Tips on enjoying “threesomes” paid for by Irish taxpayer, American donations.
All this just goes to prove that we still have a number of fun people in the Government. Well done James Reilly. I hope the scheme is a runaway success
Dublin: An Irish government-funded website, SpunOut.ie, aimed at teens or “young people” provides tips on how to enjoy “threesomes.” Seriously. The site is also backed by Atlantic Philanthropies, founded by Irish American billionaire Chuck Feeney.
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry? Don’t get me wrong. I’m steamed about this. I keep repeating to myself: how dare they? How dare they so deliberately undermine what my wife and I teach our children? And how dare it be done with our money?
Yet it’s just so outrageous that I find it almost amusing. I keep asking myself: is this the Ireland that the “men of 16” dreamed of? Is this what the Easter Proclamation was about? For what died the sons of Roisín, was it threesomes?
Of course when that little humor wears off I’m burning again.
SpunOut.ie purports to be “dedicated to helping you make informed decisions about things which may be happening in your life.” Well help on having “a fun and safe experience” in a thressome is the sort of help that my wife and I don’t want anyone giving our children.
I am confident that my wife and I have raised our children well, but this official sanctioning of decadence is a slap in our face. This is the government telling our children “pay no heed to what those people say.” Infuriating.
This kind of thing is a leftover from the Celtic Tiger days. Maybe they were so busy working all the hours God sent that they had no time for doing what parents of teenagers ought to do: fight the good fight, say ‘No’ often and mean it!, be resolute and pray that they come out all right on the other end. Maybe making money hand over fist or just keeping up with the Joneses took so much energy that they couldn’t fight the good fight.
Whatever the cause, there was a collective void where parents should have been. A void filled by ideas like those advocated at SpunOut.ie. The difference this time I feel like they’re mocking us parents for our weakness, having advanced to where they are advising our children on “threesomes.”
It’s galling. But the fact that it’s paid for with taxpayers’ money – OUR MONEY – makes it even worse.
The Irish government is funding SpunOut.ie through the Department of Health, a department that is under serious pressure due to the cutbacks in government spending. Or so we’re told.
Is he Irish Healthcare system in a state of terminal decline? What can Dr. James Reilly do about.
Both questions are easily answered – The system as we know it is in Terminal decline. As for Minister Reilly rising to the occasion to save our healthcare system the answer is of course no chance
What a laugh this report is given that the Minister would not even be capable of organizing a visit to a hospital
MINISTER FOR HEALTH James Reilly has given a personal pledge to “tackle the smoking problem” and called for combined measures to regulate tobacco products.
Speaking in Brussels in a meeting of the EU Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee, Reilly also called for comprehensive assistance to smokers who want to quit and media information campaigns.
The committee was discussing the proposal to revise the 2001 Tobacco Products Directive which focuses on smokeless tobacco products, packaging and labelling, ingredients or additives, cross-border distance sales and traceability and security issues. It also aims to harmonise the implementation of international obligations under the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC).
Speaking about the proposal before the committee Commissioner Tonio Borg said tobacco “should look like tobacco and taste like tobacco as well, not like vanilla or other sweets”.
“These products are produced in this way to be attractive to the young. Let’s not forget that most people start smoking below the age of 25 and the majority when they are still minors,” he said. Several other MEPs echoed his call for flavoured tobacco products to be abolished.
However Danish MEP, Anna Rosbach, said that the committee should not forget that governments need the revenues generated by tobacco. “The fiscal impact is something we have to bear in mind”, she said. “Any smoker who stops is a good investment.”
Minister Reilly said that economically, it is a “no brainer”, because of the heavy costs that smoking imposes on health systems and on the economy, through absenteeism from work.
Italian MEP Oreste Rossi said he was worried that too many limits place upon people would result in an increase in the trade of illegal cigarettes. However Borg reassured the committee that security and tracking provisions were also proposed in the directive.
As always around this time of year, the nation suffers an acute shortage of hospital beds.
Minister Reilly, who loves pulling, stokes, and hates being accused of dodgy deals, has for once come up with a jaw dropping solution, which will insure hospital beds are readily available.
A program of replacing hospital beds with hammocks will begin early next year and will more than double their capacity for patients despite the crippling effects this will have on overstretched staff.
Reilly was disappointed that the HSE were themselves unable to come up with this simple initiative. He did thank the consultancy firm known as the friends of Reilly for their work in this area.
The first thousand hammocks are to be installed in January.
Reilly does not expect fallout from the scheme.
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has played down reports of a rift within the coalition and said the “silly season” is now over.
His comments came as he entered the first cabinet meeting since the summer break and as Sinn Fein and Fianna Fail called for a motion of no confidence in Health Minister James Reillyover proposed cuts in his department.
Speaking as he arrived at Government Buildings, the Fine Gaelleader said the Government has to get on with the job of making tough decisions.
He added December’s Budget will be the most challenging in the Government’s period in office.
Earlier, Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney described any talk of division between the Coalition partners as over-blown.
PUBLIC Spending Minister Brendan Howlin is backing down on his threat to cut some of the €1.5bn worth of allowances paid to public servants as the Coalition squabbles over health cuts.
The development comes as tensions simmered within the Coalition over Health Minister Dr James Reilly‘s €130m worth of health service cuts.
But there is not expected to be any climbdown on the package of health cuts, including reductions in home help and elderly care, despite the protests of Labour Party backbenchers.
The cuts will be discussed by ministers at the Cabinet’s first meeting after the summer break today.
Dr Reilly will still face a motion of no confidence when the Dail returns.
Mr Howlin has climbed down substantially on cuts to allowances, some of which he admits are “historic”.
The Minister of Health and Death is a man who dispels copious amounts of toxic hot air. Within his inner-circle colleagues, refer to him as the “Walking Fart”
The Walking Fart promised to sweep away the incontinence of the previous administrators. He stated I promised to deliver a health service that we all could be proud of; he is seventeen months into the job, and things have gotten worse.
In his first eighteen months in the Dáil, this man managed to ratchet up €32,000 for travel and subsistence despite living 18 miles from Leinster House.
The Walking Fart seems to have a talent for milking the gravy train. What a shame he is totally bereft of expertise to manage the health service.
Talk about the life of Reilly
In place of medical cards recipients will receive help in the form of photocopied Anglo Irish Bank Bondholders certificates