A state commission will propose that the length of social insurance contributions should be up to forty years duration to qualify for a full “state” pension, This is up from the present ten years contributions so it is quiet a hike really,
They also want to raise the pension age to 67 from 65. It must be a pretty nasty bunch this commission, their proposals are anti people, designed to catch the poorest (who have no private pension) and leave them with nothing. It is really work till you die for alot of people, people who will not qualify for the 40 year contributions -stay at home mums, self employed, people with bouts of unemployment, people who studied a lot all will be caught under these proposals.
Maybe they should concentrate on the civil service there pensions cost the most. No fear of that is there ?
It is reported that the Irish Congress of Trade unions has already rejected these proposals. It shows the real nasty side of FF/FG Tories who give tax cuts to the rich and turn the screws on the poor . This commissions report must be sent to the recycle bin as it is meant to increase poverty and worsen conditions for ordinary people. Reject this !
On the news of late is ex minster and ex td Katherine Zappone, firstly she made the news with her party at Merrion Hotel contravening Co vid regulations and next her appointment to the UN as “special envoy”. Apparently no vacancy existed, none was advertised and is a made up post to suit Miss Zappone whims and fancy. Would we all have a cushy number such as this, lots of travel and meetings and no real work really. It seems the job didn’t pay that well according to the irish times it only paid €15,000 and was of 60 days duration, thats the Irish times version of it anyway.
The appointment (now declined) smacks of cronyism and jobs for the boys/girls mentality. We have alot of this mentality in Irish government and have a civil service full of people who have this feeling of entitlement. The Government and Rich people tell ordinary folk that they are entitled to nothing and the “World doesn’t owe anyone a living ” while they plunder and steal. Governments appointing their supporters to state jobs is nothing new and all political parties do it if they get the chance, These practices block suitable people from taking up positions on merit, The Government departments are mismanaged, cost too much and are a burden on ordinary people.
Well that’s it for another year, the Summer was so so. A few sunny Days in the month of July about 10 in all and that’s the summer. Well i suppose it wasn’t a complete washup in comparison to the Summer other countries got, heatwaves and floods so i suppose we better count ourselves lucky.
A recent report by the United Nations says we have possibly done irreversible damage to the balance of nature and will take thousands of years to undo. So put that in your pipe and smoke it. I guess that’s peoples lifestyle will have to become more environment friendly and cut down on toxic emissions but will they really do it ? Lip service is cheap and doesn’t cost anything but the weather chaos can’t be wished away. So what must be done ? A cut in the absolute huge number of humans must happen, two children is enough for any couple. certainly there’s no good jobs for massive populations and all the children they have. What’s the Solution here ? I don’t think anyone knows.
Just watched the six one news, apparently it featured a story that a court in the North has ruled that the 1998 Omagh bombing could have been prevented.
That’s hardly news as many people believe that the Brits knew all about it and did nothing to stop it.
RTE reported it as the single worst atrocity of the troubles. I thought the Dublin and Monaghan bombings were the single worse event, with up to 30 people killed in Dublin ( including a woman pregnant with twins). RTE puts out propaganda for the British intelligence services as far as I can see. I am open to correction if I have got the numbers wrong.
My point of view is that “Who came out the Winner” because more often than not the “Winners” are the ones who were behind it in the first place. Who gained ? reaped benefit from the situation ?
A former British intelligence operative Martin Ingram real name Ian Hurst said that over 70% of IRA bombings were planned and carried out by British intelligence. That’s huge infiltration of any organization. A South African style “Truth and Reconciliation” commission needs to be set up to uncover the real truth about the “troubles”.
Here a Question raised by British Government minsters a few weeks ago, They were apparently offended by suggestion from the French that “Northern Ireland” is not really part of the United/Disunited Kingdom. I thought that Ireland belong to the Irish people and not to the Brits. The Brits seemed to think otherwise . Somehow I don’t think the “Brits” have learned anything from the past or the “troubles” or the whole of Irish history. Eight centuries of “Murder, Rape and Robbery” says that the six counties belong to the Irish. Ulster is nine counties not six and never was “British”.
Just one thing that happened a few months ago whilst going to my car in said carpark. I bought a number of things from the deli in the Eurospar in Rathkeale including one baked potato which slipped from my grip. Hey Presto it makes a mess on the ground which looks like I will have to clean up but to my surprise a group of crows descend and tidy up the mess by eating the baked potato on the ground and saves me the work of having to clean up. I put the bag in the bin . Nature will clean up a lot i think .
Got to see this program last Monday (22nd March), it was about of all things a United Ireland. Seemingly a census has been held in the North and they expect a change in the demographics with Catholics becoming the “majority” in the six counties or Northern Ireland. This will put them in the position to vote themselves out of the United kingdom and rejoin the rest of Ireland . Readers should take note the Brits have never been voted out of anywhere but that didn’t stop them leaving alot of countries, kicked out by the natives as it happens.
The program had Leo Varadkar , Sinn Fein’s Mary Lou McDonald, Greg Campbell of the Dup, Andrew Trimble and the Taoiseach Micheal Martin amongst others. They asked the Dup Greg Campbell what would it take for him to vote for a United Ireland and he replied that he would never vote for a United Ireland and that’s putting it nicely.
To make a point that is well made that the Irish people voted for independence not for partition. David Lloyd George and Winston Churchill forced the partition of Ireland against the wishes of its people. The result was two pretty nasty states which never worked .
Back to Claire Byrne live and their framing of the debate. Rte is pro unionist and pro British. There was no sense of history or geography in the debate and take for granted that the Brits will pull out should a possible referendum go against them. To win a united Ireland all sections of Irish people will have to pull together. The commitment of Fianna fai and Fine gael to a United Ireland is precisely zero. A mountain to climb …
Meant to write on this topic a few weeks ago when the Sunday Times Poll came out. Anyway Sinn fein has decided to call for a Border poll by placing advertisements in American newspapers such as the New york times and the Washington post amongst others. In all fairness this is hardly new for Sinn fein but is party policy anyway. There is no new idea’s on h0w we are going to get that far as well as needing to be in government in the “South” as well. Some all Ireland policies would help here such as universal health care they presently have in the North, education, trade, housing and so on.
The “stage” is not exactly right at the moment but needs a little change in the “South” to win . What changes are needed are healthcare for number 1 , taxes need reform too as those who can afford to pay aren’t paying at the moment, justice for all and not just the Rich, better education and social programs. A anti corruption drive is required as well. If it comes to a border poll it would be advisable to bring your cheque book as well. It might come in handy.
Overcoming the establishment in the “South” is the major blockage to a United Ireland, they are interested in little more than their own (secret) bank accounts, obedient to Mi5, scandal racked and corrupt. They form the biggest obstacle to a United Ireland bigger than London who they secretly obey, to beat them will take all you got and more beside but you would have won which is a sweet prize in itself.
Well well here something that hasn’t gone away over the last year . In fact its gotten worse over the Christmas break with over a hundred people dying from Co-vid 19 been reported today.
To be honest one or at least i am sick of all the lockdowns, the shops closing and the other business that have been affected. Shouldn’t one lockdown have done the trick if properly implemented ? We are on the third lockdown now and in saying that the letup for Christmas was a mistake , all the movement of people into Ireland brought the disease with them especially those from England/UK. There was no check for the disease incoming passengers and the 14 day isolation was voluntary only. Now people will have to have taken a test for the virus within the seventy two hours before arrival and people will have to stump up for 14 day isolation in approved facility at their own expense. Government was making out they were doing alot but weren’t doing the basics at keeping the Co-vid 19 out of Ireland.
Also the vaccine isn’t being rolled or mass inoculation of people is too slow they had all of january to inoculate the over 80’s but are only beginning to do it now in February. The roll out of the vaccine is too slow and will make the Co-vid 19 situation drag out.
As for St Patrick’s day it looks to be cancelled for two years in a row, another festival bites the dust. Will Easter be clear ? or cancelled again ? One will have to wait and see – won’t we ?