Category Archives: Corruption

Bogus Bonus

When is a bonus not a bonus? When it’s an Irish Water bonus of course! Some SIPTU trade union goon was on the radio the other day trying to justify demands that staff at Irish Water, the most reviled Irish … Continue reading

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Does not commute

In a series of recent investigations, the Sunday Times exposed how our elected representatives are effectively defrauding the Irish taxpayers and getting away with it. Last week we read that Anne Ferris (Labour) claimed an extra €16,000 in travel expenses, despite … Continue reading

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The lovely girls competition

And the Fine Gael cronyism circus continues to entertain… This week we hear that former Communications Minister Michael Lowry, who was condemned by the Moriarty Tribunal for his role in assisting Denis O’Brien to win the contentious second mobile phone … Continue reading

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The good life

I guess the Irish Independent wasn’t wrong in proclaiming the return of the Good Times in Ireland (at least for some of us). Today we hear that over the past three years our TDs and senators have pocketed a cool … Continue reading

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Ask not what you can do for your county council…

It’s bad enough that, in Ireland, town and county councillors get very well remunerated for doing what was originally designed to be a voluntary or part-time vocation. By the time you add in their lucrative expense accounts, some of them … Continue reading

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Swings and roundabouts

It seems nothing ever really changes in Irish politics. The faces may be different but otherwise it’s business as usual. Fine Gael & Labour took office in 2011 promising a new type of politics; one free from the corruption and … Continue reading

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Fail better

Bill Cullen and his partner Jackie Lavin appeared on the Marion Finucane show over the weekend. They spoke frankly about the collapse of the business empire that Bill had built from nothing over a period of 50 years. Their predicament … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Soft Parade

i even washed to attend the “monster rally” in the RDS and as i waited to dry i thought of why the word monster was used?  the papers that described the conference must have imagined that strange and horrible imaginary … Continue reading

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Not up to scratch

Hot on the heels of Rehab charity boss Angela Kerins’s refusal to disclose her current salary (it was €235k plus allowances in 2012), we learn that the scratch card lottery business operated by Rehab yielded a meagre profit of just … Continue reading

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ConReg

It’s good to know that while we continue to pay among the highest phone and broadband charges in Europe, the state organisation responsible for overseeing the industry pays its staff an annual bonus. Despite the ban on bonus payments in … Continue reading

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