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Old December 9th, 2009 #181
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Default Welfare fraud costing taxpayer almost €2 billion annually

Minister for Social and Family Affairs Mary Hanafin has defended her department’s record in tackling welfare fraud after a RTÉ Prime Time programme revealed fraud and mistakes relating to a range of benefits cost the Exchequer almost €2 billion annually.

The programme, which was broadcast last night, showed that fake PPS numbers could be easily obtained on the black market after just a few telephone calls.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...breaking32.htm

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Old January 3rd, 2010 #182
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Default It almost seems that priests and homosexuals have changed places in modern Irish life

Power in Ireland clearly likes to be naked, even when intellectual

IT'S not the double standards of Irish life which trouble me, so much as the transparent hypocrisy with which they're applied. It's if as the rest of society won't notice when one set of rules is imposed on one occasion, but then thrown aside on another.

Pace yesterday's column on the priest Sean Sheehy giving a character reference to the convicted sex-offender Danny Foley, which triggered mass-indignation from women commentators. But not long before that court case, the writer Colm Toibin gave a character reference to the poet Desmond Hogan who had been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year old boy, with what we now call "special needs". Desmond Hogan walked free from the court, despite the youth and vulnerability of his victim.

Response from the professionally angry classes? Silence.

It almost seems that priests and homosexuals have changed places in Irish life. Once it was the latter that Official Ireland marginalised and ostracised. Now it is the former. And I wouldn't mind, except that the double standards are still so ostentatious.

Power in Ireland clearly likes to be naked, even when intellectual. So the Ireland that banned contraception and divorce and abortion, even for women with cancer, and which imposed Catholic teaching through the institution of the State, has metamorphosed into a doctrinaire liberal Ireland, with new icons, and new mores, that are just as hypocritical and as intolerant as the Catholic values they are displacing.

If there were some subtlety from the new hierarchy I might be a little more tolerant of its admonitions. But there is not. It is every bit as crude and flagrantly discriminatory as the hierarchy that went before it. How else could Dail Eireann have passed the outrageous Sexual Offences Act of three years ago, which rules that a 16-year old boy who has sex with a 16-year old girl shall be guilty of a sexual offence, but the girl shall not, by statute bound? This 16-year-old girl might have had many sexual partners, and the lad she seduces might be a virgin, and God knows it is not difficult to successfully proposition a 16-year-old boy. But our lawmakers have specifically introduced a discriminatory clause which states that the boy shall always be the offender, and the girl shall always be the victim; and thus the boy can be imprisoned, and be put on the sex-offenders' register, and so be debarred for ever from emigrating to the US.

Not merely did this ridiculous law get passed through Dail Eireann, it was ratified by the Seanad, and signed by the President. What would those two august bodies, and that august lady, have done had the law penalised the girl only, and exonerated the boy, as a matter of statute?

The State has conjured any number of government-sponsored quangos into existence to impose the rules of the new Official Ireland of the Mind, and to vilify those who oppose their agenda. Other, mirror-image but self-appointed bodies have emerged throughout Irish life, and with comparable agendas. Thus, if I say that one of the problems with Kilbarrack is that its young male population consists of largely priapic, oversexed ruffians, I will get into trouble from the National Council for the Unemployed, the Labour Party, and every liberal in the Seanad. If I say that the problem with Malawi is that its young male population consists of largely priapic oversexed ruffians, I will be hounded by the National Migrants Council and by Dochas, which (as I know from personal experience) will try to jail me, and by the National Press Council, in a serious attempt to destroy my career.

BUT if I say that the problem with Irish rugby-clubs is that their young males are largely priapic, oversexed ruffians, I will be congratulated for courageously revealing an untold truth.

For Official Ireland of the Mind revels in double standards, and in the imposition of its own politically-ordained moral order; why, just like the Catholic Church of yesteryear.

We now know that Gerry Adams -- who was the archbishop, the police commissioner and the chief justice within the entire republican community -- effectively protected his brother Liam after the latter was accused of incestuous rape. Liam Adams was even allowed to work with youth groups (and actually had a prominent role in that jolly outfit, the republicans' internal security unit). Do you really think that Official Ireland is going to go after Gerry Adams in the same way as the archdiocese of Dublin was pursued? (Never mind for the moment that the consequences for some of those with whom Liam Adams had a cosy chat turned out to be somewhat graver than normal?)

Yes, Official Ireland of the Mind is rightly angry about the failure of the State to punish the criminals in our financial community for the destruction of the Irish economy. But do its adherents not see that they are part of the problem?

Intellectual incoherence is like an unfinished roof. Merely because the tiles over your head are intact doesn't mean you won't get wet if tiles are missing elsewhere.

Which is one reason we are now all getting thoroughly soaked.

http://www.independent.ie/opinion/co...e-1985659.html
 
Old January 5th, 2010 #183
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Default Call for action on asylum ‘mess’

The number of asylum applications received by the Department of Justice in 2009 fell by 35% when compared with 2008. But funding for the asylum and immigration service during the same period was up by 16%.

Fine Gael Immigration and Integration spokesman Denis Naughten said, "We need a determined approach to deal with the present mess and I’m calling on the minister for justice to prioritise this area in the interests of the taxpayer. By streamlining the existing asylum system, treating people with dignity and in a timely manner, we could save the taxpayer a small fortune."

Mr Naughten said, "The additional costs associated with asylum accommodation in 2009 ran at €50,000 a day more than originally projected; this is on top of a cost over-run in 2008 of €40,000 a day".

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...ss-108995.html

http://hailireland.blogspot.com/2010...ylum-mess.html
 
Old January 6th, 2010 #184
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Default Bishop urges Mel Gibson to help Irish hometown

LONDON - A Catholic Bishop in Mel Gibson’s ancestral Irish hometown has urged the actor to help restore a local cathedral.

Bishop Colm O’Reilly turned to the Oscar winner, whose mother hails from Ardagh in County Longford, Ireland, after the Longford cathedral was reduced to flames on Christmas Day.

“It would be nice for him to get involved, it certainly would be appreciated,” the Daily Express quoted the Bishop as saying.

“We’ve never had any contact with him up until now. His name of course, comes from here.

http://blog.taragana.com/e/2010/01/0...ometown-77090/
 
Old January 6th, 2010 #185
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http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0106/dorset.html
Apparently even forewarned the idiots guarding Irelands borders could'nt find turk loaded down with C4 explosives
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Old January 21st, 2010 #186
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Default Gangsters,gombeens,adulterers divvy up the budget

The shinners are not even 32 county men anymmore if they ever were with their international brotherhood

http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0118/northpolitics.html
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Old February 8th, 2010 #187
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Default Pole gets five life sentences for rape

A 45-year-old man, who raped a woman after tying her boyfriend up with rope and duct-tape, has been given five life sentences at the Central Criminal Court.

Edward Piotrowski, who is from Poland, but has an address at Clonmullen Hall, Edenderry, Co Offaly, told his victim during the two-and-a-half-hour ordeal that he would kill her and her partner.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/0129/piotrowskie.html

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Old April 3rd, 2010 #190
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Default Polish national charged with rape

A MAN has been charged with raping a young woman in a public toilet.

The 35-year-old Polish national appeared before a special sitting of Kanturk District Court in Co Cork at 11.15pm on Thursday evening after being arrested by gardai for a second time earlier in the day.

He was formally charged with raping the woman at the Church Street public toilets in Kanturk on March 9.

http://www.independent.ie/national-n...t-2123824.html

http://hailireland.blogspot.com/2010...with-rape.html
 
Old June 30th, 2010 #191
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Default Pedo arrested in Irish Republic

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/w...an-463688.html

30/06/2010 - 17:44:06
Gardaí have arrested a paedophile who had been sought by British police for the past week.

Convicted sex offender William Padden was arrested in Cavan shortly after 4.30pm this afternoon.

British police believed he had fled to the North and Gardaí were alerted to the case as it was feared he might cross the border.

He has 19 convictions for sex offences.
 
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Ireland’s deputy prime minister was trapped in a car for two hours on Saturday afternoon after being surrounded by demonstrators protesting against water charges.

Joan Burton, the Labour party leader, had to be rescued by Garda Síochána officers when her vehicle was trapped within a large angry crowd in the Jobstown area of west Dublin.

Burton, who is also the Irish Republic’s minister for social protection, was attending a graduation ceremony when about 100 protesters rushed towards her ministerial car after the event finished at about midday.

During the incident a Garda helicopter monitored the situation.


Irish Socialist party TD Paul Murphy, who represents the area in the Dáil, said: “The protest has been peaceful. Yes, she has been delayed here for a number of hours but I think this protest has sent a very clear message to her, a message which the Tánaiste [deputy prime minister] has ignored to date, that people don’t want to pay these water charges.

“There is national anger over the changes but particularly in Tallaght and Jobstown in west Dublin … there are a lot of people who simply can’t afford to pay,” he said, adding the protesters were also sending a message to Irish Water that the people of Tallaght would not accept water charges.

A spokesman for the deputy prime minister said she had attended a graduation ceremony at An Cósan higher education college.

“Nothing should be allowed to detract or deflect from what was a very important day for those students,” he said.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/201...rge-protesters
 
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