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Junket Johnny

Taken from the http://thestory.ie/

… Get up them stairs, Johnny

Posted: 13 Oct 2009 01:30 PM PDT

[Thanks to IrishElection for the clip of Junket Johnny O’Donoghue speaking today before his resignation. I’m going to assume he didn’t need a limo to get from the chair to the backbenches.]

His speech reeked of a sense of entitlement that appears to have polluted parliament to a massive degree. The anecdotal evidence that Fine Gaelers are amongst the deputies giving Labour TDs the cold shoulder following Eamon Gilmore’s intervention last week speaks volumes. I suspect this abuse of the expenses system is not solely a Fianna Fáil problem, they just happen to have been in Government the last eleven years.

In his address Junket Johnny reminded us of the various ways he’d been hard-done-by by the the meeja and d’Opposition.

“When the public mood changed… I attempted to put my case to the appropriate body, established by the House for oversight of expenditure, the Oireachtas Commission. I was denied that opportunity by some members of this house who decided to act without giving me a hearing.”

Firstly, the Oireachtas Commission is not responsible for oversight of his expenses, the Dáil clerk does that job. Oddly, the Ceann Chomhairle is the man in charge of the Dáil clerk, so he’d hardly be the best man judge to Junket Johnny.

Secondly, the Oireachtas Commission sits in private and it is made up of TDs and senators, who hardly have the moral authority to rule in this situation. Asking for a closed court, which publishes no transcripts, on a matter of such interest to the public, was ridiculous and demeaning.

And thirdly, John O’Donoghue had months to speak on this issue publicly and refused to. Clearly, he was in avoidance mode – his excuse that his position was above politics held no water. Even when he was doorstepped in Listowel by RTÉ he barely recognised how ridiculous his expenses were seen to be by the general public.

The man formerly known as ‘Zero’ (for his zero tolerance stance on crime against the common man while justice minister, oh the irony) then spoke about the distortion of the truth around his expenses.

I loved two parts in particular. “While I was Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism I was on 14 international flights on the Government jet over a five-year period” he said. He failed to mention that in the two years he was Ceann Chomhairle he charged the taxpayers for 186 internal flights. 44 of which were taken by his wife.

Similarly, while he claimed the cost of his hotel rooms in Cannes and Venice were wrongly reported, he didn’t mention the €250 spent on water taxis in Venice or that he spent €492 on room service and dining in one night on another trip. His defense was selective because he was trying to defend the indefensible.

Over all, it’s clear John O’Donoghue’s head is still buried in the sand, like that of many of his Dáil colleagues. Nobody believes he was, or is, value for money. Nobody believes he “volunteered” his expenses – on the day before the Lisbon result, three hours after they were released to Ken Foxe of The Sunday Tribune, at the cost of €600. The revelations about John O’Donoghue will not end here. He remains in public office. His expenses remain unvouched.

“Everything was within the guidelines. I gained no enrichment from this”, he said. ‘Enrichment’ is word that does not relate solely to monetary gain, I suspect he did not suffer, or become overworked, when attending some of the most extravagant race meetings the world over. And he may have acted within the guidelines, but that does not make his expense level justifiable, he was supposed to be ‘value for money’.

Opacity breeds distrust, distrust breeds cynicism. Public cynicism burns through the social contract. If trust in the political process is not restored through more transparent governance, we’re in serious trouble.

I couldnt agree with you more!

Captains Log

Starship Dail

Star date 456231

 

 


IN

Captain Seamus Kirk has been elected as the new Ceann Comhairle of the Dáil

and promises to go where no Captain has gone before !


OUT

Captain Kirk, from the starship Dail, succeeds X
Captain John O’Donoghue, who resigned earlier today over the controversy surrounding expenses he incurred while in office, and did stay too long at the
Romulan pleasure dome !

There was no sign of sorry indeed Mr.O Donoghue made a staunch defense and mother Teresa could not have done a better job, I nearly started to cry and shout bring him back all is forgiven John!

Until I noticed this Cheshire cat grin on His face, and I started to ask what has he being promised by his peers to go quietly??

Mark my words a top job is coming down the tracks, maybe the European commissioners Job???

Dick you might as well un-pack your bags, this guy looks like he’s  waiting for the next plain to Brussels

All those perk on the way and out of sight from those prying eyes as well!

 

SCAM,SCAM,SCAM!

 





The Minister for Finance, Brian Lenihan, has said the issue of Oireachtas expenses had to be put into perspective.

Mr Lenihan was speaking after the Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Houses of the Oireachtas Commission, Tom O’Higgins, said his proposals to reform the system governing expenses for TDs and Senators were ignored by the commission.

Mr O’Higgins explained why he resigned in a letter which was disclosed to the Irish Times following a Freedom of Information request.

These guys will have to be brought kicking and screaming from their lucrative expenses rip-off

They have shown yesterday their total contempt of the taxpayers of this country by showing their support for the disgraceful behaviour of the CEANN Comhairle John O’Donoghue

It comes as no surprise to me that Mr.O Donoghue walks away with a  (see Link) lavish payoff

Again curtsey of his pals on the same scam!

“The twilight zone”

From the Irish Indo

Tuesday October 06 2009

WHAT filthy, grotesque, unprecedented and bizarre revelations about John O’Donoghue must Irish citizens be subjected to before some appropriate action is taken?

The obscenity of this ongoing news story (and others regarding golden handshakes at FAS) is only surpassed by the total absence of leadership from the Government. Labour are suggesting the Ceann Comhairle may consider paying back some of his expenses, while Fine Gael ”think that the Ceann Comhairle might like to consider his position”. The Greens think there should be a total review of Government expenses but this again ignores the current elephant in Leinster House.

Meanwhile, our leader Brian Cowen appears cloaked in a deafening silence of indifference. He dare not speak of the office of Ceann Comhairle for fear of the skies opening above him and a lightning bolt from the heavens removing him from his tower of babble. It’s beginning to look like the Ceann Comhairle is not really from the Kingdom of Kerry but from the Kingdom of Narnia: a magical and special place where all is not what it seems. Leadership is what leaders do. Leaders lead by example. Leaders continually challenge the status quo. Leaders seek not just to fix what is broken but to envision a better future where the same source of the problem cannot re-emerge. Leaders go beyond fire-fighting. Leaders firstly put the fire out.

Then, they investigate its source and then, they creatively consider and implement actions to prevent a similar fire from starting. It’s all common sense but common sense does not appear to be very common in Dail Eireann. We have all the usual Government suggestions rolling in: let’s have a meeting about it or let’s have a review of procedures or let’s ask the Ceann Comhairle to maybe think about considering his position?

We need leadership and we need it bad.

John O’Donoghue should not only be immediately removed from public office, he should be forbidden from ever holding public office again. Then, and only then, can the Government start fixing what’s clearly broken.

 

Glasnevin, Dublin

Irish Independent


 

 

This is appalling stuff why are we even allowing this kind of crap even to go on, John O’Donoghue is dictating to the Dail what is to be done about lavish expenses and will come up with proposals for change! He’s having a laugh!

This demonstrated just how out of touch the entire body of politic in Ireland is out of touch with the reality of ordinary people trying to make it through every day in this depression

The likes of O Donoghue and the rest of the leaches in the Dail, Top civil service & Top Bank oficcials, Doctors, Union Bosses all are living in “The twilight zone”

Where there is no rescission or depression and somebody else pays your bills for you all the time

These entitlements or perks, that have being self awarded, have built up un checked over 70 years, to these select few individuals in the public pay.

This culture is in every facet of oficcialdom in this country

I remember in the 1980 when a change of government came about I was working in a well known Dublin Hotel we were getting some building work done and it so happened that the developer we were using was the same builder a particular government new Minster was using to spouse up there government office the builder told me that they had just finished renovating the same office for the previous Minster a few weeks before and the new Minster wanted to completely change the entire office all over again because XXX did not like the colors ,this was a cost of 85 thousand pounds at that time

So you see it’s nothing new, what we need is for the Finance Minster to come out and cancel all perks and marks every item of expenditure, including all payments above normal wages must now be canceled period!

The wages for the job is the wage for the job and if anybody has a problem with that I will gladly take any one of their jobs for half of their normal standard wage with no extra perks


 

How to win a referendum:

Scaremongering but who’s doing it?


Finance Minister Brian Lenihan also warned yesterday that if Irish voters snubbed the treaty the result would “shatter international confidence” and lead to continued scarcity of funding and increased borrowing costs.(Looking for a yes vote)

A ‘No’ vote in next month’s lisbon Treaty  referendum could result in the interest bill on Ireland’s national debt jumping by up to €900m a year according to Indecon
(
Looking for a Yes vote )

A NO vote in the upcoming Lisbon Treaty referendum would represent a “spiritual withdrawal”, from Europe, Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan has warned. (Looking for a Yes vote)

A Yes vote in the referendum would earn Ireland the continued goodwill and support of the EU in tackling the banking crisis, he added.

Mr Gormley “It would be entirely counterproductive to vote “The whole emphasis in terms of the European recovery is a green recovery [which can provide] jobs, jobs, jobs.” Echoing the sentiments of other pro-Lisbon political leaders, “It would be a huge mistake to focus on national issues when this is a campaign to get us out of recession,” he said. (Looking for a yes vote)

How to win a referendum:

1. On top of high VRT, introduce a Green (Party) carbon tax, and just to be on the safe side, impose a €200 a year work parking tax, just for daring to have a job!

2. Make the citizens vote a second time, even though they said No – but make sure you don’t change the wording.

3. Have on the Yes side a millionaire car salesman, like Bill Cullen, who opposed changes to the infamous VRT, and is the biggest over priced merchant for  the Renault spear parts in the country(Nice one Bill!)

 

4 . Have Ryanair on the Government side, who are best known for their F-Service , saying there are a millions reasons to vote Yes (excluding taxes and charges), and (Baggage charges Now approaching 100 euro per bag) then have the same Government introduce a €10 travel tax, contrary to EU law of freedom of movement between member-states.

5 . In case the European Central Bank doesn’t hype up mortgage rates any time soon, re-introduce water rates and a property tax on every family home in Ireland, while at the same time making taxpayers bail out the bankers and the builders.

6 . Make sure Brian Cowen leads the Yes campaign.

7 . Have crooks running FAS

8 . Have people like John O’Donoghue become Ceann Comhairle in the Dail

9 . Create Toxic Banks to help your buddies in the Banks and the Building


Industries

10 . Keep corrupt Politicians in places of power

11 .TAX the Sh*** out of the ordinary people

12 Tell them you are going to crucify them in the coming December Budget

13. Make a complete mess of the Economy, and blame it on the ordinary people

For having paid extortion prices for their own homes

14. Put a Tax on those homes, let say 1000 Euro on average for every home in

The land

15 .when you hold a referendum keep going back to the people until you get the right result (the one you want)

16 .
Keep corrupt Bankers in their High paying Jobs at Bankrupt Banks

17. Allow these same Banks (Now with Government appointed Directors) to

Overcharge their own customers, and then, clam that it was a computer error when found out.

18. Allow dodgy Building Developers stroll into the courts of the land and present fantasy valuations as a means to dance around The Supreme Court rulings

When 80 families are turned out, and lose their overpriced homes every week, sold to them by these developers in the first place

19 . Make it blatantly obvious, that there is one law for the rich, and another law for the poor in this country

20. Tell everyone that NAMA is the only game in town and we the people must pay the gambling debts of the super rich of the country.

That should do it!

 

 

 


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