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The plunder of Ireland’s water by a private company is well underway with the news this morning! Dublin City Council ‘will lose €2bn in assets’ to Irish Water

City manager Owen Keegan says local authority will be left with €330m pensions liability

Owen Keegan: said the transfer posed “very significant financial and operational risks to the city council”

Owen Keegan: said the transfer posed “very significant financial and operational risks to the city council”

Dublin City  Council will be left with hundreds of millions in liabilities and will  lose some €2 billion in assets following the transfer of its services to Irish Water next month, city manager Owen Keegan has told councillors.

In what has been his stronger statement since becoming city manager  earlier this year, Mr Keegan said the transition was set to result in  higher charges for businesses, could damage the council’s ability to  respond to severe weather events, and was likely to cause “very  significant financial and operational risks to the city council” .

The council was facing pension liabilities  for water services staff of €330 million without the assets to fund them and this was the “ single most significant area of concern”, Mr Keegan  said. “In the normal course of events one would expect that when a  function transfers from one public service agency to another, public  service agency responsibility for legacy pensions associated with the  function would also transfer.”

‘Major liability’ Assets of approximately €2 billion were transferring to Irish Water “without  any compensation” to the council. These assets had been built not only  on funding from the government but from the commercial rates paid by the business people of the the city.

“It seems  unreasonable that a major liability relating to these assets will remain with the council notwithstanding the fact that the assets have  transferred to Irish Water. The pension liability is directly related to the underlying water assets and was incurred in developing and  maintaining those assets.”

The council was obliged to sign agreements to provide water services as agents of Irish Water  for the next 12 years, but although the transfer was due to take place  on January 1st next, the council had yet to be given a final draft of  the Service Level Agreement. However Mr Keegan said he had already been  made aware the council was to be left €1.7 million short of what was  needed to run water services in 2014.

‘Violation’ of principle This represented “a violation” of the principle that the council should be  recouped in full for the costs it incurs under the agreement, he said. “Local authorities should not be in a position where they are providing  services on behalf of Irish Water for which they will not be fully  reimbursed.”

If this budget deficit continued in  future years, the council would lack the capacity to react to unforeseen weather such as floods or freezes.

“In previous  years when there was severe weather we had no option but to respond, but if we are not going to recouped for it, that will put us in a very  difficult situation.”

A uniform national charge  was due to be set for businesses, which was likely to be higher than the current rate charged in the city. The council would be unable to  compensate business for any increase.

“It seems  likely that water charges will have to be increased, we won’t be able to compensate businesses for any increase. I personally think that is a  major loss.”

Mr Keegan also presented a report  from the council’s law department that pointed out that the published  Bill does not prohibit the sale of Irish Water or its assets.

He told councillors his predecessor as manager, Irish Water managing director John Tierney, and Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan were requested to attend or send representatives to last night’s meeting but declined.

source: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/environment/dublin-city-council-will-lose-2bn-in-assets-to-irish-water-1.1630200#

Comment:

By Thomás Aengus O Cléirigh

Democracy is Dead in Ireland !

The plunder of Ireland’s natural resources (water) by a private company is well underway with the news this morning! Dublin City Council ‘will lose €2bn in assets’ to Irish Water! There is no other word to use here other than stealing from the Irish nation! This is treachery! Wholesale theft!  Enabled by the puppet government and their colluding self-serving councillor leaches around the country!

Two weeks before new property tax is announced

By Namawinelake

The IMF thinks it should be levied at yearly 0.5% of a home’s market value, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan indicated that it will be closer to 0.25% and because the IMF was using out-of-date figures for local authority rates and stamp duty, the view on here is that it should be closer to 1% of market value to bring our property taxes in line with OECD countries.  And the betting on here is that by 2015, it will be closer to 1% than the 0.25% hinted at by Minister Noonan.

But for 2013, when Budget 2013 is announced on 5th December 2012, you can probably expect an average property tax of €300-500 equating to about €500-600m in a full year, and given the necessity of having some exclusions and waivers and the ending of the €70m second home levy and the cost of administration, it is more likely to be an average of €400-plus on a €160,000 home with a 0.25% flat rate apply to bands of property values eg less than €50,000 to pay €125, home valued between €100-200,000 to pay €500. The Government has signaled that the new tax will be collected from mid-2013 but don’t let that fool you into thinking you’ll get a 50% discount in 2013, you’ll have the pay the full annual sum by the end of 2013!

full article at source:http://namawinelake.wordpress.com/2012/11/19/two-weeks-before-new-property-tax-is-announced/

Charge of the Lie brigade

That’s what it says on the final reminder to pay your Household Charge (the new property tax being introduced here in Ireland). They manage to combine meaningless bullshit, calculated deceit and veiled threat all into one brief phrase. That shows flair.

Don’t pay the charge and your neighbors suffer, it seems to say. As if central government is lowering its funding to local authorities by precisely the amount the household charge should raise. Of course, central funding for local spending will be reduced by far more than the household charge was ever going to raise – even if everyone could pay, never mind will. The shortfall will eventually be made up by allowing local authorities to raise the charge. So central government can keep lowering its contribution, effectively raising taxes while avoiding blame.

Neat.

source: http://i.doubt.it/2012/03/27/charge-of-the-lie-brigade/

Comment:

This Poll tax is nothing short of state sponsored extortion, racketeering and state bullyboy tactics now seem to be the order of the day! You have got it in one ,the gangsters and sell-outs in the current government, whom by the way, have abandoned their duty to uphold the interests of the Irish people, have instead allied themselves with the ever increasing dictates coming from “our friends” in Berlin)

These gutless politicians are using this as an excuse to starve the local councils of funds and shove the dirty work(of tax collection) on to the shoulders of council workers by making them call to citizens doors “reminding” them to pay this unjust poll tax. This is just the start of an ever increasing annual tax that home owners can look forward in the future. All taxes that are raised are going towards the interest payments on the private debts that were foisted on to the Irish citizens.

These debts may I remind everyone  are private bank losses “Odious Debt” that the Irish taxpayers have no responsibility for .The blatant blackmail of our country be the servants of Deutsche Bank in the ECB have ensured that our small country will have to endure a generation of financial slavery as a result of our gutless politicians and their absolute betrayal of their constitutional duty to put the interests of the people of Ireland before the interests of Berlin and its banker dictatorship.

This Government has no right to impose this odious debt on to the Irish Nation and they certainly do not have the right to impose unjust taxes on behalf of foreign interests that are destroying the very fabric of our communities .We need to come together and fight for our rights enshrined in our constitution!

New water and Home taxes to help pay for bailouts that is the real truth!

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Hi Declan ,

This latest imposition of new Taxes on our citizens is just that, the local politicians attempt to cloak this as some sort of burden sharing is pathetic. The central government is withdrawing funding from local government because the funds are now going to pay the interest on the bailout funds of the IMF and EU lenders .We are again seeing the continuation of the previous Fianna Fail government policies and any new funds will be quickly swallowed up by the enormous costs associated with running the local incompetent County councils:

I spent hours calling our local county council trying to find our who to talk to about getting a business started in my area, I was passed from Billy to Jack to  mary and anybody else I could be pawned off to  .There seems to be legions of people in suits employed in our local county councils. First rule of business is to cut your costs to suite your income. .As an independent candidate in the last election I came across many people struggling to pay their mortgages ,since then we have had an interest rate hike and we can expect at least two more this year I’m told. Where are these people going to get the funds to pay these new taxes?.Taking more money out of people’s pockets is not going to do any favours for local business consumers will only cut down on spending still further.

“This will only hammer another nail into the coffin of the Irish property market

 Our Government ministers hide behind IMF and EU agreements, (that were forced on us in the first place) as justification to impose new taxes and austerity measures on our people. Minster Hogan  tries to justify these new taxes we are been forced to pay the new European Caesar .This is reality in Ireland today our ministers are no more that stooges and mouthpieces for the IMF and the EU !Our country and its resources are been carved up and we are just sitting back and looking on while collaborators in the Irish government enrich themselves with their lottery salaries and perks. I am calling on the Wicklow public not to pay these new taxes, as this is double taxation and the funds are only paying back gamblers and fraudsters.

House Prices in 2011 – the predictions

House Prices in 2011 – the predictions

January 5, 2011 by namawinelake

This week sees a raft of statistics on asking prices of residential property in the State for the last three months of 2010 (DAFT.ie, Myhome.ie and Sherry Fitzgerald). By the end of January 2011, the only hedonic transaction price series (Permanent TSB/ESRI) will be published in respect of the last quarter – the PTSB now appears to control less than 5% of the mortgage market and the series excludes cash sales. And in July 2011, we will get average new and second-hand house prices for 2010 from the Department of the Environment, Housing and Local Government – this series is not hedonic and regards a €57m sale on Shrewsbury Road as one sale and a €50,000 sale in Ballyfermot and you get the average price by dividing €57.05m by 2! And whilst you could argue that an asking price index is valid because it compares apples with apples over different periods of time, you could also argue that in a bust property market, the difference between asking and settled prices will be greater than during a boom. Those of you looking out for the House Price Database promised in August 2010 by the outgoing Minister for Justice and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern, you’ll be disappointed by the fact that the Minister failed to introduce the necessary amendment to the Property Services (Regulation) Bill in the last Dail session – perhaps the Minister is more pre-occupied with how he will spend the estimated €308,000 he will receive in his first year after retiring as a TD.

So for what it’s worth, this is the summary of what each of the three just-published asking price series tells us – in summary the pace of decline picked up in Q4 2010.

Track is kept on here of pronouncements on future house prices and below is the latest position (no-one seems prepared to stick their heads above the parapets since October 2010). You can find the sources for the information in the comments available in the attached spreadsheet. You should note that these pronouncements can be predictions or projections (the difference? A projection is “if condition X comes about then prices will change by y%”).

And for the little it’s worth, the prediction on here is that prices will drop 5% in 2011 by reference to the very limited PTSB house price series. Again for the little it’s worth, the feeling here is that settled prices are down 50%+ whereas the PTSB say they’re down 36% from peak. The following will tend to depress prices

(a) Continuing difficulty in accessing credit for mortgages – 14,000 mortgages were approved in the first three quarters of 2010, down from nearly 80,000 in the same period in 2005. And remember our banks are required to undertake a massive “deleveraging” exercise in the next three years and stopping new lending will be in keeping with the plan.
(b) Increasing stamp duty to 1% for first time buyers and for property less than 125 m2
(c) NAMA’s plan to bring property on to the market at “teaser rates”
(d) Population which is stagnant and may even decline. Dublin’s population fell by 0.3% in the year to the end of April 2010. Net outward migration will offset natural population growth.
(e) Repossessions and foreclosures should increase this year and non-NAMA banks seem increasingly keen to dispose of property
(f) Flat or falling wage levels, higher taxes, anaemic economic growth, positive inflation
(g) An overhang in supply. Whether it’s 30,000 or 150,000, it’s substantial

The following will tend to boost prices

(a) Reducing stamp duty from 7/9% to 1% for movers
(b) A sharp decline in new home construction – in the first 10 months of 2010 (pg 11 of the December 2010 Department of Finance monthly review), a total of 11,974 dwellings were completed. The outlook for 2011 is for less construction.
(c) Wealth and income in some pockets of the economy – certain parts of our economy are doing well (and not just within the NAMA sphere of influence!).

source: http://namawinelake.wordpress.com/2011/01/05/house-prices-in-2011-%e2%80%93-the-predictions/

“Setting up a buisness” Think again!

You don’t have to look at what’s happening in the US here in Ireland I have tried to set up a business that would have added a new Tourism amenity to the local area and would have given employment to some of the local youth. The costs involved were just not sustainable for a new set up business.

The costs of setting up business here in Ireland is just a joke and the cost of public liability is even more prohibitive it is as if they just don’t want any new ideas or business to start up here !

With leases only available up to 4.5 yrs is just a joke so you are expected to set up your shop and all other expenses front loaded why would you even bother, Rates, water, health and safety, leas contracts only up to 4.9 years ,wages ,taxes  oh so many taxes ,fees .local county council fees

I’m better off working for some other poor smuck trying to get his business of the ground!

Until there is real engagement both from local authorities and the Central government about getting rid of this mountain of red tape people with business ideas will only end up paying for over bloathed and out of touch government.

News from Mr. John Gormley, T.D

Dear Mr Clarke ,

 

I have been asked by Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government to refer to your recent email in connection with river pollution

I apologise for the delay in replying to your previous e-mail on this matter.

A further email on this matter will issue as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

__________________

Eddie Kiernan

Private Secretary

Dear Mr. John Gormley

I am writing to you again to let you know that nothing has happened with the

problem we have with the river in our estate and as you can see with the

latest video the pollution is still ongoing

 

I sent this e- mail to the local council again

Dear Sir or Madam

Please follow the link below and take a look at the environmental damage

that is been done to the river in our estate

This pollution is now going on for the last 16 years and in spite of

complaining so many times nothing has happened to stop this pollution

This is again to remind you of the constant damage we have to put up with

Please find the source of this pollution and prosecuted those responsible

Thank You

Thomas Clarke

Video Link

https://machholz.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=2942

Above reply received to-day 17.08.2009 from Mr. John Gormley, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

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