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O’Neill Names Ireland Squad For Upcoming Games

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Martin O’Neill has named a provisional 36 man squad for Ireland’s upcoming games against Scotland and USA.

Starting away, Scotland host Ireland in a EURO 2016 qualifier on Friday, November 14 at 7.45pm, before Ireland take on the USA in Aviva Stadium in a Three International Friendly on November 18.

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Fingleton Faces The Music Once More

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Former chief executive of Irish Nationwide building society, Michael Fingleton, is once more facing pressure to pay back a €1 million bonus which he was paid before leaving the building society in 2009.

Over the years, Fingleton has rebuffed criticism and calls to return the bonus, saying that he won’t do so on a matter of principle. Fingleton has claimed that a previous agreement with the then government would have seen him return the sum in exchange for essentially leaving him and his finances alone. Enraged that the government had the temerity to investigate the once powerful INBS chief, he reneged on his public agreement to repay the sum of money.

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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.

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.

Taoiseach Congratulates Martin On Leadership Victory

The Taoiseach Brian Cowen was among the first to congratulate Michael Martin who was elected as the new leader of Fianna Fail, despite the turmoil of last week.

Mr Cowen said he wished Martin the best of luck, although he may have frowned at the decision. Last week Martin resigned as Minister for Foreign Affairs, a move that acted as the catalyst for the downfall of the cabinet and Cowen`s departure as leader of Fianna Fail. The Cork TD beat off stiff competition from Eamon Ò Cùiv, Brian Lenihan and Mary Hanafin to win the leadership battle.

Ò`Cùiv finished as runner up much to the surpise of many. However it is widely believed that some of Cowen`s followers who remain in the party voted in favour of Ò Cùiv.

Speaking after his appointment , Martin apologised for the “mistakes the party made over the past few years”. He also admitted that his party is facing into the toughest election since the birth of the state.

Cowen pledged his full support to the new leader of Fianna Fail, yet their working relationship may only last weeks.

“I want to offer my best wishes to Micheál today on his election as leader of Fianna Fail. I have told Micheál he has my full support in his new role and I wish him the very best in the immediate task of leading the party into the election. Micheál Martin is a politician of accomplishment and achievement and he has all the right credentials to be a very successful leader of our Party. I believe Micheál has proven in his various Ministerial roles over the years that he has the essential leadership qualities of focused determination, stamina, collegiality and integrity, which will enable him to become a great Leader of the Fianna Fail Party. I wish Micheál the very best of luck.

Cowen Quits Fianna Fail but remains Taoiseach

Taoiseach Brian Cowen has stepped down as the leader of Fiànna Fàil, just days after passing a vote of confidence within the parliamentary party.

Mr Cowen, has endured one of the most turbulent weeks of his political career since he took over as Taoiseach in 2008. However despite quitting as leader of Fiànna Fàil, he has vowed to stay on as Taoiseach.

He said he felt his continued leadership of the party was distracting from the issues facing Ireland in the run-up to the election.

The prime minister – or Taoiseach – said: “I’m concerned that renewed internal criticism of Fianna Fail is deflecting attention from this important debate.

“Therefore, taking everything into account after discussing the matter with my family I have taken, on my own counsel, the decision to step down.”  

He added: “The government will continue to govern the country.”

The opposition Labour party has tabled a motion of no confidence in the government and there will be a vote on it next week.

Fianna Fail will choose a new leader through an internal party vote next week, Mr Cowen said.

The front-runners to succeed him are Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan and  former Minister for Foreign Affairs, who resigned from government earlier this week.  

The shock announcement is the latest twist in the crisis gripping the Irish government.

Mr Cowen last week tried to reshuffle his cabinet .However, the reshuffle backfired spectacularly when it was opposed by the Green party, partners in Fianna Fail’s coalition.

The move further weakened the Taoiseach`s position within his own party and within the government.