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Richard Bruton crocodile tears for Talk Talk workers

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton will travel to
Waterford today where he will meet workers from telecoms company TalkTalk who
were informed by management last week that they are to lose their jobs.All 575 staff at the TalkTalk site in the IDA Industrial
Estate on the Cork Road in Waterford is set to lose their jobs within 30 days

see full article here :http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2011/0912/breaking9.html

Comment:

I wonder what the workers will think if they could remember politicians and X
politicians are never going to have to face the bleak future that is in store for them.

Indeed I cannot understand why people like Burton are even going down
there; He is not going to pull a job out of his hat for everybody in the audience
when he gets there, and he should spair his crocodile tears for himself when
the Irish public eventually kick him and the rest of the snouts in the trough
out of office .If you are one of the unfortunate who lost your  job, why don’t you
ask this caring politician why his government continues to pay out lottery
pension to X Politicians like this leach

European Commissioner,Máire Geoghegan-Quinn 

and don’t get me started on the likes of Berti Ahern

who is in this plum job because of her political connections .If the government wants to tackle waist start at the top and shut off the real source of outright plunder of our finances by X politicians, insiders, and hangers-on  and so-called advisers who are all ready to condemn the unemployed and the social welfare recipients.

“The time has come to slaughter the fattened  pig as the family is starving “

European Commissioner, Máire Geoghegan-Quinn,

Personal details

  • Irish.
  • Born
    September 5, 1950 in Galway, Ireland
  • Married.
  • 2 children.

Political career

  • 1994 -1997:
    Member of Dáil Éireann and Opposition Spokesperson on Health.
  • 1993 -1994:
    Minister for Justice. Member of the Irish Government team which negotiated the
    Joint Declaration of December 1993, by the British and Irish Governments, on
    Peace and Reconciliation in Ireland.
  • 1992:
    Minister for Tourism, Transport and Communications.
  • 1991 -1992:
    Member of Dáil Éireann.
  • 1987 – 1991:
    Minister for European Affairs. Chaired inter-departmental Cttee. on EU policy
    with responsibility for co-ordinating Ireland’s EU Presidency in 1990. During
    the Presidency chaired the Budget, Telecommunications, Culture and Development
    Councils.
  • 1982 – 1987:
    Member of Dáil Éireann. Chairwoman of 1st Joint Parliamentary Cttee.
    on Women’s Rights and Member of Parliamentary Cttee. on Marital Breakdown.
  • 1982:
    Minister of State for Education.
  • 1981 – 1982:
    Member of Dáil Éireann.
  • 1979 – 1981:
    Minister for the Gaeltacht (1st woman Cabinet Minister since the
    foundation of the State).
  • 1977 – 1979:
    Minister of State for Commerce.
  • 1975 – 1977:
    Member of Dáil Éireann (Irish Parliament).

Professional career

  • 1970 -1975: Teacher
  • 1997 – 2000:
    Columnist with “The Irish Times” newspaper; TV presenter; Part-time
    business consultant; Non-executive director Aer Lingus; Non-executive director
    Ryan Hotels.
  • 2000 – 2010:
    Member of the European Court of Auditors.

Other activities

  • Former
    Member of the Governing authority of the National University of Ireland Galway.
  • 1996:
    Publication “The Green Diamond”.

drawing an Irish pension of €107,325 while on a salary of €238,918 in her current post and building up new pension credits, highlights the huge discrepancy between public
and private pensions in Ireland.Geoghegan-Quinn retired from politics in 1997 and
two years later, she was appointed by Taoiseach Bertie Ahern to the European
Court of Auditors. She has been drawing a pension since 1999 while earning a high salary and building up entitlement to a fourth public pension.

CV source: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/geoghegan-quinn/about/cv/index_en.htm

So how will Richard Burton justify these immoral payments to this so called “public servant” leach?

related articles:http://www.finfacts.ie/finfactsblog/finfacts.html

Máire Geoghegan-Quinn speaks out against “anti-European sentiment”

By FIONA WALSH:

 EU COMMISSIONER Máire Geoghegan-Quinn has spoken out against “anti-European sentiment” in the debate on the bailout, arguing that Ireland’s membership of the euro “saved the country” as the crisis took hold.

Saying the State would be in a “much, much worse” position now were it not for EU membership, she said institutions such as the European Commission continued to be a friend to Ireland.

“It annoys me if you look at the kind of coverage that there has been over the Easter. There seems to be a lot of tabloid-like coverage – anti-European sentiment coverage – which is directing everything at Brussels and when people think of Brussels in Ireland they think of the commission,” she said.

Speaking in advance of her address to the Dáil next Monday to mark Europe Day, she did not identify the commentaries she was referring to.

“I think the coverage has to be fair-minded, and I think it has to be true coverage, in other words, what is happening and what is being done for Ireland, regardless of which of the institutions you’re talking about.”

The commissioner said she did not know if the rescue pact was sustainable for Ireland and said “we won’t know whether it’s a good deal or not obviously for some time”. She added that it was too early for the public to see whether the deal was good because they were paying the price.

While the Irish people saw that membership of the “European family” meant they were not alone in the crisis, she acknowledged ill-feeling over the rescue.

“I was born in the west of Ireland and for years we blamed Dublin for everything . . . In a way I see what’s happening now as kind of similar to that. Blame Brussels, and Brussels is an all-inclusive catchphrase for everything.”

She said the commission was among the first to back a cut in the interest rate on bailout loans but that was in the gift of other member states.

She said her commission colleagues were “shocked” to be told of the price paid by ordinary people as budgets were cut. They were also “shocked” at the events which led the crisis.

“There is still a lot of pain that the population is going to have to be put through; and that’s very, very sad.”

She declined to comment on former finance minister Brian Lenihan’s criticism of the European Central Bank.

comment:

This Woman is suffering from one of the defaults inbuilt in our brains by “selectively perceiving past events to suite her version of current events” not to mention that she was given her plumb job because of the political allegiances and possible as a thank you for services to the Fianna Fail party. As a long standing member of the party of gangsters that brought in the IMF into our country, her attempt to wash away the utter betrayal of her own people is pathetic. This woman is been wheeled out to defend the indefensible .Her utterances are not worth a single moment of my time.

She is just another spokeswoman for her pay masters,The German  Bondholders.

(Defaults inbuilt in our brains) see  http://thepressnet.com/2011/04/27/the-u-s-economy-is-dying/)

Statement from Déirdre de Búrca

Monday, 15 February 2010 15:04

Putting the record straight

Over the past few days I have heard and read many of the comments that have been made publicly about my recent resignation. I would like to correct some of the inaccurate information that has been put into the public domain in order to allow people to make their own minds up about my resignation, based on the facts.

Threats to the Green Party

Firstly it has been suggested that I made threats about ‘damaging’ the Green Party. I think most people who are familiar with my political record will acknowledge that I have always tried to act in the best interests of the party. In fact, even though I have resigned from the Parliamentary Party (and not the party itself) I am still deeply concerned about the party’s future. Before I resigned however I was very clear with my colleagues that I believed my resignation could be damaging for the party. This was a statement of fact, not a threat, and the events that have occurred since have proven the accuracy of my predictions. Unfortunately I do not believe that I had any alternative but to resign given the circumstances.

Disappointment over the Brussels job

It has also been said that my resignation was motivated by a failure to get a job in Brussels . I openly admit that the failure of my party leader to insist that our government partners honour a clear agreement they had entered into with him about a position in Brussels was the trigger for my resignation but it most certainly was not the cause. The focus on the Brussels job distracts from significant events within the parliamentary party which reflected my growing concern at the kind of decisions that we were continuing to support in government, and the treatment that we appeared willing to put up with from our government partners in order to stay in government.

These events came to a head in July 2009 when I absented myself from a vote on an opposition amendment to the Defamation Bill which attempted to delete the crime of blasphemy from the bill. When the government lost the first vote I was summoned to the Seanad Chamber and told to vote with the government in a walk-through vote. I was sharply chastised at a subsequent Green Parliamentary Party meeting and was told that if I failed to support the government in a vote again that I would lose the party whip. I was also put under strong pressure to support the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill. Eventually Senator Dan Boyle and I failed to support the government on the final votes on that bill. This was because we were deeply unhappy with the way in which the Minister for Justice had dealt with the Green Party’s input to the legislation. When the Seanad returned after the summer break, I spoke with John Gormley as Party leader, and explained to him how uncomfortable I was at having to support certain upcoming government decisions. I told him that I was considering leaving the parliamentary party. From that point on he was very aware of my position regarding remaining in government.

Green Party lobbying of Brian Cowen for Brussels job

The third inaccurate claim that has been made publicly about my resignation is that my party had agreed only to lobby on my behalf with Brian Cowen in relation to a position in Maire Geoghegan Quinn’s new cabinet. In fact, John Gormley told me clearly that he had negotiated a position for a Green in her new cabinet as a basic condition of Green Party support for her nomination. The Green Party had favoured Pat Cox for the position of Commissioner, and. the two Green Ministers actively lobbied Brian Cowen to have him nominated for the post. However, Fianna Fail was insistent that one of their own be nominated, and favoured Maire Geoghegan Quinn. The Green Party eventually agreed to support her nomination subject to the condition that there be a position for a Green in her cabinet. I queried John Gormley at the time as to whether this was not a decision that the new Commissioner Designate herself would have to make. John told me that Brian Cowen had telephoned Maire Geoghegan Quinn last November and made her aware of this condition before she was officially nominated. I asked how she had reacted to the news and he told me that she had agreed because she was very interested in the nomination. This occurred last November and while there were obvious sensitivities about discussing the matter publicly before the Commissioner was appointed, there was no uncertainty about it. Any suggestion therefore that my party had merely agreed to lobby Brian Cowen for me in relation to the position is very misleading.

Research portfolio unsuitable for a Green

The subsequent news that the Research and Innovation portfolio had been assigned to the Irish Commissioner was very welcome to me. This portfolio area will be critical in assisting the European Union to achieve its most important strategic objective of becoming an internationally-competitive, low-carbon economy based on innovation in many new areas of green enterprise and technology. The broad scope of the research portfolio includes health, agriculture, energy, environment, sustainable development, transport and industrial technologies. A Green presence in that cabinet would have a valuable contribution to make to the work of the DG. John Gormley’s early insistence on having a Green in the cabinet seemed a very sensible one. However, the Sunday Business Post recently (14/2/10) described the Commissioner’s cabinet as a “praetorian guard…expected to be completely loyal to their principal…inevitably de Burca would have been seen as an outsider”. Perhaps a form of political tribalism is a more accurate explanation for the failure of our government partners to honour the agreement that was made with John Gormley last November than any concerns about the “technical ability” of the green candidate for the position. It is indicative of the weakness of the Green Party’s position in government at present that, given the opportunity to influence the momentum in the EU towards a greener low-carbon European economy, my party allowed itself to be “shafted” (to quote John Gormley). It indicates a particular attitude towards green policies that became very familiar in dealing with our government partners in Leinster House. I regret that John Gormley seems willing to allow the party to be so regularly outmanouevred in this way in the interests of remaining in government, rather than asserting the interests of the Green Party and its constituency.

My motivations

Finally I would like to address the issue of my motivation in resigning from the Green Parliamentary Party and Seanad Eireann. The past few weeks leading up to my resignation were very extremely difficult ones for me. Three weeks ago a Senior Minister (who is not a Green Party member) stopped me on the corridors of Government Buildings and informed me that the position in Maire Geoghegan Quinn’s cabinet, popularly understood be held for me based on the agreement with my party leader, had been offered to another individual. This was the first indication I had that the position was not going to be offered to me. I immediately spoke to John Gormley but it took a further week to confirm that the agreement had been breached by our government partners. I encouraged him to insist on the agreement being honoured but he told me that he was powerless to do so. He told me that our government partners were willing to offer me a position as Chef de Cabinet in the European Court of Auditors. I turned the position down on the basis that I do not believe I have the necessary skills or experience to carry out the important work of ensuring that the EU Budget is correctly implemented. I was offered this position on several occasions. I made it clear to the Green Party and Fianna Fail that I was not looking for a ‘plum’ and well-paid job in Brussels but rather that I genuinely want to make a serious contribution to ensuring that the European Union leads the way internationally towards a more sustainable and responsible way of living on the planet.

I resigned from the Green Parliamentary Party without any clear plans about my future. I do not regret the decision, although I am obviously concerned about what lies ahead. I hope my resignation will cause the Green Party Parliamentary Party members to seriously rethink their role in government. If they do not, I believe they risk consigning the Green Party in Ireland to political oblivion for the foreseeable future. This would be a very real tragedy and I sincerely hope that it does not happen.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0215/deburcadstatement.html

Comment

First of all I am shocked to think that this is the way jobs are doled out to party members of the current government

Why Mrs de Búrca would assume that she was even entitled to a secure job in Brussels is just sheer arrogance and a confirmation of the wheeling and dealing for jobs that goes on after every general election by the victors

This also confirms that the current crop of Minsters owe their jobs to their loyalty to the party leader and not because of their qualifications in the different areas

In other words cronyism is alive and well in lenster house and it would appear Mrs.De Burca was shafted by her own party because of her “concerns” of where the party was going!

I believe that they were glad to get rid of a non performing member and a member that was increasingly demanding better job security for herself.

This whole saga only goes to show that the Greens are out for the plumb jobs for themselves as well as the corrupt Fiannia Fall

The Greens have become just as corrupt now!

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