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PostPosted: Fri Feb 05, 2016 11:51 pm    Post subject: Republic of Ireland General Election 2016 Reply with quote

To rework an old Welsh joke - and in the desperate hope that my Irish friends will forgive my abuse of their native language for the purposes of my satirical humour ... ( a texterick - a game of " found " prose-poems or " proems " on topical issues - which ought to be fitted into a single text : )

The candidate for Fianna Fail*_Had knocked three times & thought a Gael_Would welcome his entry with Irish grace_So he threw open the door - & smacked her face -_" I'm from Sinn Fein ! " - was then his tale ...

*Yes - I do know how " Fail " is pronounced in Gaelic but that pun is a necessary part of the joke & the Irish have already made it : I am starting this thread because this is an important vote = http://repwblic.informe.com/viewtopic.php?p=3105#3105


The candidate for Fianna Fail*_
Had knocked three times & thought a Gael_
Would welcome his entry with Irish grace_
So he threw open the door - & smacked her face -_
" I'm from Sinn Fein ! " - was then his tale ...

dai repwblic - Dai Saw - David B Lawrence - the author asserts his moral right - not to sue for copyright ! ... i.e. you can copy my rhymes for your own entertainment provided that you cite me as author and do not make money out of them.


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THIS WIKIPEDIA THREAD WILL PROBABLY BE ADDED TO AS THE ELECTION REGRESSES - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_general_election,_2016


Exactly what is going on for our neighbours in this general election ought to be of source of concern for us here in Wales : the Irish are being asked by The Democrats in Ireland to vote for -

Fine Gael : " Your hard work is working " & " Let's keep the recovery going "

Labour Party : " Standing up for working families " & " Standing up for Ireland's future "

Fianna Fáil : " An Ireland for all "

Sinn Féin : " Better with Sinn Féin "

Anti-Austerity Alliance–People Before Profit : " A voice for people power, share the wealth "

Renua Ireland : " Rewarding work, rebuilding trust "

Social Democrats : " Building a better future "

Green Party : " Think ahead, act now "


IN COPYING THOSE OUT I AM FEELING EMOTIONS WHICH I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO IDENTIFY - NOT PLEASANT ONES ... PERHAPS AN EMPATHETIC ANXIETY FOR THE PEOPLE IN IRELAND ?


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 2:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that I ought to point out the obvious to begin with : this thread is not going to contain informed political comment which is in touch with the Irish situation ... inevitably it will be about the impressions of outsiders upon the Irish general election, but then that in itself may be of use to those caught up in it ... my initial reactions to what I am reading is that this is being billed as the most televised, most commented upon, most deceptive of elections - The Democrats in Ireland are doing exactly what The Democrats in Wales are doing : they have each been telling The People that they have unprecedented opportunities for " consultation " - " to make their voices heard " - " to really make Democracy work " - etc ... which - by observation - means that The Democrats in Ireland / Wales / England / The World are very anxious that they are going to fail to please those they are seeking election in order to serve - the corporations, or rather The Aristocrats - upon whose behalf they seek to manage rather than govern The People in Ireland / Wales / England etc ...

... incidentally - where I repetitively emphasise stock phrases with These Capital Letters - that is for serious daidactical purposes ... but this is also one of my running jokes ...

Now I ought to explain to first time visitors to Repwblic that in my response to Wales' peculiar political problems I have reached back into the early history of Republicanism in order to strip it down to its bare principles i.e. that I have decided to go back beyond c1750 when " The Shot-Gun Wedding " took place between Republicanism and Democracy, which was something strongly objected to beforehand by Republicans who intensely distrusted Democrats : I am rather peculiar in holding this point of view in Wales, but I am not simply a lone nutter - others complain about the same things but then for want of imagination or political education they conclude that somehow Democracy can either be fixed ( impossible ) or that its faults must be tolerated ( stupid.) I want The People in Wales to be " unreasonable " and to firmly reject the foolish argument that supposedly no reasonable decent intelligent person would ever opt for some other political system. I want The People in The World to reject the contempt, threats and even laws put being forward by those who want to continue to benefit from this scam called Democracy. What I argue from this Nomocratic or " Pure " Republican point of view is that Democracy is not a political system at all but merely a means to obtain from The People their - unwilling, resigned - consent to those candidates which are presented to them i.e. Democracy is essentially a conjuring trick and not a political system at all because by definition political systems are decision making systems founded upon the processing of information.

The Democrats in Wales and The World and Ireland have this new fashion for " consultations " in which they lecture their " audiences " i.e. those deceived by promises of an opportunity to be heard only to find themselves treated like children in a classroom, hearing only the opinions of The Democrats - if the " audience " ask critical questions The Democrats smoothly explain away everything : they have to because admitting to mistakes means that they will lose elections ... So Democrats compulsively refuse to listen to The People and therefore Democracy is not a political system because it is designed to refuse information and " Democratic government " is simply an oxymoron because when the processing of information stops then the process of government stops. Think of it this way : The Democrats think of parental poses as popular and portray themselves as " taking care of us " but translate that into the terms of your own real experience - what would you think - and more importantly, do - if you saw a real parent treating a real child this way ... perhaps none of The Democrats in The World have ever had any personal experience of parenting ... ? ...

Laughing

... I am going to be perusing at the Irish general election 2016 primarily with these preoccupations in mind ... but whilst I am an extremist, Repwblic itself has no party line whatsoever - so feel free to post what you please if you are over thirteen, but please do not seek to draw the attentions of teenage boys to Repwblic by posting links to webpages featuring pornography, violence, sporting fixtures ... er ... mmm ... does a general election count as a sporting fixture ? ... Well, they are certainly fixtures ... perhaps general elections are counted as sporting events by The People in Ireland ? ...

http://blog.paddypower.com/politics/?area=blog_politics_topnav&button=Politics

http://blog.paddypower.com/2016/02/03/look-at-how-weve-been-trolling-irish-politicians-look-at-it-now/

" With the politicians now free to engage on a whirlwind of hand-shaking, baby-kissing and making outrageous promises they’ll conveniently forget the moment votes are in, Enda Kenny is the overwhelming 1/18 favourite to be Taoiseach after the election. What’s less clear is the type of government he will be leading with a Fine Gael/Fianna Fail colation the 13/8 favourite followed by similarly plausible options of Fine Gael at 11/4 and Labour at and even a Fine Gael minority at 9/2. Ooooohhhh – exciting politics time. ...

... Leave a comment : Anonymous said on February 4, 2016 @ 4:16 am

Seriously? Enda Kenny is 1/18 to be Taoiseach ??? Are people really that stupid ? "


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.newstalk.com/election2016/Poll-of-Polls

FG 30% - FF 19% - SF 18% - IND 15% - OTHERS 10% - LAB 8%

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http://www.newstalk.com/election2016/Coleman:-Ten-reasons-why-this-election-is-different

( A really useful summary by Shane Coleman - his headings : go read his explanatory comments )

1. This is the first election where Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael could be below 90 seats combined.

2. This is the first election where FG and Labour can credibly argue they left the country in a far better place than they found it.

3. The fragmented nature of the vote

4. The Gender Quota.

5. If the bookies are right – though the latest opinion poll does raise a doubt - there is no alternative Taoiseach to Enda Kenny.

6. Fianna Fail is not the dominant party going into this election for the first time since 1933.

7. It’s the first ‘stability versus chaos’ themed election since 1948

8. If we exclude the 1922 general election – when the party was split between pro and anti treaty - it’s the first election that the leader of Sinn Féin could potentially be Taoiseach since independence.

9. It’s one of the shortest campaigns ever

" At just 20 days ( excluding Sundays and the day the election was called.) " - Which is an appallingly short time for properly reading manifestos.

10. It’s the first campaign in which social media will be a big player


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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Austerity_Alliance

The Anti-Austerity Alliance is a broadly anti-capitalist unregistered political party in Ireland, launched in 2014. It has been registered as a political party to contest local elections, and ran at least forty candidates in the 2014 Irish local elections. This included all of the Socialist Party's sitting councillors, which has led to criticism that the AAA is a front organisation for the Socialist Party. ... On 7 August 2015, the party was removed from the Register of Political Parties. It held discussions in August 2015 with the People Before Profit Alliance about forming a new political grouping. On 17 September 2015, the two parties announced that they had formally registered as a single political party for electoral purposes. The new organisation is called the Anti-Austerity Alliance–People Before Profit.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/People_Before_Profit_Alliance

The People Before Profit Alliance (PBPA) is an Irish political party formed in October 2005. It is active in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. ... The PBPA was established by the Socialist Workers Party. ... At present, it is a broad left alliance that seeks to gather support against neoliberalism, war, and pursues other left-wing issues, but does not require members to be Marxists or to subscribe to a revolutionary socialist programme. ... In the 2014 Belfast City Council election, Gerry Carroll became the first PBP councilor elected in Northern Ireland, winning 3rd place in the Black Mountain DEA, with 1,691 1st Preference votes. ... In the Republic's 2011 general election, both Richard Boyd Barrett and Joan Collins were elected to Dáil Éireann as TDs (deputies), running under a joint People Before Profit and United Left Alliance banner.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Austerity_Alliance%E2%80%93People_Before_Profit

The Anti-Austerity Alliance–People Before Profit (AAA–PBP) is an electoral alliance of two left-wing Irish political parties, the Anti-Austerity Alliance (AAA) and People Before Profit Alliance (PBP). The AAA–PBP was formed in 2015 and replaced AAA and PBP in the official register of political parties, although both components retain their separate organisation and identity. The alliance was created with the intent to obtain more speaking rights for its constituent members in Dáil Éireann after the 2016 general election. ... The electoral alliance seeks to provide a greater socialist voice in parliament, and a political platform committed to abolishing water charges, Universal Social Charge for low-middle income earners, and other austerity measures implemented in Ireland.

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http://www.peoplebeforeprofit.ie/

I anticipated that the PBP manifesto would be a bit thin and likely to be rhetorical but whilst somewhat variable and veering towards the vacuous in places I think that it is generally well written and clearly set out with good concrete proposals of which many look ready for implementation ( - and very conveniently there are several blank pages for the independently minded and ambitious to pencil in further demands onto their own copy - ) and I found this to be a worthwhile and thought provoking read ... so - to skim the PBP 2016 manifesto a second time ( as an ex Welsh Socialist Alliance press release writer ) - what catches my eye ?

http://www.peoplebeforeprofit.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Final-manifesto.pdf

Introduction - By Richard Boyd Barrett

Despite government parties’ claims of economic recovery, Ireland remains a deeply unequal society. Government growth projections and claims of economic stability lack all credibility in the face of the evidence that another global economic down-turn is looming. ... The neo-liberal policies of the Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and Labour governments, have reinforced inequality and increased Ireland’s vulnerability to economic crisis. Wealth is now concentrated in the hands of a tiny minority of the population. Levels of poverty have increased and we are experiencing a crisis in our key public services. ... The failed policies that created the crash of 2007/8 have been replicated, intensified and accelerated. Under the guise of austerity and so-called fiscal discipline, public investment and spending has been slashed to facilitate the further privatisation of key sectors of the economy, such as housing, health, public transport, energy, and increasingly education. ... Progressive taxation based on income, wealth and profits is being systematically replaced with regressive user charges and flat taxes. These hurt the less well-off and starve public services of necessary funding, while benefitting big corporations and the super-wealthy. ...

... A universal childcare system, funded through progressive taxation, is
essential to provide all children with the best possible start to their lives. ... People with disabilities cannot take action, be that political or otherwise, to promote their human rights without the relevant resources being made available. ... Decriminalise drugs based on the Portuguese model and the non-commercial legalisation of cannabis similar to the Colorado example. ... Ending tax exile status granted to Irish millionaires. ... Collecting the back taxes owed to the State by multi-nationals. ... Developing a State legal service in order to dramatically reduce the €500 million annual bill that is paid to private legal firms; ... A national database on the distribution and ownership of financial and property assets will be created and maintained. ... Access to education will not be controlled by religious beliefs. ... Curriculum will include subjects that promote creativity and civic responsibility; ... Research for the public good will be undertaken by our third level institutions, not restricted by corporate control; ...

... Outlaw zero hours contracts; ... Give workers back their full rights to take industrial action. ... Ban bogus self-employment in all sectors including construction; ... Proper investment in affordable public transport; ... Substantial investment in renewable energies and serious divestment in fossil fuels; ... Oppose all imperialist wars, conquests, interventions and occupations; ... Will withdraw from negotiations on TTIP/CETA/TiSA/EU-Singapore treaties. These treaties will lead to privatisation of vital public services and result in job losses. They enable corporations to rewrite legislation to sue the tax-payer for compensation where regulations negatively impact profit. ... Health inequality, including mental health inequality, is linked to income and wealth inequality. We can, therefore, improve everyone’s physical and mental health through a general policy of wealth redistribution. ... People Before Profit recognises housing as a human right, not as an asset or commodity. ... Support measures to revive the economic base of Gaeltacht areas. ...

... We are opposed to big corporations riding rough shod over local communities to impose massive wind farms geared to profits and exports; ... Placing sugar and salt warnings on food packaging. Prohibition of the sale of foods with high fat, salt and sugar content in schools. Banning the advertising of these foods in schools and in the areas surrounding schools ... People Before Profit will seek to end the class bias in the current justice system. Most people who interact with the court system go through the District courts. They can be sentenced or fined without a full written explanation of a judge’s decisions - even when there are conflicts in evidence. ... Ending the practice where the state is paying out €500 million a year to private law firms, some of whom simultaneously work for corporations which oppose state policies; ... Developing the State’s own legal service; ... Introduce compulsory, secular, non- religious age-appropriate sex education which deals with issues around gender, sexuality, consent and contraception; ... Public ownership of our natural resources will become the cornerstone of a new development strategy that will replace a reliance on foreign multi-nationals; ...

... Ensure TDs’ salaries are reduced to the average industrial wage and pensions are paid, based on service, at age 66, like all other workers; ... Abolish fees for FOI requests; ... End the concept of ‘stakeholders representative’ chosen by those in authority; ... Reinstate article 48 of the original constitution. Give citizens a right to referenda on receipt of 50,000 signatories. ... Ireland welcoming refugees and ensuring the necessary funding and resources are made available to ensure people can live with dignity and equality; ... Asylum seekers being granted the right to work; ... People Before Profit believe that water is a human right. ... We believe that access to abortion is a fundamental human right for women, and crucial to women’s economic and social independence. ... Immediately repealing the 14 year maximum sentence on those who take an abortion pill. ... Outlaw discrimination in social welfare payments. Restore the social welfare payments to those under 26 to the normal rates; ... Create a state insurance company to lower car insurance costs for young drivers and others; ...


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http://antiausterityalliance.ie/

I see no sign of a manifesto here but there are several items under " What We Stand For " -

http://antiausterityalliance.ie/category/what-we-stand-for/

Unemployment, Emigration & Forced Free Labour Schemes

" ... For each job vacancy there are 25 unemployed workers. On top of the official unemployment rate there is also a whole swath of workers who are under-employed, around 130,000 – these are people who want to work more hours than they currently get – when these are factored in the broad unemployment rate is actually 21.9%. This is the second highest rate of underemployment in the EU. ... In the run up to the local and European elections in 2014 the government claimed that 5,000 jobs a month were being created. However, as the Anti-Austerity Alliance pointed out at the time, much of this was down to a change in the method used by the Central Statistics Office to record job creation. By the end of 2014 this statistical quirk had been worked through and it revealed that the actual level of job creation was 27,600 rather than the 60,000 a year they had claimed. This is despite the fact that every year since they came to power the government have produced an ‘Action Plan for Jobs’ and apparently recorded success rates of 90% & 92% with these plans ! ... [ = LYING IS A TYPICAL FEATURE OF ANY DEMOCRACY ]

... Emigration has acted as a safety valve for the government against a social explosion because of unemployment. Since 2009, nearly 400,000 people have emigrated from the country. At the height of the crisis someone was leaving the country every 6 minutes, even with the supposed recovery the latest available figures show that 81,900 people left. ... The government and the Labour Party in particular, have pursued a policy of forced emigration to solve the unemployment crisis. The government slashed the dole for young people to €100 a week – the choice couldn’t be clearer – emigration or poverty ! ... The government have taken advantage of the unemployment crisis to attack welfare entitlements and in turn undermine pay and working conditions. Through the introduction of so-called labour activation schemes such as JobBridge and Gateway. ... These schemes have been exposed for what they are forced free labour schemes – JobBridge has been discredited because of the work of campaigns like ScamBridge which was launched by AAA TD Paul Murphy two years ago. The unemployed take part in 9 month long, 40 hour a week ‘internships’ for an extra €50 on top of their dole – this often doesn’t cover their travel and lunch! For employers they get to get a free worker who they don’t have to pay one cent towards to boost their profits. ... [ SO BEWARE WALES : SUCH SCHEMES ARE COMING OUR WAY ]

What We Stand For - Economy

... A recent report by Oxfam on global wealth showed that the 1%, the richest individuals in the world now own 48% of the world’s wealth. This has increased from 44% over the course of the crisis and if it continues they will own 52% of the wealth by 2016.99 per cent In the latest Forbes rich-list there were 1,826 billionaires, an increase of 181 on the previous year. In 2010 just 388 of these had the same amount of wealth as the bottom 50% of the world’s population. Since then we have seen the concentrated growth of wealth in the hands of a smaller and smaller group of super-rich individuals so that now just 80 people hold the same wealth as the bottom 50%. Between 2010 -2014 according to the Forbes Rich-List, these 80 people increased their wealth from €1.3 trillion to €1.9 trillion. ... While the division between the 99% and the 1% can contrast the massive wealth inequality which exists between the super –rich and the rest of us, within the 99% there are major divisions as well. ... The average wealth of one of the 1% is €2.7m; this wills that that within the 99% there will be included people who are extremely wealthy but not rich enough to be part of the 1% club. The bottom 80% of the global population owns just 5.5% of the world’s wealth or $3,851 each. ... [ THE ORIGINAL REPUBLICAN THEORIES DEFINED THIS SITUATION AS MONOCRACY AND ARGUED THAT IT IS CHARACTERISED BY A GENERAL INCOMPETENCE IN ALL MATTERS WHICH RESULTS IN WARS AND SOCIO-ECONOMIC COLLAPSE.]


THERE IS A ' BLOG ' AS WELL WHICH MIGHT BE BEING WRITTEN BY ONLY A HANDFUL OF WRITERS OF SOME SHORT ESSAYS ABOUT IRISH ISSUES.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 07, 2016 8:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[ SINCE THEY ARE BEING COMPLAINED ABOUT BY THOSE ABOVE - THEY LOOK SUSPICIOUSLY LIKE WALES' LABOUR & COOPERATIVE PARTY ! ]

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labour_Party_(Ireland)

The Labour Party (Irish: Páirtí an Lucht Oibre) is a social-democratic political party in the Republic of Ireland. The Labour Party was founded in 1912 in Clonmel, County Tipperary, by James Connolly, James Larkin and William O'Brien as the political wing of the Irish Trade Union Congress. Unlike the other main Irish political parties, Labour does not trace its origins to the original Sinn Féin; however, it merged with Democratic Left which does trace its history back to Sinn Féin. ... The British Labour Party had previously organised in Ireland, but in 1913 the Labour NEC agreed that the Irish Labour Party would have organising rights over the entirety of Ireland. A group of trade unionists in Belfast objected and the Belfast Labour Party, which later became the nucleus of the Northern Ireland Labour Party, remained outside the new Irish party. ... On 9 March 2011 it became the junior partner in a coalition with Fine Gael for the period of the 31st Dáil ... Labour has lost seven members of the parliamentary party since the 2011 general election. ... MEP Nessa Childers resigned from the parliamentary party on 5 April 2013, saying that she "no longer want to support a Government that is actually hurting people", and she resigned from the party in July 2013. ...

https://www.labour.ie/

[ - WITH TWO WEEKS TO GO THERE ARE STILL NO SIGNS OF THEIR MANIFESTO BEING ADVERTISED ON THEIR WEBSITE AS YET -]

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/labour-party-could-have-general-election-manifesto-ready-within-days-joan-burton-31525024.html

14/09/2015 - " In an indication that the party is prepared for the prospect of an early election, senior Labour figures today said their manifesto is near completion."

http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/labour-wants-to-distribute-wealth-in-society-719406.html

[ IS THAT THE IRISH LABOUR PARTY MANIFESTO IN RUAIRI QUINN'S HAND ? ]

" We want control, we want power so we can redistribute wealth in society, but you have to first of all create the wealth. ... rather than simply distribute it.”

[ DOES HE NOT SOUND LIKE DAVID CAMERON, ONLY SLIGHTLY FURTHER TO THE RIGHT ? ]

http://www.thejournal.ie/how-many-seats-will-labour-win-2569659-Jan2016/

[ ALAN KELLY - LABOUR'S DEPUTY LEADER IN CHARGE OF RUNNING THE ELECTION - HAD NOTHING TO SAY ABOUT THEIR MANIFESTO THE WEEK BEFOREHAND ? ]

" ... While some opinion polls put Labour’s support as low as 6% and winning just a handful of seats, Kelly believes this will not be the case. He said the personal work of some “incredible individuals” will ensure their re-election to the 32nd Dáil. ... "

[ ALMOST MY MOTTO - " IF YOU SAY THAT IT IS INCREDIBLE THEN I WILL TAKE YOU AT YOUR WORD AND NOT BELIEVE IT " ]

https://www.facebook.com/thelabourparty/

[ THE IRISH LABOUR PARTY SEEMS TO BE HAPHAZARDLY RELEASING BITS OF THEIR MANIFESTO VIA FACEBOOK : PIECEMEAL POLITICS ? NO - DEMOCRATS HAVE NO POLITICS : THIS HAS BECOME OBVIOUS IN WALES WHERE EVERY DEMOCRATIC PARTY HAS CEASED TO PRETEND TO HAVE ANY POLITICAL ARGUMENT AND ALL OF THEM CONDUCT THEIR PURSUIT OF POWER OVER US WITHOUT ANY ACCOUNTABILITY TO US UPON THE BASIS OF BRIBES AND THREATS ]

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[ GIVEN THE ABOVE I SUSPECT THAT THE IRISH LABOUR PARTY ARE OVER-CONFIDENT UPON THEIR TRIBAL VOTE : I HAVE NO MORE TIME FOR THEM THAN I HAVE FOR THE WELSH LABOUR & COOPERATIVE PARTY - WHICH MY FAMILY HELPED TO LAY THE FOUNDATIONS OF FROM THE 1860S ONWARDS YET BY THE 1960S WE WERE STRUGGLING AGAINST THE AUSTERITY MEASURES BEING MAINTAINED - IN THE MIDST OF THE PROSPERITY OF THE 1960s - BY THEIR GOVERNMENT LED BY HAROLD WILSON AND BARBARA CASTLE - THIRTY YEARS BEFORE " NEW " LABOUR ! ]

My Dada was a union man_
Whose motor bike on bald tyres ran_
Up thousands of miles
To unite with smiles_
Those divided by their government's plan.

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http://www.finegael.ie/ - Fine Gael have a clean but rather lean main website

http://www.finegael.ie/manifesto/manifesto.pdf - nearly 140 pages ... " LETS KEEP THE RECOVERY GOING "

Foreword from An Taoiseach Enda Kenny

Thanks to the hard work and resilience of the Irish people, our economy is now recovering. While the economic recovery remains fragile and cannot be taken for granted, we now have it in our grasp to make Ireland a country where our people can once again prosper, work, start a business, raise a family and grow old with dignity. ... Fine Gael’s promise is to give our people the solid foundation on which they can build their lives – no more boom and bust, no more reckless waste of taxpayers’ money, no more sense of a crisis. ... Our Long Term Economic Plan offers our people the stability and certainty needed to keep the recovery going. It has three steps :

1. More and Better Jobs
2. Making Work Pay
3. Investing in Better Services

... Fine Gael has learnt from the mistakes made by previous governments – we know that only a strong economy that supports people at work can pay for the services needed for a just society. ...

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... We all remember the depth of the crisis that gripped the country only 5 years ago. An economy in freefall ; banks on the brink of collapse ; 300,000 jobs destroyed ; and Ireland’s international reputation in shreds. ... Fine Gael’s commitment to you is that we are never going back. ... The first step is to create even more job opportunities, spread across the country ... We will build on this during our second term of office by delivering Sustainable Full Employment. ... • €42bn in infrastructure investments, shaped by clear regional jobs strategies, to bring unemployment to below 7% in every region of the country ... • Protecting our 12.5% rate of corporation tax and further enhancements to our corporate tax regime to encourage more investment, innovation and job
creation ... Fine Gael believes that work, rather than welfare, is
the only sustainable route out of poverty ... our Plan aims to – by 2020
– move 70,000 long-term unemployed people into a job, cut the national unemployment rate to 6%, and reduce the numbers of people living in Jobless Households towards the European average. ...

... We will also set up a “rainy day fund” to cope with unexpected events. Our Long Term Economic Plan will leave €2.5bn of the available fiscal space unallocated as a Contingency and Stability Reserve. ... Together with our plan to sell at least half of the taxpayers’ stakes in the bailed-out banks by 2021 (with the rest to be sold thereafter), our Long Term Economic Plan will bring government debt levels down to well below the EU average, providing the economy with a safety buffer against unexpected shocks. ... [ THESE ARE THE SORT OF POLICIES POPULAR IN WALES ALSO - AND THE NEXT FEW PAGES FEATURE SEDUCTIVE GLOSSY PHOTOS OF SHEEP ] ... We recognise that farm families are the heartbeat of the rural economy and our vision for the sector will inspire the next generation to continue the tradition of family farming. Our ambition is to position Ireland as the highest quality food producing nation in the world, based on innovation, sustainability and family farming. ... The implementation of the Food Wise 2025 strategy will be a fundamental priority for Fine Gael and will help inform decision making in terms of policy and taxation measures for future budgets ... [ THIS SECTION IS PITCHED SPECIFICALLY AT FARMERS : BUT WHAT ABOUT DUBLINERS ? ] ... Fine Gael has also invested in an Urban Horse Project, to encourage greater care and welfare of horses in urban environments; we will roll out this project to additional locations.

... The arts belong to everybody and Fine Gael is committed to increasing
access to, and participation in, the arts, boosting our creative industries and preserving our heritage. Our approach is based on the belief that societies which invest in the arts and heritage are more prosperous, successful societies. ... [ I GET THE IMPRESSION THAT THIS IS NOT BEING CONSTRUED IN TERMS OF CASH ] ... Building Links with the Business Community : We will further encourage strong, mutually beneficial links between the business community and arts organisations. This approach will be based on helping arts organisations to capitalise on sponsorship opportunities, and develop business partnerships and fundraising skills. Boosting Philanthropy : Fine Gael believes philanthropy
should be pursued as a positive complement to, rather than substitute for, state funding for the arts and our cultural institutions. We will build on the success of initiatives such as the New Stream initiative, which has helped to boost the fundraising capacity in the Irish arts sector. We will also establish a dedicated philanthropic fund to help drive philanthropic giving
to our cultural institutions. Tax Relief on Donations : We will extend the Section 1003 tax relief to important heritage items that are donated to regional museums, as well as cultural institutions. ...

... Fine Gael is putting consumers at the heart of our plan for the banking sector over the next 5 years. We want to empower consumers with choice, credit and confidence ... Increasing Take-up of Bank Accounts: Approximately one-fifth ( 20% ) of Irish households do not have a bank account and this problem disproportionately affects the poor, the disabled and the elderly. In an increasingly digital era, not having a current account can prevent people from accessing cheaper goods and services which are exclusively available online ... Credit Unions: Fine Gael recognises the vital role that credit unions play in their communities and the support they provide to the local economy in which they operate. We are committed to ensuring that credit unions do not just survive, but that they benefit from regulatory support, ... A Competitive Banking Sector: Fine Gael has stabilised the banking sector, with both AIB and Bank of Ireland functioning as strong universal banks, and Permanent TSB increasingly operating as a challenger bank. Fine Gael wants to see more entrants and a vibrant banking sector with real competition in order to support the recovering economy ... [ THERE IS A LOT MORE TO THIS ] ... We are committed to disposing of the State’s investments in the banking sector
when market conditions are right, and to recovering all the taxpayers’ money invested by the current Government ...

... Our recovering economy has provided new employment opportunities for emigrants who wish to return home. We will continue the #HomeToWork campaign. We will build on the recommendations of the inaugural Global Irish Civic Forum to further identify and address the needs of emigrants wishing to return home to Ireland. ... Fine Gael will support local communities and counties in Ireland to reach out to their own Diaspora and build new relationships, recognising that Irish people around the world have a keen sense of attachment to their home place. ... We will fully explore the matter of voting rights for Irish citizens resident outside the State, with a view to holding a referendum on giving them the right to vote in presidential elections. ... We strongly supported the Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in December 2015, where Ireland, in partnership with 195 countries, adopted the first ever universal global climate deal, which sets out a global action plan to put the world on track to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting global warming to well below 2°C ... [ QUITE A FEW ENVIRONMENTALLY FRIENDLY POLICIES NEXT ] ...

... Within the next Dáil term, Fine Gael guarantees to deliver next-generation broadband to every household and business in the country. ... Fine Gael will work with the telecommunications industry to improve mobile phone coverage by improving telecommunications infrastructure ... We will also support the establishment of a post office network renewal process, to report within 6 months, to build on An Post’s existing 5-year strategy for the network. ... The Internet of Things (IoT): Ireland is well placed to become a global leader in the development of the IoT, and we will support county councils in potential collaborations with industry partners on smart projects. ... [ I AM INTRIGUED BY WHAT FOLLOWS : IS THIS HOPEFUL OR HOPELESS ANTICIPATION ? ] ... The Sharing Economy: The biggest change brought about by the Internet is that it allows people to connect. In particular, it developed a whole new way for sellers to connect with buyers. The Internet and the rapid evolution of mobile technology is allowing anyone to become a seller or a micro-entrepreneur, whether it be by renting an asset or providing a service. New platforms are being developed that allow everyone to earn extra income in this sharing economy. ... We will improve the TV licence fee compliance rate. We will use the additional revenues to, among other things, fund
the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland and scrap the existing levy on broadcasters. This will help put Irish broadcasters on a more level playing field with foreign competitors, who do not have to pay the levy. ...

... Fine Gael will review Ireland’s approach to the complex and multifaceted defence and security infrastructure needed to address evolving security challenges, working in close cooperation with An Garda Síochána and the Department of Justice, who have lead responsibility in this area. ... Fine Gael will provide a significant boost in capital funding for Defence across the 2016-2021 period, with €437m allocated to Defence, under the Capital Plan, within that time frame ... Building on the history of the Irish State and the reputation of Ireland as a world-renowned contributor to international peacekeeping, Fine Gael will develop a new Institute for Peace Support and Leadership Training in the Curragh, starting in 2016. The Peace and Leadership Institute will leverage Ireland’s unique international reputation and relationship with the UN. ... Fine Gael is very supportive of the possible opportunities for innovation, technology and enterprise links to the benefit of the Defence Forces and Irish enterprise, and will continue to support efforts to develop these links to build on our economic development and capabilities within the Defence Forces ...
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 29, 2016 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wel I'm sorry that the welfare of The People in Ireland had to be laid aside whilst I attended to my own troubles ... hopefully you have not missed me ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_general_election,_2016

HOW THINGS STAND ON MONDAY 29TH FEBRUARY ?

Fine Gael ................................. 46
Fine Fail ................................... 43
Sinn Fein .................................. 22
Independents ............................ 13
Labour Party .............................. 6
AAA-PBP .................................... 5
Independent Alliance ................... 4
Social Democrats ........................ 3
Independents 4 Change ............... 3
Green Party ................................ 2
Ceann Comhairle ......................... 1
Workers and Unemployed Action .... 1

.... apparently Fine Gael and Fine Fail believe that The People in Ireland came to the wrong decision and are now talking about organising another election - and then another - and then another - until their Demockery finally works properly ... perhaps by importing some more obedient voters ?

However - it is not yet over ... for The Thin Lady is still singing ... or at least her journalists are - Liveblog :

http://www.thejournal.ie/liveblog-general-election-2016-the-count-2632833-Feb2016/

It has been one of the most dramatic elections in recent history – and it’s not over yet. ... With 148 seats filled, stick with us today as we follow the battles for the remaining 10 seats in the 32nd Dáil. ... A full recount will start for Dublin Bay North at 11am ... Dublin South Central will begin its own full recount at 9am ... Longford Westmeath recount will resume at 3 o’clock today ... There will also be a recount in Wexford today ...
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