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The state of our nation July 26, 2010

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Not only should Fianna Fáil be put out of government, if there’s a shred of dignity left about the Irish people, they should be decimated as a party. The damage they have done to Ireland is incalculable. To the people, our infrastructure, our society, our public services, everything. The worst, sadly, is yet to come. People need to stop thinking about political parties the way they do about their favourite football team. You cannot be a lifelong FF supporter and blindly vote for them because that’s just what you’ve always done …

Twenty Major

That’s exactly what I’m thinking too … but alas, I think the Irish electorate gives not a shite of the flying kind …

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Flight of Earls … June 29, 2010

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Funny the way history repeats itself through song.  First as tragedy and then as absolute farce !

Callely ‘happy’ to return expenses June 25, 2010

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UNREAL !! via today’s Irish Times.

These people chancers live on their own planet and are blatant about it and we don’t care one iota !

Mr Boyle said documents showed the Senator submitted claims for 45 nights in Dublin during 2009. “So you’re actually claiming money for a residence that you normally live in, whether you see it as a permanent residence or not?” he asked.

“That’s correct, yes,” Mr Callely said. He said this situation was “probably applicable” to other members of the House who have an apartment or house in Dublin and live in the country.

And while I’m at it, the article above misses the point !  The legislation exists for these people (and written by these people) to do this legally.  All you need is a neck … and Fianna Failed have that in spades.

You can do ANYTHING in this country because the politicians know the  electorate don’t care !!

The link in Irish minds and in our social culture, between the political corruption and our own inaction simply does not exist !

Fine Gael are imploding ! June 15, 2010

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They’re at it again … just when the incumbent government are at their weakest, their main opposition play right into their hands and implode with the news this morning that no less than 9 front bench TDs now have no confidence in Enda Kenny as their leader.

If Labour don’t wake up and smell the coffee of this opportunity quick, then we’re faced with decades more of Fianna Failed.

Explosion at Galway City Hall June 11, 2010

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Jaysis, I can’t believe this one !

There has been an explosion at City Hall in Galway … apparently the building has been extensively damaged.  No reports of injuries or what caused it as yet …

Not sure whether its the building above or the older theatre building …

Military Re-enactment weekend June 6, 2010

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I am about to go to the Annual Military Re-enactment weekend taking place in my hometown … and I am worried that I will take one look at it and think that it’s complete glorification of Nazism !  Because thats what it looks like from here … this stuff is even illegal in Germany right ?

I shall report back from the only place in the world where you are still likely to see real WWII Nazi uniforms and here German marching calls etc. as well as buy the odd bit of “memorabilia” …. remembering what exactly ?

More anon … I could be angry by the time I post !

Callely must explain expenses June 2, 2010

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So Brian Cowen has told Ivor Callely he must explain his extravagent expenses in writing to a Seanad committee.  So, despite living in Dublin and being a Seanad representative for North Dublin, being from Dublin born and bred, he claimed €80,000 mileage expenses as if he was living permanently in Cork.

Via The Irish Times – Wed, Jun 02, 2010

Eh, am I the only one that thinks he should make these explanations from jail ?  Goes to show there is ZERO accountability in Irish politics.  Nobody was watching him, nobody was questioning him … laughable if it wasn’t so fucking serious !

Ivor Callely – “working for you !”   ME HOLE !!

Ladies & Gentlemen, Your Opposition ! June 2, 2010

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Go on – humor me – go to Fine Gael’s new website and play the game they seemingly thought would be a brilliant idea to get the country back on track !

It shows that our opposition parties have zero clue about how to really influence the result of the next general election.  It’s as if they will get elected by magic next time out and Fianna Failed are going to just dry up.

Well let me tell you something Enda and chums, Fianna Failed are a national institution with zealously loyal supporters at every level, high and low, of this society – and I mean everywhere.  They could commit ethnic cleansing and still they would be popular … so if you think that a new website and a silly game which whacks corrupt politicians over the head will make you more popular, then you are worse than I thought.

Why aren’t the opposition getting every available canvasser and local party man and knocking, policy documents in hand, on every door of the country, every day of the week ?

These f*ckers in the Dáil will not succumb to a video game a fancy website with a big picture of Enda Kenny on it as opposed to in-your-face policies … it will take a gargantuan effort to get them out … and to get you lot in !  These people rely on the apathy of Irish voters to their corruption – they rely on us not giving a shit.

You have it arse about-face Fine Gael, I’m afraid … I await the knock on the door from a Fine Gaeler with positive glee !

Wexford Town May 23, 2010

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Wow – what a nice voice !  Fair play to Selina O’Leary and Liz Connors who will shortly perform at New York’s famous Carnegie Hall.

Irish Church Etiquette May 20, 2010

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Isn’t it funny that when we Irish go to a mass or to a funeral or a wedding, we won’t sit in the first few seats or up near the wedding party AT ALL !!

Oh Jaysis no, we’ll give them a bit of space – they’ve probably got hundreds coming – stuck in the pub traffic.

Funny the things that make us “us”.

Limerick FC v Barcelona debacle May 17, 2010

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For those of you that don’t know the story with this one – Limerick FC have pulled off a major coup and arranged for the great Barcelona team – complete with Messers Messi (tee hee) and co. to come to Limerick for a football game on July 31st.

The eejits in the FAI have said “Ah hang on now lads – ya can’t be doing that!” and put a sanction on the game, meaning, that at time of writing, it is now not going ahead.  The FAI are tossers.

Their reason for veto-ing the game is that ‘third-party commercial agreements’ (whatever the hell that means) are to blame and that they – the FAI – are also in negotiations with Barcelona to appear at the new Lansdowne Road Aviva stadium around that date.

Tought shit !  Limerick FC got there first and got agreement from Barcelona – the Spaniards didn’t seem to think that they were crossing a line by agreeing to play in Limerick !

I think this disgruntled fan in Limerick sums it all up nicely …

It has nothing to do with the other league games scheduled (none of which involve Limerick FC of course).
I mean is your sanctioned game in the Aviva Stadium against Manchester United a few days later not taking place on the same day that Bohs are playing in the Champions League qualifiers.
Or that 2 days later there is a full set of fixtures featuring Bohs vs Shells, possibly the biggest game in the league season.

It has nothing to do with third parties.
Sure would the GAA not be a third-party that the FAI was more than willing to get into bed with for the last few years.

It is because firstly, due to the fact that the game is being held in an IRFU venue, ye will receive nothing from this.

In other words.
Greed.

Secondly, because the greatest club football team in the world coming to Limerick would take some of the gloss off of the Manchester United game that ye are holding in Dublin a few days later.  It kind of lessens your own achievement, and we can’t be having that now could we.

In other words.
Greed.

And thirdly that ye want Barcelona for yourself, up in Dublin – as in not Limerick – and know that Barcelona are very unlikely to play two full strength friendlies in Ireland.

In other words.
Greed.

I await the outcome of this one with interest … is it any wonder Roy Keane told them all to feck off and walked out of Saipan ?

** UPDATE More on this story here **

Poster hung outside Anglo May 13, 2010

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A poster of considerable size, depicting the villains of modern Ireland was hung from a crane outside the headquarters of Anglo-Irish Bank on St.Stephen’s Green this morning.

The poster, which aims a blow for the people of Ireland at the powers that be (and want to be), lists the figures wasted spent by this government on projects such as NAMA and the monetary black hole of a developers’ bank that is Anglo-Irish …

I wonder how long it will last before someone complains that it is offensive and has it removed.  As of writing, I don’t know who is behind it but it certainly makes a point … (pity they just didn’t press F7) …

The revolution is coming … mark my words … as soon as “Britain’s Got Talent” is finished and we’ve no bread on the shelves !

Phrase of the Day #213 May 13, 2010

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The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.

– Edmund Burke

On the phrase “Paddy Me Arse” ! May 12, 2010

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Paddy Me Arse, idiom, adj.

– half-hearted, lackadaisical, sloppy.
– done in such a way as to pass off one’s effort as being proper.
– e.g. That roof is a Paddy-Me-Arse job !

Have you ever pondered on the meaning and origins of the wonderful phrase “Paddy Me Arse”.  It is the one phrase, I think, that above all embodies Gombeen Ireland – a land of milk and money corruption where nobody gets the correlation between their own inactions and the continuing exploitation by government.

So many examples could be cited but you know what ?

Heres some news for the people of Ireland !

WE AS A NATION, DON’T GIVE A FLYING FUCK WHAT’S GOING ON!!

We as a nation do not care one iota about what is going on … really, we don’t.  I mean when it comes down to it what are we doing to rescue the country ?  Fuckin’ nothing.  We’d rather watch the X Factor !

We are a Paddy me Arse people, obviously content to have reputations as hard drinking, sloppy, stupid thick corrupt Paddys and be happy about it.

Paddy Me Arse !  Gotta love us !

Gerry Ryan found dead ! April 30, 2010

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Mother of God – I hope this is not true but there’s a story on Breaking News.ie that Gerry Ryan of 2FM has been found dead in his Dublin apartment.

I’ve always liked listening to Gerry and if he is gone, then broadcasting in Ireland has lost one of it’s finest contributors.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam.

Stranded senior citizens see true Irish hospitality April 29, 2010

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Stranded US senior citizens get a taste of Irish hospitality – The Irish Times – Fri, Apr 23, 2010.

Basically, when the ash cloud hit the country last week, some kind tour operators showed their American guests what Irish hospitality can be …

So well done and thank you to Bernard and Sally Creegan, Peter Flood, the Mespil Dublin and Cronin’s Coaches … what you did for these elderly tourists made sense, was very kind and above all, was the right thing to do !

If only this thought process could somehow permeate our Irish culture once again …

Attack on GAA referee April 27, 2010

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Footage of an attack on a GAA referee has been posted online.

via Footage of attack on GAA referee posted online – Hurling, Sport – Independent.ie

Jaysis, what’s the game coming to ?

What a silly question ! April 26, 2010

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Via our wonderful Táiniste … completely living in her own world …

In her address, she said: “Does anyone really believe that I or any of my Fianna Fáil colleagues in Government — Brian Cowen, Brian Lenihan, Noel Dempsey, Dermot Ahern, Micheál Martin, Éamon Ó Cuív, Mary Hanafin, Batt O’Keeffe, Brendan Smith, Pat Carey or Tony Killeen – are in some way corrupt or beholden to banks or developers?.

Yes of course we do !  Every last roaring one of you !!!

I wish I was Bertie Ahern … April 22, 2010

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I wish I was Bertie Ahern.

go read the article !

VolcaaaNOOOOOOO !! April 19, 2010

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So there we were, half-way round the M50, making good time to the airport and the wife gets a text from my worried mother back home.  4.30 am !  Kids asleep in the back.

“Eh” says she, “There’s been a volcanic eruption in Iceland and they might be cancelling flights!”

“A what ?” says I “Sure how would that mean we can’t fly to Scotland?”

And so we park, get the bags in order, wake the kids and trek into the departures lounge … I open the door … and am hit by what can only be described as mayhem of epic proportions.  Thousands upon thousands of people !  Literally.  Going nowhere and getting antsy.

“They shoulda feckin toald us!” shouted one Dubliner to nobody in particular … followed by a curt “Dis is a loada bleedin shite!” from his scantily clad and equally neanderthal companion. I could sense our trip was doomed !

A quick glance at the board tells us all we need to know – all flights grounded for the foreseeable future and nobody to find information from … and then I spot it.  Two lads attempting to join ‘the queue’ to the Ryanair “information” desk … manned, despite the barbarian hordes at their gates, by 2 – yes, 2 – blue clad ladies.

These young fellas – obviously not able to speak English – were accosted by an abrupt “Oi!” from a white-clad airport security type older lady who pointed them in the general direction of about 400 other people further away from the queue they were trying to join.

“We book again!” complained one of them “We stand here no ?”

A classic Irish reply which added to their confusion “No love, I don’t care where you stand, but you’re not standing here !”  and so they were swept away in an ocean of other bodies to stand at the back of the 4 section, snaking queue to the Ryanair desk.

A passing American lady and her husband – who at least had some chance of getting home – entertained the onlookers with cries of “I just don’t know Manny, I just don’t goddamn know!”

Another bemused Wesht of Ireland man sighed “Ah Jaysus Noel they’ve cancelled the whole feckin place” before heading off in the direction of the already packed bar.

Just a few little ditties from the airport on a Thursday morning when a feckin volcano decides to go off … at least we can’t blame it on Fianna Fáil !

Litter Bugs – we start ’em young ! April 15, 2010

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We start ’em young in this country, that’s for sure.  And we care little, that’s plainly obvious too !

The local park on a sunny day – tons of walkers, kids, cyclists – lovely !

I speak of a chap – he was 14 or so – who can only be described as a right little scrote !  School uniform clad and munching some generic sandwich, he and his mate strolling along; he picks the paper off the sandwich and fires it without looking right over his head onto the ground.

This galls me and pushes all the right buttons – soon I have the paper in my hand and catch up to him ..

“Eh you dropped this !” says I, holding up the paper.

“No, I didn’t !” says he, sheepishly.

“Yes you f*cking well did” says I “I was 3 yards behind you!  Now please put it in that bin over there!”

He refuses to take the paper back from me and mumbles something I’m sure only his mate and several near extinct species of pond scum can understand …

So I roll up the paper into a ball and push it right into the sandwich box that he’s holding …

“Put it in the bin NOW !” says I “Or I’ll report you to the council and to your school!”  At this point I walked on … “F*ck sake” he mumbles after me.

I turned around in about 10 seconds and he was waiting with a defiant grin he can only have learned from his elders – he throws the paper on the ground again, this time along with the rest of his lunch, and gives me the bird.

14 or 15 years old – in a respectable school – a bin 10 yards in from of him.  What to do in such cases ? Report him ? Clatter him ! Fine him ?

Modern Ireland, ladies and gentlemen !  Who gives a rat’s arse ?

Abuse protest at Easter mass April 6, 2010

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I am wondering what people think about this incident and whether similar protests will eventually escalate into something altogether more unsavoury?

Basically, on Easter Sunday last, during mass at Dublin’s Pro Cathedral, several people approached the altar and left children’s shoes in front of it, symbolically representing the victims of child abuse.  One of the protesters shouted “Shame!” at the bishop …

So, it seems that the widespread anger that exists on a huge scale is threatening to bubble over.  I am, however, questioning whether walking into a mass and shouting is the correct way to do it.  There will always be thousands upon thousands of church-goers in Ireland who don’t appreciate the furore that is being made about the whole child abuse issue … privately they might disagree with the incidents of abuse (I mean, who couldn’t?), but publicly, they will defend their church.  I suppose you could call it the dying remnants of the 50s and 60s non-questioning, all-powerful Church who dictated to the public on all aspects of life.

The protest outside the church, fair enough.  I just don’t think it’s effective to burst in, walk up the aisle and draw anger from the congregation before making a symbolic gesture at the celebrants.  I really feel that these priests and bishops will get their comeuppance but not right away – the Church in Ireland – at least as it stands now – is a dying entity which has destroyed itself.  It’s hard to see, in a generations’ time, things being the same as they are even now, never mind the way they were say 25 years ago.  At some point in the future, they will have nothing to do and nowhere to go and that will serve as their religious fate.

And on that point of modernity (or lack of), I went to mass on Holy Saturday, prepared to give the whole concept of mass another chance (because I find it insufferably static and one directional) when what does the priest stand up and preach about ?  Ah the time Moses parted the Red Sea, saved all the Israelites and how about 20,000 Egyptians were drowned when they tried to follow them.  The people at the time were singing God’s praise for killing all these Egyptians ! God it seems, has quite a temper on Him when it comes to drowning Egyptians … quite the opposite of the God I believe in myself now, but maybe not the one the Church wants me to believe in ?

I also found myself mumbling the words which were worn into my brain since childhood – telling me everything I needed to know – the mass hasn’t changed one bit really and soon I was more concerned with the cold in the building that with what I was supposed to be getting from the celebration !

Speaking of cold – this fella must’ve been freeeeeezing ! I wonder why the idiot did what he did ?  Another protest ?

People power restores 24-hour helicopter rescue April 1, 2010

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It was with great delight that I read the government are to retract their ludicrous decision to cut the 24-hour coverage of the South East’s R117 helicopter rescue service. What sort of eejits are they to think that, effectively, you are only entitled to be rescued if you go missing or get into difficulties during daylight hours ?

On the day of the U-turn decision – read about it here, here and here – a kayaker was rescued off Hook Head in County Wexford, having ventured out in appalling weather.  It just goes to show that this service is both needed all day and is very effective – ” hats off ” to the crew of the R117 who rescued this man.  Thank you for the risks you take and the service you provide !

I am also impressed by the ground-swell of public anger against the government’s decision to do something like this.   We need to stand up to these unadulterated idiots more often – I call them that because they do not have the first clue of the mindset of their constituents … it is all about money – always about money.  No thought is realistically given to the impact on service when you are trying to cut money !

The Facebook group that was formed certainly helped fuel the fire of anger and awareness of this decision.  Particularly poignant, though, is the comment on the Facebook page from (presumably) a relative of the recently rescued man …

More power to Web 2.0 and tools like Facebook for facilitating such a means of protest … Continue to stand up for yourself Ireland !

Leprechaunism March 19, 2010

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So given the week that’s in it, I thought I’d give out about one of my pet peeves – people dressed as leprechauns !  I mean, have you ever seen anything more ridiculous in your entire life as three or four grown men at a football match donning cheap sandy beards and puke green jackets and hats ?

I mean look at the state of the guy !

I hereby vow never to let any child of mine dress up like a leprechaun – even for Hallowe’en !!  The trouble is, people think its the thing to do – but as you can see from this story – dressing up as one of the wee folk will ultimately get you nowhere !!

Diddly-dee me arse !

How much more will we take ? March 8, 2010

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I’m angry !

Really fucking angry – steam coming out of my ears, start a revolution kind of angry !  What am I going to do about it ?  Ah, nothin’ really … I’m Irish you see !

Without wanting to get into a full-scale political debate, I want to ask “How much more will Ireland take?”  Not how much can we take, but how much more will we take ?

Suffices to say that if Mother Ireland was a camel, that her back is now well and truly broken by the straws that keep hitting her.  This country has been revealed to be the cesspool of corruption and so-what?-ness (sic) that many feared.

The latest in a long line of stories that would make other democracies (or republics) shit themselves in disbelief broke this morning … the board members from the Dublin Docklands Development Authority have covered themselves in publicity with their caviar, champagne and thousand euro a night hotel rooms.

But I digress lightly from the title of this post – the fact is, that at the end of the day, when push comes to shove, going forward etc. etc. we just don’t give a shit.  We don’t give enough of a shit to change the country.  Bottom line !

The following is all I ever hear in my peers’ political debate : “Ah isn’t such and such an awful chancer” or “Did you see what yer man was doing!” “Terrible isn’t it and the country in the state that it is!” …

Followed quickly by “Sure aren’t they all the same!” or “There’s nobody else to vote for sure!” or “Sure what can we do about it? Aren’t they all as bad as each other!” (or even worse “Wouldn’t you do it if you could get away with it ?”)

Eh, people !!?  YOU’RE MISSING THE FUCKING POINT !

“They” might all be as politically inept or financially inexperienced as eachother but that still doesn’t mean you allow the same said inept fools to continue to damage you … if you don’t change Fianna Fáil and the Greens for someone else, they’ll stay where they are and continue to hurt you.  You’ll continue to grumble about it and feel apathetic about it and continue to vote for them because the divil-you-know is better than the divil-you-don’t !  Well electorate of Ireland, you don’t know the fucking half of it with the Divil-you-know that is Fianna Fáil.

Can we wise up ?  Will we wise up ?  Do we honestly give a shit about Ireland and the future of our children ?  Stop blaming it on there being nobody else to vote for !  Stop blaming it on Enda Kenny if you see him as the only alternative !  Blame it on yourselves – on ourselves – for not undertaking our democratic responsibilities enough and figuring out just what we the people want.