Category Archives: Public sector

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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Roscommon People

Things are pretty bleak in Roscommon these days. Over half the county is still on “boil water” notices, their local hospital Accident and Emergency facility was forced to close in 2011 due to budget cuts and they were the only … Continue reading

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“This land is your land and this land is my land, sure . . . but the world is run by those that never listen to music anyways”. Bob Dylan

i blew into Dublin in the early naughties a very green boy and throughout the years, here in our centralised capital i’ve seen enough to help me make the climb to the heights of Firhouse, an area of southwest Dubh … 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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Spend a penny

Today we learn that Kildare County Council has spent €3 million maintaining 4 public toilets. The automated toilets which cost 50c a go are used by an average of just 350 people a month and generate a total of €115 … Continue reading

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Sick as a small hospital

We’ve been hearing a lot recently about the crisis in the Health Service, the numbers of patients languishing on trolleys and the interminable waiting lists. We then hear that staff in the HSE (Health Service Executive) clocked up an astonishing … 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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The fruits of failure

Those culpable for the Irish banking crisis and subsequent economic collapse may never be formally identified or brought to justice. With the promised banking enquiry yet to materialise, it’s almost inevitable that the most we can expect in this country … Continue reading

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Public Holidays

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 … Continue reading

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Owen Keegan – CV

Profile Best paid local authority official in the country. Because I’m worth it… Employment History 1998 to 2005 – Director of traffic, Dublin City Council Achievements Introduced private clamping in 1998. 2005 to 2013 Manager, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown Council Achievements Privatised … Continue reading

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