New Cars Bad Roads.

 

Decided to splash out on a new car just before Christmas. Got a good deal on a demo car with just 67 km on the clock. So i was happy with my purchase but have to note the state of the roads especially secondary and back roads are absolutely terrible.

The roads especially those that don’t connect to Dublin are too narrow for the amount for the amount of traffic thats on them and are full of dangerous bends and basically “corners”. To be honest there wasn’t too many potholes which is good.

I find that the bends on roads particularly on roads I travel infrequently pretty dangerous, you need to be driving pretty handy to take them. One wonders why the back roads are so bad, were people drunk when they were built or just are they tarred over dirt tracks.

So what needs to be done ? Significant funding needs to be given for roads and rail through out Ireland/Erin and not just Dublin which is always the case. Maybe it would be better for private contactors to do it, county councils depend to be inefficient.

The Government collects tax on road use (they  are some tolls as well) -motor tax, fuel tax on petrol and diesel as well as VAT and VRT on new cars.

There’s little excuse to have the roads in the state they are.

So get to it Government !!

 

Youth, Housing and other Matters.

Just listened to the Niall Boylan show on Classix hits Wednesday 23 August 23. The topic being discussed was young people living with their parents unable to afford rent or mortgages. ( Average salary  in Ireland is  €45,000. Average price of a  3 bedroomed house is €305,000, in Dublin average house price is €430,000. Borrowing limits are 4 times salary and a little more.)

What can people do ?

For starters they can pressurize the Government to provide more social and affordable housing, the government is dragging its feet on the  issue by building nowhere near enough houses.( Most of the government Td’s are landlords and have a invested interest in the status quo).

A tax on vacant homes / land with planning permission (stop hoarding )/ derelict houses and properties.

Encourage old people to rent out their houses when they are living in nursing homes.

More balanced regional development, much of rural Ireland is in the doldrums, encourage more people/ business’s to set up in rural towns and villages.

Better Roads and railways, better public transport.

Young people to get organized. Young people get the “shiity ” end of the stick precisely because they are not organized, they don’t vote or vote for parties like fine gael or fianna fail. Young people get shafted on everything like car insurance, student fees, accommodation, wage rates, healthcare and jobs.   Old people who vote get free medical cards,  free phone, electric discounts, bus passes, tv licence and so on.

vote out the present government, they are a government of the rich and will not alleviate the problems of ordinary people.

 

Healthcare Crisis.

Have watched the situation in Irish hospitals unfold over the last few months, one has  to say the overcrowding issue is not new .Its the same story year after year for as long as I can remember,

Its made worse by having politicians in charge, their inept, incompetent and corrupt management of Irish hospitals leaves people in a dicey place when it comes to hospital admission, Lack of beds, lack of Consultants, lack of  nursing staff all add up.

Saw a presenter on Ireland am say that there was 6,000 more beds in the 1980’s than there is now and that was for a population of 3.5 million with the population of over 5 million now (26 counties). According to the Irish times 6,000  less hospital beds  equals to 10 hospital closures . They have done worse than that with 8 Accident and Emergency being closed in recent years.

Hardly surprising we have a situation on our hands is it ?

Things need to change, primarily the present Government which maintains the status qu0, more private medicine basically is what they’ll do. We need a government committed t0 public healthcare building new hospitals and adding thousands of beds and not lurching from crisis to crisis.

Here’s a link t0 s0me previous posts on the matter-

Health disservice / Cedar Lounge Revolution 7th June 2017

https://gearosc.eu/2017/12/13/an-excerpt-from-the-bitter-pill-or-what-is-wrong-with-irelandroi-healthcare-system/

 

 

Pensions, Pensions

 

The government have unwrapped new proposals on pension “reforms”. These “reforms” will allow people to “opt” to take a slightly larger pension at seventy years of age instead of sixty six at present. Other “reforms” will increase the length of contributions to forty years up from the present ten year prsi contribution. These measures are designed to cost the state less in pension costs and make people work till they are seventy !

I have said before that these proposals are anti-people and designed to catch the poorest and leave them with nothing . More than 50% of the workforce have no private pension and these people will be most effected by state pension “reforms.”.  Opposing the Government measures is a must for all workers.

Most people have worked hard for their retirement and don’t deserve any extra obstacles in the w\y. Maybe the government would look into civil service pensions and tax loop holes for the rich

Life expectancy Of Ireland =82.3- 82.6 yrs

Feeling the Pinch…

 

We have all noticed in the past few months, the price of everything has gone up  especially petrol/diesel.gas which has brought knock on increases in the price of food,fertilizers,home heating oil or kerosene and . .just about everything else.

I recently bought five hundred liters of kerosene which worked out @€1.40/liter or €700 for the fill. It was €0.86/liter before Christmas (which was up on a previous price). Very wallet emptying these increases, Bord Gáis put up prices 27% for electricity and up 40 % for gas other energy  companies have made similar increases..

What does one do ?

No body has got wage increases of 27%, poor people have decided to turn off the heating as they can’t afford it, take less journeys by car, shop at Lidl or Aldi, look for wage increases or increases in social  welfare all in aid  of making one ends meet.

  • Whats the reason for all these increases ? More demand for oil and gas, production cuts by OPEC and other oil producers, more demand by Asian countries.. Largely i blame the Saudis for “gouging” consumers and being able to get away with it..
  • The Irish Daily Mail says most people are €3,000 worst off than before all the prices increases in oil&gas. Maybe people will switch to renewable energy i.e Wind/Solar/Hydro/Nuclear it should be cheaper. . They should be a switch to electric or hydrogen cars in the next ten years that will reduce the demand for oil and gas.
  • I can’t wait for that to happen !

1921 Anglo Irish Treaty.

The Anglo-Irish Treaty, formally known as the ‘Articles of Agreement’, signed by the Irish and British delegates on 6 December 1921

Above is gif from Wikipedia Commons showing the signatures on the Anglo Irish treaty which was signed on the December 5th/6th 1921. What can one say about the Anglo Irish treaty ? Absolute disaster is what I would say, the Irish delegation had under pressure signed up to the partition of Ireland, an oath of allegiance to the British King, British army to have garrisons in the 26 counties. Little or no real independence really. The Irish delegation signed the treaty without Dail or  cabinet approval which they had told to get before they signed anything.

The result was two very nasty little states being established  in Ireland, Both states were economic basket cases . What should be noted was the amount of people that left Ireland for foreign shores … emigration was a fact of  life for all Irish people.  The resulting  civil war  and the “troubles” could be laid at the door of those who signed the treaty. Maybe allocating the blame is more appropriate than the “hero” worship of the pro treaty Fine Gael/Fianna fail and Rte.

One fact that has to be made is that a 26 county dominion of the British empire could have be negotiated by a home rule parliament in Dublin . The Irish delegation had gone nothing in the way of concessions from the British. The British had given very little but it was enough to cause a split in the Irish. People who had jumped on the band wagon now jumped off. It was like a battle between the “have’s and the have-nots”.

The decisions made a hundred years ago touch us t0 this day.

https://www.yourirish.com/history/20th-century/the-anglo-irish-treaty-1921

https://www.museum.ie/ga-IE/Collections-Research/Collection/Documentation-Discoveries/Artefact/The-Signing-of-the-Anglo-Irish-Treaty,-1921/7a49e7e5-7cf7-4218-b3b4-c974d4adafa6

Telecom Eireann/Eircom Shares Saga.

Just watched the “Eircom Shares” saga on RTE 1, it certainly brings me back unpleasant memories of dabbling in stocks and shares.

What can would one say ? like “Ripped off” is what one can say.

Small shareholders who owned most of the company where ripped off by “fat Cats”, the company ended up being bought by Tony O’ Reilly of Heinz and the independent news and media for a billion pounds less that it was worth. Eircom  previously had demerged Eircell the jewel in the crown of the business for Vodafone paper.

The “sale” of Eircell proved to make no sense and was the grower in the company. The vultures quickly saw their chance and bid for the remaining Eircom business. O’Reillys Valentia bought Eircom at a discount and subsequently made the business give him over IR£ 700 million .  The company racked increasing debts with every change over in owner, there was little or no money to invest in new services .

The company had started off debt free and now owes in the billions

Who owns Ireland ?

Midway Ireland Tours
Midway Ireland Tours midwayirelandtours.com

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”.

Claire Byrne Live on a United Ireland .

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.

Election 1918 Wikipedia.org

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 …

 

Claire Byrne lIve – United Ireland

On a Border Poll/The Good Friday Agreement at 20, 1918 Election and the First Dáil 1919.

Sinn Fein calls for Border Poll in American Newspapers

https://www.irishcentral.com/news/sinn-fein-irish-unity-irish-america

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.