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Tonight with Vincent Browne (Budget 2014 )

Vincent visits the protests outside Leinster House as the details of Budget 2014 are announced.



By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh

Let the world know this “Austerity” is been imposed on the people of Ireland by brute force! Corrupt politicians and blackmail from our “friends “in Berlin!

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Well the gangsters in the musical chairs political system we have in this BA-NAMA republic struck again and this time they were not going to tolerate any demonstrations .On a night they told the world Ireland was going to leave the Bailout process in December and that Austerity has worked!

We find out that the Youth of the country are been told get lost and piss off out of the country, So no free GP care for the general populace (another broken promise)The old are subject to a smash and grab and I expect the real pain is well hidden and will first emerged in the Finance Bill ! This is where they slip in the real pain for the ordinary workers. The rich are going to be delighted as their wealth is going to stay untaxed and its business as usual. In the video this ***** comes and says 3000 jobs are been created a month but he neglects to tell us that these “Jobs” are in fact part-time jobs and are very low pay at that! The lying politicians in the labour party are a disgrace to the name of Labour and have betrayed the entire worker movement of this sold out country!.

The working man and woman in this country must now get up of their backsides and take to the streets and fight for their rights .The Youth of the country must take on these puppets of the hidden faceless money men and take to the streets! It’s your future and these politicians just don’t give a toss about you!

Wake up Ireland and take back our country from these so-called public servants who are busy getting rich themselves whilst pauperizing our people!

Enda Kenny to meet property tax hunger striker

by  Fiach Kelly, Political Correspondent


Tony Rochford took his hunger strike to the gates of Leinster House last week but is understood to have since been taken home by his family.

Mr Rochford (45) is from Trim, Co Meath, and has been on hunger strike since Monday June 17. His case was raised with Mr Kenny in the Dail today by Independent Waterford TD John Halligan.

While Mr Halligan says he does not agree with Mr Rochford’s approach, he was raising the issue because he was asked to do so by the 45-year-old’s family.

Mr Halligan also raised the difficulty self-employed people had in accessing the dole. Mr Rochford ran a business doing marble installations in houses.

full article at source:http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/enda-kenny-to-meet-property-tax-hunger-striker-29407631.html

Who ran up a €1,600 bill ringing a single mobile number in Pakistan from the Oireachtas?

This story is by Ken Foxe and based on a recent story in the Mail on Sunday: Documents obtained under FOI are below.

A politican is suspected to have run up a bill of more than €1,600 calling a single mobile phone number in Pakistan, an unpublished Oireachtas memo has claimed.

Officials in Leinster House’s telecoms unit estimated that calls to a ‘very small number’ of foreign numbers were costing the taxpayer at least €14,000 per year.

Other costs included an estimated €1,249 bill for calling a mobile in Australia, €581 to a mobile in Lithuania, €381 to a Maltese mobile, €370 to a UK mobile, €366 to a South African landline and €331 to a landline in Cyprus. The officials admitted they were powerless to establish whether the expensive calls – made in 2010 – were legitimate as they don’t track who TDs and Senators call on their taxpayer-funded phones.

But the memo stated it was ‘difficult to imagine’ how they could be genuine. ‘It is difficult to imagine what Oireachtas business would give rise to calls costing €1,621 to a single Pakistani mobile phone number, and it would be irresponsible to consider the possibility that such calls might have been an unintended/improper use of the service provided. Without availabe data it is not possible to make any judgement on the matte……………

full article at source: http://thestory.ie/2013/01/23/who-ran-up-a-e1600-bill-ringing-a-single-mobile-number-in-pakistan-from-the-oireachtas/


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Cuts, and more cuts to all community services and then we get another example of greed, emanating from our political establishment once again!

Our political puppets are living in a parallel universe where all their whims are cared for by the surfs’ in our Be- NAMA –republic. This is totally off the wall stuff, there is no justification for this kind of waste and it is imperative that the person or persons behind this phone call should be ousted, shamed and called to account .An audit of all “servants of the people” costs(Including phone calls) should be undertaken and strict limits must be enforced in accordance with the current economic conditions .This  leach must be made pay for his or her own phone bill and kicked off the political gravy train in Lenster house!

One can only dream! Some day we will rid ourselves of these self-serving cockroaches that have infested our once democratic political system!…..

We do not have to accept this, and we deserve better! The time has come to make a stand against the political puppets in Lenster house, which are nothing more than mouthpieces for the hidden moneymen who now rule our once independent Celtic Nation!

Proud Celtic nation of Ireland, get up off your knees and take back your soul.

Cast off  the chains that bind you to these gutless gangsters who dare call themselves out leaders!

Savage Budget 2012 -13

By  Charlie Weston and Fionnan Sheahan

THE most savage Budget of the economic downturn has hit ordinary families for €1,000 a year.

Property tax, cuts to child benefit and changes to social insurance have put extraordinary new pressure on squeezed family incomes.

Pensioners will lose out with cuts to the household package that helps for electricity, gas and telephone bills.

And in a move that is set to prove highly controversial, mothers on maternity leave will now have to pay tax on State maternity payments – despite paying for this already through PRSI.

No section of society was left unscathed by the draconian Budget.

In the wake of the delivery of a package of cuts and taxes worth €3.5bn, there were scuffles between gardai and protesters outside Leinster House.

The Government was also under fire for announcing the closure of 100 garda stations, as part of the biggest overhaul in the history of the State, under cover of the Budget.

Families will be pounded by a string of new taxes and charges:

* Maternity benefit will be treated as taxable income — costing mothers an average of €800.

* A new property tax will cost €180 for every €100,000 the property is worth. This means a €200,000 house will generate a property tax of €360.

* Changes to pay related social insurance (PRSI) will mean that all those earning above the minimum wage will pay an extra €264 a year.

* Self-employed PRSI contributions were doubled, and will be applied to unearned income such as dividends, rents and deposit interest.

* A €10 cut to child benefit. A family with two children will be down €240 over a year.

* Another €250 on the student registration charge.

* Changes to the drugs payment scheme which will see families paying out €144 a month before the State will cover the cost.

* Changes to motor tax, with some pre-2008 cars to be levied an extra €126 a year.

* Savers are to be hit with a rise in DIRT of at least 33pc.

* The price of a pint rose by 10c last night, with duty on wine up by €1.

* Cigarettes went up by 10c.

There will also be rises in capital gains and capital acquisitions tax, according to the new measures.

New criteria will also be introduced for those aged over 70 in order to qualify for a medical card, with those on higher incomes eligible for a GP card only.

The duration of jobseeker’s benefit will also be reduced by three months.

The full details of the property tax were provided.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the decision to introduce a property tax was “progressive and fair”.

Last night, the Government began passing the Budget measures with votes on the hikes in alcohol and cigarettes.

No coalition TDs defected and the Government passed the vote 108 to 49.

But Labour Party chairman Colm Keaveney has still not committed to voting with the Government on social welfare cuts next week. Former Labour minister Roisin Shortall said the Budget was “regressive and anti-family”.

She also attacked Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore on the size of his pension.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan used his Budget speech to outline his plans for growth in the small business sector – but there are major tax hits for workers and homeowners.

The minister last night denied his Budget will cost the average family €1,000 per year in taxes and lost benefits.

“I don’t accept that figure. You might get an example that fits that but it’s not typical,” he said.

Mr Noonan offered a robust defence of his second Budget, saying it “would be recalled as a reforming Budget” that had finally broadened the tax base by introducing a property tax after years of discussion while also reforming the public and private pension system.

“We have the most progressive income tax system in the EU,” he said.

Public Spending Minister Brendan Howlin admitted it was “not easy” to keep providing public services while imposing over €2bn in spending cuts.


He announced a range of cutbacks, including a €10 reduction in child benefit and reductions in the telephone and electricity allowances for elderly people.

Mr Howlin said the country would come through the “tough” crisis which was almost without precedent in the developed world. “In time, future generations will be proud that we, as a people, tackled this crisis head on,” he said.

Source:  http://www.independent.ie/national-news/budget/most-savage-budget-yet-takes-1000-from-families-3317482.html


SpunOut invited to the Aras for the President’s ‘Young and Irish’ garden party

Sent in to us by our friends over at SpunOut

Recently it’s been all go at SpunOut HQ. We’ve been hanging out with the President in the Aras, meeting with politicians in Leinster House and now we’re hiring a new person to get involved in the action!SpunOut was invited to the Aras for the President’s ‘Young and Irish’ garden party on July 2nd. Not only was it a privilege to be invited, but we were delighted to extend the invitation to four of our loyal SpunOutters also.So our Editor Marie, joined Stacey, Brian, Claire and Viva in putting on their gladrags and joined around 150 other young people from around Ireland at the Aras. Entertainment was provided by Storyfold and KeyWest amongst others, the food was magnificent and of course the weather was miserable. The day finished with a tour around the Aras which is by anyone’s standards a pretty cool gaff.

There are a number of ways you too can get involved with the ‘Being Young and Irish’ initiative. Read more here. http://us1.campaign-archive2.com/?u=240cc28439f7e4af9db5999a7&id=f2208210bd&e=202c855619

We’re Hiring! #Jobfairy

We’re looking for a Communications and Marketing Officer to join our team. But we don’t want just any Communications and Marketing Officer- we want someone who will bring SpunOut to the next level. As well as being good at all things communications and marketing – we want someone who is experienced, and committed to harnessing the power of social media to create positive personal and social change in young people’s lives.

Does that sound like you?

Parents stage Dáil protest over care payment cuts

Crop of Joan Burton at launch of the Labour Pa...

Crop of Joan Burton at launch of the Labour Party's 2011 General Election campaign. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By Evelyn Ring

The group wants to reverse the stopping of domiciliary care payments and is  seeking a meeting with Social Protection Minister Joan Burton to discuss the  issue.
The group claimed the entire application and review system for  the payment was flawed and needed to be overhauled.
The allowance is  paid to children with a disability who need more care and attention than  children of the same age without a condition.
Last year, 403 reviews  of the payment were undertaken. While 164 cases were considered eligible, 187  were not. A total of 53 reviews were pending at the year end.
One of  the protesters, Eileen O’Toole, from Greystones, Co Wicklow, has four children  with autism, ranging in age from 5 to 12.
Her oldest son Dillon sang  the Labi Siffre hit ‘Something Inside So Strong’ at the gates of Leinster House.
“Dillon represents all the children with autism whose voices cannot be  heard,” said Eileen, who added that the allowance paid to Dillon’s three  brothers was up for review in July.
The Carers’ Association area  manager from Carlow and Kilkenny, Pat Grogan, said the domiciliary  allowance  amounted to about €309 a month.
“Most of the parents I know are using  the money to pay for speech and language therapy and other therapies that should  be available to them through the HSE.
“I know that times are hard but  you should not be hitting vulnerable people.
“I think the minister  should take stock of what is happening here and take responsibility for the  allowances being withdrawn without any face to face evaluation,” he said.
While the minister had extended the time for returning review forms  from 21 to 60 days, anomalies still existed, he said.
Mr Grogan said  some parents were being reviewed for the payment after just one year.
Another protester, Lorraine Ryan from Bagenalstown, Co Carlow, said the  domiciliary care allowance for her six-year-old autistic son, Maurice, was cut  in January this year.
Ms Ryan, who has also lost the carers’ allowance, said the protest was to let the Government know  they were not going  to go away.
Read more: http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/parents-stage-dail-protest-over-care-payment-cuts-191668.html#ixzz1t37CCLPC

Facebook question !

No chance of the Wicklow turncoats of keeping their promises,the lot are supporting the government mantra that the St. Colmcille’s Hospital, Loughlinstown is unsafe and are supporting the cutting of its services when they should be demanding more services for the people of Wicklow .The people of Roscommon have shown the people of Wicklow how to stand up for local health services .If you are a voter in Wicklow now is the time for you to get up and make a stand for our health services or else put up and shut up!
The Government’s honeymoon period went home in an ambulance yesterday. Enda just wasn’t feeling the love anymore — in the Dail there was heated talk of broken promises; mutinous mutterings had begun to emanate from a couple of anguished Fine Gael deputies; and the first substantial public protest against the new administration made its robust debut outside the gates of Leinster House.

    • Morgan McCabeBut how do you pay for all these services when our structural deficit is so large thanks to Bertie& co.

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    • Thomas Clarke‎”Default”  morgan

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    • Thomas Clarke We were sucked into a contract to bailout the bondholders of private debts with the banks on false statements and fraudulent statements of accounts .This represents all contracts null and void.
      The bondholders should be given equity for their debts in the banks .All public servants should have salaries capped to no more than 90,000 euro.
      No politician either serving or in retirement should have a pension from the state more than 30,000.
      This pension should be payable only at the time all ordinary citizens have to wait for their pensions.
      Only one pension should be paid to any politician or civil servant no matter how many postings they might have served in.
      All doctors training in the state must serve in public hospitals for a 5 year period at a nominal salary of 45,000 euro when finished training. This should also include any other apprenticeships the state pays for, but with less payment and 3 years public service.
      There should be no bonus paid to any public servant in the employment of the state or in receipt of payment from the public purse.
      Doctors are earning lottery salaries and this can no longer be tolerated, their salaries should be on par with other doctors in Europe. I HAVE MANY Doctor Friends in Germany and none of them are earning anything like the salaries the same qualified doctors get here in Ireland. (Average salaries 67,000 – 75,000 euro)
      This would be a start!

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