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Forget the minimum wage and work for nothing!

Work Placement Program (WPP)

Languishing on the Dole for the last 12 months and not in receipt of any payments (because I was self-employed) I heard about this program, and thought I would go down to the local FAS office here in Wicklow Town and enquire about this possibility for myself!

As usual I was met with the usual courtesy .The FAS officer reminded me that they were always available, no appointment was necessary and we got down to business

I wanted to know if there was a possibility I could take advantage of this program.

Cheerfully she informed me I would be eligible for this program (now we are getting places I thought!)

Then out of the blue I was told that whilst I could theoretically get a placing for up to nine months in a company, I would be working without pay for those nine months.

As I am not in receipt of any payments from the department of social welfare or FAS itself.

I would not receive any funds from these state bodies nor would I receive any payment from the company I was working for!

So we have now reached the bottom in the Irish labour market, forget the minimum wage, with the new changes to the FAS rules at the last budget in December.

Brian Lenihian now expects the unemployed to work for nothing!

The sense of injustice is just sickening, as I have worked all my life and paid my taxes and yet I see people who have not contributed to the state collect payments!

It’s almost a crime to be Irish in Ireland now! FAS may not have any more money to pay

For the training and up skilling of the unemployed as a result of their incompetence

And questionable financial practices.

I appeal to the minster concerned to ratify this obvious abuse of the Unemployed and I call on all TD’s to demand that this practice be immediately revoked

I particularly call on the local TD’s for my area, to publicly show their support for the unemployed of Wicklow and support this petition.

Liz McManus TD liz.mcmanus@oireachtas.ie,

Joe Behan TD joe.behan@oireachtas.ie

Andrew Doyle andrew.doyle@finegael.ie

Billy Timmins billy.timmins@oireachtas.ie

Dick Roche dick.roche@oireachtas.ie


Theft of hospital beds

The Taoiseach’s announced today,

that €70 million of grants, for the beef and sheep meat processing industry.

Mr Cowen said it was expected that another €100 million would be invested by the industry itself.

The investment is to create 800 jobs sometime! (So the Fianna Fail spin on it says)

Mr Cowen must think we are all idiots. This is nothing more than an attempt to buy votes from the farmers.

Mr Cowen you would have fared better if you had given the money back to the hospital wards you closed all around the country

How low will you stoop to stay in power?

You along with Mrs Harney have Peoples Blood on your hands, and you will have to pay for these crimes soon,at the next general elections!

TD’ top up store

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Thought of the Day from Joe public!

While they were supposed to be working as public representatives,

10 of the country’s TD’s and senators found the time to count the money they were getting from the EU’s CAP (Common Agricultural Policy)

 Here is some of the list that was up on the Department of agriculture web site

Ned O’Keeffe €75, 841.

Tom Hayes received €47,602.

 Cllr Healy Rae and his wife €33,000.

Paul Connaughton (€30,168),

 Seymour Crawford (€26,000).

Noel Coonan (€20,500)

Senator Peter Callanan €17,000

As a response to the public getting this information the following reactions were forthcoming from the various farming groups:

 The Irish Creamery and Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA) warned that farmers would face the threat of “vicious robbers” and “tiger-style ransoms and kidnappings”.(You mean like people working for money transitions, tellers in post offices and bank tellers)

 The Irish Farmers Association has also come out strongly against the move, which it described as a case of “bureaucracy has gone mad”.

 (But noting about this insane subsidy to well off so called public representatives)

 AT least 10 TDs and senators received a total of more than €250,000 in CAP (Common Agricultural Policy) these payments came from the European Union

I say that the public has a God given right to know who is getting their money and how can someone work in the Dail and at the same time hold down a job working as a farmer?? Oh Yep ! the Dail is empty  most of the time!

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