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By David Vance On September 16th, 2011 at 7:56 am

As you know, IRA/Sinn Fein want to see Northern Ireland absorbed into the Irish Republic. They believe this would be in our best economic and political  interests. So, how is the Republic doing?

The tumultuous after-effects of the Celtic Tiger’s demise are graphically highlighted with new figures which show that people are fleeing the Republic of Ireland in record numbers while the number of people moving to the country has also increased.

While many of those who are returning are Irish people who have worked abroad in countries such as Australia, where one-year visas are common, Europeans are also continuing to move to the Republic despite the economy’s collapse. (Mmm..WHICH Europeans? I don’t hear too much French or German being spoken on Dublin’s streets but plenty of Eastern European tongues)

Moving in the other direction is a growing stream of Irish people in search of a new life. That will create new social and political problems for a government that has, until now, been content to preside over the departure of foreigners in the hope that unemployment will fall. The figures from the CSO showed that more than 3,000 Irish people leave the country each month — the highest figure since the 19th Century

So, let’s all swim towards the sinking ship – Provonomics in 2011.


By David Vance On September 11th, 2011 at 8:17 am

It’s reported that David Norris is poised to re-enter the Irish Presidential race, having withdrawn from the race following revelations that he asked for leniency for his ex-partner who was convicted of the statutory rape of a 15 year old boy in Israel.

Apart from being gay, which pleases liberal opinion, he also seems to have a REAL problem with Israel. Consider these quotes;

* Irish Senate, 23 Mar 2004. Norris supports sanctions against Israel for killing Sheikh Ahmed Yassin: “We should not be trading with a rogue state.” He gets a lot of support in the Senate. Nobody defends Israel.

* Norris on Israel, Irish Senate, 20 May 2004 – “There is one thing that we can do. There is a human rights protocol attached to the external association agreement of the European Union. Since we hold the Presidency of the EU, why do we not operate that and remove the special status awarded to Israel?” He gets a lot of support in the Senate. Nobody defends Israel.

* Norris on Israel, Irish Senate, 5 July 2006.
o He describes Gaza as “an open-air concentration camp”.

We all remember Mary Robinson’s problem with Israel, looks like Ireland may choose another VICIOUS anti-Israel President.


By David Vance On August 29th, 2011 at 4:45 pm

Wonder what you make of the news that Cardinal Sean Brady has voiced vehement opposition to Irish government plans to criminalise priests who do not report sex abuse admitted in the confessional.

Speaking for the first time on the issue yesterday, the Archbishop of Armagh embarked on a collision course with Taoiseach, Enda Kenny, when he insisted that any intrusion on the sacraments was “a challenge to the very basis of a free society”. Under the legislation, currently being drawn up, a priest would be guilty of a criminal offence if they were told of a sexual abuse case and failed to report it to the civil authorities.

How about if a priest has a murder confessed to him ? What about if a terrorist atrocity is revealed? Does Vatican Canon law have any place in a modern society? What say you/


By David Vance On August 26th, 2011 at 5:42 pm

I see that Ireland had the biggest house price collapse among all reporting countries in the Global Property Guide survey over the past year.

House prices were down by nearly 15pc, an even worse decline than the 12pcl fall the previous year. The only European countries which experienced weaker performances than the previous year include Netherlands (-4.07pc), Slovak Republic (-6.49pc), Croatia (-6.55pc), Spain (-8.43pc) and Athens, Greece (-9.88pc). In Britain, average house prices were down by 5.33pc year-on-year, after rising 6.04pc the previous year.

Ireland should celebrate. This is sanity SLOWLY returning. The ludicrous property bubble is still deflating.


By David Vance On August 23rd, 2011 at 8:45 am

Interesting to read that Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan is challenging backbenchers and Opposition TDs to “put up or shut up” when he delivers a three-year plan to cut welfare and increase taxes in advance of the Budget.

He is expected to abandon pledges made by the Taoiseach and Tanaiste, who just two months ago promised there would be no income tax hikes or cuts in welfare payments. His stance marks a U-turn from Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore’s earlier promises on taxation and welfare cuts – made at a press conference in June – on the Government’s 100th day in office. Mr Noonan wants to publish a programme of swingeing cuts alongside new charges and tax increases in October.

It will be interesting to see just how “swingeing” these cuts will really be. The evidence is that despite the rhetoric, the Irish public sector manages to get on quite well despite the inflammatory language from Leinster House. Naturally there should be severe cuts but how can we take an Irish Government seriously on the issue of financial austerity when it has hiked the minimum wage back up to one of the highest in Europe? Smoke and mirrors will not suffice and I am less than impressed with the new Government which strikes me as not much better than the previous one.


By David Vance On August 18th, 2011 at 8:15 am

I found this a remarkable tale of government incompetence! The Department of Education in Ireland cannot pinpoint the schools where second-level students are being taught maths by teachers with no qualifications in the subject.

The lack of information emerged last night as the Government’s chief scientific adviser added his voice to concerns aboutLeaving Cert maths and science results. As many as half of second-level maths teachers are not qualified in the subject, but department officials do not know where they are currently working. A department spokeswoman said it was a matter for the Teaching Council to register teachers, while schools had responsibility for hiring teachers. But after another year of poor maths and science results, pressure is mounting for Education Minister Ruairi Quinn to take rapid action

One could ask where has the Education Department been for the past decades? The very fact that up to half of Maths teachers are unqualified is a bit disturbing given the technical nature of the subject.


By David Vance On August 17th, 2011 at 6:55 am

Here comes the new Irish Government – every bit as weak and spineless as the old one.

The latest move to harmonise tax rates puts that issue back on the European agenda, to the likely annoyance of the Irish government. Last night Mr Michael Noonan said all countries, including Ireland, would have to agree to any tax harmonisation. He said that Ireland had already signalled it was going to constructively engage on this issue. “That remains the case,” he added.

What this means is that the current Irish Government will engage in a process that will ensure that the low Corporation Tax level it enjoys will be sacrificed to the gods in Paris and Berlin, that’s the deal. Noonan is talking out of both sides of his mouth. On the one hand he is telling the public that Ireland will “defend” its low CT rate whilst simultaneously “constructively engaging” in a process designed to remove that tax advantage. It makes you wonder why anyone ever bothers to vote when those who are elected so obviously take little heed of the wishes of the voters.

As someone said “Stop voting, it only encourages them”.


By David Vance On August 16th, 2011 at 8:36 am

I’m sure the Irish people will be touched;

A “Loyalist” terrorist group leader has described President Mary McAleese‘s husband as the “perfect candidate” to take over from her. Senator Martin McAleese got the ringing endorsement from Ulster Defence Association leader Jackie McDonald, a controversial loyalist leader he helped bring in from the cold. “I think it would be perfect for everybody concerned if Martin was to take the position,” he said. Mr McDonald praised the work of Dr McAleese, who played golf with him and other loyalist leaders in locations such as the K Club in Kildare. It was part of Dr McAleese’s efforts to support his wife’s “bridge-building” initiative by breaking down the distrust loyalists held for the Irish Government.”

The UDA is a most repulsive group of criminal thugs with a hideous pedigree and it is to the shame of McAleese that he has so openly cavorted with the likes of McDonald. Ronald McDonald has more credibility than Jackie McDonald.


By David Vance On August 7th, 2011 at 9:47 am

I read that Professor Ray Kinsella also said that Ireland should now withdraw from the eurozone –– which many political and financial analysts worldwide believe to be at “serious risk” of collapse.

These experts also say that the only alternative to a eurozone break-up is closer fiscal union which, they predict, will herald even more severe austerity measures. The more the crisis develops, the more it has become evident that there has been a failure of political leadership at the heart of Europe and worldwide. Last night, UCD professor Morgan Kelly predicted that Ireland’s debt will reach €240-€250bn by 2015 – compared to the Government estimate of €200bn

It’s a conundrum. If Ireland stays in the Eurozone, it will flounder. If it leaves the Eurozone, it will eventually return to growth. But the entire political strata is rabidly pro-EUSSR and that is why the debt mountain forced upon it is sold as a virtue when it is a vice. Ireland cannot possibly hope to escape the transgenerational austerity heaped upon the people by the spineless politicians but how to get out when they all want to stay in?


By David Vance On August 4th, 2011 at 7:32 am

How does President Dana sound? Unlikely, I suggest, but not impossible.

There was speculation today that Dana is to mount a challenge for the Irish Presidency. Earlier this year the former MEP, Eurovision winner and All Ireland Talent Show judge said she was not interested in running, but didn’t categorically rule out the option. But today sources close to her are suggesting she has reconsidered following Senator David Norris’ dramatic withdrawal yesterday. In 1997, Dana received the nominations of five county councils and finished third in the contest – polling over 175,000 first preferences votes, or 14pc of the vote. She came third behind current president Mary McAleese and Mary Banotti

Has she a chance or is this merely more ego-tripping but our Rosemary?