When Saturday comes . . .

I was working one Saturday morning and came across this great website called branch of science which deals with all things culturally football and then today, while workin’, I checked it out again and came across this cartoonist featured on one of itz pages named David Squires, and heeza blog called the sunshine room, and it was there I read all of his cartoons, and they’re very, very good.  parallel-universe-copy

Castletown House, Celbridge

One of Ireland’s grandest houses (actually more of a palace) and a fine example of the Georgian Palladian style.

Fortunately it didn’t go the way of Carton House – sold to investors and turned into a luxury golf resort – largely thanks to the intervention of Desmond Guinness of the Irish Georgian Society.

Best of all it’s dog friendly. Our girls were in canine paradise racing through the meadows, woodland and tree lined river banks.

 

 

nuuking to see here . . .

I thought i wanted to go to Nuuk, but i don’t . . . i don’t want to go there at all.  I can’t explain the want i had but i knew within five minutes that i didint want to go there.  Maybe i believed that this city of vitality, surrounded by immense nature and filled with vibrant Greenlanders leading fascinating lives of old traditions, modern twists, and diverse influences was for me, but it wasint.

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I just can’t picture  me and moo moo in this centre of modern Greenland, i just can’t.  Anyway, here’s a drive through Nuuk;

 

. . . uh! Jesper Gronkjaer was born in Nuuk, i didint know that . . .

Donadea Forest Park – Kildare

We discovered this gem of a forest park not far outside Kilcock. It’s less than an hour’s drive from Dublin and a lovely spot for a weekend walk. There’s lots of hidden treasures to discover, like the ruins of the old house, a gate lodge, an ice-house and a spectacular lake. There’s also a cosy cafe to have a bite to eat afterwards.

Public Holidays

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The government is proposing to offer public servants extra day’s holidays in return for moving from weekly to fortnightly payment.

While we all thought that the heady days of public sector allowances, like extra leave to cash wage cheques (despite the fact that they are paid electronically) and overtime pay for staff not entitled to work overtime, were in the past, clearly that is not the case.

Most of us who work in the real world accept that if our employer decides to change how they pay us, we adapt and move on, grateful to be in continuing receipt of said pay.

Not so in the public sector. Such a fundamental change to their working conditions, which might involve having to budget or plan over 14 days rather than 7, is one that requires delicate union negotiations, inevitable concessions and even more anachronistic entitlements.

Boardroom Blitz

We, in Ireland, should be proud that we have such eminently qualified and prestigious luminaries on our state boards.

The fact that they are all well-connected to the Fine Gael parliamentary party or mates with a Minister is purely coincidental.

They were clearly appointed as a result of their vast expertise and experience in their relevant fields.

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John McNulty – IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) Board Appointee

Previous experience – GAA team coach, petrol station and convenience store manager

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Hilary Quinlan – Irish Water Board Member

Previous experience – Chauffeur and failed County Councillor

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Darragh Loftus – Solas (State Employment Agency) Board Member

Previous experience – Bowling alley manager

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Dermot Lacey – University College Dublin Board Member

Previous experience – Scouting Ireland leader

Only in Ireland…

Election Apathy

I’ve never been so indifferent about an election as I am towards the by-election in our constituency on October 10th.

And I have never seen such a sorry selection of wannabe TD’s.

It’s really highlighted for me the genuine lack of choice facing Irish voters these days.

Here they are in all their smiling, baby kissing, funeral attending, GAA club visiting, school building, water rates abolishing glory…

First up this chick…

 

Cait Keane poster

Cares about families, elderlies and kids.

But I’m still angry with these guys over how they are screwing us on income tax and stealth taxes and how they haven’t made any moves to reform health and welfare.

That’s a no from me.

Next up this guy…

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Single issue candidate. This is his third attempt to get elected to anything in 3 different constituencies. He looks kind of angry… and even if we elect him, there’s bugger all he’ll be able to do about the water charges coming towards us with the relentlessness of a runaway freight train.

So that’s not an option.

Now there’s the congenial looking Fianna Fail guy…

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Cares about schools in YOUR neighbourhood.

But in all fairness I’m just not ready to vote Fianna Fail yet. The memories of financial Armageddon and the loss of our economic sovereignty to the Troika are still too fresh.

That leaves this bird…

Pamela Kearns poster

 

But sure they’re in government with Fine Gael and have rolled over on education, water charges and public sector reform (Howlin cut one out of 1,100 of archaic allowances) while still pandering to the unions that are crippling our economy.

Eh, no thanks Pamela.

And last up the wild card Independent…

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Another failed local election candidate. And while voting Independent in this country is a type of protest vote, it’s also a wasted vote as these guys have no real power, no voice and no policies.

No way.

There’s also a Sinn Fein candidate running but I’m so not going to go there… ever… If there was a Green Party candidate running, I’d most likely throw them a first preference as they’re the least offensive but there isn’t, so from where I’m sitting there are no good options here and that’s reflective of the political landscape as a whole. There’s never been a better time for a new party to arise.

The Great Pensions Robbery

Great Train Robbery

Private pension funds today woke up to find they were victims of an audacious theft. Overnight they had been robbed of over €700 million.

The perpetrators were known to the victims. In fact they were the Irish government.

Since its inception in 2011, the infamous Pension Levy/Theft has netted the state over €2 billion, so it’s unlikely to be abolished anytime soon.

Experts estimate that the Levy costs the average worker over €390 a year. But because it doesn’t come out of your income, you’ll only realise you’ve been robbed much later when you retire.

As a result the Pension Levy doesn’t provoke the same outrage as the Property Tax or Water Charges but it’s just a lucrative for the government and much more insidious as it’s a tax on our futures.