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where were you Mr.Begg?

ICTU accuses Govt of ‘failing’ unemployed

Saturday, 1 May 2010 11:15

The Irish Congress of Trade Unions has accused the Government of ignoring the jobs crisis, and failing the 435,000 people currently out of work.

In a May Day statement, ICTU General Secretary David Begg said Government inaction had ensured that long-term unemployment and emigration were central features of Irish life again.

Mr Begg said the entire apparatus of Government seemed ‘uttery transfixed’ by the banking crisis, while those who had lost their jobs had seen their benefits cut.

‘There appears to be a bottomless pit for the senior bankers that caused this mess – and the jobless are told to wait in line, literally,’ he said.

‘For there to be any sense of justice or of a burden being shared, Government must move with urgency to give the Jobs Crisis equal billing with the banking crisis,’ he added

 

Comment Mr.Begg

First you should get your figures right the total number of unemployed is not 435,000

You just took this number from the government’s doctored figures!

The real figures is more like 650,000 people plus 120,000 on useless FAS courses,

Of which when finished will only dump these unfortunate people back on to the Dole queues!

The Government figures do not give the up to date numbers. They do not count people who are unemployed but do not receive the jobseekers allowance. In other words if you are in receipt of some other payment you are not included in the Dole stats,

You are not in the same stats if you were self-employed and are now unemployed (Like me)

There are approximately 65 thousand of such persons, that’s without counting the already 65,000 that have left the country

Then we come to the “Students” that are now back to education (Mature) approx 27,000 in all not to mention the 53,000 that will be available for work and have no jobs to go to when they finish at the end of may (this school year)

 

Where have you and your Unions concern for the Unemployed been all this time (the last two years)

While the government have been dumping billions into the bankrupt toxic banks you and the other unions in this state have been more concerned with your own union members pay while the unemployed have had to undergo in some cases a 50% deduction

The once self employed (approx 65 thousand people) have been just dumped on to the scrapheap

With no entitlements of any kind given to them!

I belong to this group and after 27 years of paying my taxes and prsi and the levies for myself and my staff (up to 8 persons) I too have found myself without any support of any kind.

Where was your concern when we needed it?

Your expression of concern for the unemployed ring hallow to all 565,000 thousand of us

your outburst smacks of self interests!

we need Jobs not waffle!

Unemployed unite and take to the streets !


 

Fresh thinking needed to cut growing dole queues

Comment on David Mc Williams latest posting on his blog http://www.davidmcwilliams.ie/2010/03/10/fresh-thinking-needed-to-cut-growing-dole-queues

David,

I would like to point out one flaw in your posting (FAS.  WPP )(Work placement program)

“FAS has a scheme where young graduates can join companies for up to nine months to gain work experience on no pay, but they retain their unemployment benefits. This scheme should not be limited to young people. It should be open to all the unemployed.

Retraining is what is needed here and it can be done at a fraction of the cost by unleashing this programme to make it as open as possible. For instance, the scheme is restricted to companies of between 10 and 20 employees, which can hire only two additional staff on this basis. If the company can take on five people instead of two, why hold it back?

The Flaw is at the moment there are about 35 thousand (at least) previous (Self-employed persons)

Who are not in receipt of the Dole (jobs-seekers allowance) and if they were to take up this scheme they would be expected to work in these companies for nothing!

Don’t you think they should at least they should get the equivalent of the jobseekers allowance?

God save Ireland from these Gangsters!

Ombusdman Emily O’Reilly claimed today the work of her office was being undermined by what she described as “deficits in our parliamentary and government arrangements”.

In an address to the Institute of Public Administration in Dublin today, Ms O’Reilly criticised the Government’s decision last month to vote against a proposal to have her report on a grant aid scheme for commercial fishermen referred to an Oireachtas committee.

She said the handling of the controversial Lost to Sea report illustrated how the Oireachtas was being side-lined. Ms O’Reilly published the report last December after its findings were rejected by the Department of Agriculture, only the second time this has happened since the office of ombudsman was founded in the 1980s.

“Unfortunately, the model of government set out in the Irish Constitution has become more of a fiction than a reality,” Ms O’Reilly said. “In practice the Dáil, and to a slightly lesser extent the Seanad, is controlled very firmly by the Government parties through the operation of the whip system.

“For all practical purposes, and I very much regret having to say this so bluntly, parliament in Ireland has been sidelined and is no longer in a position to hold the executive to account,” she said. “With the exception of the election of a Taoiseach, almost all decisions of importance are taken by the executive and are rubber-stamped by parliament.”

The Lost at Sea scheme was established in 2001 by then minister for the marine Frank Fahey. Under the scheme, owners of fishing boats lost at sea could apply for grant aid for replacement capacity.

The Byrne family from Donegal later complained to the ombudsman after its application was rejected, on the grounds it was made after the deadline.

Ms O’Reilly’s report criticised several aspects of the scheme, including the advertising process, which she found was not comprehensive enough. She recommended compensation of €245,000 for the Byrnes.

Ms O’Reilly said last month the Dáil and Seanad had the task of deciding who is right and wrong in her dispute with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

But following a heat Dáil debate on the matter last month, the Government voted against referring the report to the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.

In her speech today, Ms O’Reilly claimed the Government had stopped the Oireachtas adjudicating on her dispute with the Department of Agriculture by voting “along party political lines”.

She said this illustrated “how deficits in our parliamentary and government arrangements can adversely affect” the work of her office.

Ms O’Reilly said she would have expected a parliamentary committee, following appropriate scrutiny, to reach the conclusion that her recommendation in the report that financial compensation be paid to the complainant.

She said her office “had done, in its area of responsibility, precisely what the Financial Regulator was accused of not doing, in terms of failing to serve the public interest and rooting out maladministration in the banking system”.

Ms O’Reilly said she hoped the Oireachtas may yet find a mechanism to allow the report to be dealt with “calmly and reasonably”.

In a wide-ranging speech, the Ombudsman said poor governance in a number of our key private and public institutions lies at the heart of our economic downturn.

source http://www.google.com/hostednews/ukpress/article/ALeqM5i_wcQYTrQYYRoOefflmoB6QCHtgg

see also http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/ireland/ombudsman-blames-tds-for-economic-downturn-449298.html

and  http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2010/0309/breaking38.html
 

comment

This is just the latest example of how our constitution does not meet the challenges from our own government with the self-interests now blatantly using the executive power to promote the interests of the chosen few

The political system in now was used and abused by a totally corrupt political elite and their lackeys.

The Dail is no longer listening to the voice of the Irish people.

Wrangling over the plum jobs and positions of power are the order of the day, sqandering billions down toxic Bank holes under the guise of the Con NAMA , and robbing ordinary people of their dignity in sickness

By putting them on trolleys in hallways, along hospitals corridors

Forcing the unemployed to work for nothing is programs (WPP) from discredited FAS

Allowing Bank Directors to be rewarded, who have supervised the systematic destruction of our national banking system to continue in place while the public loses their pensions and the shareholder loses 95% of their holdings!

Our political masters are so interconnected with these gangsters they have put the interests of International bond holders (NAMA)over the interests of the Irish people. We are no longer a free and independent nation our freedom has being given away and we and our children and the next generation are now financial slaves to foreign vested interests

This is treachery and it seems the constitutional rights of the of the people of Ireland are been ignored .This Dail no longer represents the people and any amount of shuffling the chairs around a corrupt cabinet will change nothing!

Traitors are still traitors it doesn’t matter where they sit

We the people want those responsible removed from their plum jobs and brought before the people’s justice. We also demand the a new government renegotiate the huge debts that were incurred by their corrupt bankers and the said Bank directors made pay from their own funds

Those responsible must not benefit in any way from their crimes.

These people at the top are the problem and until they all go Ireland hasn’t got any hope of retrieving its once cherished independence.

God save Ireland from NAMA and these Gangsters!

calamity Mary takes a vow

according to the press association Tanaiste Mary Coughlan (calamity Mary )has vowed to deliver on plans to create more than 100,000 new jobs from foreign investors. IDA Ireland aims to lure hundreds of overseas firms over the next four years, with more than half to be based outside Dublin and Cork. The target was included in an estimate by Fas and the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) that 250,000 extra jobs would be generated by 2015.

Now that is 20,000 jobs a year for the next 5 years right? Calamity wants to deliver, wrong!

What will happens is this, 65,000people will emigrate

Plus we already have 500,000 now unemployed and in 5 years time we will have a minimum of another 250,000 jobs going from these shores

Of 50,000 new workers coming from the various educational instustions every year with no jobs to go to and with the economy contracting because of the credit crunch that will have to continue at least for the next 10 years.

 I can’t see what difference this promise will make. When the last time a politician’s promise was was actually delivered on?

Never baring in mind this minster sat back and allowed 800 jobs disappear that we know of!

Cuts at the national training budget at FAS, (and I have personally experienced this).

Ever since she became minster two and a half years ago, we still have no jobs stimulus and the unemployed are thrown on the scrapheap

This is the last person we should rely on to kick start the jobs market!

we want action on Jobs now and not empty promises!

it’s time for the unemployed to unite under one banner and create  a union for the unemployed

get up and take action to-day!

Feeding time (NAMA)

It’s feeding time for the vested interests of Ireland and Farmer Brian lenihian is looking after his favoured pigs

The unemployed are not invited !

Lenihan to defend pay cuts U-turn

02/02/2010 – 07:45:15



Minister, Dr Goebbels Brian Lenihan will defend the U-turn on pay cuts for higher level civil servants to party members this evening.

Minister Lenihan will explain the reasoning behind the controversial decision to a Fianna Fáil parliamentary party meeting.

It emerged before Christmas that Budget pay cuts to particular levels in the public service would be less severe than originally planned.

It is appalling, that this man would even have the neck to go in front of the media and try and justify this outrageous u turn

It goes to show that we the public, cannot believe a single word that this incompetent person utters /stutters

He like the vested interests s he represents, have lost all credibility

At the same time he changed the funding rules that FAS had to pay the unemployed whilst taking up the new “work placement program”

So in other words it’s all right for the fat cat senior civil servants to suck the taxpayers dry and the unemployed can go and take a hike preferably out of the country

Where are the Jobs that were promised to us during the Lisbourn 2 referendum?

source http://breakingnews.iol.ie/news/ireland/lenihan-to-defend-pay-cuts-uturn-444476.html

 

FAS Gravy Train

Comptroller and Auditor General Special Report on FAS

 



 

Internal Summary of Findings

 

The examination reported below focused on the processing of transactions at FÁS Head Office and governance arrangements for the organisation. It also reviewed the management of the Competency Development Programme and the administration of foreign travel and business expenses.

Overall Examination Findings

The examination found that FÁS had a governance structure that is consistent with its governing legislation and with the Code of Practice for the Governance of State Bodies. It had also a plan of internal control, which, if fully implemented, would have provided sufficient assurance that its transactions were processed in a safe and regular manner.

However, failure to fully implement elements of the plan of control exposed FÁS to the risk of losses as well as the risk of failing to achieve best value for money. The exposures arose from the fact that

authorisation limits were breached when certain transactions were being initiated

there were deficiencies in the conduct of tender processes when goods and services were being acquired

payments were made in the absence of supporting documentation

confirmation orders for purchases already effected were issued in many instances

the system of risk management adopted by the Board in 2005 did not function effectively.

Key units failed to detect or react appropriately to non-compliance with internal procedures.

Notwithstanding these procedural deficiencies, the examination found, based on substantive testing of 2008 transactions initiated by Head Office sections, that payments for the transactions sampled were properly chargeable in the FÁS financial statements.

FÁS has begun taking steps to address the control deficiencies identified and, in particular

the Board has approved a revised set of procurement procedures that include a requirement for managers to make annual declarations of compliance

training workshops have been held to increase the level of awareness of those procurement procedures

policies relating to the use of credit cards and revised procedures governing foreign travel were adopted by the Board during 2009 and the use of credit cards curtailed.

The examination also found that considerable scope exists to improve the depth and quality of reporting both in regard to rule compliance and business performance.

In one relatively new programme – the Competency Development Programme – the examination found that

in its administration, monitoring visits to external training providers were not as frequent as envisaged under FÁS’s own procedures

programme output was not recorded in terms of results such as persons achieving certification

there was no evaluation of the extent to which the training objectives of the programme were achieved.

Specific Findings

The findings of this examination would suggest the need for adjustments to systems, procedures and practices employed by FÁS. These arise in the following areas:

Risk Management

Ongoing identification and mitigation of risk based on an analysis of the control systems and experience derived from transaction processing is key to safe administration of public money.

Responsibility for drawing up individual risk registers lies with the divisions in FÁS while responsibility for compiling and maintaining a consolidated register lies with the Risk Management Committee (the Executive Board). Coordination of the risk management function is the responsibility of Internal Audit. Risk management in FÁS has not operated as envisaged when the Board approved the current risk policy in 2005 – risk registers and action plans were not kept up-to-date, reporting procedures approved by the Board have not operated as envisaged and there has not been any annual review of the effectiveness of the risk management system.

 

Full report can be seen at following link http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0128/fasreport.pdf

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