News In Brief:Bruton Backtracks on Treaty Mishap, Dublin Housewives Set To Air

We’ve all had those nights. When you promise yourself you’ll be good and only take a certain amount of cash with you. Then after a few shandy’s out comes the bank card and all your well spurned over-spending firmly in the shade? Well the government are suffering that over indulged hangover right now as they re-hire dozens of civil servants that took early retirement to avail of cash pay-outs earlier this year.

In one case an assistant secretary re-hired by the Department of Agriculture will cost €120,860 on top of his pension.
It’s like the spending that can’t be stopped as these retired staff are now welcomed back on a weekly pay rate for positions that could otherwise ‘not be filled’. That’s odd, I’m almost sure I saw a queue outside the welfare office . . ?
In fact dozens of lawyers, private bankers and accountants are working for free in the Department of Finance to “boost the expertise” of the current work force.
So we’ve had to rehire the retired to re-replace the existing workers who are incapable? Has the world gone mad or have we all been drinking too much?!
 

Perhaps Jobs Minister Richard Bruton had been drinking when on Today FM he suggested a ‘no’ vote in the fiscal treaty could lead to the vote being held again. Bruton quickly backtracked on his statement and Fine Gael’s Simon Coveney has since assured voters this is not Nice or Lisbon; “This government will have to respect that [no] and deal with the consequences.” Coveney was quoted. A government that listens to and implements the needs of the nation? I’ll drink to that!

Last year Irish author Julian Gough, took umbrage with the organisers of the eponymous Wodehouse literary prize after discovering their winner was secured before the short list was drawn up. The well sought prize for the winner of the Wodehouse award? Well the top author has the honour of bestowing their name on a pig.
Gough offended by the fix in the competition stole the prize pig from its home in Wales threatening to return the animal “sausage by sausage” until the competition was made fair.
In a twist to the tale, and despite Gough’s criminal activity, this year the writer has once again been short listed for the award and could yet be bringing home the bacon.
 
Another work of fiction in the news this week are the further revelations concerning Louis Walsh and his not so likely lover boy. It now seems Leonard Watters was in fact paid by a journalist from The Sun to come forward with his nightclub naughties incriminating Walsh and earning himself six months in prison. The story was reported this week by the Independent who had discovered the female journalist met with Watters on a number of occasions even accompanying him to Pearse Street Garda Station to make his claims as well as promising €700 for his exclusive.
 
TV3 have unleashed the latest “celebrity” monster since ‘Tallafornia’. ‘Dublin Housewives’, is set to send the careers of a few skyrocketing . . . or not. Yet another “reality” programme ‘Dublin Housewives’ follows the trials and tribulations of the not so rich and famous. Watch if you like trash TV and want to escape the depressing day to day, not if you’re looking for original opinion and intellectual insight.
 
A new atlas of Ireland has been launched giving detailed locations of some of Ireland’s famous and historical land marks. Included are the world’s oldest fossilised footprints in Kerry, and Broome Bridge in Dublin, where Sir William Rowan Hamilton invented a new type of algebra in 1843. Some sites not listed on the atlas include; Father Ted’s house, Bono’s sunglasses storage facility, Bertie Ahern’s private bank (reportedly viewable from space) and the strange location from whence Jedward came.
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