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Archive for January, 2011

Invitation: Join a Unique Dáil Campaign

Two weeks ago I announced that I will run as an Independent candidate in the constituency of Dublin South. I have been heartened by the support I have already received from constituents and indeed from people all over the country. Thank you.

This is a critical time in Ireland’s history. Citizens are rightly angry. For some months I have been considering running for the Dáil as an independent candidate. The long battle I have waged against the banks and the national humiliation of the deal with the IMF in December has convinced me that it is now time to offer a fresh rallying cry for radical change.

My experiences with  the abuses at Fas, CIE  and other state bodies, specifically  the chronic cronyism infecting the Irish political system,  has convinced me that it is time to roll up my sleeves and challenge the oligarchy that has taken the controls in Ireland .

Several like-minded independents are set to stand in other constituencies.  If elected, I plan to join with them to change the entire political system to end the culture of cronyism, to break the circle of powerful people ruling our country and to liberate those citizens who are now suffering high taxes, negative equity, unemployment and cuts in childrens’ allowances as a result of their policies.

It is time for an end to tribal politics.

The response has been fantastic. I am assembling a team at the moment so please email me at (Enable Javascript to see the email address) if you would like to get involved in this unique campaign.

Senator Shane Ross

Independent Senator

PS : Why Dublin South? My roots are in the constituency. I was born in Sandyford, reared in Stepaside, at school in Dundrum and lived in Carrickmines until a few years ago. I currently live five minutes outside the boundary.

Warhorse Joe Flattens Jose

JOE Higgins was in cracking form when he rose to speak in the European Parliament last Wednesday.

The forum is hostile terrain for Joe but he is a master of guerrilla warfare. Nobody lobs more lethal grenades. And even if Joe expresses his views in the medieval language of “vassals” and “serfs”, he sometimes hits the target bang on.

It was wonderful to see him get right under the skin of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Indeed, it is a rare accolade for a little-known MEP to provoke the portly Portuguese plutocrat to anger.

Cowen Caught in Crony Curse

BRIAN Cowen is a thoroughly decent man. He is good fun, loyal, honest and able. He does not deserve the personal humiliation inflicted on him in the past week. Yet he is a politician paralysed in the ethos of a bygone age.


Together with Nick Webb, I have written a new book, ‘Wasters’, that has just been published (in shops now, retailing for aprox. €15). ‘Wasters’ tells the story of the scandal of public waste in Ireland, as exemplified by our exposés of extravagance and junketry in public bodies FAS and CIE, amongst others.

An exclusive extract appeared in the Sunday Independent:

Two weeks after his own report on waste and excess throughout the public sector was released, it has been revealed that the State’s spending watchdog, the Comptroller & Auditor General (C&AG), is not above an occasional junket on the taxpayer.

Information obtained under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act and revealed in the new book Wasters — by the Sunday Independent’s Shane Ross and Nick Webb — shows that between 2007 and 2010, the C&AG John Buckley and his predecessor John Purcell travelled to conferences around the world at the taxpayers’ expense.


Heroic Victim is a Sure Bet

IVAN Yates should pick up the phone this chilly Sunday morning and ring Denis O’Brien. Ivan, the presenter of Newstalk’s Breakfast Show, should tell the radio station’s boss that he wants a rise.

If Denis says “No”, Ivan should head for RTE.

Ivan Yates does not deserve a hike in pay simply as an act of charity because he has suddenly hit hard times. He merits recognition because he is of more value to the station today than he was this time last week, just before his company, Celtic Bookmakers, hit the deck.