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Kenny tries to reverse last minute FF ‘jobs for the boys’

By Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

Thursday March 24 2011

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny is seeking legal advice about reversing the state board appointments made by Fianna Fail ministers during their last day in office.

Former ministers Mary Hanafin and Pat Carey appointed several Fianna Fail members to state boards just before Fine Gael and the Labour Party came to power.

In the Dail yesterday, Mr Kenny said the appointments were disgraceful and that he was getting advice from the Attorney General on whether it was possible to reverse them.

“I am interested in putting an end to the blatant cronyism,” he said. “It is a disgrace. . .”

The Government is pledging to end the right of ministers to automatically appoint people to state boards — by setting up an oversight committee where people who wished to serve would put forward their qualifications.

But a legal source said it could be extremely difficult for the new Government to reverse recent appointments, given that they were made by ministers exercising their legal powers.


Mr Kenny had been responding to Independent Dublin South TD Shane Ross, who said the outgoing Fianna Fail Government had appointed people on a blatantly political basis to the boards of semi-state organisations on its last day in office.

“Those appointments, and others like them, should be reversed immediately and the Taoiseach should make no apology for doing so,” Mr Ross said.

One of the Fianna Fail councillors appointed by Mr Carey to the board of An Post said yesterday he had simply sent his CV into the Department of the Taoiseach to be kept on file if any state board positions became available.

Cllr Peter Ormonde, based in Birr in Offaly, said he had not given any thought to stepping down from the board of An Post because he had just heard about Mr Kenny’s remarks.

But he pointed to his qualifications for the job, saying he had a degree in business management and had the experience of serving on the Eduction Finance Board — for which he received only travel expenses.

“I didn’t go around lobbying and looking for it,” he said.

Mr Ormonde was appointed by the communications minister Pat Carey on March 8– the previous Government’s last full day in office.

A Fianna Fail spokesman said the party had no comment to make as the appointments were made in accordance with proper procedures.

– Michael Brennan Deputy Political Editor

Irish Independent


Turfing these Fianna Fail cronies out of the plumb jobs and putting Fine Gael and labour cronies in  is not going to solve the problem of cronyism.

Ministerial helicopter flights 2005 to 2009

received this morning in the post

from www.thestory.ie

Ministerial helicopter flights 2005 to 2009 Posted: 22 Feb 2011 04:17 PM PST Helicopter flights taken by Ministers, including flight time, estimated cost, minister name, route (in some cases) and diary entry for that day (where available). Bertie Ahern was the biggest user – he got around. From early 2005 to late 2009, about €383,243.31 was spent ferrying ministers around by helicopter alone. This excludes the cost of ministerial cars, which would often be involved at some level in each trip. It also does not include the use of government jets. This is the approximate breakdown (in a few cases two Ministers traveled together):

 Bertie Ahern €76,491.65

Willie O’Dea €45,873.34

Noel Dempsey €39,802.5

Eamon O Cuiv €29,590.83

Michael McDowell €25,529.99

Mary Coughlan €25,135.83

 Mary Harney €23,352.5

Dermot Ahern €22,431.67

Brian Cowen €17,894.17

Mary Hanafin €14,177.5

Martin Cullen €13,455.83

Brian Lenihan €13,095.83

 Batt O’Keeffe €12,822.5

John O’Donoghue €10,475

John Gormley €6,890

Seamus Brennan €3,975

Brendan Smith €3,180

Dick Roche €3,180

Micheal Martin €2,347.5 (H/T Colm King) with other data available at www.kildarestreet.com

The Greens are nailed to their chairs in the Dail

By Kevin Doyle

Tuesday January 11 2011

THE Green Party is set to stand by Taoiseach Brian Cowen even as his own ministers desert him.

John Gormley has described revelations about the Taoiseach’s golfing partnership with disgraced Anglo Irish Bank boss Sean FitzPatrick as “golfgate”.

Ahead of a Green Party think-in today he told that the golf revelations were “regrettable” but “primarily Fianna Fail matters”.

“The Government will have to continue until after the finance bill, it’s as simple as that,” he said.


The comments came as Tourism Minister Mary Hanafin refused three times to express confidence in the Taoiseach.

And Mr Gormley did hint that he believed Mr Cowen’s leadership was under severe threat even before the election.

“The last time we had such a think-in I was answering questions on ‘garglegate’ and now I’m going to be answering questions on ‘golfgate’,” he said.

“So from that perspective it is very regrettable because we want to focus on policy.”

Battling for his political career today Mr Cowen moved to “utterly refute any suggestions of impropriety” arising out of revelations in a new book on Sean FitzPatrick.

Members of the Cabinet are understood to be furious that Mr Cowen played golf with FitzPatrick in July 2008 — just two months before the bank guarantee was introduced.

And at her own election convention in Dun Laoghaire last night, Ms Hanafin struggled to show any significant support for the Taoiseach.

Asked three times if Mr Cowen had her full confidence, Ms Hanafin refused to express full support in him to lead Fianna Fail into the next election.

“If Brian Cowen is my leader leading into the election, I’ll go with that,” she said.

Speaking about the fresh controversy surrounding the relationship between the Taoiseach and Mr FitzPatrick, Ms Hanafin said: “It’s the last thing you want. It’s the last thing you want at the beginning of the year.”

Sources close to Finance Minister Brian Lenihan say that he is also extremely unhappy with the developing situation.

However, there is no sign of leadership favourite Micheal Martin to make any move against Mr Cowen in advance of the election.

Green Party leader had a telephone conversation with the Taoiseach last night and will attend a party think-in in Malahide before the new Dail term begins tomorrow.

Ahead of that, he told the Herald: “The fact of the matter is there’s going to be a finance bill. The country needs a finance bill. That’s the bottom line. The country could be in deep difficulty if that doesn’t go through.”


In his statement last night, Mr Cowen said that “no discussions” about the problems at Anglo Irish Bank took place on the golf course in Druids Glen.

“It was a social outing in full public view. There was nothing untoward, no hidden or secret agenda and no concessions, favours or interventions requested or granted,” he said.

“Certain people are drawing inferences for political and other motives, they are malicious, unfounded and have no basis in fact.”


source: http://www.herald.ie/national-news/greens-back-cowen-on-golfgate-as-his-own-party-deserts-him-2491434.html


Again we the citizens of Ireland have been let down by the failure of the Greens to stand up in the face of obvious lying this time coming from Brian Cowan. Is He really asking the people of Ireland to believe that he would play a round of golf and have a nice dinner with Sean Fitz and not talk about the problems of Anglo Irish Bank in all those six and a half hours he was in his company???

Gormely has confirmed that the Greens are nailed to their chairs in the Dail and nothing will tear them away from their merks and perks!

I have a question to ask the people of Ireland. Is Irish politics any better now than it was 10 years ago? It is undoubtedly worse. With all the scandals, the financial meltdown, the nod-and-wink culture has survived, Along with it the practice of incomprehensible explanations and defenses. No wonder the public have nothing but contempt and anger towards the political establishment and the Greens in government have sadly made a major contribution to this sorry state!


Ahern turns up the heat on Cowen (Let the fun begin!)

Ahern turns up the heat on Cowen

TAOISEACH Brian Cowen‘s position looked increasingly precarious last night as a cabinet minister confirmed Fianna Fail TDs were contacting senior party figures to express concerns about his leadership.

A string of ministers came out to publicly back Mr Cowen, but several, while expressing their support, also made it clear that the situation within Fianna Fail was serious and volatile.

As the fallout from the Taoiseach‘s disastrous ‘Morning Ireland‘ interview escalated rather than receded:

  • Justice Minister Dermot Ahern admitted “worried” TDs were in touch with him.
  • Foreign Affairs Minister Micheal Martin repeated his belief that “lessons had to be learned”.
  • Tourism Minister Mary Hanafin said people expected senior ministers to be able to communicate properly.

Despite the fallout over the deeply embarrassing party “think-in” in Galway, ministers doggedly stuck to the line yesterday that the Taoiseach had suffered from a “nasal” problem and not from over-drinking.

Yet bizarrely, at the same time they spoke of how Mr Cowen had had “an off-day” and called the interview “an unfortunate incident”.

The confusing signals came as Mr Cowen again tried to reassure voters and colleagues there would not be any repeat of his late-night session. But in another inadequate interview performance, he struggled to find the words to restore confidence.

Speaking about his 3.30am debacle in Galway, the Taoiseach said he would be “a bit more cautious in terms of that aspect of how I conduct my social life”.

Mr Cowen’s efforts to contain criticism of the interview debacle came as the Green Party indicated it would not tolerate another embarrassing episode.

Fianna Fail backbenchers are still angry at the fallout from their leader’s performance and some have contacted ministers, including Mr Ahern — a development that could be very damaging for Mr Cowen.

But showing the damage caused to the Government by the affair, Environment Minister John Gormley admitted the controversy was a distraction from the Coalition’s work.

Mr Cowen now faces into a crucial 48-hour period as backbench unhappiness leaves his future on a knife-edge.

After days of denials of party rumblings, Mr Ahern’s surprising admission of concerns over this week’s events added to the controversy.

“I have spoken to backbenchers since last Tuesday and, yes, obviously there are people, you know, who are worried about what happened on Tuesday. But equally so, I think there is a clear understanding that our situation as a country is too vital and too serious for us to be diverted by, in effect, a party row at this stage,” he said on the RTE ‘Six One News’.

Ms Hanafin conceded she had questioned why the Taoiseach did the interview when she heard it. “You certainly expect somebody at our level who is giving an interview to be able to communicate properly,” she said in Donegal.

Mr Martin again admitted the affair was damaging. “Clearly we have lessons to learn and we will work on . . . future communications strategies,” he said.

Finance Minister Brian Lenihan also came out in support of Mr Cowen, saying “the matter (was) closed”.

Despite expressing confidence in Mr Cowen’s leadership, Mr Gormley repeatedly refused to say what he would do if the Taoiseach put in another below-par performance.

He claimed such questions were “hypothetical”.

Within Fianna Fail, there was a strong sense Mr Cowen was still under immense pressure. “Everybody is very nervous,” a senior party source said.

But a veteran TD said he did not believe a formal heave was in the offing as nobody had been canvassing support for a motion of no confidence. “They’d need to be on to a middle-ground fellah like me if that was happening,” the TD said.

Mr Cowen said he would not get involved in speculation about a potential leadership heave in Fianna Fail.

He said he had learned not to be found in a similar position again and would need to leave social functions sooner.

“I think such is the atmosphere of politics today and perhaps the way people tell you things and how things can go off on a tangent very quickly, I’d be more cautious about that aspect of how I conduct my social life,” he said.

Tanaiste Mary Coughlan was critical of the scrutiny politicians were under.

“If we as politicians and as human beings are not allowed to live in this country with the freedom that every person else has it’s a very sad day.”

– Fionnan Sheahan, Aine Kerr and Eimear Ni Bhraonain

Irish Independent link http://www.independent.ie/national-news/ahern-turns-up-the-heat-on-cowen-2342896.html


This only confirms that this shower will stop at nothing to stay in power even if it means they turn on their own leader to do so!

They are so engrossed with the idea of staying within the walls of Lenster House their own parallel universe, where they are pampered like lords and the riff raff ordinary surfs like us only occasionally get to be invited for a few minutes

The infighting is quite common amongst rats; they will turn on each other for their own survival just like Fianna Fail is now doing!

We the public will now be told that the new leader is the person to lead this country into the next decade and we should all put our shoulders to the collective wheel once again but with renewed vigour, but the leader will stay behind to watch over the gear of course while we the ordinary surfs are expected to do the pushing!

We can expect whoever might emerge, to distance themselves from the mistakes of the past

And blame it on everybody else in the country.

Let the fun begin!

Cabinet prepared for tough economic decisions

according to the RTE News

Government ministers are admitting tough decisions must be taken in order to deal with economic realities.

Their comments came ahead of a Cabinet meeting at Farmleigh to discuss preparations for December’s Budget.

Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern said today’s meeting was the start of a long process.

He said that the difference between income and expenditure could not continue.

He said that the long budgetary process started with decisions being made early, but he added that as time goes on the cuts would come ‘closer to the bone’.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin said a range of options would be put before Cabinet today.

He said every year the Cabinet works hard on the Budget and that would continue. Mr Martin added that every Department must identify areas in which it can save money.

Minister for Culture, Sport and Tourism Mary Hanafin said today’s meeting was an important part of the budgetary process. She said it is, as yet, too early to make decisions, but that tough decisions need to be made.

Ms Hanafin insisted the decisions must happen in the context of creating employment.

Minister for Agriculture Brendan Smith said a lot of decisions need to be made and detailed discussions will take place between now and Budget day.

Asked if the outcome of today’s meeting and the next Budget would mean pain for the public and Government departments, Green Party minister Eamon Ryan said ‘let’s see, we will get there’.

Today’s meeting was due to begin with an overview from Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan.

The Government needs to axe €3bn from spending, €1bn from the capital programme with the lion’s share of the balance coming from cuts rather than tax hikes.

December will not see a property tax but what sources were calling ‘novel approaches’ in the capital tax area were not being ruled out even though all concerned realise the scope for significant revenue there is limited.

There will be no announcements at Farmleigh today. The meeting is expected to continue until after 5pm.


How long more are we the Irish public going to tolerate these incompetent baboons at best running our country?

Not one of the departments’s projections has been right. (Department of Finance)

All we can expect is more taxes and lies!

How do the politicians and bureaucrats, perceive the citizenry? Paying lip service to their role as “public servants,” especially at election time, public officials, in reality, scoff at any such notion. In their eyes, the citizens are means, not ends, which exist solely to ensure the preservation of the bureaucracy.

This philosophical perspective — that the citizen is merely a “cog in the wheel” which can, and will, be sacrificed for the greater good of the bureaucracy

The civil bureaucracy exercises ever-increasing control over the lives and wealth of the citizenry.


 Are we are now going to continue to allow these economic terrorists destroy the rest of our country’s wealth for the sake of Toxic banks and dodgy developers ,whom by the way Fine Gael is just as cosy with it would appear ?

We the people are soverne and not the over bloated individuals that clam to be servants of the people

We need to rid ourselves of these leaches and incompetent bureaucrats once and for all

Still the same incompetence!

Cowen’s cabinet line-up


Brian Cowen

Tánaiste and Minister for Education and Skills 

Mary Coughlan

Minister for Finance 

Brian Lenihan

Minister for Health and Children 

Mary Harney

Minister for Transport 

Noel Dempsey

Minister for Justice and Law Reform 

Dermot Ahern

Minister for Foreign Affairs 

Micheál Martin

Minister for Social Protection 

Éamon Ó Cuív

Minister for Tourism, Culture and Sport 

Mary Hanafin

Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government 

John Gormley

Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources 

Eamon Ryan

Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Innovation 

Batt O’Keeffe

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 

Brendan Smith

Minister for Defence 

Tony Killeen

Minister for Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs 

Pat Carey

Attorney General 

Paul Gallagher

We see again that incompetence is ignored at the very top of Irish Politics

Cowen is rewarding his buddies and to hell with the rest of the people!

By surrounding himself with this clapped out and worn out bunch

We the people are going to be at the receiving end of yet more pain.

The Greens have now all but thrown in the towel and have being totally consumed in their self interest in big jobs and pensions for themselves

It is so sickening to see their blatant scramble over the crumbs from the Fiannia Fail Table

Talk about a bunch of wasters and sell outs

It’s just sickening!

When will the people rise up and get these leaches off our backs?

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!








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