Does this make sense? May 20, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, Uncategorized.
On Mr Shatter’s use of the personal information relating to Mr Wallace, Mr Kenny said: “I want to make it clear that the Minister for Justice is not in a position of collecting files on any individual or any member of the House or anybody else.” The Taoiseach said that as a general background to the penalty points discussion “it was brought to his [Mr Shatter’s] attention” that discretion had been applied on fixed penalty points and that was “relevant information to the general discussion here”.
“People cannot have it both ways. You cannot be saying that there should be no discretion used and at the same time avail of discretion,” he said.
But that’s not really the point is it? To put it mildly. I wonder could this cause real long term political damage for both Shatter, Kenny and FG. The response from some in the LP is telling, that which most would expect in such a case, a sense that there’s something deeply inappropriate going on here.
Small blip May 19, 2013Posted by doctorfive in Uncategorized.
Away from Wallace & Shatter there was an interesting segment on Primetime during the week. Two bigwigs from Dimplex and Intel were on to talk jobs and I was preparing for the worst but something unusual happened. The two made great effort to emphasise some of deep structural stuff and gasp, even put Ireland in the context of a wider European jobs crisis.
Claire Byrne made several transparent attempts to reinforce the usual chestnuts but neither took the bait oddly enough. Frontline and Primetime uniformly have little problem getting a few suits to back them up but RTÉ Current Affairs probably want to have a word with themselves when the Intel Vice President is defending minimum wage and welfare against their presenters.
Only a very small sample but the exchange showed up a real difference – at a level of comprehension – between the Multinational and ISME crowd.
Starts around 19mins here
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“Most Banks Do Exactly What You Expect………We do Exactly What You Want” from a 1998 GAA Match Programme an Ad for Anglo Irish Bank.
Huh? What’s the Technical Group got to do with it? May 18, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics, Uncategorized.
Meant to post this up yesterday, but one could not fail to notice the way in which Fianna Fáil spokesperson Niall Collins managed to turn the mention by Alan Shatter that Mick Wallace TD was ‘let off with a warning’ [and no penalty points] by a Garda last year into a simultaneous (and gratuitous) attack on the Technical Group.
“Fianna Fáil holds no brief for Mick Wallace, but the issues raised by Shatter’s intervention are bigger and more important than party politics or the hypocrisy of the Dáil Technical Group. They include the security of citizens’ private information, the right to due process and the use of private details for political purposes,” Mr Collins said.
Up to their old tricks again, so.
Video/Film of Dublin City 1930′s, 1940′s, 1950′s May 17, 2013Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.
Saw this shared on Facebook this evening. Alas there’s no detail as to the origin of the film but its interesting all the same.
and a drive down Mespil road and along by the canal one fine day in September 1957
Action X… Protest May 18th May 15, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
Facebook event page -> https://www.facebook.com/events/186250328195304/
What you want to say… Open Thread, 15th of May 2013 May 15, 2013Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
As always, following on Dr. X’s suggestion, it’s all yours, “announcements, general discussion, whatever you choose”, feel free.
rabble babble May 15, 2013Posted by doctorfive in Uncategorized.
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With just under two weeks to go it’s shoulders to the wheel over at rabble HQ. Tonight they’re hosting two talks on the past and present of Irish media with Harry Browne & Conor McCabe.
Two thirds of the way towards funding another year worth of print so far. The interest and variety of support is quite remarkable really.
1983 Interview with Depeche Mode in Dublin May 14, 2013Posted by irishelectionliterature in Uncategorized.
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Thought this might appeal to some of you…
From 30 years ago, this is Depeche Mode in Dublin at the time of the Eight Amendment to the Irish Constitution