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Old February 24th, 2008 #1
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Ireland is the second most expensive country in Europe in which to do business, according to a new report by the Nat ional Competitiveness Council (NCC).

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[Irving speaking in Ireland]

06 March 2008

Holocaust denier prompts UCC to up debate security

By Eoin English

A HUGE security operation is planned around a free-speech debate in Cork next week featuring controversial right-wing historian David Irving.

Organisers in University College Cork’s Philosophical Debating Society confirmed last night that the event, featuring the convicted Holocaust denier, will go ahead on Monday night despite threats.

Society auditor Ross Frenett said both he and the society had received threatening phone calls and abusive messages since it was confirmed Mr Irving had accepted their invitation to attend the debate.

Posts on a white-supremacists website have also urged Irving sympathisers to travel to Cork to support the event.

The society had invited Mr Irving to UCC in 1999 but the lecture was cancelled at the last minute amid security concerns. About 600 protesters gathered outside the UCC venue where Mr Irving was to deliver a lecture, Myths of the Second World War.

Scuffles broke out with gardaí before reinforcements were called in. Two college security guards and a number of students were injured in the scuffles.

The incident led to the removal of college facilities and privileges from Young Sinn Féin, the Socialist Party, the Socialist Society and the Socialist Worker Society, which had all been involved in the protest

Mr Frenett said organisers of Monday’s debate are anxious to avoid a repeat of that incident.

“We have no problem with protest but our number one concern is public safety,” he said.

“We are confident that the steps we are taking will help us avoid the pitfalls of the 1999 event.”

He said they have been, and are continuing to liaise closely with college authorities and gardaí, and steps are being taken to ensure security and public safety.

Mr Frenett said:

* The location of the debate will be kept secret until the last minute. Just four people are aware of the venue.

* People must register online to get access to the event.

* Those who have registered will be vetted to ensure they have not made threats before being cleared to attend.

* Extra college security staff, backed up by private security firms, will be involved in the security operation.

“You can’t just stop people from speaking because you don’t agree with them,” said Mr Frenett.

“We have more faith in people than that. This is a debate and I fully expect Mr Irving’s views to be strongly challenged.

“He won’t get an easy ride. We have had a number of high-profile speakers in the past and we don’t endorse their views.”

Mr Irving, 69, was found guilty by an Austrian court of denying the Holocaust and sentenced to three years in prison.

He had pleaded guilty to the charge, based on a speech and interview he gave in Austria in 1989.

He served a prison sentence from February to December 2006.

Mr Irving will speak in favour of the motion “That this house believes free speech should be free from restraint”.

However, Socialist Party city councillor Mick Barry said the invitation should be withdrawn.

He urged members of the general public to email UCC president Michael Murphy and the Philosophy Society to demand that the invitation be withdrawn.

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Old March 7th, 2008 #3
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Saturday, March 08 2008

What are these?

By Ian O'Doherty
Friday February 29 2008

There's no question that notorious Holocaust denier David Irving is a nasty, vicious little man with serious issues. Lots of them. [I have never seen a defense of free speech in an MSM article that didn't begin with a disclaimer in the form of a character smear of the person whose speech is ostensibly being defended.]

Let's be honest, when the courts decide that it is okay to refer to you as a Holocaust denier, a falsifier, a liar and a bigot, then you may need to take a long look at yourself.

But the news that he is to take part in a debate in UCC next month has sent some people around the bend.

Irving has been invited to speak at Irish colleges before, but those useful idiots of the far Left have always managed to censor him and already there are plans to organise a mass protest and block him from talking.

According to their argument, Irving should not be allowed to talk because he is a fascist, and therefore must be muzzled. [Herbert Marcuse's position: no platform for the right.]

It's an interesting argument, but a rather inconsistent one.

After all, Muslim extremist Anjem Choudhary, a man who has called for the destruction of the West, the execution of gays and adulterers and wants to destroy Israel and kill all Jews, was allowed to attend a debate in Trinity College a while back.

How many of these brave anti-fascist campaigners were there? Not one.

So, it's okay to campaign against a discredited gobshite who thinks the Holocaust never happened but they couldn't be bothered protesting against a dangerous man who actually wants to start another Holocaust?

You gotta love the Left.

And what's the debate in UCC about? Free speech, of course.

Maybe someone could explain the word "irony" to them.

NO PIGGY BANKS FOR THE DUTCH

Holland has long had a tradition of being the most tolerant country in Europe -- because, according to one Dutch friend of mine, "all our crazies went to South Africa centuries ago" -- and while it has given us such excellent treats as their fine coffee shops and 24 hour live sex shows, this pathological tolerance also has its downside.

Just ask Pim Fortuyn or Theo Van Gogh.

But as more Muslims enter Dutch society, one local bank has decided to be more welcoming than their competitors.

Fortis Bank will no longer give free piggy banks to kids who open an account there, while they have also dropped the bank's mascot, Knorbert The Piggy Bank.

According to a spokesman, they took the decision because: "Knorbert does not meet the requirements that the multicultural society imposes on us".

This is, of course, an excellent idea.

And while we're at it, why don't we ban The Muppet Show in case someone is offended by the sight of Miss Piggy? And maybe we should ban commercials for bacon as well.

And don't even get me started on the most offensive kids story ever -- The Three Little Pigs.

AHA! SO THAT'S

THE REASON!

The horrific murder of two young Polish men by some little toe-rag in Drimnagh has prompted people to once again examine the issue of teen violence. What's causing a generation to turn feral? Is it drink? Drugs? The fact that they don't go to Mass?

Well, according to some commentators, these are contributory facts but not the real reason. The real reason, we're told, is violent computer games and DVDs are turning people into vicious nutters.

This, of course, is quite terrifying because last night I watched Hostel, Saw II and played Medal Of Honour on my PS3.

Should I just save everyone the hassle and hand myself into the cops now before it's too late?

THE PLOT THICKENS

Readers of yesterday's column may recall the story of the British holiday maker in the Dominican Republic who had his old chap unceremoniously chopped off.

But there might be more to the story. The man has been unable to help police with their investigation because, he claims: "I wasn't drunk, but I think I have amnesia caused because of the shock of what's happened."

His girlfriend, who wasn't in their hotel room when the attack place, later commented: "It could be worse."

It could be worse? What the Hell could be worse than having your willy chopped off?

Honestly, some women. I very much doubt her boyfriend agrees.
WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE...

If there's anything more amusing than watching Hillary Clinton become more shrill and unlikeable as she watches her campaign implode in about as quick a time as it takes for her husband to take his trousers off, Barack Obama looks like he's laughing all the way to the nomination.

But it won't be all plain sailing and surely the best news the Clinton camp has received in weeks comes with the revelation that Obama has a new endorser -- Louis Farrakhan.

Farrakhan, you may remember, is head of the Nation Of Islam, and claims that white people "aren't fully evolved human beings"; has called Judaism "a dirty religion"; and, perhaps most worryingly of all, he believes that the Prophet Elijah is circling the earth in a giant spaceship shaped like a wheel.

But then, on the other hand, Obama's rival john McCain gratefully accepted the endorsement of televangelist John Hagee, who believes that America should bomb Iran, that you should not negotiate with Muslims and that the end times are upon us, at which point Hagee and his followers will be lifted up to heaven by a divine light while the rest of us stay here in torment.

Which is nice.

- Ian O'Doherty


Comments

Clinton did not leave the Bush administration with a bouyant and credible economic outlook like someone has posted. The so called surplus achieved by slick Willie was a simple act of theft. The money was taken from the social security fund meant for the baby boomer generation and treated as revenue. It was an illusion the Clinton administration cleverly used to create the appearance of a surplus where there was none. Now the social security fund in America is full of worthless IOUs without any hope of them ever being redeemed. Clinton was every bit as bad as Bush in this regard, he was just a whole lot better at the PR side of things. Eventually people will realise this and Bill Clinton will be remembered for the gangster he most definately was!

Posted by William | 03.03.08, 17:56 GMT

Peter , Ian, not surprisingly, has hit the point. Either we have free speech or we dont.
Incidentally ' Free Speech' is a newer thing in Ireland than most people realise.

Posted by Jay Fitzgerald | 01.03.08, 03:52 GMT

The fact that a few years ago Mr. David Irving was considered the only serious historian to properly define WWII is what disturbs Israel and her followers the most. The Criminal State of Israel lives in constant fear that the truth about WWII and the horrific aftermath (i.e., the total destruction of Germany) might someday emerge. Thus, a historian such as Mr. irving, with his many best seller books on the subject of WWII, is a danger to the Zionist blueprint and thus must be either destroyed or discredited. In the case of Mr. irving, I don't think he ever said that Jews were not killed in WWII; millions of others were killed as well, but Israel would like to maintain that only the "six million" perished. What Mr. Irving did say, and continues to maintain, is that the figure of "six million" is so grossly inflated as to be a cruel joke. Alas, the joke is on the millions of so-called Christians who swallow this swill and send millions in aid to the Israeli criminals.

Posted by Thomas Zimmermann | 29.02.08, 20:55 GMT

Your point is totally valid as regards Irving. I despise his viewpoint but if the lefties are demanding lowlife like Choudhary (someone whom even many Muslims despise) the right to speak, what makes Irving any different? Ban them both or let them both speak - they're both anti-semites anyway.

Funnily enough, Iran (a country which many of the liberal left say the US should leave alone) gave Irving full rein to spout his evils there and Iran hangs criminals for fun too (capital punishment is even more widespread than in any American state, but you don't get the loony irish lefties picketing outside jails in Tehran because freedom of speech is banned there (unlike their great enemy, America, which actually permits it). Your point about irony is always lost on these, Ian. The "right on" PC liberal left are just another form of facist - freedom of speech but only if it corresponds to their opinions (sounds like facism to me).

As regards those pondscum who murdered those poor Polish lads, I think we should send them to Tehran for entertainment. Public hangings there get a lot of crowds - we can say they were Bush informers and let the Iranians deal with the rest!!!

Posted by Vap | 29.02.08, 13:32 GMT

The prblem with so many on the left is that they just acts not by the act itself, but by who's doing it. You can get away with almost anything if you're on the left's "approved" list. Only this can explain how they can end up supporting a theocratic state that persecutes religious minorities and executes people for being gay against a democracy that supports freedom of religious expression and sexual orientation.

Posted by PJ | 29.02.08, 13:17 GMT

The prblem with so many on the left is that they just acts not by the act itself, but by who's doing it. You can get away with almost anything if you're on the left's "approved" list. Only this can explain how they can end up supporting a theocratic state that persecutes religious minorities and executes people for being gay against a democracy that supports freedom of religious expression and sexual orientation.

Posted by PJ | 29.02.08, 13:17 GMT

I think that a "Fascist" advocates the merger of the state and business with a strongman at the top. I do not see this in any of David Irving's writings or speeches. He sounds like a Tory to me. Are you calling him a "fascist" simply as an insult?

Posted by Tom Hartman | 29.02.08, 12:49 GMT

Your reference to the Drimnagh toe rag who murdered the two Polish citizens is an insult to toe rags which are useful for preventing sore toes from ill fitting shoes. Perhaps its time to bin the already defunct ASBO's and introduce an official government Terminator, a twelve month notification of termination may have a better effect particurlarly when a copy is served to the parents. A patrolling terminator van would have more impact than a Garda van, after all you only have to go back a short period in history when people watched public hangings during lunchtime. Sorry for sounding off, I forgot we are a civilised society now.

Posted by Frank Mullin | 29.02.08, 11:26 GMT

People like David Irving should be ignored. Free speech is one thing, but why seek him out and give him a platform?

Posted by Peter | 29.02.08, 11:25 GMT

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/co...s-1302101.html

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Old March 8th, 2008 #4
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A debate involving controversial historian David Irving at University College Cork has been cancelled over security concerns, the university said today.

The university said the debate on free speech planned for Monday night involving the academic who believes the Holocaust did not happen would not go ahead.

It is the second time a planned appearance by Irving, who was jailed in Austria two years ago for claiming the Nazi genocide of Jews during the Second World War was a myth, has been called off.

In 1999 he was due to give a speech at UUC but it was cancelled at the last minute after scuffles broke out between gardaí and about 600 protestors who gathered outside the event.

Mr Irving (69) was to speak in favour of the motion "That this house believes free speech should be free from restraint" at the Monday night debate.

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A debate involving controversial historian David Irving at University College Cork has been cancelled over security concerns, the university said today.

The university said the debate on free speech planned for Monday night involving the academic who believes the Holocaust did not happen would not go ahead.

It is the second time a planned appearance by Irving, who was jailed in Austria two years ago for claiming the Nazi genocide of Jews during the Second World War was a myth, has been called off.

In 1999 he was due to give a speech at UUC but it was cancelled at the last minute after scuffles broke out between gardaí and about 600 protestors who gathered outside the event.

Mr Irving (69) was to speak in favour of the motion "That this house believes free speech should be free from restraint" at the Monday night debate.

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Thumbs up … as "antisemitic" attackers burn man’s property in Ireland

A spate of attacks against a businessman has culminated in antisemitic graffiti being daubed on the wall of his home in a village in County Galway.

Herb Meyer’s car had been set alight twice and now his wall has been sprayed with the words “Jew Go Home” alongside the word “Jew” and a swastika.

German-born Mr Meyer, who lives in the village of Tuam with his partner Armida Walsh, had been dividing his time between the Irish house and his main home in London.

He told the local Tuam Herald newspaper: “We had made a decision to move back to England long before these attacks but they have tainted our remaining time in Tuam, which until now has been a very happy period.”

Mr Meyer told reporter Jacqueline Hogge that he was worried about leaving his home as he feared the attackers could set it alight.

He described the two incidents when his car was destroyed. In the first, the fire was started near the back wheel while it was parked at the side of his house. The car alarm went off and the fire brigade extinguished the blaze. Mr Meyer believed children might have been responsible.

But his view changed 10 days later when there was a far more sinister incident. The couple awoke at 2.30 one morning to find the car “was like a huge torch. It was like something you would have seen during the bad days of Belfast.

“It was very frightening and the heat of the blaze cracked the double-glazing. We were lucky, as if it had been single panes they would blown in and the whole house could have gone up.”

Tuam Gardai (police) said the attacks were part of an ongoing investigation and would not comment.

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20 May 2008

Equality ruling favours foreign workers
Irish Examiner 20/05/2008

Companies who employ foreign workers face the prospect of substantial compensation claims after one employer was ordered by the Equality Tribunal to pay €290,000 to 58 staff because it did not translate work contracts.

Dublin-based Goode Concrete said it will challenge the tribunal’s ruling in favour of its staff, which was published yesterday.

Each of the workers was granted €5,000 on the grounds their contracts and safety documents were not produced in their own language or translated by an independent party.

This award came to €290,000 with a further €37,000 for three employees the tribunal said had suffered from stress and discriminatory treatment.

Orla Goode, the company’s human resources officer, said it would challenge the ruling in the Labour Court. She claimed, if allowed stand, the decision would allow any worker whose contract is not in their home language to make a legitimate discrimination claim.

“On the basis that there are 330,000 foreign nationals working in Ireland whose contracts are more than likely printed in English, this could cost employers €1.6 billion"
 
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27 May 2008

Survey finds widespread discrimination in Ireland

By Juno McEnroe
FOUR-IN-TEN black people in Ireland feel they have been discriminated against, according to a groundbreaking survey.


Both the ESRI and the Equality Authority said the research was a matter of “concern”, ahead of releasing their report today.

The study — the first of its kind — includes research on discrimination in the workplace, shops, pubs, banks and in healthcare.

It questioned different age groups, religions, people of various ethnic backgrounds, as well as lone parents, the unemployed and disabled.
Up to 24,600 respondents, from a Central Statistics Office national household survey carried out in 2004, gave their experiences of discrimination over the previous two years.

Some 40% of black people, as well as 25% of Asians, felt they had been discriminated against.

In general, almost one in five non-Irish nationals reported discrimination.

This was a lot higher than the 12% of Irish adults overall who reported experiencing a lack of equality.

Feelings of discrimination were high among the disabled (20%), the unemployed (29%), as well as lone parents (23%).

Overall, men and women were equally likely to record discrimination but experiences differed.

Women felt more discriminated against in the workplace and accessing healthcare while men recorded unequal treatment looking for work and accessing financial services.

Furthermore, while men felt discriminated against because of their age or nationality, women felt they were treated unequally if they were married.

When it came to religion, 27% of Muslims felt they had been discriminated in the two years running up to the survey while only 11% of Catholics felt they were.

The Equality Authority’s chief executive Neil Crowley said the survey showed legislation needed to be widened to include greater scope for equality cases.

Sectors identified with discrimination, like finance or health services, needed to prioritise the training of staff in areas of equality, he said.

It was important to break down the feelings of discrimination against black and other ethnic communities identified in the survey, he also warned.

“There are long term implications for us in trying to create an integrated society.”

The ESRI noted that groups who reported the highest rates of discrimination were least likely to take any action, such as making a complaint or starting a legal case.

Those who were unemployed, disabled or were non-Irish and who were the most vulnerable, needed to be made more aware of their rights through education as well as company and government policies, it was concluded.

The report, The Experience of Discrimination in Ireland, will be forwarded to ministers and the employers group IBEC among others.

* www.esri.ie

* www.equality.ie
Report’s main findings

Feelings of discrimination over a two year period:

* Irish people overall, 12%.

* 18-24 years of age, 18%.

* Black people, 40%.

* White people, 11%.

* 65+ years of age, 6%.

* Muslim, 27%.

* Church of Ireland, 13%.

* Unemployed, 29%.

* Lone parent with a child under 15 years of age, 23%.

* 26% who experienced discrimination say it had a serious impact on their lives.

* Only 6% overall made formal complaints.

* Highest rates of discrimination took place looking for work (5.8%), in work (4.8%), looking for housing (4%), and with financial institutions (3.7%).
 
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Interesting to see this on every grapevine but the Irish media. Proof positive from the Continent (thanks to Msr. Pierre Laquiller, French National Assembly Delegation President on a trip to Germany two weeks ago) that there is a Plan B post-Lisbon, and that a No vote on June 12 will be followed by more vote-rigging and tyranny from the Communists in Brussels:

La question préoccupante demeure le référendum irlandais, où les sondages indiquent un partage égal de l’opinion entre partisans, adversaires et abstentionnistes. La victoire du « oui » est naturellement ardemment souhaitée mais il ne semble pas opportun de prendre une initiative pour la favoriser car les Irlandais n’apprécient pas les pressions extérieures. Il faut néanmoins envisager le pire et, donc, réfléchir à une solution en cas de vote négatif. Dans cette hypothèse, il faudrait sans doute demander un nouveau vote après l’adoption d’un certain nombre d’amendements, comme cela a été fait pour le traité de Nice. Si, par contre, le vote de l’Irlande est positif, on peut penser qu’il n’y aura pas de difficultés pour les autres pays, bien qu’il faille demeurer prudent.

The English translation follows, courtesy of Thierry, a friend of the Irish Bulletin in Normandy, France:

The alarming question of the Irish referendum remains, where polls indicate an equal division of opinion between the supporters, the opponents and the absentionists. The victory of the yes side is of course ardently hoped for, but it does not seem appropriate to take the initiative in supporting it because the Irish do not appreciate external pressure. It is necessary to consider the worst case and, therefore, to reflect on a solution in the case of a negative vote. In this hypothesis, it would without doubt be necessary to ask for a new vote after the adoption of a certain number of amendments, as was done for the Nice Treaty. If, on the other hand, the outcome in Ireland is positive, it is expected that there will be no difficulties for the other countries, although it remains necessary to be careful.
Careful of what? What do these people fear? What do the bishops who have sold their souls think of these remarks?

Although all external factors aside, if there is to be a repeat of the Nice farce, I think the Government will find the Irish people - beset by immigration, job losses, crime and political corruption - less tolerant of the same shenanigans pursued in 2002.

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The Hill of Tara is Ireland's ancient capital, and premier national monument. However, the Irish Government is planning to build a motorway through the Gabhra Valley between the Hill of Tara and the Hill of Skryne, County Meath, just 1000 metres from the top of the Hill.
It was placed on the World Monuments Fund, List of 100 Most Endangered Sites, 2008, after being nominated by TaraWatch.

The Minister for the Environment, John Gormley, said in a department press release, April 2008 that he did not see M3 motorway preventing the Hill of Tara from being nominated as a world heritage site. Mr Gormley said that he believed it would be possible to take a series of initiatives to preserve the site. The initiatives would prevent “commercial spread” alongside the motorway, the Minister said. He also said a directive would be put in place to provide landscape protection. Mr Gormley commented that with these measures in place Tara could still meet the strict criteria for incorporation on the list of UN world heritage sites. Such criteria rely heavily on natural or man-made heritage being well preserved.

Referring to the review of the tentative list of proposed world heritage sites, Mr Gormley spoke of his desire to include the Hill of Tara national monument.
He said his department had engaged Dr Jukka Jokilehto, a member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) to visit Tara and the other sites currently on what is known as the “tentative list” for inclusion.


ICOMOS is an international non-governmental organization of professionals, dedicated to the conservation of the world's historic monuments and sites.
Mr Gormley said Dr Jokilehto had “concluded that the Hill of Tara National monument has strong merit for inclusion in an application to Unesco for consideration as a world heritage site.

TaraWatch supports the nomination of the Hill of Tara archaeological complex and natural landscape to the UNESCO List of World Heritage Sites, but is opposed to the construction of the M3 motorway through the Tara-Skryne valley. The Minister for the Environment and the Irish Government have the power to reroute the M3 motorway, away from Tara.

We call on UNESCO and ICOMOS to support the nomination of the Hill of Tara to the World Heritage list, but to insist that the M3 be rerouted first.
Allowing the M3 to proceed would destroy the integrity of the site, and be a breach of the World Heritage Convention, which Ireland signed in 1992.

ICOMOS Ireland is holding its AGM in Dublin next Wed, 4th June, at Royal Institute of Architects in Ireland, 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

TaraWatch will use this occasion to launch the UNESCO/ICOMOS petition, reflecting the arguments made above. We will gather there at 9.00am, peacefully demonstrate, and give copies of the petition to ICOMOS members attending the meeting.

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Default Farmers: don't trust these compromised IFA frauds

How can the IFA consciously agree to a "compromise" with the Government on Lisbon/WTO when the Government - while getting support for the Treaty from the heads of the IFA - hasn't the given farmer's lobby a legal pledge, guaranteed and set in stone?

There was something eerily Masonic about last week's cajoling of the country's top farmers' groups into submission on Lisbon. After months of threats by the IFA to pull support for the treaty, An Taoiseach Brian Cowen seemed to just click his fingers, et voilá: it received the backing of the farming fraternity.

But did it? I don't know how many farmers read this blog, but I certainly have not met one yet who is in favour of Lisbon. I also see no reason why they should now slip into a master-slave mentality and follow their IFA reps into bonds of friendship with an EU which seeks to destroy their way of life.

I don't believe that the majority of farmers will back Lisbon. I believe that they will see through the IFA, the ICMSA and their compromised leadership - remembering their links to big business, remembering the fate of the poor sugar beet farmers and remembering all the wining and dining at the court of their nemesis, the watered-down Communist Peter Mandelson. The corruption, Freemasonry and double standards at the top of the IFA just knows no bounds.

I don't believe workers will heed the fact that the heads of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions, after much courting by politicians, prostrated themselves before Brussels.

Likewise, I don't believe that the army of journalists and local politicians - many of whom have lied through their teeth in an attempt to sell something many of them have never bothered reading - will vote Yes when they get to the ballot box.

Will Padraig Walshe, the heads of the IFA and their unelected bureaucrats do so? It's hard to say; may be they won't, maybe they will.

But at the end of the day, they - like so many other middle managers and "ambassadors", be they union heads or Catholic bishops - have abused their position in the most egregious way, bowing to political pressure applied by liars who have the best interests of their Continental political class at heart.

One thing is for sure: if Lisbon is ratified (which it will be eventually and surreptitiously, a la Nice II), and its nightmarish content is put into legal practice, these public faces of labour, farming, religion and the media - who have sold their souls to the Devil for thirty pieces of silver - will be held accountable by those whom they claim to represent quicker than the politicians.

Smile all you like, Mr. Walshe. Smile for now. But the farmers of Ireland will remember the day you signed on the dotted line of Brian Cowen's blank cheque, which will leave Peter Mandelson laughing all the way to the Rothschild Bank.

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Default 25% of of all buildings jobs to be lost by 2009

A QUARTER of all construction workers will lose their jobs by the end of next year, a confidential new report reveals.

Massive job losses in the country’s largest industry will send unemployment soaring and leave tens of thousands of young men on the dole.

A total of 65,400 of the 279,000 currently employed in construction will be forced out of work as the economic downturn worsens and the value of new property plummets.

The report, carried out by the employment and training authority FAS into construction and contracting, is one of the gloomiest job forecasts produced to date.

It shows those set to lose their jobs include:

* 35,800 craft workers such as bricklayers, carpenters, and plasterers.

* 9,000 non-craft skilled workers (scaffolders, roofers etc).

* 10,600 general workers.

* 2,100 professionals (archi-tects, quantity surveyors etc).

The report predicts the losses will be accompanied by the creation of up to 20,600 jobs in other areas of construction, including building projects earmarked under the National Development Plan (NDP).

However, the Government faces a huge challenge to retrain redundant workers and to provide training outlets for thousands of young men, who had planned a career in construction.
Builders, carpenters and plasterers will be the trades most adversely affected by the huge job cuts.
It is expected that many of those who will lose their jobs will be non-nationals, who will leave the industry and the country to seek work.
It is also likely that many Irish construction workers will look abroad for work, marking a return to a trend that had disappeared during the boom years.
Redundant workers who decide to stay here will not find work easily, and will need retraining.

The slump in the prices of new houses and apartments is already having a disastrous effect on apprentice recruitment in construction, which has been slashed by two-thirds in the space of just two years.

Just 590 construction apprentices were taken on in the first four months of this year, compared to 1,282 last year and 1,538 in the same period in 2006.

Apprenticeships were enormously attractive for young people — mostly male — in recent years. Two years ago, there were almost 30,000 in the system. But that figure is falling rapidly, the new figures show.

The employment and training authority FAS is urgently examining new initiatives to deal with the crisis.
Institutes of Technology and FAS training centres, meanwhile, will have to perform a juggling act to simultaneously reduce capacity and backlogs.
The bleak jobs forecast comes against the backdrop of a raft of reports suggesting a bleak outlook in construction.
Figures released last week by Permanent TSB/ESRI revealed that house prices fell 1.1pc in April, bringing the annual rate of decline to 9.2pc.
New house prices are falling at "almost double the national rate", according to the data.
The construction sector reached its peak at the end of 2006, when it provided direct employment to 287,000, built over 88,000 houses, and produced €36bn worth of output.

Decline

There are 279,000 people employed in the sector now, but this will decline sharply over the next year and is not expected to pick up again until 2013.
The losses will be offset, to a limited extent, by the creation of new jobs in other areas, including projects under the National Development Plan.
These include 7,000 jobs in residential repair and maintenance, 6,900 in general contracting and 6,700 in civil engineering
Repairs and maintenance jobs are expected to be particularly strong as a result of the Energy Performance Building Directive. From January it will be mandatory for anyone who wishes to sell or rent property to make an energy-rating assessment available to potential purchasers or renters.
Many of the 900,000 houses built before 1991 would not even register on the rating scale, according to the research.
The report, prepared by FAS’s sub-committee on the industry also expects a modest rise in the number of professionals, particularly civil engineers, securing employment.

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Old June 4th, 2008 #15
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Default Ireland will keep vetoes, referendum body says

Ireland will retain its right to veto World Trade Organisation talks and maintain its position on abortion if the Lisbon Treaty is passed, the Referendum Commission said today.

The Commission had decided to offer "clarification" to voters given the "confusion" that has surrounded some of the debate, the chairman of the Referendum Commission, Judge Iarfhlaith O'Neill.

World trade talks can be blocked because all such deals include elements that require unanimity, even if the agricultural chapter does not.

In his statement, Judge O'Neill said Protocol 35 to the Lisbon Treaty makes it clear that nothing shall affect Article 40.3.3. of the Constitution.

"Protocols have full legal force – they have the same legal status as an Article of the Treaties. This Protocol is EU law and it explicitly excludes Article 40.3.3. of the Irish Constitution from any other EU law. This mean's Ireland's constitutional position on abortion would not be affected by the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty," he said.

Judge O’Neill said it was the Commission’s role to explain what is in the treaty and not to supervise the debate in the referendum campaign.

He said the Commission had listened to the debate in recent weeks and “we believe there may be some confusion on a number of issues”.

One area that needed further clarification, Judge O'Neill said, was how qualified majority voting would work under the new treaty and in which areas it would apply.

He explained the proposed voting system was not directly comparable to the existing system. Under the Lisbon Treay, decisions would require 55 per cent of member states to agree and that those states must support at least 65 per cent of the population.

“In addition, at least four member states must be opposed to a decision in order for it to be blocked. This ensures that decisions cannot be blocked by just three of the larger member states acting together, even if the population criterion is met.”

Ratification of the treaty would also mean some policy areas where unanimity is currently required would in future be decided by qualified majority voting, he said.

Member states will no longer have a veto in areas such as the election of the President of the European Council, measures concerning an immigration policy and the immplemetation of the solidarity clause in the event of a member state suffering a terrorist attack or a disaster.

However, unanimity will persist in agreements in the field of trade in services and the commercial aspects of intellectual property, as well as foreign direct investment, Judge O’Neill said.

But anti-treay group Cóir today accused the Commission of breaching its mandate by not providing “impartial information” and actively campaigning in the referendum on Lisbon.

Cóir spokeswoman Niamh Uí Bhriain claimed the Commission was engaged in giving its opinion rather than presenting the facts. She said the Commission was trying "to fudge the issue" on abortion by saying that it will not affect the Irish Constitution.

“If the Judge O’Neill had listened closely, as he claims he and the Commission had done, he would have heard Cóir position on the issue”.

“The Lisbon Treaty gives the European Court of Justice the right to make a future ruling on Ireland’s abortion laws - and on other areas of importance such as family law and children’s rights," she said

“In doing so it allows the EU Court to overrule the wishes of the Irish people, “ she claimed.

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Old June 9th, 2008 #16
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Default Archaeology event to discuss Tara

The Hill of Tara will be debated by leaders in the world of archaeology at an international conference next month.

A round-table session in Dublin about the ethics of the construction of the controversial M3 motorway will form part of the Sixth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-6).

The non-governmental group - the only archaeological organisation with elected global representation - holds an international convention every four years to promote the exchange of archaeological research, professional training, and the conservation of archaeological sites.

The M3 Motorway/Hill of Tara will be one of two themes debated by the WAC Ethics Forum during the event at University College Dublin from June 29th to July 4th.

Vincent Salafia of TaraWatch, which will submit a position statement for the debate, said campaigners are delighted Tara will be addressed by an impartial international forum of this calibre.

“The Tara/M3 issue has received massive international attention . . . but the debate in Ireland itself has been very muted, especially within professional archaeological circles,” he said.

“This debate is going to be explosive, as there are a lot of reputations riding on this issue, and positions have become very entrenched on both sides."

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The Hill of Tara will be debated by leaders in the world of archaeology at an international conference next month.

A round-table session in Dublin about the ethics of the construction of the controversial M3 motorway will form part of the Sixth World Archaeological Congress (WAC-6).

The non-governmental group - the only archaeological organisation with elected global representation - holds an international convention every four years to promote the exchange of archaeological research, professional training, and the conservation of archaeological sites.

The M3 Motorway/Hill of Tara will be one of two themes debated by the WAC Ethics Forum during the event at University College Dublin from June 29th to July 4th.

Vincent Salafia of TaraWatch, which will submit a position statement for the debate, said campaigners are delighted Tara will be addressed by an impartial international forum of this calibre.

“The Tara/M3 issue has received massive international attention . . . but the debate in Ireland itself has been very muted, especially within professional archaeological circles,” he said.

“This debate is going to be explosive, as there are a lot of reputations riding on this issue, and positions have become very entrenched on both sides."

PA

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Thanks for bringing this issue to prominence, Roberto,
 
Old June 15th, 2008 #18
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Default Reflections on the Lisbon Treaty result

As predicted recently by economist David McWilliams, the Lisbon Treaty result hinged very much on a question of class, and access to wealth. Yesterday's result proved him not only to be right, but exposed the brutally exposed the ignorance of the Irish and European political establishments to the needs and wants of the Irish people.

Only a handful of constituencies opted to support Lisbon. Outside of Dublin, Clare was the huge surprise, but even it only supported the Treaty by a tiny minority, and doesn't seem to have been subject to a strong campaign by the "No" lobby. The only emphatic "Yes" votes came from Dún Laoghaire, Dublin South and Dublin South East - bastions of the rich and ethnically Irish boroughs of affluent Dublin - and Kildare North, which, being the old homestead of rich landlords, horse trainers and Anglo-wannabes, was expected to pop for Lisbon.

Laois-Offaly - An Taoiseach Brian Cowen's home constituency and a former English planter settlement - also supported Lisbon emphatically. But outside of these areas - the heartland of The Pale and the horrifically de-Hibernified victim zones of Elizabethan plantation - the choice was a loud "No" to foreign manipulation.

The Lisbon vote has proven one thing: that there is a huge social divide opening in Ireland between the haves and the have nots, with the latter in the majority.

Those supporting Lisbon are the political and media establishments, the rich in their strictly Anglo-Irish bubble settlements, the pension-proud elderly, the cosmopolitan and those who have excelled in climbing the ladders of the civil service.

Those opposed to it are the small businessmen, the young families struggling with mortgages, the unemployed and the disenfranchised, those living and coping with the effects of our ridiculous immigration levels, the religious and the patriotic. Farmers, fishermen, labourers, tradesmen, the lower levels of the civil service: you name it.

On Thursday, the ruling and wealthy class of the Servile State were forced to go through the "unhelpful" process of asking their serfs to support a Treaty designed only to support the future of that ruling class. The people marched to the polls in greater numbers than they have ever done for European referendum, and told their self-appointed masters to shove it.

The élite are floundering. In one form or another, miserable and Masonic plans for a European superstate have been rejected by the people of Holland, France and now Ireland, and yet still they plot with the cards they still hold. And let's not be under any illusion here - while the cards they hold are backed by the pokerfaces of the media, the legal and political professions and the world of high finance, as long as right-thinking people exist in large numbers, their foothold is as flimsy as a house of those same cards.

Yesterday's result made something very clear. Something has broken in this country, not just in terms of our attitude to Europe, but our attitude to the present political system. As times get tougher, jobs get scarcer, or as immigrants get more numerous, people are beginning to realise that the sham "Free State" democracy inaugurated in 1922 is nothing more than a negotiated settlement for the future of a political class which is as Irish as Queen Elizabeth.

We are in the very early stages of a rebirth of national pride, religious faith and popular rule in this country, to the extent that our political élite is wallowing in fear. Even minister Conor Lenihan - the man responsible for plans to dilute Irishness in the name of diversity - has said that a re-run of the referendum would be unwise as "greater damage" to public support for Europe may be the result. Lenihan's own constituency delivered a massive rejection of the Treaty, and I'm inclined to agree with him in this case (or perhaps, a re-run might be a good thing with that considered!).

Let's all be very clear on a few points:

1. We were told that under no circumstances would there be any Plan B for Lisbon; we are now being told that politicians are planning to discuss what it might be. In other words, when the French, the Germans and even your own local politician threatened you, saying that a "No" vote would isolate us from Europe, they were lying. And they will lie, and lie some more, until they leave this EU Constitution smelling so deceptively sweet, that they manage to get it pushed through.

2. We were told that with an Irish "No" vote, Lisbon would be killed stone dead. And yet why is French President Nicolas Sarkózy saying that ratification must continue regardless of the Irish vote? Why is the Dutch Prime Minister ratifying the document. which is 95% of the content of the EU Constitution, rejected by the Dutch three years ago? Why do we hear of some French politicians talking about a "legal arrangement" with Ireland?

3. This is an all-party lie, and an example of the contempt in which the political establishment holds the Irish people. Yet Fine Gael wheeled out Olwyn Enright yesterday to distance her party from the Treaty, and Labour backed sheepishly into a corner. If Lisbon gets through eventually, it will be at the behest of all parties, and to speak of political choice and alternatives in this country would be to speak farcically. The same applies to the IFA, the slave unions and IBEC, too. Just because a "leader" wears an Armani suit, drives or is driven in a flash car, and talks the talk does not mean diddly squat when your jobs, livelihoods, freedoms and values are on the line.

4. If Sinn Féin were true Republicans, why are they calling for the renegotiation of a dead treaty? Pro-immigrant and British spy-ridden Sinn Féin - who were trounced at the general election because of their shambolic brand of Republicanism - have sought to gain much political capital from public discontent over Lisbon. They are so out of touch with their own grassroots, that instead of advancing the cause of Irish sovereignty that little bit further, they have called for a renegotiation of the Lisbon Treaty. In short, they are engaging in a political duel with Fianna Fáil to determine who wins the hearts and minds of the middle classes. But as is the wont of any gang of traitors, informers and opportunists, they will no more negotiate a better deal for Ireland at Brussels than Cowen, Kenny or Gilmore would. They are Communists, frauds and agents of British manipulation.

5. The real success of the "No" vote stemmed from active campaigning by Catholics and genuine nationalists. Even Dick Roche - the slithering slimeball running FF's pro-Brussels propaganda machine - was forced to admit that Cóir's remarkable campaign posters rained ruin on the Yes lobby's tactics. Libertas - despite their tolerance for the pink lobby and obvious neoconservative sympathies - provided evidence that not only are the FF-FG-Labour triumvirate losing the people, but they're also losing some of their own.

6. And how! Even in wealthy and upper-class areas where a Yes vote was expected to be a given, huge "No" votes were recorded. Frequently slavish areas such as Meath West, Longford-Westmeath, Kildare South, Louth and Wexford delivered an emphatic No, while huge negative votes were noted in Wicklow, Meath East, Tipperary North and certain areas of Dublin. When the wealthy and the comfortable even start to feel the itch, you know something is changing.

7. Do not be made to feel guilty for voting No. Already, the political establishment is attempting to guilt-trip the Irish people into changing their minds about Lisbon. They said that the No vote had delayed the process of integration, which had already been recognised and supported by the other States of the EU. But please bear in mind that it is the political élites of the other countries who have decided for their respective populations - not the peoples of Europe themselves. An Irish No vote was a vote for 490 million disenfranchised Europeans, who had been ignored by their masters. Once again, the Irish have - if only temporarily - saved Europe.

The important thing now is that the Irish people can resist the lies and the manipulations which lay ahead. They need to be watchful for an Irish Government which, in fear of the judgment of their masters in Brussels, will try any lies and subterfuge to make sure Ireland becomes locked into this superstate, from which they can only benefit in terms of power and prestige.

Hopefully, the Lisbon result provides a sliver of light for those who wish to see Ireland return to the political and social idealism envisaged by Pearse and his brothers in arms.

Éire go brách!

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Old June 18th, 2008 #19
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Default Irish language to get £6.2m funding

The British Government is to stump up more than £6m to promote the Irish language following top-level negotiations at Downing Street, it was revealed today.

The £6.2m follows direct meetings between Gerry Adams and Gordon Brown in recent weeks which led to speculation that Sinn Fein might not renominate Martin McGuinness as Deputy First Minister.

The cash will maintain the Irish Language Broadcasting Fund, which commissions Irish programmes for BBC, RTE and TG4, as well as providing training, for a further two years.

Sinn Fein had accused former DUP Culture and Arts Minister Edwin Poots, now replaced with MP Gregory Campbell, of threatening the future of the fund which formed part of the Good Friday Agreement.

The DUP’s Nelson McCausland said today, however, the funding would be discriminatory unless equal amounts are made available for an Ulster Scots fund.

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Old June 28th, 2008 #20
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Default Let's see more Irish on road signs

This issue may not be the sexiest in the country but currently the potential radical growth of the Irish language is under threat.

On most of our road signs, Irish holds a smaller, inferior position. Under the Official Languages Act (2003) it was envisaged that in the future both Irish and English would command the same prominence.

The inferior position that Irish commands on our road signs sends out the message that the Government is not serious about the language. Bluntly, the current position that Irish commands on most of our road signs smacks of tokenism.

This is an issue that I hope will focus the minds of Irish speakers and lovers of the language.

All that is needed is for the Minister for Transport, Noel Dempsey -- himself an Irish speaker -- to change the current road signage guidlelines in his department.

http://www.herald.ie/opinion/letters...s-1422089.html
 
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