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Betrayal,Austerity and Pain-The Road to Ireland Losing It`s Freedom

Ninety five years ago a grave struggle ensued that ultimately resulted in Irish independence been finally achieved after 800 years of oppression at the hands of British forces. Now has the centenary anniversary of the Easter Rising in on the horizon, Irish independence and sovereignty has once again been taken away from the Irish people.

Successive Irish governments have continued to fail the people of what in essence was to be a democracy yet the power of the people of Ireland is limited as the scandalous greedy and ignorant politicians exist only to line their own pockets. Cronyism and corruption, two words you can associate with any Irish government in the past twenty years.

Ireland are staring into the abyss, with the situation getting worse than ever before. When Brian Cowen and Brian Lenihan agreed to the bailout package from the European Union and the International Monetary Fund, they threw away everything Ireland had achieved in 1916, with the latter been posthumously credited as a great politician despite his many discrepancies . We are no longer a sovereign political or economic nation, we are now merely a puppet of the European Union. The very fact that we have become the joke of Europe will have turned the graves of many Irish heroes who fought for the freedom of this once great nation.

But now this week, the true extent of Irish misfortunes has been clearly revealed. Budget documents emerge in the German Parliament without any knowledge of our government or so they would have you believe. We are no longer and independent nation, our people have been continuously shafted for what has been described as the greater good. But here we stand knee deep in recession with seemingly no way out. Austerity is the order of the day as the government continues to cut until they can cut no more. There are no ends the Irish government will go to in order to satisfy the EU/IMF and already within their first year of office the coalition have broken many promises. Economic hardship is no longer a threat is a visible reality.

For every hero that ever bled for this nation reads a greedy politician. For every Michael Collins read Bertie Ahern. We are no longer a proud democratic nation, we are now bound to the restraints set by the EU and our government is not answerable to the people but to Merkel and Sarkozy.

The very elements needed to drag Ireland out of this mess have emigrated in search of new hope and opportunity on foreign soil. Many will never return having been betrayed by the cowards in Dàil Eireann and the wanker bankers who have crippled Ireland.

Democracy and Independence no longer exist. Eight hundred years of fighting oppression to achieve freedom has been banished to the history books and now our sovereignty is gone and gone forever.


Thirty Former Ministers Drawing Pension Over €100,000

Thirty former government ministers are currently receiving annual pensions in excess of €100,000, despite the current state of the Irish economy.

Former taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen, the two main perpetrators in crippling the country and burdening Ireland with such a substantial debt, receive the greatest amount – with annual payments of €152,331.67 and €151,061.77, respectively.

Albert Reynolds was shown to receive the next largest amount, with a pension payment of €149,740.29 each year.

President elect, Michael D Higgins, who is set to be inaugrated tomorrow receives €87,928.54.

Shamed ex ministers are also raking in a fortune despite the controversies they endured when they held office. John O`Donoghue, the man of many expenses, continues to enjoy a lavish lifestyle living off his healthy €119,177.67 pension. 

The figures were released following a Dáil question by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams regarding the amount of money received by former ministers and TDs on an annual basis.

Full list courtesy of The

NOTES: Maurice Manning and Marian Harkin are gifting their TD pensions, while Eithne Fitzgerald, Maire Geoghegan Quinn, Gay Mitchell and Proinnsias de Rossa are gifting their TD & Ministerial pensions.

Similarly, * Liam Aylward is gifting his Ministerial pension for 2011, as it * Liam Cosgrave, Snr.

The following figures represent the yearly payment made to former ministers, less the Public Service Pension Reduction:

Ahern, Noel – €70,233.35

Ahern, Michael – €76,444.55

Ahern, Dermot – €119,965.23

Ahern, Bertie – €152,331.67

Allen, Lorcan – €64,043.83

Allen, Bernard – €64,535.78

Andrews, David – €108,430.45

Aylward, Liam* – €49,934.88

Barry, Richard – €75,610.22

Barry, Peter – €75,610.22

Begley, Michael – €69,452.80

Bhreathnach, Niamh – €47,176.24

Birmingham, George – €37,890.53

Brady, Vincent – €59,630.56

Browne , John – €55,202.36

Bruton, John – €141,849.27

Burke, Richard – €53,334.61

Burke, Ray – €103,838.73

Byrne, Hugh – €68,390.96

Calleary, Sean – €72,841.80

Callely, Ivor – €14,754.28

Carey, Donal – €66,022.87

Cassidy, Donie – €11,505.90

Collins, Edward – €63,413.57

Collins, Gerard – €102,564.54

Connaughton, Paul – €67,668.29

Connolly, Gerard – €74,735.35

Cooney, Patrick – €102,564.53

Cosgrave, Liam T – €55,049.59

Cosgrave , Liam (Snr)* – €133,023.62

Cowen , Brian – €151,061.77

Creed, Donal – €66,806.83

Cullen, Martin – €119,177.67

Currie, Austin – €59,383.84

Daly, Brendan – €95,515.43

D’Arcy, Michael – €68,854.39

Davern, Noel – €74,151.64

De Valera, Síle – €103,647.51

Deasy, Austin – €87,495.58

Dempsey, Noel – €119,177.67

Desmond, Barry – €86,423.62

Donnellan, John – €40,798.95

Doyle, Avril – €60,135.57

Dukes, Alan – €94,467.80

Fahey, Jackie – €68,011.89

Fahey, Frank – €113,141.36

Faulkner, Padraig – €102,564.54

Fitzpatrick , Tom – €56,076.74

Flood, Chris – €55,793.17

Flynn, Padraig – €87,129.22

Gallagher, Pat ‘The Cope’ – €70,562.08

Harney, Mary – €129,805.67

Higgins , Jim – €57,363.50

Higgins, Michael D – €87,928.54

Honan, Tras – €50,750.25

Hussey,Thomas – €61,215.35

Hussey, Gemma – €66,057.70

Hyland, Liam – €61,327.03

Jacob, Joe – €79,125.66

Kavanagh, Liam – €91,535.68

Kiely, Rory – €52,324.36

Kitt , Tom – €81,476.40

Lalor, Paddy – €101,153.89

Lyons, Denis – €48,744.00

MacSharry, Ray – €88,936.80

McCarthy, Sean – €38,604.11

McCreevy, Charlie – €119,177.67

McDaid , Jim – €97,406.69

McDonald, Charles – €58,501.32

McDowell, Michael – €60,388.64

McManus, Liz – €12,309.97

Moffatt, Tom – €42,192.80

Molloy, Robert – €113,677.53

Mullooly, Brian – €57,302.98

Nealon, Ted – €59,736.76

Noonan, Michael L – €80,684.50

O’Brien, Fergus – €66,991.00

O’Connell, Dr John – €76,309.85

O’Donnell, Liz – €58,903.88

O’Donnell, Tom – €85,797.21

O’Donoghue, Martin – €51,330.09

O’Donoghue, John – €119,177.67

O’Hanlon, Rory – €116,617.53

O’Keeffe, Edward (Ned) – €65,515.65

O’Keeffe, Jim – €70,797.11

O’Kennedy, Michael – €122,803.59

O’Malley, Tim – €31,192.97

O’Malley, Desmond – €106,721.70

O’Rourke, Mary – €117,981.01

O’Shea, Brian – €66,970.92

O’Sullivan, Toddy – €56,425.20

O’Toole , Paddy – €74,069.42

Owen, Nora – €73,826.20

Parlon, Tom – €31,192.96

Pattison, Seamus – €117,205.46

Power, Sean – €36,464.13

Power, Patrick – €75,968.59

Reynolds, Albert – €149,740.29

Ryan, Eoin – €53,814.13

Ryan, John – €67,335.13

Ryan, Richie – €93,032.73

Smith, Michael – €119,177.67

Spring, Dick – €121,108.28

Taylor, Mervyn – €77,979.70

Treacy, Noel – €83,609.13

Treacy, Sean – €119,177.67

Wallace, Dan – €73,092.24

Wallace, Mary – €77,446.64

Walsh, Joe – €119,177.67

Woods, Michael – €122,695.95

Yates, Ivan – €74,836.65


Taxpayers paying a fortune for Bertie`s excessive expenses

TAXPAYERS have been forced to pay out nearly €270,000 to cover Bertie Ahern’s expenses since he stepped down as Taoiseach.

Mr Ahern, whose credibility has been shot due to the ongoing Mahon tribunal, is entitled to two secretarial assistants, free mobile phone use and VIP services at airports.

He is also allowed the use of a State car for official engagements.

Mr Ahern has claimed far more money than other retired taoisigh, according to a report by the Department of the Taoiseach.

He has been paid just over €264,000 in expenses since he stepped down in May 2008, including €7,500 on mobile phone bills. The money is separate from his pension, which stands at €150,000 a year.

His secretarial expenses amounted to €106,838 last year and €114,369 in 2009. Taxpayers will be furious at the revelation of such figures from the report as many hold Ahern accountable for the collapse of the Celtic Tiger.

He claimed €42,890 for secretarial expenses in the first six months of this year. This compared to €24,731 for Albert Reynolds and €13,562 for John Bruton.

Recently departed Taoiseach Brian Cowen claimed €15,260 for secretarial assistance until the end of June. Under the current regime, former taoisigh can employ two secretarial assistants — with a maximum annual salary of €55,415 — for up to five years after leaving office.

Ex Taoisigh are entitled to keep on one assistant indefinitely after the initial five-year period ends.

Brian Lenihan 1959-2011 R.I.P

Fianna Fáil deputy leader and former finance minister Brian Lenihan has died aged 52.

Mr Lenihan was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2009 and passed away in the early hours of the morning at his home in west Dublin.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia, their two children, his mother, and three brothers and one sister.

The Lenihan name  has always been attached to the Fianna Fáil banner. His father, Brian senior, was a leading figure in the party for many years, while his grandfather, aunt and brother were also Fianna Fáil TDs.

The barrister turned politician was elected to the Dáil in 1996 for Dublin West in the by-election caused by the death of his father.

He was recognised as a talented TD, but promotion came slowly under Bertie Ahern’s leadership.After a spells as  Minister for Children and Minister for Justice, it would be under Brian Cowen`s tenrue that he would become prominent. Cowen appointed Lenihan as Minister for Finance, a role that would greatly shape the future of Ireland, a country now riddled with economic depression.

After a tense night of meetings in Government Buildings in September 2008, the Government guaranteed €400bn of loans and deposits for Irish financial institutions.

Later, NAMA was set up to absorb property loans, most banks were effectively nationalised, and a series of tough budgets were introduced, cutting spending and raising taxes.

Despite his illness he continued with his job,unsuccessfully contesting the Fianna Fáil leadership after Brian Cowen’s resignation.He was the only Fianna Fáil TD elected in Dublin in February’s General Election.

Since then, he became deputy leader of the struggling party under Micheàl Martin but in recent weeks his health again deteriorated.

Martin has paid a glowing tribute to Lenihan, admitting the lost has left a wave of grief hanging over his party.

‘Brian has fought a brave and courageous battle with a serious illness over the past 18 months,’ he said.

‘In all of this time, Brian never once flinched from his public duties and he showed an unceasing and untiring commitment to tackling the economic crisis facing this country.

‘Even when receiving debilitating treatment, Brian continued to work assiduously in the best interests of this country.

Brian Lenihan 1959-2011 Ar Dhèis Go Raibh an T-anam.

Callan`s Cameo Rips into Former Taoisigh

If ever there was a man to make you laugh within the political ambiguity and corruption currently gripping our country, then Nob Nation`s Oliver Callan is the one.

Here Callan provides a hilarious look at the lives of politicians and GAA stars from times gone by. Ex Taoisigh Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen are prominent figures in Callan`s cameo.