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By David Vance On June 1st, 2012 at 1:02 pm

The Irish seem to have learnt that when it comes to matters EU, they must vote YES, or else…

Voters in the Republic of Ireland have approved the EU fiscal pact, early unofficial results indicate. Both the “Yes” and “No” camps have now acknowledged that the treaty, aimed at enforcing budget rules in the eurozone, was approved in Thursday’s referendum. Tallies at count centres indicate a 60/40 split in favour of the agreement. Counting is still in progress in Ireland, the only eurozone state to hold a referendum on the pact. Official results will come early in the evening. Opinion polls had suggested a “Yes” camp win.

Angela Merkel will be pleased to know that even if Francois Hollande says NON to her austerity plan, the poor Irish always say YES!


By David Vance On May 31st, 2012 at 8:15 am

The Irish political class really are the little pets of the EU.

Today, ALL the major Irish political parties and the media establishment are calling on the Irish people to say YES to the European Fiscal Pact, which sets strict limits for countries’ budget deficits.  Sinn Fein/IRA have taken the opportunistic decision to oppose it, and will gain kudos for doing so.  Of course it does not matter a jot what the Irish people say, the EU will push on in whatever direction it wishes and those Irish politicians who love being on the Euro gravy train will do and say whatever is required of them to keep themselves aboard.

The terrible reality that no one in the Republic seems to want to face is that the ONLY salvation for the Irish economy comes when it LEAVES the Eurozone.  Denying this and praising the great Gods of Brussels shows the detachment from reality that has led to the demise of the Celtic Tiger is still very much alive.


By David Vance On May 18th, 2012 at 6:38 pm

….the austerity was for nothing, it seems!

Ireland, seen as the eurozone’s “poster child” for implementing austerity, could require a second bailout, economists warned. As households struggle to pay their mortgages, the country’s rescued banks may need €4bn (£3.2bn) more to cover losses on loans than was assumed in stress tests last year, said analysts at Deutsche Bank. That would hit the finances of the Irish government, which has already pumped about €63bn into its banking sector in the last three years.

I believe that Greece may well bring Ireland down……which is sad. However the fact is that the Irish political elite have whored themselves to Brussels for so long that they will embrace any and every national humiliation on order to stay on the Euro gravy train even as it runs over the backs of the people.


By David Vance On May 18th, 2012 at 8:32 am

I don’t know about you but everytime I see the beginning of a football match (and believe me, I try to avoid them like the plague, not easy in a sport loving household) there is always a minutes silence in respect of someone having died and black armbands are the order of the day. I read this story yesterday…

Relatives of victims of the Loughinisland atrocity have said they are overwhelmed at the Republic of Ireland team’s plan to wear armbands to mark the 18th anniversary of the shootings. Six Catholic men were shot dead in the sectarian massacre in the Heights Bar in Loughinisland, Co Down, on June 18, 1994, as the Republic played Italy at the World Cup in America. Now at the upcoming Euro 2012 tournament, the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) has revealed organisers Uefa gave permission for the team to wear the armbands, during a game between both teams 18 years on.

Well, one has to wonder why football players from the Irish Republic seek to play “tribute” to one particular group of terrorist victims from another country. The Loughinisland massacre was appalling, of course, and there is no harm in remembering the vile acts of the UVF. Mind you, the UVF have subsequently become “heroes” of the process, so a little bit of inconsistency there maybe? But why have the Irish Football Association chosen NOT to wear black arm bands in memory of other atrocities, for example those carried out by the IRA? Might this actually belie a sectarian motivation? If we checked the history, I am sure the IRA were out killing when the Republic of Ireland were playing other football games.

Personally, I would ban ALL black arm bands from any football game – unless it is player of the team that has died. Trying to import grief, as in this case, raises more issues than it solves in my view.

I would have hanged those who carried out the killings at Loughinisland. The Irish Government was keen to support a process that saw the killers set free from prison. To now want to “mark” the event in this way seems…mawkish.


By David Vance On May 6th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

It’s a national shame..really.

“A few years ago Dervish were representing Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest, the first Irish traditional group to take centre-stage in the event. But that shouldn’t be held against them.

Neither should we hold against them their decision to finally yield to an orchestrated campaign to force them to reverse their decision to travel to Israel in order to play a few concerts with friends there.

Especially when this campaign was characterised by a torrent of “negativity and venom” on Facebook and Twitter and a caution, that the band would lose all credibility if they travelled.

Who could blame musicians for yielding to relentless pressure from the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSG), a lobby group which has recruited more than 200 of their musical and artistic colleagues to this unique cultural boycott of Israel.

“Cyber bullying” is how it was described by Justice Minister Alan Shatter — and it’s not hard to see what he’s getting at. He wondered — as we all should — why this campaign to protect human rights is targeted solely at Israel, and not at the many brutal regimes throughout the world deserving of such attention. Why has the IPSG stayed silent about the thousands of innocent civilians who have been slain by the Assad regime in Syria, for instance?

This cultural boycott is unique in the sense that there is no similar boycott in any other country in the world, though some individual artists have stated they would not travel.

Ironically Dervish are recognised by the Irish Government as cultural ambassadors and carry a banner on their website for ‘Imagine Ireland’ — promoting Irish arts worldwide.

Maybe we’ll have to add ‘except Israel’ to that banner?”


By David Vance On April 16th, 2012 at 11:56 am

Are 20% of Irish children disturbed?

More than one in five Irish children between 11 and 13 have reported hearing voices, a sign some experts believe is a risk factor in mental illness. The claim is made in a British Journal of Psychiatry study.The published findings suggest that, in most cases, the auditory hallucinations stop with time. However, children who continue to hear voices could be at risk of mental illness or behavioural disorders.

Odd story. It certainly paints a very different picture of Ireland which seems disturbing.


By David Vance On March 29th, 2012 at 7:21 pm

Well, better late than never I suppose but just WHAT has been going on in the Republic of Ireland and why did it happen and was not prevented?

New legislation has outlawed female genital mutilation in Ireland, where over 3,000 women are believed to have undergone the procedure. A bill outlawing the practise was passed into law in the Irish parliament on Wednesday. Under the new law the practise is now prohibited as is taking a girl abroad to have FGM performed. Any Irish residents in breach of the new law face prosecution and jail.

A report on the Journal.ie quotes AkiDwA, the network of African and migrant women in Ireland which had campaigned for the legislation, as saying that said that the new bill sends a clear message to parents and guardians that FGM will not be tolerated. Senator Ivana Bacik, who first proposed the Bill, said that the legislation had been long overdue in a country where over 3,000 female residents are believed to have undergone FGM.  Bacik said: “International research shows the enormous dangers to the health of women and girls represented by the barbaric practice of female genital mutilation.”

I wonder which religion is so keen on FGM?


By David Vance On March 23rd, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Charles Haughey and Bertie Ahern

Had to smile at this;

Irish political party Fianna Fail has said it will seek to expel its former leader and prime minister Bertie Ahern in the wake of the Mahon Tribunal. The tribunal found that Mr Ahern failed to truthfully account for a number of financial transactions, but did not make a corruption finding against him. Mr Ahern said he had never “received a corrupt payment”. However, the party said the findings regarding Mr Ahern constituted “conduct unbecoming a member of Fianna Fail”.

So, he is being sacked for his honesty? It strikes me he was well educated by his predecessor Charlie Haughey.


By David Vance On March 22nd, 2012 at 1:32 pm

What can I say? I’m shocked I tell you, shocked!.

A report into corruption in the Republic’s planning process has found that former Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern failed to truthfully account for a number of financial transactions. But the Mahon Tribunal does not make a corruption finding against Mr Ahern.

Of course.

It found that Mr Ahern failed to truthfully account for a total of 165,214.25 Irish punts passing through accounts connected with him.

It also found that in relation to the B/T account, known as the Bertie/Tim account by bank staff in the Permanent TSB, Mr Ahern and his associate, Tim Collins, failed to truthfully account for 50,000 Irish punts lodged into this account between 1992 and 1994.

As you do.


By David Vance On March 2nd, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I see that the popular Clothing chain Urban Outfitters has caused a little controversy in the States by selling these T-shirts…

In bad taste: America's largest Irish American group has sent a letter to Urban Outfitters calling for the range to be pulled from stores

It appears that the largest Irish-American organisation in the U.S., the Ancient Order of Hibernians in America, is far from pleased with the garments. Wonder why – too fat to get into them?