Well well, the establishment have made a mess out of Nama, two men have been charged in the North with fraud in respect to the sale of Nama’s Northern loan book. It was sold for less than one third of its book value of sterling $4.5 billion. Basically sold for a song to a American company Cerebus who obviously got a bargain. Wouldn’t you make a “killing” here if you had the credit rating. Mick Wallace then TD now MEP raised the matter in 2015 in the Dail that one politician got over £7 million lodged in a Isle of Man bank account obvious kick-back or “Success fee” as the politicians call them.
You have the Vista of state assets being sold for way less than their worth and then the “state” paying three times the price when it comes to the National Broadband Plan- € 3 billion when Eir (formerly Eircom ) said they would do it for €1 billion, big difference what ?
The Broadband plan and that National children’s hospital are obvious examples of waste and government corruption. What country can be run this way, One that ends up being bankrupt ! One that needs the Troika (The EU, the ECB and the IMF) to bail it out and put the citizenry even deeper in debt.
Here is a remark made by one Francie Molloy Sinn féin MP for “Mid Ulster” on the Good Friday Agreement. Mr Molloy now says that Sinn féin got nothing in the agreement with both governments prevaricating about a Border poll. One wonders what took him this long to get this revelation about the GFA, a rather one sided agreement which shored up the Orange state. In fact “nationalists” seemed to have given up on a United Ireland in return for power sharing with loyalist politicians. Despite this power sharing has been on and off during the last twenty years .
I have heard the Good Friday Agreement described as a “False Peace” a agreement made by bribing one side to accept unacceptable conditions lies and half truths. In this agreement the principle of “Consent” is established in that the majority of Northern Ireland have to consent to a United Ireland for it to happen. Who consented to “Northern Ireland” in the first place ? Answer Nobody, it was conceived against the wishes of the majority of Irish people who were never allowed a vote on it.
My opinion is that the clock should be rewound and that Irish people are allowed to vote if they want a border or not in a Fair and free referendum. Thus the principle of “Consent” is established for all to see. The Good Friday Agreement made a United Ireland almost impossible to achieve and gave the “South” all the legitimacy of a reservation or more accurately one of those black homelands in apartheid South Africa.
Bertie Ahern and Gerry Adams are happy to be the big knobs in the free state but the time is coming when the boat will be rocked and both Mr Ahern and Mr Adams and others will be overboard.
This is a delayed comment on the election which was held on 8th February. The outcome was good for Sinn Fein but they didn’t run enough candidates to gain a outright victory.
What has happened is that the establishment parties have merged, blocking Sinn Fein from forming a Government. This was bound to happen when both Fianna fail and Fine gael lost support. There was little between the establishment parties for a long time as both are a collection of gangsters i.e alot of taxpayers money ends up in a politician’s bank account ( a secret one at that).
A Sinn fein government wouldn’t be that much different from the establishment, maybe some people are naive to think that, but they would be some movement on the North at least.
Varadkar and Martin have stymied that with their coalition of the “unwanted”. People are bound to pay more taxes, get less services and have living standards squeezed. While all the time the rich pay less and take out more. You could talk about government inefficiency/waste/ blatant corruption till the cows come home but nothing will change in the immediate future. Irish politics is a puppet show at best.
Well we are at lockdown for the last 6 weeks and it hasn’t been much fun. Nearly everywhere is shut and there is restrictions on how far you can travel, can’t go to Ballybunion on a sunny weekend and so on. Television is the usual crap when was it any good anyway. They could put on a few films won’t cost that much but not RTE apparently.
The Government has extended the lockdown/restrictions until May 18th and a gradual easing from then on. Schools are to remain shut till September, gyms, swimming pools remain closed until July i think. Builders can go back to work, so too can gardeners, garden centers and other people who work outdoors but have to keep the “social distancing” up or take other precautions.
Business’s have piled the pressure on the Government to reopen many Business and ease the restrictions. The economy has taken a major hit with the lockdown and the Government has a quiet a bill for paying for laid off employees and furlough workers. I think that most “shops” could reopen and take precautions like the supermarkets are doing, Perspex screens, staff to wear masks, hand washing and so on. Bars / nightclubs / cinemas could check the temperature of patrons before admission and so on. It is a bit over the top to keep them closed . I think now is a go0d time to get any DIY done. .
Medical bills are enormous too with privates hospitals being commandeered for the duration of the crisis. There is the possibility of reinfection during the summer or reemergence of the Corona virus in the autumn, they will have to assess the risks. Not all countries are doing lockdowns and may act as reservoirs of the disease. A effective vaccine is really the only solution. Talk is of a vaccine in late September/ October at the earliest more likely next year.
A word must be said to people who lost someone/ had their time cut short or who got sick, they have my sympathy for what it is worth.
Well you would want to be on another planet to miss all the commotion about the Corona virus that originated in China and has spread to the rest of the world.
It is seemingly a deadly disease that effects the airways and lungs of infected people. There is no vaccine for it at present and no drugs to alleviate the symptoms. Measures taken to contain the virus rely on isolating people away from possible carriers of the disease and hoping that the virus dies out in the containment period. To this effect the government has ordered the closure of schools, pubs, gyms, restaurants, night clubs and so on. The airline industry is being mothballed with the lack of people travelling and lot of hotels have closed down. All in an effort to contain the virus.
Despite this the level of new cases is averaging over a hundred cases a day and it is not believed to have peaked. It is now past the containment phase and onto the delay phase. Ireland (32 counties) is more or less in lock down along with a number of countries in Europe. The Government (along with a lot of medics ) has warned the population to follow the guidelines given out otherwise we will have a Italian situation on our hands in about two to three weeks. Government also promises to crackdown on pubs flouting the virus ban.
How long will the containment take ? Possibly longer than the 29th March and maybe beyond Easter through to May. Elderly people are especially vulnerable and so are people with underlying conditions or who suffer from other aliments but the Corona virus will infect both young and old.
Measures will have to taken to stop the eating/ slaughter of wild animals in places like China, Africa. As diseases are jumping the species barrier. The matter of why they failed to contain the virus will also need investigation.
No one knows what the death toll will be, Hopefully it will be small.
My sympathies to any one infected by the virus or who has lost someone to it.
Just a quick note on the Leader’s debate on RTE 1 last night, It wasn’t anything new, it was a rehash of previous stances on housing health and economy in general by the three leaders. Both LeoVaradkar and Michael Martin tried to gang up on Mary Lou McDonald leader of Sinn fein but got no where with her.
Miriam O’Callaghan tried to trip up Mary Lou McDonald on the killing of a Paul Quinn in South Armagh which they claimed to have no involvement but it bounced off Miss McDonald who was well able for the biased interviewer,
Nothing to get excited about there in the debate. Though its amazing to see how the establishment covers up for it self and drags up the past on someone else.
Just watched the leader’s debate on RTE tonight. It wasn’t surprising in any way, as no one got landed with a “killer blow”.
They talked about housing mainly and how they planned to build up to 100,000 new homes as social/ affordable homes for our young people who are trapped in their parents home as they cannot afford the crazy prices of houses particularly in Dublin. All the participants indicated that they would greatly increase the number of houses being built. Surprisingly no-one asked why this hadn’t being done already as both Fianna Fail and Fine Gael where effectively in government together for the last four years.
So one has to take all the promises being made with a pinch of salt. Both Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn fein) and Richard Boyd Barret ( People before Profit) put in good performances with Richard Boy Barret making the comment that selling up to €40 billion in Nama properties to developers and vulture funds wasn’t the way to solve a housing crisis.
Mary Lou McDonald mentioned that Fianna Fail crashed the economy whilst in office and Fine Gael builds the most expensive Children hospital ( at estimated €2.4 billion it certainly is) in the world. The National Broadband plan doesn’t get a mention at a staggering €3 billion- 3 times the price that Eir/Eircom said they would do it for .
The Greens want to cut the suckler herd by 50% so to cut emissions of methane though they would compensate farmers for the lost production. The other participants disagreed with the Greens on this. More Gardaí were promised to tackle crime, organisation of special units and so on.
Leo Varadkar stressed that you need a strong economy to fund all these commitments and that Fine Gael was the party to deliver this “strong economy” .
Michael Martin was busy attacking Sinn fein on the fact they had voted for the retirement age to be 66 in the North.
General view on the debate was that they were no outright winners or losers in it. Though Sinn fein’s Mary Lou McDonald came out the best.
More would want to be asked about Corporation tax and the fact the banks don’t pay any despite being bailed out by the taxpayer. Other companies like companies like Google don’t pay any tax while making immense profits, though I forget the company that was mentioned in the debate. More has to be done on fair taxation for all.
I came across this on the AN SIONNACH FIONN blog in the comments section, its from someone called “Get Real” debating what to do with all the civil servants in a 32 county situation. The national debt is quite a sizeable sum of at least €228 billion and that doesn’t include Nama. Well over 50k for each of us -every citizen of the state that’s all thanks to Fianna fail profiteering from being in government. So can we afford a rerun of Fianna fail in government, I think not.