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July 3, 2010 at 8:33 pm

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Cowen announces State visit of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Our Taoiseach Brian Cowen has announced that he expects the Queen of England to visit the republic before the end of the next year (2011). Speaking at 10 Downing Street on his first meeting with British prime minster David Cameron he can see no obstacle to the Royal visit this despite a long bloody history between the two countries. The British Monarch is know to want to visit for some time, both the English Queen and her husband are well in their 80’s and would feel that time is running out for a visit. Certainly Brian Cowen feels that a visit should go ahead but whether we all agree is a different matter. Has Ireland’s history put to right ? What about Northern Ireland ? Has that been resolved ? The every knows a-lot of currency was involved in the peace process. Surely the claim to be a “Republican” party should be dropped at least .

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June 29, 2010 at 9:38 pm

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Fine Gael loses the plot.

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Well this has been the story of the day/week , Fine Gael have decided to have a leadership battle. They had Fianna fail on the ropes after two reports on the economic crash or ” banking reports” ( so as not to put any blame on the politicians ) and the Irish Times/MRBI poll which put Labour ahead as a political party. Seems it was the best time for people to realize their political ambitions, after quiet alot of  encouragement from the main stream media. Fianna fail must now surely make it to 2012. To be honest I think there is another hand pulling all the strings, that’s my opinion anyway.

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June 7, 2010 at 12:00 am

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Government Admits making “Mistakes” ..

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Well holy cow, an Taoiseach Brian Cowen finally admits the Government made mistakes that contributed to the economic “crash”.

With nearly half a million people unemployed (from a population of 4.3 million) and the National debt tripled to about €160 billion (including Nama). All I can say is Gosh, would we all be allowed to make mistakes like that .. I doubt  that very much. I am sure if any employee preformed in such a manner they wouldn’t have a job for long. We are stuck with Fianna fail for 15 years, then again who in the heck voted for them.

Just to quote part of the Bacon report which was commissioned in early 2000 by said Government, which even back then was warning of the possibility of the property bubble busting

5.5.8 Anti-speculation Property Tax
The housing market is attracting speculative demand. In some cases, this takes the form of individuals taking a view about prospective house prices and buying residential property, as opposed to another form of investment. In other instances, speculative demand takes the form
of a transitory increase, following from demand being brought forward, so as to avoid expected future price increases. These various kinds of speculative demand forestall the movement of the housing market to stability. As this happens, there is a tendency to stimulate further speculative demand and in this way a ‘bubble’ can develop.

If allowed to develop unchecked, such a process has the potential capacity to threaten overall stability of the market.

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However, it is considered that expectations of future returns from housing market speculation should be supported through the introduction of an annual tax on dwellings, which are not principal primary residences.


So the Government knew all about the dangers of the bubble bursting, but did little about it.

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May 14, 2010 at 10:58 pm

Posted in Ireland Political

Controversial club in Moyross recruits for the British Army.

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Controversial

Just noticed of late a “slight” controversy over a Jobs club in Limerick sending a letter to its unemployed members advising them that the “Royal Irish Army” – I presume they meant the “Royal Irish Regiment” was recruiting and that a variety of careers were on offer. I wonder which one’s don’t involve being shot at !! It certainly a strange tact for a state body to come out with- basically recruiting for a foreign army. I say it is done on a very doubtful legal basis. I wonder what happens if someone gets killed ? Where would the jobs club stand them, recruiting for a foreign army and a war that this country has no involvement in.

It smacks of anything to get rid of people even if there is a possibility of them being killed. So long as they don’t ask why this country is being ran so badly ? Why can’t these people join the Irish army ?

Other links of interest

FAS paying for British Army recruitment in Ireland

Irish recruits flock to join British Army

Taxpayers’ money used for British Army recruitment in Limerick

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April 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm

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Irish Independent cover story.

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A great country for some ? isn’t it.

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March 29, 2010 at 5:20 pm

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Willie O’Dea gets into trouble …

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Our own local minster has been making the news of late and not for good reasons. He has become a cropper in a defamation case involving a Maurice Quinlivan of Sinn Fein. You would think that Mr O’ Dea would have know better especially after the incidence in a Limerick pub but apparently not.

Mr Quinlivan successfully took a action for defamation against Mr O’ Dea over a claim that the former kept a brothel in a premises he owned, O Dea subsequently denied the claim ( made in his affidavit ) but had given a taped interview to a journalist from the Limerick leader which proved Mr Quinlivan case. The settlement made is unknown but it didn’t stop there for Mr O’Dea with accusations of perjury being made in the Dail. Mr O’Dea battled on during the week but eventually was made to “fall on his sword” – resign by the greens. This surely consigns O’Dea to the backbenches for the rest of his political career. Limerick has also lost out as it is now without a minster at the cabinet table.

You can hear the Willie O’Dea interview over at the Irish Examiner website , there is references to the Northern Bank robbery (setup), bank robberies in general,kidnappings, people being shot and two ladies of the night living down at Clancy Strand.

I guess that Willie O’Dea  and his below the belt electioneering has only himself to blame, pity the Government won’t quit as well .

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February 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm

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