A collection of interviews with banking whistle-blower Jonathon Sugarman from around the time of his appearance as a guest before the Oireachtas Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, and Taoiseach (a Committee of the Irish Parliament)in [Read More]
The election for US president wasn’t about who would be president but rather it was a vote for, or against, the establishment, for or against the status quo, for unbridled capitalism or for capitalism that serves the majority of regular voters. [Read More]
It’s so good to see so many people in such good form, particularly those that you may not have seen for over a year, return for their annual visit home having had made a new life abroad, unfortunately in a lot of cases, not by choice. But they are home, the Craic is mighty and it’s like everybody has decided that the cares of the world can be left behind and it’s time to enjoy life to the full. [Read More]
When you consider the proposals for minimum pricing on alcohol that the government is presently proposing, you inevitably will ask whether or not this is the best solution to what we perceive to be [Read More]
If this referendum was truly about equality and nothing else, it would probably be carried by ninety-five percent of those who will vote. However, after spending the last couple of weeks researching the implications of the proposed amendment and speaking to countless numbers of people both LBGT and heterosexual, I am convinced that there is considerably more to this than simple equality. [Read More]
The biggest changes in history which relate to the welfare of all the people in society, started out with somebody voicing what was then considered a controversial opinion. Consider the abolition of slavery, the granting of the vote for women, the decriminalisation of homosexuality, the introduction of contraception and indeed, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights itself. These and countless other pivotal moments in the development of our civilised society resulted from those who have the courage of their convictions and regardless of the cost to themselves, they stood by what was right not always what was convenient. [Read More]
This article is about a seismic shift in transportation which is already happening. Make no mistake, the Tesla Model S is a game changer and the entire oil fueled world will change as a result. Consider these facts; it costs about five euros to ‘fill the tank’ on which it can travel 300 miles, it only needs a single oil change every fifteen years, it can have it’s ‘operating system’ updated anytime by the factory as it is permanently connected to the internet and that, even using power station supplied mains electricity, it is still fifty percent cleaner than an equivalent petrol ‘car.
Not forgetting that the seven seater hatchback is faster to one hundred miles an hour than the new Porsche 911! [Read More]
In 2009, UBS paid €600million to the US regulatory authorities following an investigation which showed that the bank ‘may’ have assisted wealthy Americans engage in tax evasion. By admitting that they had, the bank got a financial slap on the wrists and that was all. Before Christmas we learned that the bank had been hit with a Eur1,250million ‘fine’ in order for rigging the LIBOR interest rate over a period of years, in collusion with at least half a dozen other banks. This is the rate which affects how much you repaid on your credit card or loan account. Still, last year they paid out Eur2,800million in bonus’s to their bankster employees. [Read More]
“…We need a Constitution that will protect our children and guide the courts to make decisions that keep families together and that are in the child’s best interests. I know the people of West Cork would welcome the opportunity to say ‘yes, we value childhood’ and ‘yes, Ireland values all children and their rights’.” Labour Deputy Micheal McCarthy, Cork Nov 2011
In one sense, it would be hard for anyone to disagree with the sentiment expressed by Labour Deputy Michael McCarthy back in November 2011, prior to the referendum. However a lone parent who is the mother of an autistic boy last week attempted to highlight her dissatisfaction with the proposed cuts to the Carer’s allowance certainly didn’t feel the love when she went to Deputy McCarthy’s constituency office in Dunmanway last week.