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Lowry Tapes led to raid by Revenue

THE Revenue Commissioners‘ raid on the home of independent TD Michael Lowry was a “direct result” of his statement in the Lowry Tapes that he “never declared” a sum read full article


 The number of complaints received by the ethics watchdog last year which related directly to Tipperary North TD Michael Lowry is 388


Not a bad old life for skint Quinlan on the Riviera, n’est-ce pas?

IF one were to liken the boom and the bust that followed to a game of musical chairs, former King Midas to Ireland’s great and good Derek Quinlan didn’t just grab a chair when the music read full article


Varadkar bid to prevent TDs abusing travel privileges fails

AN oIreachtas committee chaired by the Ceann Com-hairle Sean Barrett has rebuffed attempts by Transport Minister Leo Varadkar to draw up guidelines to prevent TDs from abusing their tra read full article


With €2.5m debts plus tax arrears, what’s keeping Minister Perry?

PRESSURE mounted on junior minister John Perry to resign last night after it emerged that he will be highly unlikely to be able to pay off his €2.5m debts – even if he sold all of his a read full article


Jailings for not paying tiny fines up 25 per cent

THE number of people being sent to jail for failing to pay paltry court fines has soared by 25 per cent in just two years. read full article


Budget will be tough, Gilmore warns householders

HARD-pressed householders have been warned not to expect any respite from the forthcoming full article


Court clears way for people to sue individual bankers

A HIGH Court judge has cleared the way for aggrieved customers to initiate private criminal prosecutions against bank staff. read full article


Childers: Labour figures bullied me

INDEPENDENT MEP Nessa Childers, who resigned from the Labour Party last week, has sensationally claimed that she was subjected to a campaign of “overt bullying” by senior part read full article



Meetings of the council take place behind closed doors and no detailed record kept read full article

Govt. Priorities Outlined By Noel Coonan

Noel Coonan “Who” I hear you ask… Well. I have been asking the same for sometime now, but alas, no one I have met seems to be, any the wiser.
So checked him out and discovered that he happens to be an elected Fine Gael TD for Tipperary North.  Going through the record of this bright spark, I came away with the impression that he must be one of the most ineffective TDs ever to walk the corridors of Sinister House.
However, the man recently found his tongue and got the vocals going by saying.

“That protecting children, boosting job creation, and securing a better deal on our debt are top of the Government’s agenda in the coming months. Deputy Coonan was speaking as the start of the new Dáil term.

“A huge body of work lies ahead for the Government in this Dáil term. The Children’s Referendum will represent a major change in the way this country and all institutions of the State regard and care for children. Legislation on the Referendum will be published in the coming weeks, ahead of what I hope will be an informed and passionate debate on why it is so important to strengthen the protection we offer our children,” said Deputy Coonan.

“On the jobs front, we will continue our reform agenda through the Action Plan for Jobs, which is rebuilding our economy into a sustainable model based on enterprise, innovation, and strong exports. A long list of pro-jobs measures has been implemented over the last year aimed at improving access to credit, supporting small business and boosting high growth sectors. Work is already well underway on the Action Plan for Jobs for 2013, which will be even more ambitious in its scope,” continued Noel.

“The Government faces a huge challenge in implementing a further €3.5 billion adjustment in the upcoming Budget. Unfortunately, this level of adjustment is unavoidable as we seek to meet the terms of the bailout programme and bring our public finances under control. What the Government must do as part of this process is ensure the right decisions are taken for both our economy and our society,” concluded Deputy Coonan.

You can bet on one thing these words did not emanate from the brain of Mr. Coonan. One would have to be a right patsy to deliver such a speech and expect the public to believe in it. You will closely observe there is no mention of the offensive things our authorities plan for the population in General. The message given is nothing more than cynical optimism coming from a bare cupboard.

Interestingly enough Noel Coonans office are in Bank Street – and why not! After all Fine Gael were supporters of the Bank Guarantee which handed our country over to the ECB and theIMF.

Yes – Let’s [take] Our Country Back – from those who handed it it over to the ECB and the IMF.

That said I like the pictures of Michael Collins who, I believe would never have worn a Blueshirt.

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