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Is your womb safe in his hands?


Ladies  is your womb safe in his hands?

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Given the recent record of the Irish health service the advice is stay away from anything that comes under the remit of Dr.James Reilly the Minister of Health. You have a better chance of survival with the grim reaper

Native American Society


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Native American Society – StumbleUpon.

via Native American Society – StumbleUpon.

BEST IRISH CARLSBURG ADVERT


Best Irish  Carlsburg advert ever seen. Drink up lads

via BEST IRISH CARLSBURG ADVERT – HILARIOUS!! – YouTube.

via BEST IRISH CARLSBURG ADVERT – HILARIOUS!! – YouTube.

Irelands Collapsing Authority of old patriarchs now an International Epidemic


Patriarchy, literally the rule by the fathers, is a social system in which the male is the primary authority figure.  Daddy calls the shots in political leadership, moral authority, the control of property, and over women and children. Sound familiar?

If you haven’t noticed, patriarchy is not what it once was. In the Irish context the experience of patriarchy has played out for centuries in the empires that ruled us, the church that molded us and in the state that (most often) sent us to war or sent us packing.

Good little patriots that we were, we did what we were told too, didn’t we? We were well trained.

In life, apparently, you get one of two choices — to live in a historical age that is restrictive and repressive, or one collapsing under the weight of its own hubris. There’s no doubt about which we’re living in now, is there?

The only question is when will the principle players, the ones who had it so good for so long, quit the stage to make way for the sweeping change that is increasingly inevitable? I think it’s become clear that it’s going to take more than a little cast change to fix what’s ailing in patriarchy now.

We are in a new and uncharted situation, after all. Daddy’s not looking like the imposing authority figure he once was.

Thanks to two decades of unprecedented crisis where the deep rot in the Irish system is now in daily public view, ordinary Irish people suddenly possess something novel — a voice in their own affairs.

So what are those voices saying? In regard to the church those ordinary Irish people are saying we were abused or brutalized by religious orders who depended upon our silence. They’re saying a compliant state choose to look the other way.

They’re saying for decades Ireland had a golden circle that simply froze out the rabble to protect their own good fortune.

They’re saying what happened to me and to thousands like me was wrong.

They’re saying they want an apology, but more than that they’re saying they don’t want thus to happen to anyone else any more.

They’re not being listened to, of course. In life, where you stand determines so much of what you’re willing to see. Nothing puts the blinders on like an inchoate threat to your purse strings.

That’s why we need artists. Artists live beyond the margin of things, they stand outside the daily struggles, that can tell us what they see from their unique perspective. So far the news isn’t good.

For decades Ireland’s most distinguishing characteristic was repression. That was the signature element of our powerlessness. Daddy (the state, the church) called the shots.

But remarkably, in a moment that underlines just how far we have moved away from the repressive
certainties of even a decade ago, it was the Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Enda Kenny who admitted as much last week.

“We lived with the damaging idea that what was desirable and acceptable in the eyes of the church and the state was the same and interchangeable,” Kenny told the nation last week.

“This moral subservience gave us… the compliant, obedient and lucky ‘us’ and banished the more problematic, spirited or unlucky ‘them.’”

Shocking things could happen to you in Ireland if you were one of “them.” I know this with certainty, because I was one. Figuratively and literally.

That’s what some people used to call me when I lived in Ireland. It was a badge of shame. It was the equivalent of a passport too.

Once you were called it your fate was already being parceled out. You were being stamped for rejection or export or worse.

The jig’s well and truly up now though, isn’t it? Oh, the organizers of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade on Fifth Avenue and the elder statesmen of the Republican Party and the cardinals on their way to the concave can still pretend they haven’t received the memo, but we’re in a new moment.

They know it. The whole world knows it.

The lesson of the last decade, where patriarchal hubris led us to war on false pretenses, where it sought to divide natural allies to protect itself, where it tried to cover up its own sins whilst loudly condemning others, has not been lost on us. Daddy can take a number now like the rest of us had to.

 

R

via Collapsing authority of old patriarchs now an international epidemic | Manhattan Diary | IrishCentral.

via Collapsing authority of old patriarchs now an international epidemic | Manhattan Diary | IrishCentral.

The Most Viral Irish Video Ever?


James Corballis writes:

This day last week I hurriedly posted a video of my cat to YouTube in order to share with my friends on Facebook.

I went out to work that afternoon and my phone never stopped buzzing with emails all night. It was only then that I realised it had gone viral.

A week later, I now have a theory that this could be the most viral Irish video ever…. (as in fastest growing, not most views). The closest I can come up with is The RubberbanditsHorse Outside video which received 530,000 views in 72 hours…. In 72 hours, my video received 1,018,445.

It is currently getting over 10,000 views an hour.

At the time of writing the view count is 1,949,000. I’m still in shock. I’m sure there might be others though that I’ve overlooked?

Anyone?

via The Most Viral Irish Video Ever? | Broadsheet.ie.

via The Most Viral Irish Video Ever? | Broadsheet.ie.

Irish Life posts €96m in first half profits, ‘wrong’ time to sell company – Irish, Business – Independent.ie


RISH Life Assurance, the state-owned life assurer, said it is the wrong time to sell the company.

The insurer said today that “market conditions are not current conducive for a sale” but added that its priority is to return to private ownership and repay the state’s investment.

Irish Life is the largest private payer of pensions in the country with a market share of 29pc of the life and pensions market and more than 1m customers.

The company annouced today that pre-tax profits increased six-fold to €96m last year under International Financial Reporting Standards. The group’s embedded value, an estimate of a life assurer’s worth based on future profits of existing policyholders, was €1.8bn at the end of June.

Kevin Murphy, Irish Life chief executive officer, said the assurer is “very conscious” of its taxpayer support “and we are determined to ensure that this can be repaid fully as soon as practicable,” he said. He added that the Irish life and pensions market is likely to remain tough for a number of years.

Thomas Molloy

via Irish Life posts €96m in first half profits, ‘wrong’ time to sell company – Irish, Business – Independent.ie.

via Irish Life posts €96m in first half profits, ‘wrong’ time to sell company – Irish, Business – Independent.ie.

Taoiseach wants more Croke Park savings –


TAOISEACH ENDA Kenny has given his Ministers a week to outline further savings achievable under the Croke Park agreement in what was described as a “reinvigoration” of the process but not a review.

The Cabinet yesterday agreed “further work was required” on Minister for Public Expenditure Brendan Howlin’s controversial memo containing limited proposals to reform 800 allowance payments for about 300,000 staff in the public service

via Taoiseach wants more Croke Park savings – The Irish Times – Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

via Taoiseach wants more Croke Park savings – The Irish Times – Thu, Sep 13, 2012.

Few of 800 public sector payments to be reduced –


THE GOVERNMENT is expected to announce reductions in allowances for staff in the Civil Service who previously served as private secretaries to Ministers. There are 800 allowances paid across the public service and this looks likely to be one of the few targeted.

Up to now staff who served as private secretaries to Ministers have been able to keep 50 per cent of the allowance once they had been in the post for more than one year.

Private secretaries to Ministers receive an allowance of €20,685 a year. The private secretary to the Taoiseach receives €24,427.

via Few of 800 public sector payments to be reduced – The Irish Times – Wed, Sep 12, 2012.

via Few of 800 public sector payments to be reduced – The Irish Times – Wed, Sep 12, 2012.

Number of tourists visiting rises 7.9% – The Irish Times – Wed, Sep 12, 2012


THE NUMBER of tourists visiting Ireland rose 7.9 per cent last year while Irish people took fewer trips abroad, new figures published by the Central Statistics Office show.

A total of 6.6 million visits to Ireland by overseas residents were recorded in 2011, an increase of 500,000 on the previous year.

The number of nights spent in Ireland by foreign travellers also rose by 6.1 per cent, from 48 million in 2010 to 50.9 million last year. Hotel bed nights were up 13 per cent, while nights spent with friends and relatives were down.

via Number of tourists visiting rises 7.9% – The Irish Times – Wed, Sep 12, 2012.

via Number of tourists visiting rises 7.9% – The Irish Times – Wed, Sep 12, 2012.

What the Citizens are saying


 

I really want to win the lotto, buy a bomb and a box of matches, and then emigrate with the rest of the Irish!

Peter Reaney

The biggest problem in Ireland today, is that nobody wants to take responsibility for anything…………………

But don’t quote me on that!

Paddy McKenna

 

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