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A one act play from the Dáil- Fishy tales

The Perpetual Ghost: Yawns, and mentally says here we go again. As he waits for the speeches to begin he notes that the cream of the opposition is made up by Independents and that the main opposition parties are but a shadow of themselves –he mentally chuckles

An Ceann Comhairle:  I call Deputy Ó Cuív, who has six minutes.

Deputy Eamon Ó Cuív: I get an extra bonus late at night.

An Ceann Comhairle: That is because you are a good boy.

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív: That is right. I try to be good every day.

My understanding is that we have approximately 4% of the fish available to us but 14% of the waters.  The Minister maintains we get 15% of the fish caught and we have 14% of the waters.

Deputy Simon Coveney:  That is in Irish waters.

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív:  I suggest that of the total European catch of fish, it is 4%.

Deputy Simon Coveney:   Yes.

Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív:   This means we are getting one quarter of our entitlement from the Common Fisheries Policy

The Perpetual Ghost:  laughs and mentally communicates with the national audience of ghosts. A chorus of silent laughter echoes through the chamber “Boys everyone knows fisheries were sacrificed for farm subsidies”

Deputy Thomas Pringle: They have taken €500 billion from the seas around our coast in the intervening period and have left us with the scraps. One million tonnes of fish are taken from our waters every year out of which we take 170,000 tonnes.

Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett:  It is a crime for an island country such as ours that the fishing industry is teetering on the brink of extinction. Our so-called partners are supposedly helping us but in fact they are burying us in the interests of big financial and corporate interests in Europe.

The Perpetual Ghost: This will be fun. The ace hypocrite will now speak.

(The PG is a Ghost who recalls the past in totality and can foresee the future)

Deputy Mick Wallace: We are depleting the oceans.

It reminds me of a saying by a Cree native North American tribe that only when the last tree has died, the last river been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money.

The Perpetual Ghost:  Observes the sayings of Wallace and allows himself a morally haughty smirk as he blows rings of ether with the words “Cowboy” dangling in the centre of the circle

Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (Deputy Simon Coveney)

I will try to respond to that profound comment at the end. Some of the commentary here has been inaccurate. The Irish fishing industry is not dying on its feet. Last year Irish fishing industry exports grew by 15%. T We also had some extremely wealthy people in the Irish fishing industry, in the pelagic sector in particular where there are 23 boats.

Deputy Martin Ferris:   The Minister should compare the fleet size now and ten years ago.

Deputy Simon Coveney:  The capacity for catch is just as high now. That said, I am not happy with the state of the industry.

I thank the Deputies for their frankness in contributing to the debate this evening. I certainly got a strong message from them and that will impact on the Government’s thinking.

The Perpetual Ghost:  mutters the word Impact and laughs, oh my God government thinking, nonexistent, more thought emanates from the government crèche

The ghost knows that within the next year the only progress visible is fish dumped on the quayside of local fishing ports.

and how right he is.

Crucial ESM court hearing set to start this coming Tuesday

October 21, 2012 by namawinelake

“It’s high time that we brought democracy and transparency to Europe – the fight’s not over yet” Deputy Thomas Pringle in July 2012 when the Irish Supreme Court referred to the European courts, three issues in his bid to stop the European Stability Mechanism

The European Stability Mechanism (ESM) was finally launched on 8th October, after two legal challenges – one in Germany, one in Ireland – both failed. However, whilst the bid by Donegal South-West TD, Thomas Pringle (pictured above) at Ireland’s High Court and subsequently, Supreme Court, failed to stop the launch of the ESM, his challenge still has the potential to put an end to the scheme, at least for now. The Supreme Court in Ireland referred a number of matters to Europe’s highest court, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) in Luxembourg, and the oral hearing is set to commence this Tuesday on 23rdOctober, 2012. Whilst the hearing will not stop the scheduled payment of €258m into the scheme by Ireland tomorrow, the hearing does have the potential to stop the ESM in its tracks if the Court ultimately decides the manner in which the ESM has been created is incompatible with EU law. The Supreme Court in Ireland thought the matters were sufficiently arguable and legally feasible to allow it to refer these matters to Europe where they have been fast-tracked, though the Irish Supreme Court did not grant Deputy Pringle his request for an injunction halting progress of the ESM pending the ultimate outcome of the court hearings. This blogpost examines the issues, and will be the flagship blogpost on the subject with updates posted as the case progresses. The three matters which the Supreme Court in Ireland has referred to the CJEU are: 1. Is the ESM Treaty compatible with the EU Treaties? 2. Is the related decision by heads of government to amend the EU Treaties legally valid? 3. Can the ESM come into operation before the EU Treaty amendment comes into force (1st January 2013 at earliest)? Deputy Thomas Pringle has said he welcomes the fast-tracked hearing which will start on Tuesday and has said “I welcome the decision of the CJEU to use the accelerated procedure available to it to allow for an oral hearing in October. This shows that the Court recognises the urgency of this matter and its utmost importance to all EU states involved, including Ireland.” Deputy Pringle has stressed the potential exposure to Ireland of membership of the ESM. We seem to have formed the impression that money in the ESM will flow in only one direction to Ireland – that’s wrong, tomorrow €258m is set to be paid into the fund by Ireland and this will grow to over €1.25bn in the next 18 months. And the ESM commits us to pay in a maximum of €11bn to the scheme should things really get out of hand in Europe, and worse, the ESM allows itself the freedom to increase the uppermost cap. Though the hope here was that the ESM would be a backstop source of cheap funding when our IMF/EU programme expires at the end of 2013, tere is risk to Ireland from the ESM – it is not a one-way bet. Should Deputy Pringle be successful there will be an urgent need for European leaders to devise a lawful bailout mechanism, and you never know, we might have to have a new referendum in Ireland to approve such a mechanism. You can read the Irish Supreme Court decisions here and here. You can read the flagship blogpost on the High Court and Supreme Court hearings here. There will be updates here on the progress of the case.

via Crucial ESM court hearing set to start this coming Tuesday « NAMA Wine Lake.

via Crucial ESM court hearing set to start this coming Tuesday « NAMA Wine Lake.

Passing news Bites

Merkel Opposed to Lowering Irish Costs

Mrs. Merkel has spelt out in unambiguous terms; she’s opposed to any agreement that would lower the cost of the €64bn Irish bank bailout. I wonder why but then she must look after those stupid German banks that lent the money to Anglo.

The opposition FF/SF

What Have Fianna Fáil and Sinn Fein done to oppose government oppression of the people.

I understand FF reluctance to be too vocal after all FG is only implementing agreed FF bailout terms. However, one must ask questions of Sinn Fein. Their record of accomplishment in opposition appears to be negligible.

It looks like we are down to three individuals who genuinely represent the people. To Thomas Pringle, Richard Boyd Barrett and Luke “Ming” Flanagan I say Lads keep the flag flying for you are only hope

Leitrim County Council

Following a devastating summer for agriculture, Leitrim County Council is writing to the Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Simon Coveney, TD to bring forward the payments to farmers immediately due to the severe weather conditions. Councillors please note the Minister is at sea and has been since he assumed office, address unknown.

The Minister of Health Dr. Reilly Excited by new findings

The dept of health have noted findings by Case Western University highlighting the fact that scientists have invented a method to induce memories in brains, which means total recall is now here. This development has given the minister cause for optimism for he believes if they can do this it should be no problem to have a forgetfulness memory implant.

The department of health is considering a twenty-year implant for all citizens free of charge. It looks like memory wise this is the end of the bad times.

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