Well here it is election time and its come sooner than we thought. The money was on a May election but fianna fail seem to have pulled the plug on fine gael.
Well what’s to say that there isn’t much of a choice really, two pretty uncool conservative parties that are very similar in policies and very much against the interests of Ireland. Fianna fail is know for its rampant corruption and the fact that they nearly sunk the “state” while in power. The people of Ireland got the national debt increased fivefold or more to over €211 billion and that’s not including Nama which has reputely lost €47 billion of the original €74 billion set aside for bad debts owned by banks and builders and property speculators and so on. Nearly “scuttled” the Republic of Ireland with what they did.
Fine gael on the hand makes dodgy deals with state contracts paying 3/4 times the estimated price on items such as the National broadband plan which could have been done for about a billion euro according to Eir/Eircom. Instead the contract is given to a American firm with no experience or expertise in providing rural broadband. Its all payed for by the taxpayer who is treated like a slush fund by corrupt politicians. The National children’s hospital is also way over budget for no particular reason.
Well that’s my view on Fianna fail/ Fine gael everything costs a blooming fortune and you wonder where it all goes ? The other parties are much smaller players than FF/FG and likely to go into coalition with either of the two above. No change to 26/6 counties is what Boris Johnson wants and is very likely to get.
As usual RTE ( who owe me money for Colm and Jim JIm ) are trying to “skewer” the result by only having FF/FG leaders in the final debate. Attempting to lead the “electorate” a lot RTE.
So who gets my vote ?
- A party that will end partition.
- End the two tier health service.
- Affordable housing for our young people who can’t get a house without paying silly money for 3 bed semi detached house.
- Efficient use of people’s taxes.
- More public transport to carry people where they want to go.
- Cut down on pollution and increase greener alternatives.
That’s just for starters but does any party measure up ? We will soon find out.
Just came across this News story online. It says that Google Ireland Holdings paid nearly $50 billion in dividends to its US parent in the last two years and paid absolutely no taxes to the Irish Government on its immense profits. One would ask how they managed to do this? Google employs over 8,000 people in Ireland but that doesn’t justify not paying taxes. Why are they loopholes that allow for this level of tax avoidance or tax evasion really. Everyone is supposed to pay their fair share so as pay for services the Government is supposed to provide. We seem to be at the mercy of predatory US multinationals who don’t pay there fair share of taxes. To be honest I couldn’t manage to pay no taxes so how does Google ? Time to change the laws to stop this level of tax avoidance.
You read the article here.
google pays no Taxes
Just noticed a post on the Irish News and another post by Maurice Quinilivan on facebook that Fianna Fail have ruled out a border poll or a referendum on Irish unity as policy. Fianna fail claim to be the “Republican party” but took the oath of allegiance in 1926, never delivered on Republican issues and is famous for its sleaze and rampant corruption. One must ask who they work for ? The people of Ireland or Boris Johnson and his Tory/British imperialist conservative party. They (the Tories) are surly delighted at the news from Fianna fail. The southern establishment has much to hide especially when giving out state contracts that cost 3/4 times the price or awarding contracts to companies with no experience and expertise to do the national broadband plan. A lot has to be hidden from a potential United Ireland.
To be honest I believe the time frame for a referendum on Irish unity would more likely be 10 years especially if Sinn fein can get into government or other United Ireland party can get in. I see the introduction of a “NHS” type healthcare system in the “South” as being necessary, along with some changes to the tax system so the people in the north don’t lose out. A few bob to spend would be very handy as well. However Boris Johnson and his tories are likely to put in “overtime” to keep any united Ireland party out. Southern politics is a “puppet show” at best.
Here are some links of interest
As of today the Government has signed us up to the most expensive broadband plan. Its going to cost a Whopping €3 billion to connect up half a million rural households. It follows a “flawed” bidding process which left only one bidder- investment firm Granahan McCourt which is a US based company in the running… As the rules say the choice of one is not a choice -start the process again. No-one knows why the other bidders pulled out Eir, the ESB and so on, when so much money was involved.
Eir-Eircom said later that they could connect up the remaining rural households for about €1 billion which is at a third of a price of McCourt’s National Broadband Ireland . So it is quiet a steep price for rural broadband.
Another point to be raised is that we (taxpayers) don’t own the broadband infrastructure and are basically shelling out for something we don’t own and the contractor can sell it after nine years and own it outright after twenty five years . Shelling out €3 billion of taxpayers money is extraordinary arrangement when it should be done with private capital in the first place.
Eir/Eircom is the national telephone company it was their job to connect up the nation to high speed broadband, when the company (then Bord Telecom) was privatised it should have been made clear that no “cherry-picking” would be allowed instead they just connected the towns and the countryside was deemed commercially unviable . That shouldn’t have been allowed.
A few years ago Bupa (British healthcare company) wanted to sign up the younger clients but were told their policies would have to be “community rated” meaning the young pay for the old and Bupa would have to give money to other Healthcare companies with older clientele. They subsequently pulled out of Ireland (Rep). Where is the “community rating” for broadband ?
Why was Eir allowed to cherry -pick ? They could have made the costs back by selling digital/online services such as tv, music, downloading etc …
The whole process is costing the taxpayer a fortune when it could have been done for a lot less.
Some links of Interest
Just watched the news on France 24 this afternoon and featured Boris Johnson British Prime Minster on his short trip to Dublin. In his speech he referred to the North or Northern Ireland as being United Kingdom “Soil” as he talked about Watchtowers in the border region before 1998. Who is he codding, the north isn’t British “Soil” its Irish “Soil” and cannot be British as it physically impossible for it to be so. The Brits get amnesia about how they set up the Orange state, they forced the partition of “Ireland” against the wishes of the majority of Irish people and set up a puppet state in the 26 counties, setup with English guns & money. In the more or less hundred years since partition, the British haven’t felt the need to give it back despite all the trouble in the North.
To this end our Taoiseach says he regards Britain as “Our friend and Ally” despite the history, geography of Ireland and the British having a cheap food policy which mainly keeps Agricultural Ireland with small/tiny margins on their produce. I wouldn’t describe “Ireland” as being an friend of Britain while they hold onto the North, six counties or Northern Ireland or whatever they call it now. You can do business with the British but don’t describe them as “Our friend and Ally” , they are nothing of the sort. Maybe the Dublin establishment will take note.
Here is a response from Nama on whether it is part of the National Debt (its not but still borrowed money that the taxpayer has to pay back) and how much have they got back of the €74 billion they borrowed to bail out the banks- they wouldn’t say but gave a link to a report on Nama which is here https://www.nama.ie/uploads/documents/2019-07-17-Second-NAMA-Section-227-Report.pdf.
It was confusing and didn’t answer the question, a more technical reader might understand it but I couldn’t make head nor tails of it.
||Aug 12, 2019, 4:55 PM (13 days ago)
Thank you for contacting the National Asset Management Agency.
To answer your query, NAMA does not comprise part of the national debt. In fact, NAMA expects to return a surplus to the Exchequer in the region of €4 billion when it completes its work.
For further information on NAMA’s establishment and progress, you may wish to view a recent report undertaken by the Minister for Finance, available here.
Senior Communications & Public Affairs Manager
Having a read of the newspapers brought me to this a review of a Ciara Kelly a “Newstalk” Dj who doesn’t approve of a United Ireland and she discussed this on her radio show during the week. Here’s a link to the Irish times article on the subject https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/tv-radio-web/ciara-kelly-i-can-see-many-reasons-not-to-vote-for-a-united-ireland-1.3980637 and for good measure here the same Ciara Kelly in the independent-t https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/dr-ciara-kelly-we-need-to-think-hard-about-the-realities-of-a-united-ireland-38392984.html.
I am unable to find the podcast for her show on Newstalk.ie someone else out there maybe might be able to help.
What to say about this Ciara Kelly and her views for starters I don’t accept this woman’s bona fides. She sounds more like a agent of influence for someone like MI5 whose agenda she seems to push. Who else in the Europe/World doesn’t want to see a United Ireland Mi5 is a very likely candidate and the Tory establishment in England is another. Stop agreeing with English Tory’s and stand for a free United Ireland. There certainly is a lot of puppets in Ireland (32 counties) who spout for “Mother England” and her interests. Someone should speak up for Ireland and her interests and not have to listen to a puppet who doesn’t give any good reason why Ireland shouldn’t be reunited. I hate the way this is presented to the public as the “in view” and has callers who only agree with her on. Its far from a true situation.
Above is a screenshot of the Sinn Féin website which is @ sinnfein.ie .They have taken a drubbing at the local and European elections, losing 2 MEPs and host of councilors (81 now-out of previous 159) in the local elections. So what has gone wrong with Sinn Féin ??
They seem to have lost touch with their own voters or they have become disillusioned with Sinn féin. Don’t think Sinn féin’s stance on the Abortion referendum did them any good and was a “unnatural” position for Sinn féin to be in. Maybe toning down the women’s lib abit might help it doesn’t seem to a vote winner some how.
The main problem seems to be them failing to get their message across to voters or what Policies they stand (United Ireland obvious )for to voters. A quick perusal on the internet and this political party stands for Abortion, All Ireland Soccer teams and allowing the diaspora to vote in referendums (including a Border Poll) and Presidential elections. Two tier health systems which only serve the rich hardly get a mention, affordable housing for our young people another issue which needs to be dealt with, they are many others which might be a vote puller for them. You can see their polices at https://www.sinnfein.ie/policies
Their side of the fence is increasing crowded also with the independents sharing a lot of their polices and their points of view. So increasing competition is a fact of life. One thing that might help is if they stopped cozzing up to Fianna fail and Fine gael and put the booth into them instead … Fianna fail left the “state” almost bankrupt and largely squandered the boom, Fine gael on the other hand gives a $350 million maternity hospital to the nuns as “sole owners” and pays a whopping €1.7 plus billion for a children’s hospital that originally was to cost €450 million. These “cost overruns” show that you wouldn’t hire Fine gael to build your house at any time. Both establishment parties stand for two tier health systems, the rich paying the least and in a international downturn will encourage you to move somewhere else and that is just for starters. So there is a lot of work for Sinn fein to do if they want to avoid their usual manoeuvre of “one step forward followed by two steps back“. I actually have a lot of issues with this particular party but see a bigger picture for now anyway.
Sinn Féin took a drubbing in the European and Local elections at the weekend but the news isn’t all bad. Here is Eileen Paisley wife of loyalist Dup firebrand Ian Paisley now thinks that the Partition of Ireland was a “wrong division” and she would accept a United Ireland if there was freedom of religion . We should surely manage that ! Maybe a referendum on a United Ireland might go our way in the next five or ten years.
Ireland’s partition perhaps ‘a wrong division’, says Eileen Paisley
United Ireland acceptable to Eileen Paisley – if there is freedom of religion
Was watching RTE (this crowd owe me millions in unpaid damages) news at six o’ clock this evening and saw a piece about Nama repaying the “state” some €2 billions euros this year and possibly another €2 billion next year before its wound up likely next year also.
This was reported as positive news, while any repayment of funds is welcome the RTE news reporter didn’t give a overview of how much has been gotten back by Nama. Nama took over € 74 billion in defunct loans from the five major banks, its borrowed money which was kept off the books and it is all owed by the taxpayer it is private debt made public.
One has doubts whether it will stop there either as the national debt or state debt stands at over €211 billion that’s €45,000 for every man, woman and child in the “state”. This debt was recklessly brought on by a Fianna Fail government who despite the “boom” left the country in a far worse state than they got it in 1997. We owe a lot more- €40 billion in late 90’s to over €211 billion in 2019 and haven’t got that much to show for it.
Don’t think Nama is on the books either here. The running of Nama doesn’t inspire confidence as they sold their northern loan book for €1.5 billions when it was worth over € 5 billion. Someone made a “killing” there, i’m sure that’s not the end of it either.
So any one out there know what the “sums” are on Nama ??
Big loss, break even or a gain ?
Now for the news reporting, the journalist who was reporting the item on Nama presented it as “good news” without the overview. He presented it “1984” style as in the film “1984” the chocolate ration is cut from 30grams to 25 grams but they report it as “chocolate ration up to 25 grams” hurray ! The journalist’s report was very similar to “1984” newspeak. That’s my observation anyway.