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Monthly archive February, 2013
Follow the Money to Find out who the Bondholders Are

Follow the Money to Find out who the Bondholders Are

Who is profiting from the bailout of Europe’s banks? That is the question posed by a German documentary, State Secrets and Bank Bailouts, to be aired in France and Germany next week. Last Wednesday, I met financial journalist Harald Schumann and documentary maker Arpad Bondy in Berlin for a screening with the German press. Both...
Failure to Seek a Reduction on €28bn Promissory Note is Inexcusable

Failure to Seek a Reduction on €28bn Promissory Note is Inexcusable

Last week, the Government added insult to injury. On Tuesday, it put a motion before the Dail asking us to ‘welcome’ the restructuring of the promissory notes. With Government backbenchers supporting the motion, it is guaranteed to pass. When it does, our humiliation will be complete. The Government’s motion does not ask us to authorise...
Save Lives: Join Greystones First Responders

Save Lives: Join Greystones First Responders

Greystones First Responders have been in touch with me to say that they are looking for new people to join their group. They are a voluntary organisation that work hand in hand with the National Ambulance Service. They respond to 999 (112) calls in the Greystones area relating to cardiac arrest, heart attack, chest pain,...
Services to Continue in St.Catherine’s

Services to Continue in St.Catherine’s

Minister Kathleen Lynch announced that services will continue in St.Catherine’s in Wicklow. St.Catherine’s looks after hundreds of children with special needs in the County and is dealing with a difficult financial position. Despite these financial difficulties, Minister Lynch has confirmed in a meeting with myself and the other TDs from Wicklow and East Carlow, that...
A Call Not to Welcome the Promissory Notes

A Call Not to Welcome the Promissory Notes

In the wake of the Government’s success in negotiating the EU budget, I was curious why they did not persue Ireland’s own interests with such determination. Yesterday, I called upon the Dáil not to welcome the restructuring of the promissory notes. Placing the debt of banks on the shoulders of the Irish people is wrong....
Ask and ye shall receive...

Ask and ye shall receive…

Last night I gave a speech on the Government’s proposal to turn the Promissory notes into long term Bonds. It was a difficult speech to give. Firstly, I am still incredulous that the government wants to pay every cent given to failed banks and didn’t even request a write-down in debt from the ECB. Secondly,...