dail Eireann at an average wage of Euro 42000 per annum.
TDs with their bloated salaries are permitted to block the recruitment of such an unemployed person and instead give his/her own family the extra Euro 42,000.
Mr Kenny TD, Taoiseach, come out from under whatever hideaway you have found and please explain.