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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.

News in Brief-Ireland’s Best Export Since Jedward Set For BGT Final

Laura Hughes, a single mother from Galway became an instant millionaire last weekend without even buying a lottery ticket. The unemployed thirty-two year old from Athenry was amazed to find eighteen million euro in her Ulster Bank account which had previously only housed a meagre thirty-five cent.

Sadly for Laura the added funds were an error then corrected by Ulster Bank, although not before Miss Hughes had time to test drive a new car she planned to buy with her new found wealth.
 
In other bank news National Irish Bank appears to have come through one of it’s most difficult periods with the help of Danish institution the Danske Bank Group, releasing figures showing an improvement in their operating profit by eleven million euro.
 
The group have championed their dedication to the Irish arm of their company with plans to reorganise and rebrand. Eivind Kolding, chairman of the Executive Board of Danske Bank has said; “We want to focus on our core business in Ireland,”.
 
How are they proving their commitment to the Emerald Isle? By renaming National Irish Bank, Danske Bank.
Not only are our banks being run from abroad but the face of politics is now being altered by a non-Irish man. Martin Critten, 54, from the North of England is to walk from Limerick to Dublin in an attempt to form a new political party.
Fed up with the states of the nation Martin Critten has launched his own website; http://www.sli-nios-fearr.com; explaining his manifesto and search for political partners to revive Ireland from it’s political pain.
‘We know Turkey’s don’t vote for Christmas’ Critten writes on his website, ‘we need to get people in Dail Eireann that are willing to make changes.’ An honourable aim, but Critten admits; ‘At the moment we’re totally visionless’. OK, Don’t start printing pamphlets yet. Critten hopes to reach Dublin by May 18th gathering a gang of supporters and interested members of the public along the way.
Is this a man we should get behind? Well you may end up behind him on the N7 as he walks his way across country.
 
More Garda stations are to shut nationwide in attempts to streamline the number of stations. It’s not clear when streamlining became management talk for means reducing but it can’t be coincidence that while the number of Garda stations decrease burglary rates are on the rise.
 
Dublin native Ryan O’Shaughnessy has made it through to the final of Britain’s Got Talent. The Fair City veteran puts Danny O’Dono-who? in the shade when it comes to love songs melting the hearts of millions with his song ‘No Name’.
Previously contracted to The Voice, Ryan decided to follow his song writing dream on BGT instead and now looks to become the biggest singing Irish export since Jedward. After initial contracting problems (once booted from the bottom two of Brian Kennedy’s group on The Voice) O’Shaughnessy was free to woo British audiences with his self-penned love songs and Irish charm.
 
Sadly for Ryan his lyrics failed to woo the girl for whom they were written, better luck with Her Majesty!
 
Another Irish Ryan is not proving as popular. Tubridy, 2FM’s  wannabe Terry Wogan stepped into his 9-11am weekday slot after the untimely death of Gerry Ryan two years ago.
 
The history graduate climbed his way to the top at RTE after starting his career as a runner securing some of the highest wages across the broadcaster.
 
Famous for crying housewives and Tubridy’s psuedo-confession box style Tubridy’s radio show on 2 made him the nation’s favourite young fogey. But with popularity comes the public penchant for putting people like Tubridy back in their place. The show has lost 90,000 listeners in the last two years with many switching over to Ray D’arcy on Today FM. The Late Late Show is also flailing, accused of weak interviews and a weaker guest line up. Coupled with a poor reception at BBC Radio 2 in London last summer and a twitter blackout (caused apparently by a lack of time but more easily blamed on the vitriol of viewers and listeners) it seems Tubridy’s time may be up.
 
There’s nothing cheesy when it comes to kids advertising – well there soon won’t be. It’s a well known fact that cleverly targeted advertising to kids through prime time TV slots can cause chaos in supermarkets and dictate the diets of families everywhere. But now in a push to reduce childhood obesity, advertising watchdogs are now putting their fun deriding foot down and taking away our cheese strings.
 

Out With The Old And In With The New: From Hollande to Holland

This week has already proven to be tumultuous time for European politics and it’s only Monday. A wave of change seems to be washing over both France and the Netherlands, leaving some of the top posts in Europe currently up for grabs.

The first round of the French Presidential elections saw Francois Hollande take a step closer to becoming the first ever Socialist President of France, his 28% giving him a clear lead over Nicolas Sarkozy’s mere 26%. Although not yet defeated, this can be seen as a personal blow to Sarkozy. Not only is it a spanner in his campaign to be re-elected but it also can be viewed as a resounding personal defeat; it is the first time in 50 years that an outgoing President has failed to secure a majority in the first round of votes. It has been noted by many that success for Hollande could mark a turning point for politics in Europe. Hollande favours a European fiscal pact that encompasses provisions on growth and jobs rather than just purely austere measures. This could leave the German Chancellor Angela Merkel more isolated in her insistence that rigid austerity measures are the only way to resolve the euro crisis.

In other significant news, the Dutch Prime Minister today resigned from his post after an emergency cabinet meeting was called.The Dutch government information service released a statement that left no uncertainty on the matter:

“Prime Minister Mark Rutte has offered his cabinet’s resignation to her Majesty Dutch Queen Beatrix,”

This move was not entirely unforeseen after crucial negotiations on a new set of austerity measures collapsed at the weekend. Geert Wilders’ dissent on the matter meant that the government no longer had the support of the Freedom Party, support that had ensured the government’s majority in Parliament in recent months.

What with Hollande’s recent success in the Presidential campaign and his desire to encourage job growth, perhaps he will soon be in a position to offer Mr.Rutte a new post? But for now we must be content to surmise on what the coming days will bring. One thing is for sure; all eyes will remain fixed on Europe to see how both the French and Dutch situations play out.

Norris Looking To Re-Enter Presidential Race

Appearing on Friday night`s The Late Late Show, Senator David Norris confirmed that he is seeking the minimum 20 votes required for nomination to re-enter the race to become the next President of Ireland.

When asked directly by host Ryan Tubridy how many of those votes he currently has, Senator Norris was coy and refused to reveal, “this is a poker game” he added. Mr Norris did say that he understood why some of his previous backers had withdrawn their support and he held no ill feeling towards them.

Senator Norris acknowledged that it will be a tough fight but one he’s not afraid of, and he is buoyed by his belief that “people love a comeback” and aren’t afraid to give “second chances”.

Norris stated that should he go on to win the race it would be the “greatest comeback in Irish political history”.

Senator Norris did not have the interview all his own way however, and faced some tough questions from Tubridy who was determined they speak on the incident that lead to the Senator’s withdrawal from the Presidential race in July.

The Senator withdrew from the race following controversy over a letter he wrote in 1993 to the High Court in Jerusalem seeking leniency for a former partner who had been convicted of the statutory rape of a 15-year-old boy. The letter had been written on Seanad headed paper and within the letter Senator Norris also mentioned that he had being touted as a possible Presidential candidate. The Senator stated on last night`s show that he didn’t really believe at the time that he was a candidate but thought it would add weight to the letter. The Senator went on to add that everybody was sending these official letters at the time.

Mr. Norris acknowledged this was a serious “error of judgement” on his part and that he had “reached out a hand to help a friend”. The Senator said that more politically canny individuals would not have sent such a letter however he is someone who cannot reject an appeal for help, adding that if he helps strangers how could he not try to help a friend. However, Senator Norris stated that he “did not condone or excuse” what his partner had done and abhors the abuse of children.

When pushed on a previous interview Senator Norris had given in which he was reluctant to deny advocating a case for “classic pederacy” the Senator said he was misquoted and that his answer had been based on an academic understanding of the term and not as was portrayed in the article. Mr Norris went on to state he does not believe there is ever a justifiable case for sexual relations between an adult and minors, as in the situation with his former partner.

Mr. Norris finished the interview by stating that he’s not perfect but “if you’re waiting for a perfect President then you’ll be waiting a long time”.

This may be quite an apt statement given the day’s earlier shock candidacy announcement.

It was revealed yesterday that deputy First Minister in the Northern Ireland Executive, Martin McGuiness, will be the Sinn Féin candidate for the Presidency.

Mr McGuinness is expected to be unveiled as his party’s nominee in a press conference in Dublin later today. Although a key figure in the Northern Ireland peace talks, along with Sinn Féin party Leader Gerry Adams, Mr. McGuinness is also known to have been a leading member of the Provisional IRA.

Speaking yesterday Mr. Adams stated: “I believe he can be the people’s President. If elected he will draw the average industrial wage. He will dictate himself to a genuine national reconciliation and the unity of our people.”

With the party holding 14 seats in the Dáil and 3 in the Senate, it leaves the party requiring the support of 3 more members of the Oireachtas to have the 20 signatures necessary for Mr. McGuiness to officially become a candidate in the race.