Citizen journalism has a view! Trade Unions and the loss of Integrity, Ethics and Transparency
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Dublin 1913 to Dublin 2013
What have we learned? What changes can be made?
Dublin 1913: It was before World War I, Ireland had negotiated a form of Home Rule/self government but there was inequality with extremes in wealth and poverty, nationalism and British Rule created the environment for dissent and rebellion. James Larkin “Big Jim” represented the low skilled workers and William Martin Murphy, a Catholic businessman represented the newly forming middle class. William Martin Murphy owned the Irish Independent newspaper, and the Dublin United Tramway Company and was making inroads against the power of the former elites.
The power of the Unions and Croke Park I and 2 is an urgent matter for discussion by the plain people of Ireland. There is a discrepancy in the integrity, transparency and ethics we expect from our trade unions.
Health is a good place to start.
Can someone please explain how the Ireland can pay their consultants 12 times higher than their equivalents in Hungary and double that of their counterparts in Germany or the UK?
How many more people in other trade unions share the characteristics and self interest that are now evidenced in the IMO (Irish Medical Organisation) deal with their former ‘trade union official’ (as he described himself in 1997). Mr. George McNeice http://www.thejournal.ie/imo-chief-executive-retirement-pension-727215-Dec2012/ was the public face of the union through his tenure at the IMO. This man worked for the Department of Health as a civil servant for a brief time before joining the IMO based in Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2. Each year we know he was lauded by the doctors and consultants attending the IMO’s annual conference usually held in the Europe hotel in Killarney.
This supposedly unassuming low profile man, trade union official, was one smooth operator when it came down to negotiating his financial package as Chief Executive of the IMO. The facts as revealed in the Irish Mail on Sunday state that the former IMO President, Dr Cormac Macnamara RIP headed up the committee which approved George McNeices’s over generous contract in 1993. George McNeice, CE, IMO, aged 51, recently claimed that he was entitled to a ‘package’ of £24 million. This package is said to have provided him with an annual bonus of up to 30% of his salary. This bonus was compounded each year. The cruel irony here is the claim of not knowing the details by the Remuneration Committee. Could this be so? In 2013 could it be possible that someone in the IMO could sanction such a spectacular financial package and yet nobody knew about it. No must be the answer because there are too many vested interests in the medical profession and their bureaucracy and hence the pyramid scheme scenario that sees Ireland’s medical profession grossly overpaid for inadequate service.
Mr McNeice, his package, has been negotiated down to £9.7 million. But even this deal is shameful. This is a different financial scandal to those of the developers and bankers but it is linked to abuse of power, a form of narcissism and self interest and is equal to the financial scandals that must be dealt with. The HSE is a monolith of bureaucracy, an entity created by a few, which was no doubt better run under the auspices of the Department of Health.
Surely, others are aware and in turn are in receipt of substantial packages. Do we know? Do we care? Apparently doctors have resigned from the IMO and are seeking an inquiry into the governance of the IMO. This is a warning surely to the Unions to examine their practices.
Moving away from medical unions. What about the people who work for years for say Clerys. What do the unions really do to protect these people? They tend to change their contracts at will from permanent to part-time and then say no jobs exist and bye bye.
|Subject:||Quote: David McWilliams: “a German Europe, rather than the feel of a European Germany’|
|Date:||Wednesday 30th January, 2013 22:51:53 +0000|
|To:||Vincent Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Taoiseach.Constituency@taoiseach.gov.ie, Stephen.Donnelly@oireachtas.ie, Simon.Coveney@finegael.ie, gatheringireland <email@example.com>, Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie <Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, EXR, Public Affairs <PUBLICAFFAIRS@imf.org>, email@example.com, Nigel Dodds <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Fionn Murtagh <email@example.com>|
|Subject:||Ireland needs to stand up and be counted and Kenny needs to act like a leader of a Nation|
|Date:||Monday 4th February 2013 12:40:34 +0000|
|To:||Gerry Adams <Gerry.Adams@Oireachtas.ie>, Pearse.Doherty@Oireachtas.ie <Pearse.Doherty@Oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Marylou.McDonald@oireachtas.ie, Mary Collins <email@example.com>, Kevin Myers <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie <Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie>, Clare.Daly@oireachtas.ie, Ivana Bacik <Ivana.Bacik@Oireachtas.ie>, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dearbhail McDonald <email@example.com>, Constantin Gurdgiev <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Brian Lucey <BLUCEY@tcd.ie>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Richard Boyd Barrett <Richard.BoydBarrett@Oireachtas.ie>, email@example.com, Cross Border Studies <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
Monday 4th February 2013
Groundhog told me to keep diary instead - I keep copy book (at least four drawers full by now. This is what acquired brain injury is about. However, I wholly say "No", Ireland should not give in to the Troika re the promissory notes. Again I reiterate my experience pre accident and working for a company going bankrupt. Preferential creditors are the Revenue, the banks and the remainder were lucky if they got 20p in the £1. Surely the same applies for a country like Ireland. My copy book - I wrote this down and maybe somebody would check it out and use it as a means of making the ECB pay heed. Stephen Kearon EU bank assets £33.5 trillion US bank assets £ 8.6 trillion Japan £ 7.1 trillion Ireland is a small open economy with strong inroads to both the US and UK. If the EU has assets of the above amount, shame them into writing down our debts. The economic war is of their making. I would recommend George Soros Essay about the EU, referred to previously. Sinn Fein came out this morning and made the welcome statement: It is time Enda Kenny, Michael Noonan and Eamonn Gilmore got off their knees and stood up to the headless financial brokers in Frankfurt, they and the Troika (who need to engage with the Peace versus War mindset eg France and Mali) need to learn from the Peace Process what negotiation really means. Peace is achieved by arduous work and has value beyond economic. Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||Concerned to know if the Grants via SUSI have been paid to students|
|Date:||Tuesday 5th February 2013 20:56:11 +0000|
|To:||Anne M. O’Gorman <email@example.com>, Brian Lucey <BLUCEY@tcd.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Brendan.Howlin@oireachtas.ie, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Diarmaid Ferriter <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, John Corrigan <JCorrigan@ntma.ie>, Provost <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com|
Tuesday 5th February 2013
|Subject:||Community Upper Baggot Street Village: Has anyone ever thought about Public Private Partnership to restore to glory Baggot Street Hospital (Royal City of Dublin hospital)|
|Date:||Tuesday, 5th February 2013 21:04:34 +0000|
|To:||firstname.lastname@example.org; undisclosed address list|
The International School is closing. This used to be Miss Meredith’s school going back decades. Then a young woman with drive, vision and a love of children opened the International school and it seemed to attract young students in neat uniforms from different countries including Ireland. It gave heart to the Upper Baggot Street village, a heart and soul that once existed or so the lore goes but sadly it is now bereft and struggling.One day we met the owner of the International School and she said they were closing down, no reasons stated but that they had re-located to Blackrock. Failing to question further, we assumed the preference for location was Blackrock but then if one thought a little deeper, it would be apparent that it was the landlord/owner getting greedy and looking for excessive rent….the same story that wrecks our towns, our villages and the communities in our cities. This upward only rent is destroying potential prosperity in markets that are already in existence ie International School gave heart to Baggot Street, provided business and gave people choice in the environs of D4, the embassy belt.We stopped to admire this lovely puppy in the grounds of the former international school today. The person told us the story and how the parents and school had tried to negotiate with the landlord …. Greed, no vision won and the International School, the teachers, the students, the parents left and settled with the location of Blackrock. This building is now sold. Let us hope, someone else will run it as a school and Baggot Street can move forward again as a community.Dereliction is a reality. 57,000 holiday homes lie vacant and so many more houses. Ineffectual communication stops solutions. We have the technology, let us communicate and create potential.The Germans, quite contrary to what one would expect, have similar problems to our country with people leaving towns and villages. Unlike us they are adapting in a sensible way. They have re-introduced barter. The word TIME is the currency instead of MONEY. To make our communities work, is there anyone willing to say take the time of a person on dole/disability/short of money and make it something positive through exchange. NALA has a great scheme teaching people how to read, so this model has the potential to create a subset.
Baggot Street Hospital needs a public private partnership to drive it forward as the proper Centre of Excellence Primary Health Care centre – some time from IBM, TESCO, BOOTS, GOOGLE, STARBUCKS would create the business plan, the expertise, the dedication to community. These companies excel in the Global Stock Market, so it is time for them to add a value chain and help out locally.
by Michelle Clarke (Chestnut)
|Subject:||You don’t have to be rich to care for people and to own our country. Is it not time for NAMA to use TWITTER as a marketing tool!|
|Date:||Wednesday 6th February 2013 18:55:19 +0000|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Wednesday February 6th 2013
Upward only rents now have the answer. Prime buildings in strategic locations are being sold at knock-down prices, ousting Irish ownership in many cases to that of the newly created Creditor country named Germany, the Germany that merged with their World War II cessation of East Germany to create the entity, Germany, yes so flush with funds. Meanwhile, we one of the debtor countries are the victim of what could be termed an “economic war” of the 21 century. It would suggest that some of our landlords failed to be moral (and rested on Attorney General decision) and left rents so high that people were forced out of the premises.
Now these are the properties that are for sale at huge discount and the purchasers are those private equity groups, the Germans and no doubt there will be Americans, Russians, Chinese and people from India too. We are not complaining about the diversity but we are asking landlords to reconsider their rents and be fair and help businesses to survive this crisis and create employment, fair employment, for the people of Ireland. John Lewis is an interesting company with a policy of Corporate Social Responsibility and a motto ‘Never knowingly undersold’ are supposed to be considering purchasing a shop in Dublin and these, like Boots and M&S we would welcome. Maybe they would consider a public private partnership with Baggot Street Community Hospital, if only it was for sale.
We don’t have to be rich, in fact we know the morals of those who were the Celtic Tiger rich and we can now with the benefit of hindsight create the new model of Ireland Inc with the views of the plain people of Ireland contributing to Ireland’s rebirth, and in particular now that we approach 2016 the anniversary of the Rising that led to Independence of the 26 counties and then in 1998 to the Good Friday Agreement. We are on a bridge and we are possibly mid-way, we can retreat, or we can create and move forward again, as we have done so many times over the centuries.
Grafton Street had become so shoddy recently. Shops are closed down and others are struggling to stay open. Grafton Street is Dublin’s equivalent to Bond Street – not anymore. It is worth listening to Olivia O’Leary’s podcast of the drivetime programme a week ago. Grafton Street has become our Cinderella. The Times today informs us that 2 of the architecturally splendid Grafton Street shops have sold for 65% below the 2007 price. It is a German fund manager called GLL Real Estate who has bought these jewels for a fraction of what they are worth. The fund is to pay £40 million for River Island and the adjoining Wallis outlet (just beside Weirs). David Daly bought this for £115 million in 2007.
Quote: Jack Fagan
‘The latest off market sale means the German fund is now one of the largest property owners on the city’s premier shopping street’.
It bought the AIB branch for near £28 million (sale and lease-back deal) with a return of 6%. It is estimated that the River Island/Wallis deal will yield 6.85%. What a pity all our entrepreneurs are being priced out of our own country.Anonymous: Enforcement and fines of £5,000 will dictate hardship for 9,000 people (and more than likely many more) living in potential tenements in areas like Rathmines, Ranelagh, Mountjoy Square, when this new law comes into effect this week. We need provision of proper accommodation and we need a plan to maintain our Georgian and Victorian housing but in a way and without the red tape that provides homes for people and especially for our vulnerable people.The time is now for people to share and care. We must say no to Germany’s economic invasion and most definitely no to this promissory note of £3.1 billion. Germany has lots of bank assets and the EU has it is said as much as £33.9 trillion while America has £8 trillion. The time is now for the EU to be generous with its funds and to treat Ireland in an equitable way.by Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||Irish Times censored ‘State can’t afford’ disabilities costs. Poignant and thought provoking|
|Date:||Thursday 7th February 2013 18:47:47 +0000|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, John Doyle <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Liam-IPRT <LHerrick@iprt.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, ltLarkin@inspectorofprisons.gov.ie, Mary Cleary <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, SMHInfo <smhinfo@MENTALHEALTHSCREENING.ORG>, email@example.com|
Thursday 7th February 2013
by Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||Mr Architect: ‘Not All’. What about those who eloped to become near immediate bankrupts?|
|Date:||Wednesday 13th February 2013 18:59:13 +0000|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, Eamon.OCuiv@oireachtas.ie, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Cllr Maria Parodi <firstname.lastname@example.org> et al|
Wednesday 13th February 2013