Thursday, June 30, 2005
for example, i am a computer programmer, i know a bloke who works for the dept of health, he's a complete muppet, i would never hire him, and believe me, he has a massive budget, and spends it on crap.Really if you want to discuss politics there are better places.
Wednesday, June 29, 2005
The Next American Civil War.
Monday, June 27, 2005
The little people shouldn't disburb a fianna fail minister
County Manager Terry O’Niadh said the local authority has and will continue to do everything it can to bring finality to the Shannon Vermicomposting issue. With the council’s legal team in the High Court again last Monday week, Mr O’Niadh explained that the matter is nearing conclusion and shouldn’t be jeopardised at this point, adding that Minister Roche will have no input into the ultimate outcome.
How good we really have it
Thursday, June 23, 2005
Muppet of the Week Award.
NUI Galway Fees Increase
Hi, Attached you'll find a document outlining the proposed increases in postgraduate fees which were recommended by the Finance/Resource Committee on Tuesday last for approval by Údarás na hOllscoile next week. Needless to say, NUI, Galway Students' Union is very unhappy with the increases being proposed by the University. The proposals have been drawn up without taking any account of the following: - The direct decrease in the value of fellowships caused by any increase in fees. The University has not indicated it has any intention to increase fellowships in line with the fee increase; - Even if fellowships were to increase, the income cap of €12,700 imposed by the Department of Education and Science would most likely be breached, meaning students qualifying for a Higher Education Grant ("local authority grant") would lose out on grant funding; - That despite assurances from the University that the above would be investigated, the cap is beyond the control of the University and in seeking to raise it, the University would effectively be seeking further funding from the Exchequer (albeit in a roundabout way), which is extremely unlikely to happen; - The impact this will have, in particular, on students studying in the arts/humanities area, who already struggle to source funding of any sort, in a system increasingly driven by research in the sciences; - The fact that NUI, Galway has traditionally attracted students (who would otherwise have gone to UCD/TCD) because of its lower fees; - The service in the University has not improved in any significant manner in recent times which may merit a higher fee; - That even though the main justification being offered is that NUI, Galway has fallen behind the sector, fee increases of 9% and 7% occurred in 2003/04 and 2004/05 respectively with a fee increase of 10% already agreed for 2005/06, despite annual inflation rates running at 2-3% during the same period. Indeed, further investigation will, no doubt, highlight other issues which I have not raised here. We in NUI, Galway Students' Union are not opposed to the idea of increasing incoming funding into the University. However, the full range of issues arising from these increases have not been reviewed, with the potential increase in revenue being the only driver. This is not a sufficiently thorough process by which to decide on such significant increases in postgraduate fees. Please review the attached documentation (paying particular attention to the right-hand columns) and I will endeavour to contact you in advance of the meeting next week to discuss this matter further. Regards, Paddy.However it seems that it has been passed. So again it looks like the collages are trying to squezze everything they can out of students You can follow the collage debate on the student bulliten boards
Why is Ireland not cool to holiday
I don't know about you, but I get lazy living in Ireland. I see bus loads of tourists making their way religiously around Ireland and it makes me realise that there's so much of this place I've yet to pay attention to. It's too easy to jump on a plane and go to foreign climes assuming that "back home" will always be there.But is that the reason is it a case of, I can go to the arann island anytime but barcelona (ironic that i mention it considering im living here at the moment) I might never get there. Now I would be of the same mentality as that I have never been to the arann islands or the Marble Arch Cave (which are mention in that girl's post and look cool) and I am probably missing out. I was sitting in a cafe in pisa a few weeks ago and they were asking me and a friend all about ireland and how amazing they thought it was and how they were going visit it. Asking us where to send them for 10 days. (aventually it was fly into shannon go to doolin cliffs of mohar burran aran islands galway connamara dublin belfast north antrim coast donegal fermanagh fly out from dublin. sorry west cok people ) North Antrim Coast Kilbane castle. I realised alot of thoses places i have never been to. So why haven't i and most people in this country. If you look at the Tourism figures for 2003 Foreign Holidays was at 4,929,000 and domestic was at 2,933,000 So why the massive difference So I think the main reason is that there is a preception in ireland that ireland isn't good enough. That we are to cosmopolitan to go to the places or parents when't in pre-tiger days. You are talking in work to your co-workers what would you prefare to say i am going to prague for the weekend or i'm going to Bantry. Will this stigma ever go will we ever realise what we actually have here. Are is it just that it is cheaper to fly shannon to london for 20 euros then get the train from limerick to Belfast for 60
Wednesday, June 22, 2005
Mary "Michael Howard" Harney
I am not happy with the standard of hygiene in hospitals and it is one of the first things I asked the new national hospitals office to deal with. I am determined that our hospitals are run to the highest possible standards, There is no excuse for dirt especially when huge money is being spent on cleaning programmes involving both in-house cleaning and outside contractsbut still it seems to me that all this is really only a publisity stunt . THe health ministery has always been a poisin callace and has damaged the reputation of many a good minister. It is riddled with problams with no easy solution. This however seems to be the same as Howard ie away to make an issue out of something that makes a great sound bite and looks like Ms Harney is strong on health. Hygiene is an inportant issue in hosipdeals but it is far from the greatest problam affecting the health service in Ireland. She has also come out with a new spending amount that is going to be invested by the HSE But again to justify it she compares it to the poor spending by Blair
"Our overall health capital budget this year is about €146 per person. This is nearly 60 per cent higher than the UK, for example, which will invest about €92 per person."This again is Michael Howard talk selling a scheme by saying its better then theres. The question is will this health thing work are will mary go the way of michael and a new face takes the Pd throne. (2 guesses who that will be )
Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Taiwan vs Japan vs China
Monday, June 20, 2005
Is this guy just out to bug me
The day the vroom vroom died
The end is coming
Friday, June 17, 2005
Department Of Foreign Affairs
anti - G8 people
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Another excuse for Politicans to Doss
ARDAGH, Sean (Dublin South-Central)
Partner in Accountancy Firm: Ardagh Horan, 168 Walkinstown Road, Dublin 12.
AYLWARD, Liam (Carlow-Kilkenny) Non-executive Director: Signiatec Ltd. Laminate and Technical Services, Dunamaggan, Co. Kilkenny: laminate and print materials.
BRADY, Johnny (Meath)Farmer: Balrath Demesne, Drumbaragh, Chapelbride, Destinrath. I suppose he could vote from the hay shed.
BREEN, Pat (Clare)
Farmer: Lisduff, Ballynacally, Ennis, Co. Clare
BROUGHAN, Thomas (Dublin North-East)
Secondary Teacher (Oireachtas Leave): St. Aidan's C.B.S., Collins Avenue, Whitehall, Dublin 9 and Department of Education and Science, Marlboro St., Dublin 1.
Are you allowed mobiles in the class room ?
BRUTON, Richard (Dublin North-Central) Occasional Economic Advice Overseas: 210 Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9; Setting farmland, Woodtown, Drumree, Co. Meath.
Whats setting farmland ?
CALLANAN, Joe (Galway East)
Farmer: Calla, Kilconnell, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway
CAREY, Pat (Dublin North-West)
Primary Teacher: St. Finian's School, Finglas, Dublin 11.
CASSIDY, Donie (Westmeath)
DURKAN, Bernard (Kildare North)
Part-time horticulture/farming: Timard, Maynooth, Co. Kildare.
ELLIS, John (Sligo-Leitrim)
Farmer/Landlord/Co-Director: Fenagh, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim.
Birchmoy Developments Ltd., Fenagh, Ballinamore, Co. Leitrim: building and development;
FAHEY, Frank (Galway West)
Teacher on Secondment; Gort Community School
FITZPATRICK, Dermot (Dublin Central)
Medical Doctor: 80 Navan Road, Dublin 7.
If someone in the middle of the budjet speech has a heart attack they will have a few people to answer the doctor in the house question.
GALLAGHER, Pat The Cope (Donegal South-West)
Forestry: Dungloe, Co. Donegal.
GLENNON, Jim (Dublin North)
Consultant: Medisec Ireland Ltd., 10 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin 2.
GREALISH, Noel (Galway West)
Company Director: G.G.C. Galway Glass Centre Ltd., Briarhill Business Park, Galway.
GREGORY, Tony (Dublin Central)
Múinteoir Méan-Scoil: Coláiste Eoin, Bóthar Stigh Lorgan, Co. Baile Átha Cliath
HAUGHEY, Sean (Dublin North-Central)
Non-executive Director: Larchfield Securities, 20 Upper Mount St., Dublin 2: family holding company;
HEALY RAE, Jackie (Kerry South)
You got to love him
HOCTOR, Máire F (Tipperary North)
Secretary School Teacher: Department of Education & Science, Marlboro Street, Dublin 1: St. Joseph CBS Sec. School, Summerhill, Nenagh, Co. Tipperary.
Auctioneer: Main Street, Urlingford, Co. Kilkenny
KELLY, Peter (Longford-Roscommon)
Funeral Director: Peter Kelly Funerals, Dublin Road, Longford.
In america that would be used by the opposition along the lines of he'll kill the comunity and then bury you or some such mad negative campaigning i guess it is lucky it isn't in ireland yet.
KIRK, Seamus (Louth)
Farmer: Rathiddy, Knockbridge, Dundalk, Co. Louth.
KITT, Tom (Dublin South)
Teacher employing substitute teacher: Department of Education.
LOWRY, Michael (Tipperary North)
Co-Director, Garuda Ltd: Abbey Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary.
Vineacre Director, 28/44 Alma Street, Bedfordshire LU12PL: property company
MCELLISTRIM, Thomas (Kerry North)
Farmer: Ahane Farm, Ballymacelligott, Tralee, Co. Kerry.
MCGUINNESS, John (Carlow-Kilkenny)
Transport Company: Interlink, Hebron Road, Kilkenny;
MCHUGH, Paddy (Galway East)
Architect: Patrick McHugh Associates, Shop Street, Tuam, Co. Galway.
MITCHELL, Gay (Dublin South-Central)
Writings/publications: 192 Upper Rathmines Road, Dublin 6;
MOLONEY, John (Laoighis-Offaly)
Funeral Director/Publican: 27 Patrick Street, Mountmellick, Co. Laois.
MORGAN, Arthur (Louth) Fish Processors: Seafood Processors Ltd., Omeath, Co. Louth.
MOYNIHAN, Donal (Cork North-West)
Farmer: Gortnascorty, Ballymakeera, Macroon, Co. Cork.
MOYNIHAN, Michael (Cork North-West)
Farmer: Meens, Kiskeam, Mallow, Co. Cork.
MULCAHY, Michael (Dublin South-Central)
Barrister at law: The Law Library, Four Courts, Dublin 7.
NEVILLE, Dan (Limerick West)
Auctioneering: Daniel Neville MIPAV, Kiltannan, Croagh, Co. Limerick.
O'DONOVAN, Denis (Cork South-West)
Solicitor: The Quay, Bantry, Co. Cork;
Working on a consultative roll only
Ó FEARGHAIL, Seán (Kildare South)
Farming: Fennor, Kildare, Co. Kildare.
O'FLYNN, Noel (Cork North-Central)
Motor Parts Distributor: Noel O'Flynn Ltd., Mallow Road, Cork.
O'KEEFFE, Jim (Cork South-West)
1) Solicitor and Notary Public: Wolfe & Co., Skibbereen, Co. Cork; (2) Bayview Partnership: The Coastguard, Schull, Co. Cork. (3) G.W. Biggs & Co. Ltd.: Bantry; (4) McElhinney Hotels Ltd., Skibbereen
O'KEEFFE, Ned (Cork East)
Farmer: Ballylough, Mitchelstown, Co. Cork.
PARLON, Tom (Laoighis-Offaly)
Farming: Ballinlough, Roscrea, Co. Offaly.
PENROSE, William (Westmeath)
Barrister at law, The Law Library, Four Courts, Dublin 7.
PERRY, John (Sligo-Leitrim)
Trade name Perrys of Ballymote: Main Street, Ballymote.
QUINN, Ruairi (Dublin South-East)
Consultant: Ruairi Quinn & Partners, 23 Strand Road, Sandymount, Dublin 4.
TWOMEY, Liam (Wexford)
General Practitioner: Rosslare Medical Centre, Rosslare Strand, Co. Wexford.
UPTON, Mary (Dublin South-Central)
University Lecturer (Part-time): University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4.
So that seems to be it http://www.oireachtas.ie/viewdoc.asp?DocID=3831&CatID=20 some teachers are declared to be on leave so i left them out i have no idea if the included ones are on leave. So is this the reason for mobile voting. So they can continue theses jobs. In the above list jackie is the only one without a job or directorship declared.
A lot had directorships of charitable organisations which is fair enough.
There is about 50 in the list.
see puting to gether this list is real dossing.