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Ruairi Quinn and his Galway holiday home mileage claims

The mystery of Ruairi Quinn’s unusually high mileage has finally been solved, as he was claiming for trips to and from his holiday home.

Mr Quinn, when interviewed on RTE and Newstalk last month, explained that the reason the claims were so high was because officials used the car and not all official travel was marked in his diary.

The background to this story is here and here and his diary entries and expense claims can be found in previous posts on thestory.ie here and here.

Copies of expense claims submitted by his driver now show that the main reason his mileage was so high in July and August was because he was claiming for trips to and from Roundstone, Co Galway where he has a holiday home.

In total, there were 12 claims either to and from Galway, many of them listed as Roundstone.

In many of the cases, the car would travel to Galway to collect him and bring him to events.

On a couple of occasions, it appears as if Mr Quinn was simply driven to Roundstone with no official business listed for those days.

Mr Quinn also made a claim for mileage (while his driver claimed subsistence) for the Labour Party think-tank in Tullow, Co Carlow last year

full article at source: http://thestory.ie/2012/04/02/ruairi-quinn-and-his-galway-holiday-home-mileage-claims/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+thestory%2FQSEJ+%28The+Story%29

Spontaneous Combustion Controversy Rekindled

By (i.doubt.it)

A couple of months back I was horrified by a coroner here in Galway describing a case of a body catching fire as “spontaneous human combustion”. Working on a comparable case, Professor Cassidy took the opportunity to call that description a myth. And as State Pathologist – and a professor of forensicmedicine – she is perhaps better qualified on the subject than a GP.

To be as fair as possible to that coroner (Dr. Ciaran MacLoughlin), I’m sure he wasn’t envisioning the phenomenon as it appears in fiction: A person becoming so saturated with alcohol – and possibly sin – that one night they just burst into flames. But in finding spontaneous combustion to be the cause of death, he asserts that living people can ignite of their own accord. Which is… nuts.

full article at source: http://i.doubt.it/2011/11/26/spontaneous-combustion-controversy-rekindled/

Student protest at Fine Gael ‘think-in’ in Galway

But then we also get this !

 

Bertie at Galway races, Cowen pissed, Yank in Dublin!

Hope things pick up for you soon every politician should
take a good look at this video and see how an ordinary man earns a living .By
the way If that was Cowen, he is lucky I wasn’t around because I would have a
few words to say him the Ba*****. I think Taxi drivers are a great source and indicator
of how the economy is going and judging from this man’s rant things are not
getting better anytime soon

What did they expect ? Just another election promise broken!

By Paddy Clancy

 

FURIOUS cancer campaigners are demanding the resignation of Junior Minister John Perry over his failure to keep a promise to return breast-cancer services to Sligo General Hospital.

Dozens of activists turned on the small business minister at a press conference in Sligo yesterday, when he claimed to have made progress on the issue.

Several women shouted at the minister: “We want our votes back.”

Mr Perry said he had ensured the return of mammography services to the hospital by the final quarter of this year and that recruitment of a second permanent medical oncologist would now go ahead.

However, campaigners claimed that Mr Perry had promised the full reinstatement of breast-cancer services that were moved to a centre of excellence in Galway two years ago.

Campaigners also claimed that the mammography services to be made available later this year would be carried out on a machine that is already paid for and currently lying idle in the hospital.

They also said the appointment of a second oncologist was not a new development, as the HSE had announced in April that it was going to advertise this position.

Commitments

Mr Perry presented an HSE discussion document outlining consideration for breast cancer patients within Sligo General Hospital catchment area but campaigners demanded a direct meeting with Health Minister Dr James Reilly.

He said he regretted that he had not got the full return of cancer services to Sligo within 100 days of the new Government. However, Mr Perry added: “This is a start.”

He also denied that he had pledged to resign as a minister if he failed to deliver on the issue within 100 days.

The Save Our Cancer Services (North West) steering group said in a statement that Fine Gael and Labour had given unambiguous commitments that they would restore cancer services to Sligo once they were in power.

– Paddy Clancy

source:http://www.independent.ie/national-news/campaigners-accuse-minister-of-breaking-cancer-promise-2678706.html

Irish Independent

 

Comment:

What did they expect ? Just another election promise broken!

John Perry is just another career politician making promises he has no intention is keeping ,he got what he wanted a secure job for the next 5 years and a lottery pension .What surprises me is the fact so many people fell for the same old crap and promises made by the local gombeen politicians from the established political parties. I was hoping that the people would see through the same old game of political musical chairs, one lot gets kicked out and the next lot comes in with promises of change and once they have their feet under the table they drop them all .Soon you will have the lot that got kicked out come back on the airwaves with new promises and calling for change and the people will again make that change by putting back that lot again .What a rotten system and we the public deserve no better because we are stupid enough to fall for it every time.

CIVIL servants demanding free ‘bank time’ to cash non-existent cheques

By Alan O’Keeffe

Saturday April 16 2011

 

CIVIL servants demanding free ‘bank time’ to cash non-existent cheques were blasted by their union for talking “utter nonsense”.

A union delegate representing staff at the Legal Aid Board called for the restoration of a half-hour ‘time off’ which civil servants used to get in former times to cash pay cheques.

But the demand failed to get enough support at the Public Service Executive Union conference in Galway when deputy general secretary Billy Hannigan warned such a proposal was laughable.

“This is total and utter nonsense — idiocy of the highest order,” said the union chief.

The motion’s proposer Gerry Enright said some civil servants had got into the practice over the years of using the ‘bank time’ to leave work a little early.

“We’re not looking for banking time as such, we are looking for the arrangement to leave work earlier,” he said.

‘Bank time’ was discontinued for new staff eight years ago and abolished for all civil servants at the end of last year under the Croke Park agreement.

Mr Hannigan declared: “We complain about the media not taking us seriously — how could they when we don’t take ourselves seriously if we pass this motion. We should take this motion and frog-march it out the door.”

The motion was defeated by a margin of 2-1.

Meanwhile, delegates at the Civil, Public and Services Union (CPSU) annual conference in Athlone yesterday voted against their own leaders’ proposal to back industrial action in the event of further pay cuts.

This was despite a claim from union leadership that such a rejection could tie the union into the Croke Park deal.

Members of the union previously rejected the agreement but have since co-operated with major reforms, including the abolition of the ‘bank time’.

The union’s general secretary Blair Horan described the union’s position on the Croke Park agreement as “constructive ambiguity“.

Supporting the motion, he argued that members should resist further pay cuts and seek refunds of previous pay cuts.

These refunds are promised to workers earning less than €35,000 under a pay review process in the Croke Park deal.

It would affect the union’s members, who are lower paid clerical officers, more than other grades in the civil service.

Mr Horan warned if they rejected the motion, the Government may ask for their position on the Croke Park agreement and they could lose its guarantees that their pay and jobs were safe. The delegates, however, voted against the industrial action motion.

aokeeffe@herald.ie

– Alan O’Keeffe

Comment :

Jesus:

 Is there anyone out there that will knock some sense into these fools, lads you have jobs and a regular income for God sake get some sense before we the real people turn against you!   

Could 2011 be Independents day?

Galway Advertiser, December 16, 2010.

By The Insider

While the flurry of autumn polls have been consistent in showing meltdown for Fianna Fáil and the election of a FG/Labour coalition, the most recent Red C poll in the Irish Sun showed a new dynamic entering the race.

According to that poll, Sinn Féin and Independents are gaining significant support – SF gaining five points to reach a support level of 16 per cent, putting them ahead of Fianna Fáil, and Independents gaining three points to reach 12 per cent.

This raises the prospect of these smaller groups – who were badly squeezed in 2007, and who did not appear to be making any headway until recently – could now have a significant block of TDs in the next Dáil.

This in turn raises three very interesting questions. What significance would such an outcome have on the workings of Irish politics over the next few years? Would concerns over a possible lack of influence impact on the ability of these groups to sustain this level of performance through an election campaign? How might this increased level of support manifest itself in the Galway constituencies?

In answering the first question it is worth looking back to the period of the 29th Dáil between 2002 – 2007. That Dáil contained 14 Independent TDs (including Joe Higgins of the Socialist Party) as well as five Sinn Féin TDs.

In spite of much fanfare about the formation of technical groups and new forces in Irish politics, the reality was that the Independents were a largely ineffective, disparate group, who made little impression, and were drastically reduced in numbers at the 2007 election. SF’s progress also stalled and the party lost one of its seats that year.

The Independents (most of whom, although not all, lean to the left) and SF themselves will argue that this creates the opportunity to create a new leftist block in the Dáil.

A counter argument is that if people want a strong left-leaning influence in the next Dáil, surely it makes more strength to vote for Labour first in order to increase its seat numbers and by extension its influence in the coalition government it seems set to form with FG.

This, in Insider’s view, will be one of the more interesting battles in this election campaign and a taste of what may be to come could be seen in the head to head between Joan Burton and Pearse Doherty on Primetime in the aftermath of last week’s Budget.

Another argument that can be made about the 2002 – 2007 period was that the splintered nature of the Opposition had a very negative impact. With the main opposition holding fewer than 60 seats between them, a feeling took hold that a non-FF government was not a plausible outcome in 2007 as it would take FG time to recover.

This created a real complacency in the ranks of the Government and arguably that has ended in the mother of all economic crashes.

Turning to the second question, it is again worth looking at the 29th Dáil. Unlike its predecessor, where a minority FF/PD government was dependent on the support of several Independents who extracted significant concessions for their constituencies as the price of their support, other Independents had very little clout.

Hence their impact and importance dropped and in Insider’s view this greatly contributed to their poor performance. The irony is that several of those Independents who survived ended up exercising quite some influence in the 30th Dáil!

Will the memory of Michael Lowry and Jackie Healy-Rae exercising great influence over the passing of the recent Budget cause people to see Independents as important again and lead to an increase in their number in the next Dáil?

Or will the expectation that FG and Labour will have a very large majority cause people to think twice?

This leads Insider to the third question – the impact on Galway. With Fianna Fáil expected to suffer a calamitous loss in votes and seats, might Independents benefit in Galway West and Galway East?

Let’s examine Galway East first. The constituency elected an Independent TD in 2002 in Paddy McHugh but his vote collapsed in 2007, mirroring perfectly the Independent trend referred to earlier.

With FF polling at anywhere between 13 to 17 per cent nationally, it seems highly unlikely that the party can retain two seats. FG, though, will find three seats a big ask, especially with both sitting TDs retiring.

Labour will push hard for a seat in Eamon Gilmore’s native constituency but are coming from a low base. Much speculation surrounds Declan Ganley throwing his hat into the ring or perhaps some disgruntled FFer (or a disappointed FGer?) may chance a solo run.

It is easy to see why an Independent candidate could feature strongly in this race – but equally it would be a complete repudiation of the definitive rejection of Independents expressed by the constituency in 2007.

Galway West is trickier to call. This constituency does not elect Independents. In 2007 FF, FG, Labour, PDs, and Greens polled more than 90 per cent of the votes. However with the PDs disbanded, Dep Noel Grealish is an Independent TD.

He will certainly be in contention for re-election, but in the past he has been heavily reliant on votes from the Oranmore area and, with FG’s Fidelma Healy-Eames tipped to win a seat, he will have his work cut out for him.

Catherine Connolly is someone who has emerged as a dark horse. Insider can see why. Labour will be without Michael D Higgins, its standard bearer since 1969, and while Derek Nolan will surely retain the seat, the party’s decision not to run a second candidate at a time when it is gaining support nationally may free up votes for other left-leaning candidates like Cllr Connolly.

Also in her favour is that she has a decent profile across the constituency and in an election, in which votes that would ordinarily be nailed down as secure for certain candidates will be up for grabs, this could be a big plus – where for example will the votes go that Éamon Ó Cuív will lose in Connemara?

In summary what does Insider think? First of all he would emphasise that much of this analysis is more pertinent to Independents than to SF as he feels that party is somewhat between two stools at this stage – more a potential party of government than previously but partly still an outside force.

In considering the potential performance of Independents Insider feels the crucial competing forces in voters’ minds will be the desire to have an effective opposition to the likely FG/Labour government versus a compulsion to really hand FF a drubbing.

With that in mind voters could opt to vote for an assortment of Independents and fringe candidates instead. Insider expects Independents to feature in the race in both Galway constituencies but will make one firm prediction – Galway West will not elect two Independent candidates. It will be one Independent at the most in each Galway constituency.

Either way it will be another fascinating aspect of a potentially groundbreaking election.

source: http://www.advertiser.ie/galway/article/34516

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