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.
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.
Here’s another newspaper I read today and its an article by Eoghan Harris in the Belfast Telegraph. Its headline is
“Eoghan Harris: The campaign for a border poll could more honestly be called a campaign for a murder poll, it is bound to end in bloodshed”
Its a ridiculous headline, designed to scarce people, its written by Eoghan Harris a man who I dislike intensely. He would regard it as a mistake akin to David Cameron calling the Brexit poll in England. He describes Sinn Fein’s push for a border poll as being “evil” and stirring the sectarian pot.
Who’s really stirring the sectarian pot here ? It’s one Mr Eoghan Harris who has no sense of Irish nationalism, of justice and of civil rights. Ireland’s history shows that Ireland was partitioned at gun point against the will of the Irish people by the then British government of Lloyd George. It caused a civil war in Ireland and lead to two failed states in the North and South.
A referendum on Irish unity is necessary in the ten years and might be won if the population gets behind it and that includes the Dublin government. A referendum should be able to be held without trouble as everyone claims to be a democrat now. As far as I know the case for a referendum is written in the Good Friday agreement the fig leaf they gave to Gerry Adams and Martin McGuinness in that one sided agreement.
Eoghan Harris is behind the times, on the payroll of London who have a interest in keeping Ireland weak and divided. Even Eileen Paisley (wife of loyalist firebrand Ian Paisley) says that she would accept a United Ireland if there was religious freedom, which we should surely manage.
Mr Harris should stuff his Opinions up his you know where.
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.
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.
You seen all the news on tv and in the newspapers and there is no escaping the fact that the conservatives in England have been re-elected . Its bad news for Ireland and any rethink on Brexit is firmly put to bed now, with a lot of remainers actually losing their seats. The sun never set on the British empire or so a lot of English people think – they re-elected the Tories with a even bigger majority shows you what a “shower of bastards” they are. The Tory government will work hard to ignore calls for a unity referendum in Ireland and a independence referendum in Scotland. They will ensure that Sinn fein doesn’t get into government in the “South” of Ireland and will put more obstacles in the way of Irish unity. Possible future trade deals will see Ireland lose their share of British agricultural markets, time will tell for sure. Boris Johnson has a big a majority as Margaret Thatcher so there is very little way of stopping him. Five more years of Tory England is on the cards , not good for anyone except the English.
Just noticed this on journalist Michael O’Regan (of the Irish Times) twitter feed about the Anglo – Irish treaty of 1921 was more or less forced through by the British, who had intimidated the Irish delegates into signing the Treaty.
This treaty split Ireland into two states, one with limited independence and another still tied to the British state.
It suited only the British who supplied the Pro-treaty side with money and arms which resulted in the Pro-treaty side winning the subsequent civil war. This is a turning point in Irish history, Collins and Griffith had accepted a lot less than Irish freedom and had buckled under pressure from the British government. This could be said to be “What if ” if Collins and Griffith had held their nerve and refused to split the country what would Ireland be like now ? Maybe a lot less immigration to Britain and the USA and not so reactionary/church ridden past.
Its all a case of “What if ” and maybe but Collins and Griffith should have been prepared to stand together and fight the British rather than risk a civil war in Ireland. Its a case of the wrong decision being made and the effects of which touch us till this very day.