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Signs of Hope – A continuing series June 27, 2019

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.

Gewerkschaftler suggested this recently:

I suggest this blog should have a regular (weekly) slot where people can post happenings at the personal or political level that gives them hope that we’re perhaps not going to hell in a handbasket as quickly as we thought. Or as the phlegmatic Germans put it “hope dies last”.

Any contributions this week?


1. EWI - June 27, 2019
2. Paddy Healy - June 27, 2019

The overwhelming support displayed by passing motorists for the pickets on hospitals yesterday was one of the most hopeful things which I have seen for sometime. Coming after the big losses of Sinn Féin, PBPA and Solidarity in the local elections, it was welcome indeed. I was at the Gates of the Beaumont Hospital. Seamus Healy TD and WUA Councillor Pat English were at the gates of South Tipp General Hospital in Clonmel. Our experience was the same-much loud and noisy support. Even the Irish Independent to-day confirms that this was widespread.
Any chance that SIPTU would call a national march to allow the public to show support? The march of 40,000 in support of the nurses helped them with their claims.
Seamus Healy is a former Head of General Hospitals (South Tipperary) under the old South Eastern Health Board. He is also a former Chair of the Health Services Executive of IMPACT(now FORSA)

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3. Joe - June 27, 2019

Yep. For sure a sign of hope – the public support for the health service support staff.

I hope I’m not being divisive here. But there is a job for some left group or other to expose the cost of the judges’ pay increase and the pay deal ‘won’ in the Courts by the hospital consultants with the meagre cost of the increases that the support staff are currently taking industrial action on.

Fook it. I want to be divisive. These top legal and medical dogs are greedy, avaricious, entitled leeches – sucking everything they can get from the public purse while the ordinary Joes and Marys get fook all.

Take from those who have too much and give to those who have too little!

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WorldbyStorm - June 27, 2019



Tomboktu - June 28, 2019

You mention the judges and medics, but don’t forget that a decade ago, a whizz was used in calculating the pay of the top layer of civil servants in order to reduce the cut they experienced.

But it’s not just the top layers in our domestic sector. The global firms in Ireland – Google, Apple, etc. – which siphon their profits out of taxable regimes have created a parallel labour market in Ireland with inflated salaries that contribute to the distortion of prices here for workers not in that bubble.

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EWI - July 4, 2019

You mention the judges and medics, but don’t forget that a decade ago, a whizz was used in calculating the pay of the top layer of civil servants in order to reduce the cut they experienced.

And let’s not forget the letter that a particular union for the public sector boss class sent to the government, reminding them (in the friendliest terms, of course) that the gov would be reliant on them to impose austerity.


tafkaGW - June 28, 2019

Not divisive at all Joe, just realistic. The problem is not just the top 0.1% globally who monopolise wealth and power but also the top 2% of local elites who aid and abet them.

That said, you need to incentivise judges and other legal officials to avoid the motivation for bribery and corruption. It doesn’t have to be money, it could be working conditions and the social status that judges at least already have.


4. Tomboktu - June 28, 2019

The robust debates about the commercialisation of Dublin Pride and the robust debates about the participation of state bodies like the Department of Justice, An Garda Síochána, and the PSNI, including the organisation of a rally in protest, are healthy signs that people care about the values that gave rise to Pride in the first place.

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5. tafkaGW - June 28, 2019

Finally the consensus on Brexit in the British Labour Party seems to be shifting to a position that could win them the next election.

From that Owen Jones fella:

many allies of Corbyn now privately fear the entire project is in real danger. It may well be that another election will galvanise Labour’s support, as the last one did, regardless – aided by the menace of Boris Johnson. But unless Labour states clearly, boldly and unapologetically that its attempt to bring the country together with a unifying Brexit compromise has been destroyed by a shambolic Tory government; unless it states that since “no deal” beckons, giving the public a final say with remain on the ballot paper is unavoidable; unless it does all that, then the best opportunity in the western world to decisively break with market fundamentalism is inarguably threatened.

There’s a major and delicate presentation job to be done here to attract remainers back to vote Labour, but it may be doable. And it would be a plus for the rest of us, especially in the RoI, Brexit on no Brexit, to have at least and innovative social democratic government in the dUK.


6. Joe - July 4, 2019

Since Lyra McKee was murdered, we have successfully removed and covered the puerile disso graffiti round my way. And even more hopeful, the puers haven’t tried to replace it.
In the last few weeks, Saoradh have been fly-posting about the place too. I’ve removed those that could be easily removed. One flyer for their Bodenstown insult only half came away – leaving the Saoradh name clear at the top. As I passed by this morning someone had gone through the Saoradh with a good black marker and replaced it with the word Murderers.
Againne a bheidh an bua. We will win.


EWI - July 4, 2019

Since Lyra McKee was murdered

Not to disagree with the sentiment, Joe, but it was manslaughter, not murder (McKee was hanging out at the armoured PSNI vehicles and clearly wasn’t the intended target of the shooter).


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