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Archive for December, 2010

Shall We Storm Liberty Hall?

DO you have the mobile phone numbers of cabinet members? You don’t?

Funnily enough, nor do I. And me a senator, to boot!

Last week, I did a spot check on a few members of the Oireachtas. I asked them if they had cabinet ministers’ mobile numbers. Funnily enough, the responses were overwhelmingly negative.

It was soon obvious that no self-respecting minister would honour the average TD or senator with a mobile number. Such access for representatives of the people is out of the question.

I will wager a week’s wages that Michael Lowry and Jackie Healy-Rae are exceptions to the rule. They are key power brokers, not lobby fodder. Michael and Jackie have all the right mobile numbers.

And guess who else has been important enough to be honoured with hotlines to the ministers?

No Bonus Bonfire at AIB or ESB

DID you miss the wonderful news in the Budget? You did? Well, the pay of semi-state bosses is to be capped at €250,000.

Welcome to the brave new world of sharing the burden. In this time of poverty, even Ireland’s oligarchs must limit themselves to five grand a week.

And if you believe that, you will believe anything.

Bankers Who Peddled the Poison

WILL our European masters or the IMF czars ever inflict the same penury on Spain as they did on Ireland? Or will they ever put Italy on the same rack?

What do you think?

Europe has ganged up with the IMF to squeeze Ireland and protect its own bankers. First, our external saviours force-fed Ireland with a juicy loan. Then, they squeezed us dry.