|Keep the Home Fires Burning|
|Friday 1st April 2011 17:10:54 +0100|
|email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Contact <email@example.com>, Cahill Gavin <GCahill@financialregulator.ie>, Dearbhail McDonald <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Dermot Lacey <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>, Eamon Gilmore <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, O’Shea, Fergus <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Constantin Gurdgiev <email@example.com>, KT Hawklett <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Paddy Healy <email@example.com>, Pearse.Doherty@Oireachtas.ie <Pearse.Doherty@Oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie <Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie>|
Friday 1st April 2011
Worth a thought: Ireland needs economic growth. We need to start on the streets and the land and seas and with our people to create markets once again. Our pubs as a retreat are disappearing, coffee shops are struggling hard to keep afloat, shops, offices, are facing rent increases only and businesses are being closed down due to inordinate rents. Minister Shatter is reviewing this ‘sledgehammer to crack a nut’. Let people start thinking and taking responsibility albeit the crisis is caused by global banking. It is time to put the shoulder to the wheel and start creating economic growth. Vincent Browne’s show last night had people with resolution but a sense of what is possible.
“It’s akin to using a sledgehammer to crack a nut,” said Niall Gaffney, chief executive officer of IPUT, a real-estate fund and among the largest owners of offices and stores in Dublin. “If contracts can be torn up retrospectively, it’s going to do huge damage to Ireland’s reputation.”
A simple equation goes. If I am a section 23 landlord and I have a loan which is tax deductible with expenses. Then let us assume I rent the house to a person who gets rent allowance from say the Community Welfare Officer. Common sense says that there need not necessarily be a change in the law but that people have a sense of moral purpose and reduce the rent to what is acceptable to both parties. One more point. If the estate agent acts as the go-between, they should be liable if the tenant proves to be pocketing the rent allowance or getting it from a variety of sources! This does happen.
Wally ming/ming walley/jerryblake/opusdiabolus Citizen Journalism site contributors
Imagine you lot in the same class at school…….moan moan moan blame blame blame. What does it say? Maybe you are born with little motivation or incentive or for that matter a sense of hope. Give me a little Pollyanna please.
Ireland is in crisis – some say the worst crisis since the foundation of the State. The EU-IMF are really angry with us and we are being punished for a recklessness so much so that we must pay the price dearly for our great Celtic Tiger extravagances. The fact is we are bankrupt as a nation state and we cannot meet these debts (and let us say euros100 bn). What are we the people of the Island of Ireland going to do about this? After all you can rest assured that those who made the millions are gone into exile and provided they invested wisely, which they no doubt did, they have the choice not to return and this applies to their families also.
Wipe the slate clean i.e. apart from the 100 bn debt.
Have we any family silver left?
We have our agricultural land which is ours … we have our forestry provided it is not sold off as part of state assets. We have our seas but let us recall that EU has covered the option up to our shores. Have we gold? Some prospectors say yes. Have we silver and while we are talking about it what else have we got? We need a little World War II hindsight to ferret out resources that we have but we just overlook because international markets supply them. We have infra-structure and yes we have the Luas. While we are at we must say thank you to the EU for all the NDP funds over the last number of decades since we joined the EU in 1973.
This site started about a Berlin Conference and tourism. Jerry Blake – you jump on the band wagon about nepotism. Tough sh.t. Action, Performance, Creativity, Connectivity, Interaction is the CV that creates the action. Now is a time for action. Are you saying that because someone has a connection with somebody on a state board and knows the person is capable of doing the job that because of the connection that person should be overlooked. Well I say Grow Up. Move with the Times.
Tourism can become our bread and butter, as can agriculture become our source of food and drink (alcohol and otherwise) potential. Baileys at one time brought massive funds to Guinness nearly one tenth of its world profit – why can we not regain this footing. Instead we see Bailey’s slashed in price. Marketing where are you? We need you? This is about reviving some potential within Ireland Inc. Where is that Bailey’s and Ice cocktail?
Stress Test and the banks. People are not stupid … we only have to search into our hearts to dig up case histories of what recession/depressions can do to people, to families and societies. Negative Equity has always existed. Take the UK 1988 when you bought an apartment for £90,000 and within 6 months it was worth £140,000 – what a feel good factor? Then out of the blue interest rates start rising, not once a year but every few weeks and all of sudden your repayments are no longer £700 per month but are £1200 per month. Back then you had trackers also, and endowment insurance type. Outcome; then for lots of people is the same as now. One job is lost, then a second job is lost and all of a sudden you are adding an extra £1200 each month to your outstanding mortgage (plus compound interest) and yes you have personal crisis, if not disaster. There is a financial cost and a massive social cost. We know this has happened. We know people who have told their story time and time again and we have not listened. Now we need to listen and find some alternatives.
Tourism must work. We may be wrecked due to the Celtic Tiger onslaught but we are not in a scorched earth scenario. We are not Tripoli. We have options. Our people are our best resource. Let us think our way out of the problem as distinct from dwelling on the Past. 2016 is about 100 years since the Proclamation. Surely this is about a value versus cost asset
by Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||PSNI- Young man aged just 25 years old – Mother’s day April 3rd 2011 is murdered: Why?|
|Date:||Sunday 3rd April 2011 19:53:44 +0100|
|To:||email@example.com, Anne M. O’Gorman <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, brendan riesebeck <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, DE BRÃšN Bairbre <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Cahill Gavin <GCahill@financialregulator.ie>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Dearbhail McDonald <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Dermot Lacey <email@example.com>, Derek Toner <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Eamon Gilmore <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, O’Shea, Fergus <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, geraldine callanan <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Constantin Gurdgiev <email@example.com>, Ann O’Connell <firstname.lastname@example.org>, KT Hawklett <email@example.com>, Paddy Healy <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Pearse.Doherty@Oireachtas.ie <Pearse.Doherty@Oireachtas.ie>, Private Office DFP <Private.Office@dfpni.gov.uk>, Hanna, Rosemary <Rosemary.Hanna@ise.ie>, Irish Senior Citizens Parliament <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Sunday April 3rd 2011
Surveillance, Security, Equity
Niemoeller wrote the poem
I may not follow.
I may not lead.
This poem is about war at its worst extreme, the purge of the Jewish people, the mentally afflicted and others deemed by Hitler and his supporters to below a defined Aryan specification (to use a crude analogy).The Peace Process – today for the saddest of reasons Martin McGuinness, Peter Robinson, Gerry Adams, Gerry Kelly have to ask the question to those who have walked ahead of them but remaining on that different route, the one of violence: A young man aged 25 who as a Catholic had the courage to join the PNSI as a catholic and he is dead on Mother’s Day – what an inhumanity has been carried out and by who?These people fought hard for the Peace Process and yet they did not persuade others who either chose to fall behind them and take a different lead. What happened to the Peace Process – what happened to John Hume and others. The Peace Process was about people North and South walking beside and being my friend. Alas, Is this too naive?
|Subject:||Trawling Citizen Journalism site from 2005. Iosaf replied and we exchanged several postings….|
|Date:||Sunday 3rd April 2011 21:03:19 +0100|
|To:||Undisclosed list: and Citizen Journalism site|
Sunday 3rd April 2011
Equality Justice and Law Reform – Please deal with the Prostitution issue
|Subject:||Citizen Journalism site: Matt cartoons witty political cartoons and satirical sketches – Telegraph|
|Date:||Tuesday 5th April 2011 12:14:54 +0100|
|To:||email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Dearbhail McDonald <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Dermot Lacey <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>, Eamon Gilmore <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, geraldine callanan <email@example.com>, Cahill Gavin <GCahill@financialregulator.ie>, Constantin Gurdgiev <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
According to an article in the Sunday Business Post :
The Blackrock Clinic is 25 years in existence. It identified a market for the provision of private health and was successful. However another venture is the private clinic in Cork either now closed or pending closure.
Do people realise that bureaucracy at its worst stymies the administration of private hospitals now? People have a variety of health cover insurance sources and their choice of hospital has to include up to 200 methods of payment. It is one extreme to the other from the monopoly of the VHI to now. All in a decade. Who is protecting the vested interest really? Will Quinn insurance survive with the Quinn family request for a 7 year time period. What about the patient who is sick and who has to get care – it is no wonder the really sick go straight to A&E. At least you know you will have a multi-disciplinary assessment even if the wait is two days. (On trolley).
‘What is economics? A science invented by the upper class (Celtic Tiger chimps) in order to acquire the fruits of the labour of the UNDERCLASS’
August Strindberg (1849-1912) Swedish dramatist
|Subject:||Why not a Book of Commemoration at the Mansion House or somewhere South of the Border? There is a book in Omagh and quite rightly so.|
|Date:||Tuesday 5th April 2011 17:08:41 +0100|
|To:||Liam Carey <email@example.com>, Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie <Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie>, Left Field – Labour News <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Patricia.REILLY@ec.europa.eu <Patricia.REILLY@ec.europa.eu>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Nigel Dodds <firstname.lastname@example.org>, NicantSithigh, Aisling <Aisling.NicantSithigh@enterprise-ireland.com>, email@example.com, O’Shea, Fergus <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Ann O’Connell <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Paddy Healy <email@example.com>, Quirke, JohnF (Corporate Affairs) <JohnF.Quirke@agriculture.gov.ie>, QUINN Marie <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Quirke, JohnF (Corporate Affairs) <JohnF.Quirke@agriculture.gov.ie>, email@example.com, Reception <Reception@tourismireland.com>, Shane Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie <Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie>, Sean Crudden <email@example.com>, Irish Senior Citizens Parliament <firstname.lastname@example.org>, The FrontLine Audience <TheFrontLineAudience@rte.ie>, Trust Ireland <email@example.com>, The Very Revd Dermot Dunne, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin <Dean@cccdub.ie>, The Ireland Funds <Ireland_Funds@xmr3.com>, UK INFO – Customer Care Inbox <UKInfo@starbucks.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Vincent Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
Tuesday 5th April 2011
|Subject:||Citizen Journalism: Irish Retailers Fight Investors Over Rents After Economy Sinks – Bloomberg|
|Date:||Thursday 14th April 2011 16:52:08 +0100|
|To:||Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie <Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie>, Left Field – Labour News <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>, O’Shea, Fergus <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Ann O’Connell <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Pearse.Doherty@Oireachtas.ie <Pearse.Doherty@Oireachtas.ie>, email@example.com, Hanna, Rosemary <Rosemary.Hanna@ise.ie>, Shane Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie <Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie>, Stephen Booth <email@example.com>, The FrontLine Audience <TheFrontLineAudience@rte.ie>, Trust Ireland <firstname.lastname@example.org>, The Very Revd Dermot Dunne, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin <Dean@cccdub.ie>, email@example.com, Vincent_Landers@entemp.ie, vincent Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
Thursday 14th April 2011
Worth a thought:
Citizen Journalism: Gordon Brown ‘not most appropriate person’ to head IMF, says Cameron Politics section Guardian.co.uk
Wednesday 20th April 2011 18:46:12 +0100
email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Eamon Gilmore <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>, Liam Carey <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, geraldine callanan <email@example.com>, Cahill Gavin <GCahill@financialregulator.ie>, Constantin Gurdgiev <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Ann O’Connell <firstname.lastname@example.org>, KT Hawklett <email@example.com>, Pearse.Doherty@Oireachtas.ie <Pearse.Doherty@Oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>, Hanna, Rosemary <Rosemary.Hanna@ise.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Jane Campbell <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>, John Devitt <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Joanna.email@example.com <Joanna.firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Kathleen Lynch <Kathleen.Lynch@ucd.ie>, email@example.com, Liam Carey <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie <Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie>, email@example.com, Michelle Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Mary Collins <email@example.com>, Nigel Dodds <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
Wednesday 20th April 2011
Today’s Guardian newspaper:
‘Brown has emerged as the favourite to take the £270,000-a-year role when the incumbent managing director, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, stands down’
Take a perspective: read the last two editions of the Phoenix and we have people in NGO agencies earning far in excess of this – for example reference the profile of Angela Kerins, Rehab. When do we get real? How did Doherty merit a pension via severance and a salary of approx 450,000 euros. Now it looks as if people with excessive earnings are in for a rude awakening when the IMF-EU group become more entrenched!! Time to re-focus and take a stand. The severance package – does anyone know how the Revenue calculate the tax due and the average. Politicians are remarkably quiet about Capital Gains Tax (McCreevy reduction factor) and pensions for people with wealth capacity via income and investment and beneficial tax incentives. Do the revenue operate a ‘spread’ analysis over a number of years for tax reduction, for instance. This surely is part of fiscal rectitude.
‘If there is a technological advance without a social advance, there is, almost automatically, an increase in human misery’
Economist Michael Harrington
|Date:||Thursday 21st April 2011 20:14:02 +0100|
|To:||Citizen journalism and undisclosed email address list|
Thursday 21st April 2011
|Subject:||Citizen Journalism: Warren Buffett’s former ‘heir’ misled board, says report Business The Guardian Transparency: ‘Give vision to the visionless’ Jonathan Swift|
|Date:||Thursday, 28th April 2011 12:28:25 +0100|
|To:||firstname.lastname@example.org; undisclosed address list|
Thursday 28th April 2011
The corner stone of investment banking, the point of Chinese Walls, the Dawn Raids…..you cannot take advantage….it is not just or equitable and ultimately it breaks the law. What is stopping the CAB (Criminal Assets Bureau), the Fraud Squad from engaging forthwith with the like of Anglo Irish Bank …. are we short of expertise? Where is the Whistleblower’s Charter for protection of those who know!
Sokol met investment bankers representing Lubrizol before his share purchase and told them that Berkshire was interested in a takeover. After the deal was done, a Citigroup banker phoned Buffett to congratulate him on the deal. “This was the first time Mr Buffett heard that investment bankers played any role in introducing Lubrizol to Mr Sokol, and did not square with Mr Sokol’s remark in January that he had come to know Lubrizol by owning the stock,” the report said.The report concludes: “His misleadingly incomplete disclosures to Berkshire Hathaway senior management concerning those purchases violated the duty of candor he owed the company.”
Sokol’s remarks “did not satisfy the duty of full disclosure inherent in the Berkshire Hathaway policies and mandated by state law,” the report added.
“His remark to Mr Buffett in January, revealing only that he owned some Lubrizol stock, did not tell Mr Buffett what he needed to know … [I]ts effect was to mislead: it implied that Mr Sokol owned the stock before he began considering Lubrizol as an acquisition candidate, when the truth was the reverse.”‘
Candour definition: Honesty and Straightforwardness
by Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||Citizen Journalism: Social Investing and Getting Rich Doing Good — Printout — TIME. Interesting programme viz a viz low level crime and the costs of recidivism. Could these bonds work?|
|Date:||Saturday April 30th 2011 20:25:49 +0100|
|To:||Vincent Browne <email@example.com>, Prison Library Office <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Derek Toner <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Saturday 30th April 2011
‘Social Finance’s first and, so far, only SIB was launched last September: 17 investors, including the Rockefeller Foundation, bought bonds totaling about $8 million to finance an eight-year project led by the nonprofit St. Giles Trust to reduce recidivism among low-level criminals, who in the U.K. have a re-conviction rate of 60%. Each recidivist costs the government more than $200,000 a year in judicial and incarceration costs. The St. Giles program, “Through the Gate”, uses peer advisers — most of whom are ex-cons themselves — to mentor newly released prisoners and counsel them on issues ranging from housing to employment and training to rehabilitation for drug and alcohol abuse. The programme will target 3,000 male ex-offenders released from Peterborough Prison in Cambridgeshire. If it cuts the re-conviction rate by 7.5% or more compared with a control group, investors will recoup their money plus a graduated return that is capped at 13% a year’
J.K. Galbraith (born 1908) Canadian born Economist, author of the Affluent Society
‘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
from the individual to himself’ Add to this Bankers..Ministers..An Post…etc
|Subject:||Citizen Journalism: By chance saw most informative article by Leo Varadkar in the Daily Mail yesterday about the Cliffs of Moher – New 7 Wonders of the World possibility. All you have to do is vote as follows: http://www.new7wonders.com/n7w …. if you get a chance it is worth a vote.|
|Date:||Sunday May 1st 2011 12:43:41 +0100|
|To:||Gerry.Adams@oireachtas.ie, Pearse.Doherty@Oireachtas.ie <Pearse.Doherty@Oireachtas.ie>, Marylou.McDonald@oireachtas.ie, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Martin Holohan <email@example.com>|
Sunday May 1st 2011
by Michelle Clarke – Concerned Citizen
Yes we need to heed the point that the minimum wage applies to the masses but somewhere I read that it is the 1% that are responsible for 25% taxes paid on average to government coffers.
The tribunals in their day have resulted in funds in excess of a 1 billion euros being collected from people willing to shaft their fellow taxpayers and more importantly citizens and no doubt more funds will come from similar sources in the years to come.
However what can we do to shake up our citizens to formulating a vision that will create policies that will favour a more equitable society. We have the Bail-Out albeit we are unsure yet as to whether it costs the Irish taxpayer 85 billion / 100 billion euros or even double this. As yet it may be that we the Irish will have to default and if this is the only way forward then we will be writing off debt and becoming a bad debt to the balance sheets of those senior debtors who took the risk in the first place and provided loans to our Treasury.
This is not the first time we have hit serious economic and political crisis since the foundation of the State and more importantly it will not be the last. The circle dictates the psychology and psychology tells us about the peaks and the troughs within the human being and human beings comprise our society.
Cash is King at present. However, the hoarding of cash due to fear is causing the economy to stagnate. This week the news informed us of the ‘plight’ of a man admitted to Accident and Emergency and when examined – his body was wrapped with wads of euro cash totaling over 60,000 euros…this is fear in the raw sense that creates a paranoia and fear to trust. There are people out there afraid to deposit money in banks. Why because for nearly three years now the news is negative and the time is coming when the 2008 granted guarantee may be canceled and the banks are free to party again and who knows we could face another financial crisis. We need the banks to start marketing again. We need them to retrieve the capital flows that left the country over the past 3 years.
What do you do with the Cash? You can stuff it in the mattress, you can buy Gold or Silver, you can take a chance and buy some shares or for that matter you can go a stage further and buy equities/trusts. All of this is about some people who just keep hard cash in a hidden place. The problem with this is that we deflate the economy, we add to the crises in small to medium businesses because nobody buys anything, thus we facilitate unemployment to those who are mainly represented by the unions which in turn creates unrest via strikes in our public services.
We need a little insight: we need to encourage people to start re-investing in our own banks not (foreign banks), we need to get people spending cash in the economy in small ways i.e. like having coffee with a friends in a local cafe, having a pint with a friend in your local pub, buying Irish products where at all possible. Brown coinage – why not collect it and then make the point of re-circulating same in the cash pool – you can pass it on to charities in your local supermarket, or change it in the bank. Take taxis rather than park in expensive car-parks in town. Then there is the old Punt. It is said that there is a couple of hundred million still to be presented to Central Bank!! Who has it?
Income tax is one source of revenue but another is where the wealth generates tax and we need to balance in our minds eye who generates most and work from there before we engage in militancy.
by Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||Citizen Journalism: World Press Freedom Day safeguarding Free Speech and Democracy – Transparency International|
|Date:||Wednesday 3rd May 2011 00:30:38 +0100|
|To:||Labour Web Team <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Vincent Browne <email@example.com>|
Wednesday 3rd May 2011
|Subject:||Citizen Journalism: Challenge to Journalists in the Broadsheets – Show us the money and where it has gone to?|
|Date:||Thursday 4th May 2011 23:09:46 +0100|
|To:||Vincent Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org>, John Devitt <email@example.com>|