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By David Vance On October 29th, 2011 at 10:08 am

First the facts;

Michael D Higgins will be the Republic’s ninth president after one of the most remarkable political comebacks in the history of the state. The Labour Party veteran, poet and campaigner, seized an unprecedented swing in support following the spectacular implosion of his biggest rival on live television. Mr Higgins declared his triumph was built on a left-leaning campaign while his seven-year term will be marked by..AHEM…inclusion, ideas and transformation.

Just for the record, you can read about Michael D’s anti-American Anti-Israel pro-Communist pedigree here.  He may LOOK genial but his record speaks for itself. Ireland has chosen this hard leftist as President and whilst marginally better than choosing the Provo terrorist McGuinness, this is a profoundly disappointing result.


By David Vance On October 25th, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Well, I watched the final debate of the campaign for the Irish Presidency last evening and if EVER there was an argument  for a constitutional Monarchy, this was it. Talk about the Seven Dwarfs. We all know who Grumpy is (Hello McGuinness) but the rest made me dozy.

Before last night. Sean Gallagher was the front runner. An alleged “Independent” everyone knows he is the Fianna Fail man. Gallagher led the polls by quite a margin, with Michael. D. Higgins a close second. Dropping back quite a bit into third place was Provo Godfather Mandela McGuinness. The rest are totally irrelevant.

But Gallagher came a real cropper last night. Or at least I think so. He was ambushed by Martin McGuinness and for once McGuinness had a point; You can read the details here. In essence, Gallagher appeared to show less than desired probity when it came to collecting cheques in brown evelopes. Fianni Fail roots showing!

My conclusion is that Gallagher is not fit to be President based on what I observed. But then again, nor are any of the rest. Higgins appeared somewhat Statesmanlike but then again I recall his hatred towards Israel and so I cannot support the idea that he might win.

The answer is obvious; the next Irish head of State should be…Her Majesty the Queen. I’m all for inclusivity after all..


By David Vance On October 20th, 2011 at 8:02 am

It seems that the Irish Government is determined to keep Ireland mired in recession;

Income tax, public sector pay and basic social welfare rates will remain untouched in the December Budget. The Government has convinced the EU/IMF that it can hit next year’s bailout targets without making changes in the three key areas. The news will be presented as a political victory since the Fine Gael/Labour Coalition has publicly vowed to protect all three areas. But some €4bn of savings will still have to be found in the Budget, and are likely to come from a range of stealth taxes and spending cuts.

It’s not a victory, it’s a defeat. Cutting public sector pay and reducing Welfare is essential if Ireland is to restore financial probity but it seems that the Coalition lacks the courage to take these tough decisions so instead they present their failure as a victory and hope the media will buy it as such. In this way, the poor suckers in the electorate are taken for fools proving that one cannot trust politicians the moment their lips start moving.


By David Vance On October 11th, 2011 at 8:23 am

Protesters on Dame Street last night

Ireland likes to copy the US, always has, always will!

“They haven’t quite worked out yet what their protest is about or how long they intend to stay. But protesters at an Irish tented village in the style of New York’s ‘Occupy Wall Street’ movement have said there are no plans to bring it to an end or limit its size. The camp, which sprang up outside Dublin’s Central Bank last Saturday, appeared to be without any specific focus other than a general demonstration against political and economic conditions inIreland. Organisers say it has not been driven by any political group but is merely a collection of concerned citizens coordinated through Facebook. Last night a crowd of about 30 people gathered in an open meeting to decide on the wording of ‘demands’. The IMF, oil and gas resources, debt forgiveness and political reform were all proposed as elements of inclusion in the demonstration. About 12 tents make up the ‘Occupy Dame Street’ site, which so far has encountered no official obstruction from either gardai or the Central Bank.”

Most Irish people are too busy trying to hold down a job and get on with their lives but these tented cranks prefer to pollute the area around Dame Street.


By David Vance On October 5th, 2011 at 7:38 am

The Irish Presidential race is entertaining albeit for all the wrong reasons;

Idndependent presidential candidate David Norris received a disability payment for 16 years while out of work as a Trinity College lecturer — even though he was a “full-time” senator for the entire period. Mr Norris confirmed to the Irish Independent last night he received the payment, but could not specify exactly how much it was worth. He also refused to say what his disability is. He said the payment was around a quarter of his annual salary, but said he “wasn’t getting anything like they get now”.

So, this Senator felt obliged to accept disability benefit even though no one knows what his disability was? He has also refused to discuss this mysterious disability.

Ireland’s finest? Here is is in action….he’s the one in the suit on the back of the bike..


By David Vance On October 4th, 2011 at 8:51 pm

Separated at birth?

One of this is a space traveller, the other is a Time Lord….



By David Vance On October 1st, 2011 at 8:45 am

The fecklessness of the Irish Central Banking system is exposed here ; 

“As the country went into economic meltdown, the Central Bank threw a €115,000 party for its employees, the Irish Independent has learned.

Ironically, it was celebrating the anniversary of the euro and the setting up of the Financial Regulator’s office.

In April 2008, at the same time as the Central Bank was issuing gloomy forecasts about the downturn which was about to hit, it organised the celebratory bash in the RDS for 1,000 guests.

The cost of the party meant that the Central Bank’s spend on entertainment that year rose to €155,000, over six times higher than it had been the previous year.”

You just couldn’t make it up. All those involved should be sacked for their gross decadence even as they participated in the demise of their country’s economy.


By David Vance On September 29th, 2011 at 9:10 am

It’s not just the National Health Service which has profound issues. Just consider this remarkable story! In the Irish Republic, more than 1,000 Health Service Executive staff call in sick every day in the HSE West region, costing taxpayers €5m a month, or €60m a year.

The figures were confirmed by the HSE’s assistant national director for finance, Liam Minihan, who said that 1,100 staff — or one in every 20 employees — call in sick each day in a swathe of the country that stretches from Donegal to Limerick.

The revelation prompted HSE West chairman Padraig Conneely (FG) to remark: “I thought the sick people were in the hospitals, in the beds, but obviously, they are not. It is the people outside the hospitals, the workers, who are very sick.

” I think these people would get the door very quickly in the private sector.”

Indeed, but when you work for the State you can always rely on it’s generosity. Take a day off when there is nothing wrong with you – no problem. Now either there are unparalleled levels of a mystery illness that uniquely affects public health employees OR these parasites are blatantly leeching of the Irish taxpayer. You decide.


By David Vance On September 28th, 2011 at 6:34 pm

Here they are, Ireland’s finest.

What a bunch eh? From a  former Eurovision song singer to a current terrorist godfather, from a lover of a convicted rapist to the lover of Hezbollah … is his the BEST that can be found?



By David Vance On September 28th, 2011 at 8:44 am

Here’s a sobering insight into the state of the Irish ec0nomy;

“Up to eight out of every 10 applications for a mortgage are being turned down.

The lack of lending is one of the main reasons the property market continues to crash, economists have said. A survey of mortgage brokers, who are members of the Professional Insurance Brokers Association (PIBA), found that the situation is worse than it was last year for people seeking home loans.

A majority of brokers reported that between six and eight out of every 10 mortgage applications were declined in the second quarter of this year, PIBA’s survey found.

The main reason that applications are being refused is because of concerns over job security.

Lenders are turning down potential new buyers because the applicant has not been in current employment for sufficient time or their employment is a fixed contract rather than permanent.”

This failure to lend can be seen as lenders being prudent but it undoubtedly must have an impact on the property Market, the construction Trade and all affiliated service sectors. The Irish economy has so many structural stresses within it and you have to feel sorry for anyone seeking to get on with their lives. Of course with the circus for the role of Irish President filling the media headlines, I wonder will this even be noticed?