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Betrayal of the People

The NAMA disaster is on its way!

To-day we the people of Ireland were forced to take the first steps to financial enslavement to international Bond holders

On this day I wanted to show you the citizens of Ireland the chief political culprits

There are many more people responsible for this fiasco these people will also be put up here in the next few days

These people must be brought to justice!








H1N1 (The swine flu)


In the last few months I have become confused about this swine flu

At first we were told that it was a deadly virus and was already killing a lot of people in Mexico

Then there was a lull in information and then it was in the US,

Still the way they were reporting this was something that was quite nasty and you could die from it

So best avoid it.

There was talk of taking action at the major airports to try and contain it by putting in infrared cameras and I remember seeing such cameras on sky News showing people with a temperature arriving at some airport in the Far East being quizzed as they arrived by local officials

Then there were 3-5 cases in the England and a group of people were detained at some hotel somewhere in the East again I think I might have being China, because of the suspicion that they might have this Swine Flu

So how do we get from a few cases in England to what the British Government are predicting?

World Health Organization head Margaret Chan added that the holding of this meeting in Cancun showed confidence in Mexico, which has been hard hit by the swine flu

As the summit opened, the UK alone was projecting more than 100,000 new cases of H1N1 a day by the end of the summer.


Now where did that come from?

Have the English suddenly decided that they no longer want to stamp this out, and let their population just get infected with this flu ,and treat it with a new vaccine and at what cost

Why even go the expense of getting a vaccine when The WHO says most H1N1 cases are mild, with many people recovering unaided

Now when you look at what the Irish government are supposed to be doing about this pandemic

Things become more confused! They don’t seem to be too concerned especially when the English are expecting 100.000 cases a day by the end of the summer!

If the same was to occur here in Ireland it would be disastrous for the already weak economy, not to mention the collapse of the Health services

Somebody is not telling the truth!

See video at  following link  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkiclMWy3Ns

What do you think?

Time to get real!


Looking at the ESRI Quarterly Economic Commentary, summer 2009

I notice that they are predicting unemployment to top 12.6% and then next year they are predicting a top of 16%

Given that this body has never got its figures right I suspect that they are just guessing!

Example from March when the unemployment total was only 300K at the beginning of July we have according to government figures 411K

So an average of 30K added every month!

They are calming that this acceleration is slowing down, and this is where they believe

We will see a top of 11.6% at the end of this year!

BUT wait a minute!

Since most of our economy is based on consumer spending we have a lot more pain ahead of us along with all the new taxes on the way 

these figures cannot be believed.

We in my own family have cut down on the VHI ,the phone the use of the car the take- a -ways even the Sunday news papers .

I am painting the house by and by myself I would say we are cutting about 50% out of discretionary spending.
Now extrapolate that to every family in the country and you start to get the picture!

We will see a rise of the unemployment figure at the end of the year to 550-590K

By the end of 2010 we will see at least 768.000 unemployed in this country and that is not counting the ca.50, 000. New young students and graduates that emerge from the third level collages every year

The government are also doing what most other governments are doing with the real figures and that is messaging them.

For example if you are or have being a self employed person and then register to go on to the dole, you do not show up on the live register, not for a year, then there are the people who are on the various trade courses and then there are the thousands in the community work programs that take anywhere from 2 weeks to 37 weeks

With the building industry destroyed, and nursing a disastrous oversupply in the housing stock

The same in the commercial building sector

The collapse of the financial services industry

Some Banks will have to go under (More on that topic soon) more job losses!

The disastrous tourist year to-date -30% and an oversupply of hotels all over the country (More Job Losses)

The need to slash jobs in the civil services

(We can’t afford to keep paying the overinflated numbers for such a small country)

Approximately 35 % of total civil services numbers will have to go I suspect (100.00 Jobs)

And the rest that are lucky to retain their jobs will have to nurse a 30 % shave off their salaries

And perks and come back down to earth and live amongst us humble citizens again!

The hint of big cuts on the way in the Health services

The already announced cuts in Education and more on the way

This is what to expect if the IMF are called in

Now for the big question

Where are 760.000 new jobs going to come from in the next 5 years???

Plus where are all the newly qualified students going to find work

Ask all the politicians that will be coming to your door soon

Do you believe that the ruling elite that got us into this mess should be forgiven and lead us as a country into the next 5 years

If so what message does that send out to all future political chasers?

Earlier in the year some minsters were saying that most of the immigrant workers were expected to go back to their countries, this was the spin around Christmas last

Well look at this graph from the ESRI and you will see that it tells a different story!

The most of them are clearly staying here!

So we might see even bigger numbers on the dole queues

The Government needs to be saving something in the order of 20 Billion and not pussy footing around with 3-5 billion. The longer they do this the more pain we will have to endure as a nation and the closer we might be coming to open revolt!

It’s time to take on the elephants’

Let Anglo Irish Bank Sink

Let Bank of Ireland Sink

Let Allied Irish bank Sink

Open a new Post Bank a credit union Bank

Stop bailing out international investors to the tune of Billions they took risks and they were paid handsomely for their risk .The Americans did not bail out the international investors of Laymen Brothers nether should we bail out the 10 golden circle investors of Anglo Irish Bank and the other high risk takers who played poker with our national wealth!

We must cut the civil service numbers by 30 %b at least and give the rest a minimum of 30 % hair cut!

We must immediately inject 4 billions into a stimulus for retraining re-education our work force population

Cut the Dail numbers to 50 slash pensions of former TD’s Minsters, Judges Teachers and any other Civil Servant earning a pension over the national industrial wage

Working for the public should not in turn make you better off financially than the people who you are supposed to be working for!

Full Stop! It’s time to get real

Bring the culprits that have engaged in corruption to justice and this means CAB taking everything away from them starting with the criminals in the dail and in the civil service and in the financial institutions

Jail them

The Happy Irish Government Family photo

The Happy Irish Government Family photo

Has managed to survive the worst ever economic downturn in the history of the state!

410.000 thousand Unemployed, (That is the ones they count) the loss of Ireland’s financial independence, the collapse of tax revenues

The collapse of all the Banks in the State!

The collapse of the building industry

The collapse of the car industry

The health services in a shambles

Public services cut to ribbons

They just closed down the Dail for the next 9 weeks and gone on Holidays

Tax’s on the up and up and more on the way

Did I forget anything?

Just think of the worst thing that can happen to the country and chances are with this crew in charge it will come to pass!

Billy Timmins Wicklow TD’s Comments

Department of Health and Children

Pre-school Services

11:00 pm

Billy Timmins
(Wicklow, Fine Gael)

Question 118: To ask the Minister for Health and Children the position with respect to the early childhood care and education scheme; the criteria for offering grant assistance; the way this is applied for; and if she will make a statement on the matter. [26460/09]

Barry Andrews
(Minister of State with special responsibility for Children and Young People, Department of Health and Children; Dún Laoghaire, Fianna Fail)

As the Deputy will be aware I have responsibility for the implementation of the new scheme to provide a free Pre-School in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE), which will be implemented from January 2010.

The scheme will allow qualifying children to avail of a free pre-school place in the year before they commence primary school. The scheme is open to all private and voluntary pre-school services which are notified to the Health Service Executive (HSE) or registered with the Irish Montessori Educational Board (IMEB). Sessional playschools will, normally, participate in the scheme by providing the pre-school year for 3 hours a day, 5 days a week over 38 weeks while full or part-time daycare services will, normally, participate by providing the pre-school year for 2 hours, 15 minutes a day, 5 days a week over 50 weeks.

An annual capitation fee of over €2,400 will be paid to participating services in return for the provision of a free pre-school year to each child. Services will be paid in advance at the start of each term. It is a condition of the scheme that the pre-school year is provided free of charge to parents in return for the capitation fee. However, services may charge for additional services, including additional hours, dance classes, etc or snacks, provided these are offered to parents on an optional basis and provided children not availing of an additional service continue to receive appropriate pre-school provision.

As part of the preparations for introducing the new scheme, the Childcare Directorate of my Office recently wrote to almost 5,000 private and voluntary pre-school service providers in the State, inviting them to participate. These included the pre-school service providers who are notified to the HSE or registered with the IMEB and also a number of other persons who have expressed an interest in establishing a pre-school service and participating in the scheme. Application forms and other relevant information regarding the scheme were included in this correspondence and applicants are now returning forms to their local City or County Childcare Committees. The closing date for response is 10 July 2009. Details of the services applying for entry to the scheme are then forwarded to the Childcare Directorate in my Office, which will issue contracts setting out the requirements of the scheme and their associated terms and conditions. Services will be approved entry to the scheme subject to them meeting and agreeing contractual arrangements.

It is expected that the application process will be completed by the end of September 2009 and I understand that a list of participating services in each area will then be made available to each City and County Childcare Committee and parents of qualifying children will be able to contact their local Committee from that point to obtain details of local services entering the scheme. Parents will then be in a position to enrol their children in participating services. In many cases, parents will already have enrolled their children in a service from September 2009, and will pay fees until January 2010 when the scheme will come into effect.

Commissions of Inquiry: Motion

Dáil debates

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Commissions of Inquiry: Motion (Resumed)

Mr. Michael Shine was struck off the Medical Register as a result of a Medical Council Fitness to Practise Committee inquiry that found Mr. Shine guilty of professional misconduct in respect of three patients of the following allegations:



6:00 pm

Liz McManus
(Wicklow, Labour)

I welcome this debate, although I deeply regret that a division will be forced by the Government’s refusal to support the joint motion agreed between the Labour Party and Fine Gael. The motion seeks to provide counselling for the victims, to establish a commission of investigation and to ensure proper procedures for the future. I cannot fathom what part of the motion is so offensive to the Government that it cannot accept it. We need to support the victims, we need to know what happened and we need to ensure it does not happen again. Even at this late stage in the debate, I urge the Government to withdraw its amendment.

There is a terrible familiarity about the experience of victims at the hands of a medical doctor. The people at the heart of this debate have had their lives blighted by a man who used his power, medical training and position of trust for his sexual gratification. On the one side, young innocent men and boys were abused and damaged for life. They have known what it is like to be isolated, stigmatised and not believed. On the other side, a senior hospital consultant was protected by the hospital, the law and his professional colleagues. In such a dysfunctional hospital, he was free to roam at will and prey on vulnerable patients. By using delaying tactics, he was then able to retire and to this day continues to enjoy a good pension.

This case has resonance of the Michael Neary saga. In that case, a doctor in the same hospital was able to mutilate women at will by carrying out unnecessary hysterectomies. The victims in the Neary case were also isolated, stigmatised and at times not believed. I recall that when I raised the case in the House I received abusive telephone calls from supporters of Mr. Neary. The victims persevered, however, and when the Minister for Health and Children, Deputy Harney, decided to establish an inquiry into the case, I applauded her. The Minister did the right thing. It is disappointing, therefore, that she has not come in to the House and made a clear unequivocal commitment to an independent inquiry in the case of Mr. Shine. It is inconceivable that she would deny the victims and irresponsible for her to deny future patients the new dispensation that would arise from such an inquiry.

Dignity 4 Patients has pointed out that not only does hospital practice need to be scrutinised, so too does the practice of the courts, criminal justice system and State agencies. For example, questions arise about the 2003 trial in which Mr. Shine was found not guilty. Why was the trial held in Dundalk? Why did the State’s lawyers not object to three jurors who were, respectively, a former patient of Mr. Shine’s, the daughter of another patient and an employee of the North Eastern Health Board? Why was Mr. Shine allowed offer medical advice to a member of the jury when she fell ill? Why were expert witnesses not called to give evidence on behalf of the victims while 15 professional colleagues testified on Mr. Shine’s behalf? Why have some of the charges relating to other complainants never been activated? How could the Medical Council find against Mr. Shine in two specific cases when the State failed to bring them to trial? Other questions remain unanswered.

While everyone understands the independence of the courts – that is not at issue – an inquiry needs to be empowered as a wide-ranging review to ascertain the full truth. This House has correctly spent time debating the victims of institutional abuse. There is a real desire from all sides to respond appropriately to the evil uncovered and suffering caused, even though we know in our hearts we cannot make up for what was done. In this instance, however, the abuse was also real and persistent and protected by those in authority.

The Minister stated yesterday that she was impressed by the deputation from Dignity 4 Patients and I believe her. A weak, inadequate, ineffectual response from her would be worse than no response. The victims have set out clearly what they want, namely, a commitment from the Minister to hold an independent inquiry. It has taken 15 years for them to be vindicated. Surely they should not be expected to wait any longer for justice.

Even in the most dysfunctional system, there are individuals who stand apart because they refuse to collude in wrongdoing. The heroism of Bernadette Sullivan must be acknowledged and given respect. Nurses, in their work, do not tend to question doctors. They work in a hierarchical structure. To stand up in defence of one’s patients and against a hospital establishment is a tough call.

In her report on the Neary case, Judge Harding Clarke describes the culture in Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital as one “of fatalistic acceptance”. Bernadette Sullivan was a remarkable whistleblower. What protections and safeguards are in place for those who find themselves in similar or different circumstances who want to do the right thing and live by their integrity. Bernadette Sullivan was told if she persisted she could lose her house and reputation, yet persist she did. She stayed true to the ethic of patient care and is a role model for the nursing profession. It is important to note this in this debate.

Those who were abused by Michael Shine came to a hospital, not far from here, seeking care and healing. Instead they suffered because of a pederast doctor and a systemic failure to keep them safe. There is an imperative now for the right political response to be made. The Opposition parties have played their part in raising this matter for debate. It is now up to the Minister who will be negligent unless she makes the right decision without delay.

In paying tribute to Bernadette Sullivan and to those who have been badly affected in the Michael Shine case, it is important we do not leave only words. A much more appropriate tribute could be made if all parties were to agree to recognise that action must be taken to discover and explore the record and to ascertain how people viewed what took place and what people did in terms of concluding a process that has taken so long. This is the appropriate response for the Minister. None of us underestimates the cost issues which arise in this regard, particularly as there is so little money available to spend in the health service. While costs present difficulties, they must not serve as an obstacle to doing the right thing.

Previous commissions of inquiry established by the House have been successful and delivered much that is good. In particular, I cite the commission established to inquire into the Neary case, from which we learned a great deal. In terms of public policy, I hope we never unlearn what was stated in the commission of inquiry’s report, specifically its recommendations which remain unfinished business. They have at least provided us with an important road map and the progress made in this regard needs to be recognised. A similar approach must be taken in the case of Mr. Shine.

The Minister frequently refers to standards in the health service. She must judge herself by the same standards. It would be beneath her role as a Cabinet Minister to ignore the requests and imperative to establish a commission of inquiry to deal with this issue in a fair manner and protect patients who come after those who suffered so terribly.

TO The Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr. John Gormley,

For 15 Years I have along with the residents of our estate have being trying to get those responsible for the pollution of our estates river stream brought to account ,but alas we are still where we were 15 years ago and the pollution still goes on

I am now calling on the Minster to make the local authorities do their job, and find the culprits and stop this destruction of our natural environment

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