Posts Tagged fianna fáil

An Bord Snip – It’s All or Nothing

FF must now implement all or none of An Bord Snip Nua’s recommendations Fianna Fáil, and the Government as a whole, now has two stark choices in front of it following the publication of the report of An Bord Snip Nua. Ministers can implement it word for word, cut for cut, job loss for job […]

Who Pays No Tax?

RTÉ’s Prime Time last night was a discussion on tax.  Reporter/presenter Mark Little repeated several times Noel Dempsey’s (and the Government’s) claim that “38% of people pay no tax at all”.  That’s rubbish. 38% of people pay no income tax.  But they all pay tax. VAT, or sales tax, is paid by everyone, without exception.  […]

Time for another Good Idea – Bad Idea

Good idea – invite the Irish blogosphere/twittosphere to a talk by Obama for America’s New Media head honcho. Bad idea – pretend you’re inviting the Irish blogosphere/twittosphere to a talk by Obama for America’s New Media head honcho, but instead have them realise as the event starts that they’re actually at the launch of the […]

“But nobody told us the economy was going bad” – Yeah?

Waah, waah, waah. The cries from the media (and many of the assembled public) that nobody told them there was anything wrong with the economy are becoming annoying now. They were told – but they chose to ignore the warnings. Two years ago, in January 2007 (yes, despite the media’s insistence that nobody said anything […]

New Job: Campaign Manager, Ireland East

As many of you will already have heard, I will be starting a new job in January.   I’ve been appointed Labour Party campaign manager for the European Elections in Ireland East.  Our candidate there is Nessa Childers (and yes, you do recognise the name, she’s the daughter of (Fianna Fáil) President Erskine H Childers […]

Dunlop Going Down?

Frank Dunlop has been arrested by the Criminal Assets Bureau and charged with 16 counts of corruption, report both RTÉ and The Irish Times.  He’s apprently not contesting the charges. If he decides to defend his innocence in court, it’ll be interesting to see what information comes out.  Lots of Fianna Fáil secrets in Dunlop’s […]

€69.7m Flutter on the Dogs, but No Money for Schoolbooks

While there was no money left to fund school books for disadvantaged children and school libraries are now to receive no funding at all, Fianna Fáil somehow managed to scrape together €69.7m (that’s €69.7 million) to pay for the Horse and Greyhound Racing Fund.  That money is used to pay for Horse Racing Ireland and […]

Pensioners Lose Medical Care While the Rich Pay Less PRSI

PRSI Ceiling removal would pay for medical card reinstatement three times over As we all know by now, Fianna Fáil have taken the medical card away from pensioners, causing huge consternation and uproar. Just as bad was the bare-faced bailout for developers, where the Government will now provide mortgages to those who can’t get bank […]

FF about to call Dublin South By-Election?

Are Fianna Fáil about to call the Dublin South By-Election?  Senator Maria Corrigan, who would see herself as a leading candidate for the FF nomination, has suddenly started making wild statements to get media coverage.  See today’s Evening Herald, for example. That’s her first media appearance in at least a month, according to Google News. […]

Demise of the PDs

Bye, bye Progressive Democrats, it would appear.  At least according to the media.  I think we’ve all known they were on the way out since the last General Election.  It was just a matter of timing.  Harry McGee also writes a bit more about this on the Irish Times Politics blog (a great source of […]