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Deal or No Deal ?

e Voting machines for SALE – Ireland cost €55m sold €70K   Deal or No Deal ? Decision makers in buying the e Voting machines were Noel Dempsey, Martin Cullen, Bertie Ahern are they answerable?  Deal or No Deal? Storage payments and a 25 year storage lease awarded to one Mr Duffy who is the nephew of the person in charge of awarding this Government contract – Deal or No Deal? Why is it that we have plenty of Questions but no Answers or Action? Deal or No Deal – Born on the 4th July

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Was it GREED or What?

It seems to me that what we read and what we hear in the Irish media continues to paint a much prettier picture than what actually exists.  My question is why?  If one questions this opinion are they seen as negative and condemned for not having a positive attitude towards “Green Shoots”.  It is raining quite a lot here in Ireland and everything looks greener but that’s growing from the ground not growing in the economy.  Having worked for many years at senior level in the retail sector, paying attention to what was happening at ground level was important and how customers were engaging with your business.  Not what Head Office thought from their comfortable offices. Before 2008 the banks and mortgage companies could not wait to lend you lots of money and yes the money was accepted with open hands.  The majority of decent individuals borrowing to support their families to get on the “housing ladder” or following the advice to invest in property, or bank shares (“safe as a house”) to support their future pensions.  Let’s not forget the lending decisions were made and signed off by professionally qualified risk assessors and qualified experienced lenders who were rewarded handsomely for their decisions. This September we will enter our fifth year of the “Irish Financial Crisis” commonly known as “The Recession”.  If we pretend that it’s all OK out there and that you are made feel you are the only one not able to meet their payments then the Banks and Mortgage companies supported by other professions can continue to harass individuals as much as they like.  It seems to me the more stress that is placed on individuals the better it is in the hope that you might just have that heart attacked and died.  The banks and lending agencies are covered in full as they insisted that you take out mortgage protection our other insurance policies?  Less hassle all round, except for the insurance companies.  They too must now be looking for some get out clause not to pay out. Small business and home owners who are honest and decent individuals are in critical financial difficulties.  They have worked hard and contributed to the development of the country.  Their borrowings were not for greed, they are worried sick that they will never be able to pay back this debt in their life time. They don’t have the high powered legal professionals supporting them in their corner. Could it be worse – yes it could always get worse – but pretending it’s all good and not dealing with the truth gets the country nowhere. Who stands to benefit from this crisis? Where are those individuals now that were entrusted with protecting its citizens and who presided over this crisis? “you can’t handle the truth” comes to mind, the truth hurts – maybe some more than others but will it ever come out? Read John Humphrey’s article – Sunday Times 24th June – On Greece

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What Qualities Would I Want for President?

Your Only Man Get back in the race! Honesty True to themselves and others Respect For other’s their practices and views in this world  Responsibility For ones actions and their mistakes  Fairness An equal chance to be heard – and to be listen to  Creativity Outside the box so that all can learn Experience of Been there done that  Fun – a bit of the old craic Would but a smile on your face 

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Read your License Plates – Canada

Beautiful British Columbia, Wild Rose Country, Yours to Discover, …..and so on… My question is – for how long and will your children have the same straplines on their number plates – Yours to Decide! Only new to Canada I have been asked in general conversation by the young and new first time voters who they should vote for in the coming elections.  I am remained of the voting history in Ireland where most families voted as their parents did.  If your parents voted for a particular party then so did you not really understanding why.  That’s what your parents did so it must be OK – how very wrong we were.  Look at the mess that Ireland is in and the levels of greed which brought it there.  It is most likely that most parents aged 45+will not be living in 50 years, but our children and their children will be. So in response to this question I say Canada vote GREEN PARTY.  – Why –I don’t really understand the difference between the right and the left parties or the parties who say they are in the middle.  But I do know the Green Party have you and your children’s future environmental issues on their agenda. Then I hear from the young voters, but most people of years 55+ will vote Conservative Party as they have always done as they don’t want change.  So I say to those 55 years + voters place your children and their children’s future first not yours as you will not have to live on this earth as they will. Read your licence plates and practice what you preach. Now is the time for change not in the years to come when it’s too late. If any of the other parties would like to tell me why not I am happy to listen– ?

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Irish Economy – April Fools!

April fools – all great, all good and no worries, politician in Ireland are honest.  Albert Einstein said if you keep doing what you have always done you will get what you have always got – more bail outs for the banks??  Please I am now going to get sick? Who in the politics will say STOP?  Who has courage ?  Who is honest?

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What kind of World do YOU want for Your Children?

Yesterday was David Suzuki Birthday, age 75 years young.  Happy Birthday David. David has continued to ask the question what kind of world do we want for our children.  Our Politicians have children too but seem to never really address this question or take the required action.  Why is this?  I would suggest that children don’t have a vote and therefore are irrelevant in their minds around election times, maybe at any time. But you do have a vote and you can vote for your children?  Think of our children next time you vote.

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Elections – what a waste – Not your Vote

Tomorrow you will be asked for your vote for the elections in Ireland it is up to you to use your vote.  If you don’t vote then don’t start complaining.  My question is the majority of the individuals whom are asking for your vote are the same people who have been in politics and have contributed to the extreme difficulties that you and I find ourselves in.  In most political interviews over the past few weeks and even the first question asked in the last leader’s debate was ARE YOU BEING HONEST WITH THE IRISH PEOPLE?  Most of the debate was questioning the honesty of the parties. What does this tell you about these politicians? Ask yourself what are they fighting for? you or their own survival I guess their own survival.  I am ashamed of our politicians in Ireland and their greed and their contributions to the destruction of our country and yet tomorrow they will ask yet again for your VOTE. My questions still stands to each person standing for election what makes them different?

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What will make Micheál Martin different?

Firstly let me say that I have no affiliation to any particular party in Ireland. Listening to Micheál Martin over the years all I can seem to remember for some reason is “Me Me Me” or “I”  “I” “I” coming out of his mouth.  This would suggest that he has a major self ego which does not fit well for team work or accepting faults and blame.  Reminds me of the “it wasn’t me it was all their fault” – childish attitude.  I often write about valuing the child within but in this case I think you know what I mean. I have one question for the new leader of Fianna Fáil, is what makes you any different from the rest?  Please don’t tell me you party policies or what you have done or better still what you presided over for the past 15 years, like it or Michael you were part of the problem.  So back to the question what makes you any different? When will he have trust and honesty in the political system?

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To Serve the People for the People

Now that the election campaigns are upon us and we will have politicians that have never called at our door or we have never seen before in our local area, all seeking our vote.  Promising us lots of stuff that they will do for you.  Once in POWER they will forget about you. What will change, nothing except they will start to serve their own interests yet again and not yours. I have one question for those who will dare call to the door.  What makes you different from all the rest of the politician?  Please don’t start quoting me about your parties policies or what you will do for me, my questions is simple please tell me what makes you different. After they have made an attempt to answer I will ask the following:- Are you honest? Are you trustworthy? Will you do what is right not what you think will get you votes? Will you stand up for what is best for the country even if it affects your own constituency? Will you serve the people of this country in what is in their best interest as against what is in your? Tell me what makes you different from all the rest? Only then will I consider giving you my vote

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So What Has Changed –Bankers Bonus?

Not even a year in and have they lost the bottle to do what is right? You might remember that on 14/5/2010 I wrote the post entitled Then There Were Two You will see that both David Cameron and Nick Clegg used words like “in the National Interest” I asked at that time will both David and Nick have the strength to ensure that as the days pass and the infighting starts can they  demonstrate strong leadership and hold it together?  Will they both together deliver what is expected or what could be amazing? They communicated that their relationship is built on the following three aspects Freedom Fairness Responsibility I now ask three questions of you both Where is the fairness with the bankers going to pay out large bonuses to themselves? Where is your responsibility in informing them how wrong this is and its not to be actioned? Where now is your “grown up behaviours” and “strong leadership? Same old, same old, to me and I thought that you two would make the difference?

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