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By David Vance On May 9th, 2011 at 8:37 am

Here’s an odd little story;

“Irish church officials have been left red-faced after announcing plans for an Osama bin Laden memorial Mass. Howth parish in Dublin yesterday hastily withdrew an online newsletter advertising plans to dedicate a Mass to the man credited with masterminding the 9/11 attacks on New York’s twin towers. The newsletter had stated the Mass would be held at 10am this Thursday in the Church of the Assumption in memory of “Osama bin Laden (recently deceased)”.

I note that this has been dismissed “as a mistake or a hoax”. I can understand how it may have been a hoax but a mistake?


By David Vance On April 3rd, 2011 at 7:11 pm

Wonder what you make of this?

The Irish Government has been ordered by the EU/IMF to impose a property tax on all homeowners within a year.  The controversial annual tax is expected to be announced in December’s Budget — even though it was not in the Programme for Government. The imposition of the tax and the precise timeline for its roll-out are key requirements for Ireland to avail of the EU/IMF EUR 85bn bailout package. And the Department of the Environment confirmed that the tax will rise within a year of being introduced. …

Ireland no longer has any real sovereignty – it is a chattel of EU/IMF and is now ordered what to do. The UK will eventually go in the same direction unless and until we assert the primacy of OUR sovereignty.


By David Vance On March 31st, 2011 at 8:09 am

The staggering mess that is Ireland’s banking system comes under the spotlight again today as the news emerges that another €30bn will have to be pumped into the melted down banks. In essence Ireland will end up with just two banks and the State owns them. However the State itself is now propped up by IMF/EU loans so in essence Ireland really IS a wholly owned subsidiary of EU plc. It is literally bankrupt so the question is this; WHY on earth would Northern Ireland EVER want to be financially integrated into such a disaster zone? To be clear; I wish the Republic well and hope that it can recover for the PEOPLE of Ireland however I also believe that it cannot remain in the EU and expect this outcome. Furthermore, Ireland’s political elite have been rabid Europhiles, demanding the Lisbon treaty goes through, for example. Now the country is consumed by EU demands and the only hope is provided by LEAVING it. Can this happen or will we have paper tigers in the Dail roaring about what the EU must do when in truth the EU will do nothing. It owns Ireland, lock stock and two smoking barrels.


By David Vance On March 22nd, 2011 at 9:19 am

Merrill Lynch weighs in on the Irish Corporation Tax debate;

“Ireland could raise its 12.5pc corporation tax rate by a “moderate” amount and not hurt multinational investment here, the largest bank in the US has claimed.

If Ireland raised the rate by a small amount, it could also lead to a reduction in interest on the country’s €85bn bailout package, Bank of America Merrill Lynch claimed in a note. The bank, the result of a merger at the height of the financial crisis, said simply saying multinational investment would flee from Ireland because of any change was “premature”.

“In the short run, a moderate increase in the corporate tax rate can have the advantage of increasing tax revenue,” its analysts said. “In 2010, revenue from corporate taxation was €4.2bn [2pc of GDP]. An increase in the corporate tax rate from 12.5pc to 20pc [still below the average of the eurozone top statutory rate equal to 26pc] would allow the Government to raise an additional €2.5bn in revenue,” it explained

Meanwhile, the EU is not moving away from the position that Ireland will get a reduction in the EXTORTIONATE Interest Rate being charged on its massive bail-out loan IF it makes a proposal to increase Corporation Tax. As you know, Irish politicians insist they will not accept an increase in this rate. It appears no-one has told them that they no longer run the economy….


By Pete Moore On March 19th, 2011 at 11:14 pm

Well done to Ireland for a thoroughly deserved victory. Where have they been hiding all winter? They were irresistible, irrepressible and spanked England’s backside for 80 minutes. As always, forwards determine who’ll win the game and the result was never in doubt. As so often, despite the forwards’ efforts (and a special mention to the astonishingly good David Wallace, he has never played better), Brian O’Driscoll was decisive. For him comes a record number of tries for the Championship. The man’s a genius, one of the all-time greats and recklessly brave. He deserves it.

To England, have some of that. Even without the astonishing Irish intensity and always idiosyncratic referee Bryce Lawrence, being completely dopey for an hour will do you and we were well done. However, congratulations also to England for being the deserved 6 Nations Champions. We’ve been the most consistent team, scored the most points and deserve to finish top of the pile. Given that many players are very young and playing in their first 6 Nations, it’s a real achievement. In the long term, today’s arse-spanking will be a lesson well learned.


By Pete Moore On March 18th, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Giv’em a reason to hate us lads …

The final day of the 6 Nations dawns tomorrow and all eyes will be on Dublin. I cannot describe how much I’ve been looking forward to this one all week. England go to Lansdowne Road/the Aviva with the Calcutta Cup in the bag after a win against the Jocks last week. If we win tomorrow it’s the Championship, Triple Crown and Grand Slam for what has been the best team in the Northern Hemisphere this year. With the World Cup looming in a few months a fancied Wales were seen off in Cardiff, Italy were put to the sword in style and the French beaten in a stunningly intense 80 minutes. The madman Lièvremont sent out a team for a punch up. England obliged him in a game where both packs took out anything above grass height. That same intensity tomorrow and we’ll do it.

Dublin, however, is where dreams have often gone to die. Ireland are better than they’ve shown this year and they’re due a Big Performance. England are full of energy and spirit but this Irish team has bags of experience, pride to recapture, a good recent record against England to maintain and World Cup places to secure.

We were in this very same position in 2003. England coach Martin Johnson was the Captain then of a team which had blown the Championship repeatedly on the final day in previous years. A World Cup was looming, England went to Dublin determined not to blow it again and so took the field determined to make themselves feel at home. We almost had a diplomatic incident …

Prediction: England by … one would be enough. Since I’ll be watching it in the village rugby club someone will have to remind me of the score the next morning in any case.


By David Vance On February 27th, 2011 at 10:39 pm

Enda Kenny - Fine Gael leader set to be next Taoiseach

My congratulations to Enda Kenny and Fine Gael on their electoral success.

I was also delighted to see the demise of the Green Party.

Fianna Fail got what it deserved – a truly cataclysmically awful result! Sinn Fein got 13 seats, the same number as Independents.

It was sickening too see Grisly Adams top the poll in Louth.

The bigger question is this, however. What now?

Kenny says he “will try” to renegotiate the terms of the IMF/EU bail out. He has no chance. In fact I think things are about to get a whole lot worse as Merkel and Sarkozy seek to move on Irish corporation tax. In that regard, perhaps Cranmer has captured the true essence of what has happened here.

Is there a new dawn for the Republic or is the only light that of a setting son?



By ATWadmin On February 8th, 2009 at 10:23 am

Interesting to consider the most recent unemployment statistics from the Irish Republic. It’s a very disturbing reality that is now emerging as the recession deepend….

Official figures show unemployment more than doubled in counties such as Meath (up 114 per cent), Laois (103 per cent) and Kildare (101 per cent). Border counties such as Monaghan (108 per cent) and Cavan (107 per cent) were also badly hit. Among the areas with the smallest percentage increases over the past year were Waterford (65 per cent) and Dublin (75 per cent).

In addition to the unemployment gloom in the commuter belt, new figures compiled by Permanent TSB indicate that these counties have suffered the steepest house price falls. House prices within commuting distance of the capital have fallen by up to 17 per cent over the past year, compared to about 10 per cent nationally.

A breakdown of live register figures also shows the proportion of foreign nationals signing on since January of 2008 has increased sharply. While the number of Irish nationals signing on over the last year has jumped by 80 per cent, the number of foreign nationals has increased by 140 per cent.

This increase has been felt most sharply by members of former EU accession states, with numbers jumping by more than 250 per cent over the past 12 months.

That’s a HUGE % increase in EU workers which I assume is directly linked the severe downturn in the construction industry. But there are many other sectors in the Irish economy now also undergoing serious decline and I think that the 400,00 foreign nationals that at one point made up the Irish workforce (around 30%) wil either sign up for welfare, or leave. Can the State afford the welfare costs as tax receipts nosedive? If these people leave, I wonder where they will go? I suppose it would have to be a country with an even more generous welfare system, more easily exploited……mmmm, guess they won’t have to travel very far.


By ATWadmin On February 7th, 2009 at 7:33 pm

Who agrees with former Miss World Rosanna Davison about the bitchiness of women?

The model has revealed that the reason she often prefers chewing the fat with her male friends is because they tend to be less frosty towards her than the fairer sex. Rosanna, who is singer Chris De Burgh’s daughter, has admitted that reactions to her definitely changed after she won the coveted crown back in 2003. Even six years on, The Dublin girl still encounters women who react differently to her. “Sometimes women can be a little bit f  unny with me and I found that when I went back to college the year after the Miss World thing. I was very lucky in that I had my tight-knit group of close friends there, but I did find that women who have previously chatted away to me in the toilets when they knew nothing about me, wouldn’t come up to me so easily.” She added: “Even now I still feel it’s easier for me to talk to men than to women, because women are less predictable than men.

It’s just an observation, and I will probably be damned for saying it, but I think women tend to be more bitchy towards each other than men. Don’t get me wrong – I love women (and have been in love with one for more than 30 years now!) but I think they behave differently to each other than they do to men.This seems particularly pronounced in the teen years but it doesn’t just stop there. Is it competitiveness? Is it jealousy? Is it rubbish? What’s your call – ladies?


By ATWadmin On February 6th, 2009 at 9:29 am

You will have heard of the malignant Muslim Brotherhood? Well, it looks like Irish Republicans are keen to copy them…

“A new bout of violent republicanism is emerging in Dublin. A group claiming to represent the Irish Republican Brotherhood is threatening a new wave of violence against drug dealers and “supporters of foreign rule.”

In the last few days media outlets in the city have been contacted both in writing and via phone about the alleged organisation. In a statement, it is said that the IRB are “very much an active Republic organisation” that is “heavily equipped”. Gardai will not comment on the worrying developments, but the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) said they were not ignoring the threat. A spokesperson said that while they could not comment about the matter directly, they were “taking a robust stance against all dissident republican terrorist groups regardless of their title”. Using a codeword, a statement was issued on behalf of the so-called IRB saying that it has “concrete foundations, and an army with active members throughout the island of Ireland”. It continues: “Our aims and efforts are simple but solid. We believe in free communities for our future. Including drug-free communities. Safer communities.” A caller added that that they would be “targeting” drug dealers with warnings and then serious violence if they refuse to co-operate. “We will be undoubtedly taking severe action against those found to be involved with these activities within the drug trade and followers of foreign rule.”

Not so many years ago, during the early “peace process” period, the IRA were murdering those they alleged to be drug dealers here in Northern Ireland – under the flag of convenience DAAD. (Direct Action Against Drugs). It seems that this franchise has been  now exported to Dublin and more republican violence will be the consequence. I wonder where they get all their illegals arms?