|Subject:||Emailing: Will Bono trouser $540m from Facebook deal Business guardian.co.uk|
|Date:||Wednesday 5th January 2011 18:25:53 +0000|
|To:||Vincent Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie <Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie>, markets <email@example.com>, michelle Clarke|
A thought for those tax exiles who are facilitated at present in Ireland…….
There is little talk these days other than doom and gloom and horrendous times ahead. Yet, look at today’s Guardian newspaper and read the article about Bono and his company or (vehicle – NAMA wording) and the windfall he has gained from his 1+% investment in Facebook. Then read it again and assimilate the content and contextualise it to the furore in Ireland before Christmas with the IMF, the EU group, the hand-outs from Britain, Denmark and Norway and ask the question about the wealthy people in Ireland who are permitted to keep one footprint here and another in a more favourable tax haven location or country.
Where is their sense of nationality, obligation, even compassion, or more strongly what about their sense of morality? Have they lost their moral compass and do they equate being born in Ireland as having no other more profound values. A lot of these people have their say in media here, express their views, call themselves Irish but when it comes down to what their tax advisers suggest and ultimately what they choose to do for financial reasons, they choose to not pay the due taxes to Ireland.
Charlie McCreevy successfully introduced a reduction in Capital Gains Tax from 40% to 20% and similar applies to inheritance tax. The Celtic Tiger expanding middle class and the wealthy category benefited greatly from this particularly those who invested in stocks and shares and of course in property. This move without being curtailed fueled the boom experienced. Now nobody talks about CGT. Why? Is it that the profits have disappeared? But if so what about the asset appreciation if assets are valued back at the 2002 level?
Back to Bono. This man has many investments in Ireland – he may even have a residential home in Dalkey? However, he changed his domicile for tax reasons and yes that was his choice and he had the right to do it based on sound economic principles. But now that we have to find 6 bn. euros + interest this year for our budget deficit, surely we need to tackle our wealthy people who choose to hunt with hare and run with the hound!
Quoted of relevance from article in Guardian UK. newspaper
Elevation http://www.elevation.com/ep_it.asp?id=112 has a 1.5% stake in the social networking site, which on paper is now worth a tidy $750m – almost four times the $210m investment in the company.
I know this is ‘bookies money’ i.e. share values change but if Elevation decided to sell on the day that 750 m. would yield a fair percent in terms of Irish tax revenues.
The people who have chosen to be tax exiles, those people who are in receipt of large pensions that originate here, who are involved in the Horse Racing fraternity, who do not pay their taxes here, should not be taken seriously when they speak out about what should be done in Ireland (the names will come quiet easily to you).
I have to say I am a fan of Michael O’Leary because he is upfront, he lives here, he is involved in the Racing industry but most of all he is entitled to have his view about what he regards as an ineffectual government because first and foremost he created Ryanair that yields profits, cut down the elitist prices of Aer Lingus flights in the 1980’s, and yes he is quite frank in his statement – HE PAYS HIS TAXES IN IRELAND.
|Subject:||Emailing: Gabrielle Giffords http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m65EBd3N2KI to recover in rehab centre: World news guardian.co.uk. The NRH in Ireland is our rehabilitation centre but surely we need more centres of excellence. Daily we hear of car accidents, falls, even shootings and thuds to the head, psycho-neurological and spinal issues. We need beacons to follow and this Gabrielle Giffords near tragedy becomes an identifiable case history in the making|
|Date:||Thursday, 20th January 2011 13:00:13 +0000|
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I would like people to read the Guardian newspaper today especially those who work in Rehabs and trauma departments but above all I would like our cosy cartel of consultants to open their minds and eyes, to establish a better way forward to help all people to recover and rehabilitate themselves back into the home environment post traumatic/acquired brain injury.
It is very annoying to see in the last 13 years the waste of billions of our monies to self indulged manic bankers (gamblers) and developers (speculators). It is now time that with an incoming government which is one promising change that we impress upon them that we also need to change our sense of morality and in particular the medical profession. It is no secret that some members of the medical profession are there for the high elitist life and this can have a negative output towards the patients. These consultants should read the memoirs of people like Dr. Maurice Nelligan, a gentle man and a gentle giant in his own field (a true visionary). Ireland now desperately needs more like him (with a particular ability to integrate and create multi-disciplinary approaches and demobilise bureaucrats for the sake of medicine and in certain cases its adjunct Rehabilitation.
‘The salary of the chief executive of the large corporations is not a market reward for achievement. It is frequently in the nature of a warm personal gesture by the individual to himself.
JK Galbraith (born 1908) Canadian-born economist and author of The Affluent Society
|Subject:||No Responses to:
“Senior Ministers Resign From Cabinet”
|Date:||Friday 21st January 2011 21:27:51 +0000|
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No Responses to “Senior Ministers Resign From Cabinet”
‘Tunisia’s state coffers are missing 1.5 tonnes of gold, according to an industry group, amid reports that the ousted president and his wife had collected the ingots before fleeing the country’.
‘The most radical revolutionary will become a conservative the day after the revolution’
Hannah Arendt (1906-75) German-born political philosopher. A refugee from the Nazis, she is best known for her analyses of fascism and totalitarianism.
|Subject:||Reply to Infowars Ireland article: Asia’s richest man eyeing up Irish state assets January 24th 2011. Tthe Finance Bill is the focus of attention to the exclusion of other matters. We await the election date … let us use the time to focus on our hopes for our beleaguered nation|
|Date:||Monday 24th January 2011 20:54:25 +0000|
|To:||Undisclosed address list|
‘…while you go lower and lower’. But surely this is about human nature factor of attitude.
We have moved from the egocentric narcissists to the negative attitudinal blame merchants and what is the cost; we are sinking in an abyss while the media stir the ‘dirt’. We need hope surely.
Irish Financial Services Centre provided the vision for the Celtic Tiger and now visionless we have four Cabinet members fighting internally to become leader of FF. For me it is too much like ‘Et tu Brute…’.
We need hope but we also need a sense of worth otherwise Ireland Inc could become the ideal location for take-over merchants be they Corporates or in the case of this article countries like China. Recently it was reported that former FG Leader Mr. John Bruton now Chief Executive IFSC was on a trade mission to the Middle East with a focus on selling our ‘banks’. People behind the scenes are working within the global spectrum that they have experienced and there is nothing like a bargain for people like the Chinese, those from the Middle East and those from Russia, even from Irish tax exiles deciding to return. We the plain people of Ireland must embrace the knowledge economy which EU membership dictated our destiny to be. Education and creativity need to be fostered along side the promotion of an ethical life long learning ethos.
We need to stand tall, realise that we have a small population that are deemed to be educated; demographics that are more about youth than old age, we have an open economy; we are an Island surrounded by seas with wealth potential yet not discovered. Yes, this is not the time of the famine….we have potential; we just need to divest ourselves of corruption. We need to conclude the Tribunals e.g. the Mahon Tribunals and set a code of standards to encourage people to adhere to.
We need a leader with constancy, vision, ability, a team leader. It is interesting to read in the above article about Mr. Cowen and Department of Finance and Department of Enterprise meeting this Cantonese delegation expressing interest in our state sector businesses. We must not forget that Mr. Cowen, albeit shunned presently, did try to ‘keep his head while around him in his party, all seemed to be losing theirs’. Too much blame is bad for our nation.
|Subject:||Common sense medicine and the view of the patient/user as distinct from bureaucratic attempts to make life difficult for people who have illnesses who need services and social care|
|Date:||Wednesday 26th January 2011 13:08:17|
|From:||Michelle Clarke <email@example.com>|
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The services provided by pharmacies for people with queries about health prove to be excellent provided you live near a chemist, as I do. Now they have on their premises a private room where they can check your blood pressure, give you a flu jab or answer the little worries that often fly around in your head when you have a certain medical diagnosis.It is a view by now that people who are part of the public medical health service i.e. community system of medicine and care can be pawned off with nonproductive or strategic mis-use of their time – you see they don’t count.
|Subject:||Doctor’s surgery becomes legal advice centre – Ministry of Justice. Time of invocation as politicians go door to door for votes. Let us promote inclusiveness and innovation. Here is an idea for the near desolate Royal City of Dublin hospital in Baggot Street and yes add Village and create the location which is historic to say the least Time to stop Stigma and such a hostile approach neuro-psychiatric umbrella of labels!
|Date:||Wednesday 2nd February 2011 16:51:19|
Wednesday 2nd February 2011
Let us create a community around Upper Baggot Street Village. We need an umbrella to gather together the strands from addiction to health to legal affairs to entrepreneurs to science.
Housed in this area already are HRB, the Mental Health Commission, FAS, TESCO, Royal City of Dublin Hospital, IDA, Enterprise Ireland, IBEC, a number of pubs, coffee shops….all contribute to making a centre of excellence related to Mental Health or wellness linked to neurology a possibility. The motto of the European Union in 2000 ‘Unity of Diversity’ makes a good start for a draw-down on EU funds and a Centre of Excellence ie Royal City of Dublin hospital, most likely to be sold in the near future.
Baggot Street Village – let the politicians in the making innovate and recreate this area. Transport 21 evidently has something in mind because now the 39A has replaced the No. 10 and you can travel to beyond the Blanchardstown shopping centre, through Baggot Street and to UCD. The No 37 which is from Castleknock goes to Waterloo Road. What is the plan for the Georgian streets with doorways of such reputation? Milan has plans and our planners need to read the Financial Times weekend supplement re. Davos and the imagination and creations envisaged for that city of note.
‘Unemployment seems to take away opportunity to make a useful contribution’
Bishop David Sheppard
|Subject:||Corporate Crime: 3 year jail term for banker in UK for insider dealing; while another party is extradited, sentenced two years and an order of Stg£640,000 IN CONFISCATION?|
|Date:||Sunday 6th February 2011 18:38:20 +0000|
Sunday 6th February 2011
Drumm, former CEO Anglo Irish Bank, is in the US seeking to be declared bankrupt; his manipulation of position and choice, while we in Ireland are left on the outside track re. access to information that we are entitled to and yet deprived of. (the Purcell Report).
Nikhil Kumar, wrote an interesting article in the Independent (UK) newspaper during the week – ‘banker gets record three-year jail term for insider dealing’. In the past, we in Ireland have had problems with Insider Trading breaches, but the fact is the Irish Stock Exchange is really only a sub-station to the UK FTSE and preparing the case is more difficult for us to establish and prove.
However, the law in the UK is carving a path for us in Ireland and hopefully the likes of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide personnel will be ‘burnt’ for their breaches of the law i.e. once our Regulators, Fraud Squad, CAB and DPP can put together sufficient evidence.
Reported 3rd February 2011: ‘A former City banker, his wife and a friend have been sentenced in a £2.15 m insider trading scheme uncovered by the FSA (Financial Services Authority)’. Now here is a scenario that hopefully will prepare the way to seek out the pathways of money patterns through the global financial system. This is one of a number of successes by the Financial Services Authority in the UK. Similarities exist, I would suggest, to some cases pending or even with the DPP and other regulatory forces in Ireland presently.
The three people, in the case cited, pleaded guilty to 8 counts of insider trading in a number of listed shares between the years 2000-2008. Interestingly, the ‘insider dealing’ only came to the fore after Mr. Sa’aid made suspicious share purchases in advance of the Highway Insurance takeover in 2008. Investigation yielded details of his trading records and the FSA noticed other suspicious trades connected to as many as 21 deal announcements. In fact, the FSA trawled through large amounts of data, including a floppy disk found in Mr. Littlewood’s garden shed which showed how the profits of the deal were divided. Coincidence or whatever, investigators spotted that Mr. Littlewood, a Shore Capital banker on the Highway deal, used to work at the German firm. The inquiry progressed: ‘The FSA took a closer look at movements of money between Mr. Sa’aid and an individual names Siew Yoon Lew (Mrs Littlewood). This link proved crucial and yielded to the unravelling of patterns that established insider trading.
We need to take heart that ultimately corporate crime by bankers and others, maybe even extgended to Auditors will appear before the courts and some redress and compensation will be granted. What is interesting about this case viz a viz Mr. Drumm is that Mr. Sa’aid was extradited from the Comoros Islands in March 2010, he pleaded guilty to the charge, was sentenced to two years in prison AND ORDERED TO PAY £640,000 IN CONFISCATION. Do we have in place this legislation!
‘Watch out for the fellow who talks about putting things in order!
Putting things in order always means getting other people under your control’
Denis Diderot (1713-84) French Philosopher.
|Subject:||Financial Times: The Cluster Boom:
Dublin and World Heritage Georgian City: Creativity, lateral thought and vision.
|Date:||Monday 7th February 2011 13:39:30 +0000|
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Irish Architectural Foundation website is worth a visit for those interested in Georgian Dublin. A study exists to say that there are no more than 250 people living in inner core housing e.g. Fitzwilliam Square, Merrion Square and around St. Stephen’s Green.
What is happening to our inheritance? It’s narrative in the 1800’s and 1900’s may have been about extremities of poverty i.e. poor living accommodation and the vestiges of wealth not forgetting the minority of those who remained behind after 1921 but this does not mean we allow it fall to further decay.
Excerpt from IAF website:
Dublin is in the process of seeking UNESCO approval for the designation of Dublin as a World Heritage Georgian city. In ReDrawing Dublin, Kearns and Ruimy argue that “to designate an essentially suburban two-storey city.. as a World Heritage Georgian city, however, is a muddled misunderstanding of Dublin’s present built geography and a potentially destructive limitation on the possibilities of its urban future.”
Who knows about this? I live on Wellington Road and I sure didn’t. I feel passionately about this area and consider it to be substantially undersold for its potential.
There is an interesting article in the House and Home Section (Property Architecture Interiors Gardens) section of this week’s Saturday Financial Times.
There appears to be action over in London with the establishment of ‘new fiefdoms in London, New York and Hong Kong’. It is about the creation of inner-city estates. Something similar was reported in last weeks supplement re Davos and the inspiration for the city quarters in Milan.
Unesco and Tourism surely go hand in hand. We marketed the Georgian doorways decades gone by but now shame faced per consequence of our negative interaction with property, we fail to see markets that may exist in the future. We need vision. We need to work in line with Unesco Heritage. We (Dublin) are promoted as the City of Literature as Derry is endorsed as the City of Culture. We need to interact North and South We need to look to other markets as in the UK. This new found market is called the high-end micro-market….we might even challenge those tax exiles to return with a similar initiative and to start living in clusters in nominated heritage areas.
I hope politicians while on their election campaign do not ignore ‘Upper Baggot Street Village’. It is an area of historic importance and needs the so-called retro-fit that is being marketed elsewhere but not for our Georgian heritage houses. This may mean tax incentives but then who knows the EU might give us some funds viz a viz potential tourism and inner infra-structure which would rehabilitate urban destruction areas especially where there is a strong historical heritage.
It is time for us to get up off our knees and starting looking ahead. Egypt is a tragedy in the making but look to the headlines in the Financial Times….insecure markets and funds flow out of the Egypt and their neighbours and back to safer locations. This is the mystery that keeps markets alert and mobile.
‘The majority of these people have several homes and will travel between them.
They might leave a few people behind, but often they will take apartments in a building
which is well equipped with its own guards and a good range of services’
…….Global markets dictate their lifestyles of choice.
|Subject:||Two comments re. Sunday Times newspaper. Always: ‘Delay, NEGOTIATE, Default’ route surely|
|Date:||Monday 14th February 2011 13:33:00 +0000|
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14th February 2011
A thought perhaps and then maybe some questions.
Yesterday, the Sunday Times has a brief article about the ‘Hunt’ for Mubarak’s millions. I thought this is quick, he is just deposed or so we are led to believe. But money markets act fast and in the UK the Senior Fraud Squad (yes the same SFO that operated in the North of Ireland) and which is similar in operation to our Criminal Assets Bureau, have acted.
The SFO or so the report goes has launched its hunt for millions of pounds of cash and assets ‘believed to have been secretly stashed in Britain by Hosni-Mubarak, the deposed Egyptian president, and his family. Meantime, last Friday, Switzerland became the first country to freeze assets ….. those that they believe belong to Mubarak and his regime. Sovereignty no longer applies to this dictator and his assets are up for grab…and hopefully return in some format to the people of Egypt. The next surprise is the amount of his family fortune is estimated at £1.5 billion or 1.8 billion euros. It is believed that it is held in British and Swiss Bank accounts and tied up in property in Britain, New York and Los Angeles.
Where are the CAB (Criminal Assets Bureau) in Ireland re. solicitors like Lynn, bankers like Drumm, and developers, and also negligent politicians? Yes too many to name and their tracking network is limited to find where the money actually is invested? How is it that a country like Egypt has a leader for 30 years and his ‘takings’ are only 1.8 billion euros when Ireland appears to be in debt for over 100 billion? The accounting is proving bizarre to say the least. It makes one think of pawn brokers, ‘Jew debt collectors’ in the hard times of the early State and the penal rates of interests that applied to people
Yes: Enda Kenny. Well done for not side stepping any more than necessary and meeting Angela Merkel. We need more transparency. Noughts are appearing without justification. It is similar to taking out a car loan in the 1980’s for say three years at a fixed interest rate. Then you get a job promotion and you have a bonus and you go to pay off for your car. You go to the bank and you are told no….you are signed in and you pay right up to the last payment….no negotiation allowed. This can be changed by people power.
The Sunday Times again: another consideration worth thinking about.
‘Anglo is on brink of the Quinn deal’. The question is that investment bankers are in the business of creating opportunities for investors willing to take risks and invest funds and particularly insurance companies.
It announces a joint venture between Anglo Irish Bank and Liberty Mutual (the large American insurer)….This is a significant move and surely a positive one for both Quinn and Anglo and by consequences re. values its debt downwards?
Margaret Mead (1901-1978) US anthropologist,
‘Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world. Indeed it’s the only thing that ever has’
|Date:||Wednesday 16th February 2011 23:43:09|
|To:||Jimmy Deenihan <email@example.com>, Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie <Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie>, Shane Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org>,|
Wednesday 16th February 2011
I would suggest Baggot Street as a model. I would start by referring to it as Upper Baggot Street Village and would then add in all the strands that relate to it from the canal via Mespil Road, to the hospital that once was a place of renown, to the Irish Architectural Foundation and what it wants to do to revive Georgian Dublin.
by Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||Pessimism will not persuade the IMF-EU group|
|Date:||Thursday 17th February 2011 21:42:26|
|To:||Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie <Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie>, Moloney, Ruth <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org|
17th February 2011
|Subject:||Banker Sir Fred Goodwin, the former boss of Royal Bank of Scotland, once the fifth-largest bank in the world.|
|Date:||Friday 18th February 2011 17:26:59 +0000|
|To:||email@example.com; undisclosed list|
Royal Bank of Scotland lest we forget entered the Irish market buying out old ESB (Electricity Supply Board) premises giving them ideal locations throughout Ireland. They had a target market of loans that would undercut the big banks and set in place those heady days of ensuring that almost anyone would be eligible for a mortgage. This was the real reckless lending associated with de-regulation yet RBS (Royal Bank of Scotland – Phil Flynn connection) was welcomed and probably in another two years or so we will face something similar as a foreign bank sees potential for lending in Ireland again and to introduce cheap mortgages…
We talk about faults in regulation but let us not forget globalisation was about deregulation. Let us not forget that regulation existed prior to the Euro. Then Central Bank had two critical mechanisms i.e. exchange rates (IR£ mainly centred around the German mark) and deposit rates. Anglo Irish Bank was the bank that kept the Irish banks in a competitive advantage cycle…many of us benefited from their competitive deposit rates and currency deals. Soon market forces will see a reduction in the capacity for people to get loans to buy homes. Will there be a change in attitude – maybe people will choose to rent houses instead? Could it be true that the main category for mortgages now are in the 40-60 age category? Does this infer second relationships and what is the impact here going forward?
Personally wary of the need for cash to be spent in the economy and particularly at grassroots and not owning a car anymore, I try to take a taxi every so often because we all know they are having a particularly hard time in this exhausted economy. I can recommend it – it is a good way to get another perspective. A taxi driver told me that a statistician told him about the 40-60 age group and the mortgages.
‘The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious’
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German born physicist
|Subject:||Citizen Journalism site: Response to Opus D: Ireland Inc. what assets have we to work with going forward?|
|Date:||Wedneday 23rd February 2011 12:47:54|
|From:||KT Hawklett <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
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Wednesday 23rd February 2011
Enjoyed your cynical but realistic view. To the contrary we need a fragment or fragments of the Pollyanna optimism to make us opportunistic enough to regain some growth in our economy from the factors that add to economic growth and ultimately to a distribution of resources to ensure a fairer society. The economic hiccup, the depression, the default, the scorching of the bond holders, the election ahead of time – all these comprise the boulders that could sink this Island of Ireland.
I hear what you are saying … your comments about our wrecked system of hospitality tourism that is both industrialised and commodified which has lost its sense of direction. This in itself creates one advantage at election time for the like of you and me who enjoy narrative and writing…yes, we can inject motivation into others who can in turn challenge the politicians to make changes in line with those written about in books like ‘The Spirit Level’. Now more than ever, after such economic, social and political flux – not alone on the Island of Ireland but overseas, we can look to the balance sheet of FF rein and state the assets versus the liabilities and make an assessment. We then must seek a ‘truth’ as you referred to and apply the lens and become the initiators of a fairer and more equal society.
You speak of industrialised hospitality. What does this exactly mean? The cut to the minimum wage is unacceptable but then we must realise that this is an outcome of being on the verge of bankruptcy and being forced to make a deal to get funds to keep Ireland Inc. literally FLOATING. Services are vital but as history tells us those who provide same always put in excessive hours, doing menial work for exceptionally low wages. Europe driven by France and Germany in particular want services to remain low wage sectors and Ireland is out of synch with their goals. People in Ireland need to express that they place a higher value on services than their European counterparts mainly for one good reason … we were the servants for 800 years.
Industrialisation – maybe you are referring to Ireland and Tourism being discussed as a Brand of Tourism. Well up and coming shortly is the recognition of Dublin as the City of Literature (Unesco nomination) or take this week – walking past the Royal College of Physicians on Kildare Street there is a banner ‘National Employment Week’. Further revelations reveal that a conference was scheduled for the Monday with a conference given by Careers and Trinity College. Yes, you may be right because the strange thing about this is that there is no mention in the newspaper about same, nor more interestingly at the FAS office in Baggot Street Upper Village (as I like to call it) or anywhere of note for that matter. Yet, people must be attending and people from abroad also. What linkage is this information on? In a way it is about tourism – that of the ‘intellectual kind’ perhaps.
Ireland has become two tier. Leo Varadkar recently spoke about ill-health and poverty…my grasp is that if you suffer from ill-health on a long-term basis you can nearly be assured that ultimately (without winning the lotto) you have drawn the short straw and you will be far removed from wealth…in fact you will be relying on wealth to be benevolent to give to charities for the causes that apply to you to give you a basic life. We need to address this and in order to do this we need to examine the pros and the cons of the outgoing FF government and take what is good and add to this initiative, education, equality of opportunity, consensus, we need to look to what will make a better society in this Island of Ireland and it is only we the people who can effect change with the assistance and diligence of our Politicians.
My last point is that the time has come to demand the outcome of the Mahon Tribunals and seek the closure of all with reports. We need to know that those who breached the law are dealt with efficiently and effectively. This has happened in countries like Iceland, Britain, France, Germany, America. This is important from the point of you of re-branding the Ireland now referred to as a corrupt state in favour of an Ireland that can lead the way in the Eurozone because it is capable of Reform and Rehabilitation. Again it is quite incredible to realise that Mubarak from Egypt only a few weeks ago, is deposed and already the Senior Fraud Office in the UK are seeking out his assets in England while in Switzerland his accounts are frozen. Surely, we must be able to ring fence those who played such a significant role in the banking crisis causing banking debt that now has become known as our sovereign debt….
By Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||Published article: ‘Stretching to new limits ‘One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions’ Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894) US writer. We need dimensions…...|
|Date:||Monday 28th February 2011 17:19:16 +0000|
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Monday 28th February 2011
There the idea of reviving a village culture in Dublin city particular is a strong contender.
Living near the canal – what could be better than reviving the Upper Baggot Street Village mode of thought to action. Ruairi Quinn, Oisin and other family members may be able to put us back on the map again. A sense of community is vital and match this to the history of the area and there is real potential.
For the young population who are doing their Leaving Certificate this year, let there be some lateral thought and rather than rote learn the poetry of say Patrick Kavanagh, or William Butler Yeats, hire out a bicycle and geographically pace their movements in areas around Raglan Road, Elgin Road, Waterloo Road, Clyde Road, Upper Baggot Street Village (the pubs they frequented), Fitzwillam Square, Merrion Square. Try creating a geographic map (similar to the creative thinking methods of Tony Buzan). Parsons used to be the hang-out in Baggot Street for writers, politicians, artists, historians in the decades gone by. The big market type book shops are being phased out by market forces and there is a revival now in the small, people centred book shops again i.e. in England and the US, so ultimately the same applies in Ireland. People say that the new machines will take the place of books but not necessarily…access to books may differ but the costs are less buying books in print and then there is the power of the second hand book. There is nothing as refreshing as finding books in second hand shops and so cheap.
2016 is the centenary of the 1916 Rising and back in power is either FG solo (!) or Fine-Gael/Labour or Fine Gael/United Left/ or what about Sinn Fein. We will know in a few days and then the race to the commemoration is in place. Ironically, it is Sinn Fein who must seal its identity and strategically Adams made his most embracing chess move…now it is for the people of Ireland to create the history of a Centenary by determining what the Island of Ireland represents in terms of Republicanism and Democracy and how it works. Thankfully the Good Friday Agreement is a chess move made so now we need to capitalise on this significant achievement in favour of Peace on the Island of Ireland.
Rent Allowance is the topic. This may have side tracked the topic but the idea is to go back to our cities and re-create the environment that produces opportunities for growth, interaction, re-generation. This is not about drawing people from our suburbs in favour of inner city smart urban but it is putting forward the serious challenge to put in place the concept of market factors and the supply demand theory. Some hard decisions are required now. The developers houses that are but half built mansions with no real opportunity of being sold should be ‘knocked to the ground’. It happened after 1916 and again in the 1950’s, it can happen now. The ghost estates ought to have a demolition outcome where the surplus is nothing other than hazardous to the residents living there. Also housing estates like Moyross where dereliction is embedded in terraces must stop. The psychological impact on the community is immense with boarded up houses and graffiti can only weaken morale. This need not happen if there is proper oversight and enforcement.
Mean time…..we must note that Green representation has been wiped out…but let us not wipe out the whole value of what ‘Green’ is meant to be. It has been suggested to review the Irish Architectural Foundation site about the Georgian Squares and houses of our inner city. We are looking now to preserve this history. Previously we sold many postcards and photos of the famous Georgian doorways. IAF informs us that Unesco are looking promotion our Georgian architecture. The Green’s spoke readily of retro-fit and tax incentives. However, they never seem to have mentioned about our inner city Georgian houses. Why? These are marketable for a diverse number of reasons including major infra-structure advantages. The idea is good surely. We do not want these houses to become the slums of our city as has happened in other capitals like London, Paris…the time is now to stop this and revitalise our cities with people, people who own houses, people who rent houses, people who rent out houses (given FF govt. policy to get people rather than Dublin Corporation, co. councils to be responsible for social housing). Let the suburbanites review their life culture.
There is a house (4,500 sq ft) for sale in Ely place (Irish Independent). Basement is a business rental so therefore a serious rent potential. It is approx. 2 million euros to buy but given the market it will sell for considerably less and taking account that at the peak of the market, the value would have been about 5 million euros, this could introduce a new dimension approach to family living. The 4,000 sq. house with some clever retro-fitting (given as a tax break, with solar panels on the roof for heating and water), could promote a business in the basement, a ground floor apartment at ground level going upwards. Just imagine if those parents who complain of their children not leaving the family home were lateral enough to think ahead…considered a proposition of reducing their living space and providing apartments for say dependent older children under the one roof but with independence. This is all about ‘Diversity in Unity’ John Hume)…this would impact on banks and mortgages in a practical sort of way.
Richard Bruton said that means testing involved as many as 1500 offices in Ireland. There is no need for this. Reform is on the way so let it be efficient and effective. Social housing is a must in society but too often people and their needs fall between stools and degradation is the outcome. If the landlord is to be the State or an individual who gains a tax incentive to encourage him/her to spend their capital providing a house for rent, let there be proper controls in place to ensure a proper standard of housing for whoever is the tenant…we want equitable distribution of assets. Transparency, Ethics, Accountability are the buzz words of this new adventure for a country that is on the brink of bankruptcy.
By Michelle Clarke
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Wednesday March 2nd, 2011
No. I have not got a vested interest. I am just a right brainer hoping against a stark reality that we don’t have to experience a depression that makes our small country the servant yet again. We have only just removed ourselves from the shackles of serfdom and are once again on the brink of savage IMF-EU group corrective practices.
The Guardian today talks about the Police in the UK and cuts to pay…this is what lies ahead for us in the Republic of Irleand but not at our own core with Ireland’s sovereignty in control but that of the IMF-EU team and we are the one’s who will be the example of how to achieve fiscal rectitude for the remainder of the PIGS (“Portugal Italy Greece Spain) in Europe. If this is to be the case, let the people understand what the debt really entails and at least take the lead as to how we agree to tackle the debt and how we repay it. Then and then alone if there is to be a default … our politicians, consultants and ultimately the people of Ireland who voted in so many independents this time around, have some level of input and most importantly comprehension.
We approach 2016 and our forefathers of mythology to revolution and the Proclamation await our Contribution. We can sit on the fence and blame but this only reflects our own dependency culture … a culture based on self pity, blame and negativity. We are now part of Europe and we need to be aware of the mindset of our new masters…Yes Opus I think I get your point about the diaspora but let us extend the meaning a little further. We the Irish benefited significantly always from the diaspora… evidence and history states that at the time of the Famine and thereafter these people sent money home; in the 1950’s again they sent money home and again in the 1980’s they brought tourists home.
What are we going to do now. We need to start thinking, acting and taking on a new mindset related to creativity?
Olli Rehn visited this country … a dour man from Finland. Yet Finland has been where we are …. it has turned the corner as it appears so as Iceland (only considering whether or not it will join the EU). The Irish Times had a neat little piece about how the Finnish have focused on education since the 1980’s. Unlike Ireland they have moved up the league while we have moved significantly down. Like Tourism, an educated people is part of the portfolio we need to be marketing and why not start with the plain people of Ireland at grassroots level and calling on our diaspora to visit and connect. Did you see the programme about the history of Ireland and the very special perspective of Fergal Keane recently. This is a source of great inspiration I would suggest both on the grounds of education and the potential for Tourism.
Opus: You are right talking about blame sounds like the war cry of management but that does not mean we cannot oust said management mentalities in favour of a more equitable and motivated type of people. Again the Spirit Level book argues a good point that the more equal the society the better.
The sun shines today…and we are not Tripoli….Annie Basset is trying to be a diamond in those dark mines in Africa…those mines that exploit people. We in Ireland have the power to make a change and move forward from the position we have been dumped in by the Banks and their reckless approach to making more dosh for themselves….and their cohorts.
Patrick Honohan, Central Bank – last night: One point…things are very bad but we can contribute to the EU-IMF conundrum. We have something we can sell, it is argument, assets i.e. our territorial waters which are under utilised and explored, and ability to rise up and be counted – we after all have negotiated the Peace Process.
Initiative and a good place to start – Motivation Ireland and Tourism
Back to regeneration and vision.
Yesterday Tourism Ireland launched their plans for St. Patrick’s Day. The targets are the UK, Europe and USA. What about China and Japan? The Japanese have lost out to the Chinese as world leaders in productivity, financial and economic success. The Japanese faltered in and are struggling with deflation; we the Irish could do likewise. The people were frightened by the 1980’s recession and they stopped spending i.e. the people who lived and worked the economy and no doubt relating to the fears compounded by the World Wars started to save money. The outcome now in Japan is that people save and there is so much money invested in accounts that yield no interest return or loans for new business ventures or homes, holidays etc. OK this sounds simplistic but it a fabric to work on.
We in Ireland need to ask where did the 111 BILLION euros that was in Anglo Irish Bank and similar amounts in other financial institutions in 2008 go to. We know some people were very quick to get their money out of Ireland but other people moved more slowly and some remain. Before the bank is no more…let us tap into where the money went and re-direct it out into the community and small businesses. There has to be away. There is a law in the UK of confiscation so why cannot it not apply here. Politicians stop the squabbling and start focusing on what really happened in banks like Anglo Irish yes insider trading and look to similar outcomes in court cases in the UK, US and France.
Meantime re. Tourism. Yes….we need the brand (I stand corrected as the concept is already in motion) but we also need to start kicking into play with the right hemisphere of our brain and becoming creative and become lateral thought functioning. We need to make sure that when tourists arrive in Ireland that it is not the stale Celtic Tiger culture we are promoting and that we have tapped into something new and enlightening. Vision is required amidst this time of political assassination of characters who deserve nothing other than conclusion of the Mahon Tribunal and whatever outcome it produces.
Upper Baggot Street Village. Let us form a virtual community that can be replicated. Look to what you can see before you and start applying the power of one and the impact of any one person to contribute to forming a community. Let us ask the Irish Architectural Foundation to contribute their ideas. There is a rather unique and splendid architecture in the area.
News on the street is about rents. Businesses are suffering under the pressure of excessive rents and Landlords who are just too greedy to reduce the rents. It is not fair. It impacts on the community. Coffee shops, print shops, hairdressers are all vital contributors yet if they are put out of business all we will have is hideous vacant premises and an emptiness that does the opposite of promoting our country.
Grafton Street: Let us take heed and follow the example promptly. Two retailers have succeeded in getting a 53% reduction THROUGH THE COURTS (and we know how expensive this is). They were not bound by leases that apply upward only rent reviews. Dublin City traders are starting to take things into their own hands and rightly so. Places should consolidate into groupings e.g. Upper Baggot Street Village and discussion should lead to similar impact via a court settlement and drive rents substantially down to promote business.
Rents and their reduction is vital. It has happened in relation to housing/apartments and rents that were circa 1,000 per month are now about 800 euros. The outcome of this is that the State could reduce the rent allowance. This puts in play the power of negotiation.
Businesses need to heed who their landlords are: If it is a case that a property, as many are have been in the hands of a family for say several generations, then it is only equitable for such landlords to reduce the rents with a clause of reversion when markets change.
Albert Camus (1930-1960) French Writer
‘The only conception of freedom I can have is that of the prisoner or the individual in the midst of the State.
The only thing I know is freedom of thought and action’