Video: Watch Prof Arulkumaran tell Senator Mullen – “if you don’t support legal abortion then you support illegal abortion”
Senator Ronan Mullen and and Mattie Mcgarth TD have taken it upon themselves to be the nations protectors of women during the the 8th amendment committee hearings. Well that’s not true, they represent the catholic church in these hearings. Their shameful and undemocratic behavior by walking out of these hearings show the contempt they have for the nation. Professor Arulkumaran told Ronan Mullen in no uncertain terms what he thought of his views. “if you don’t support legal abortion then you support illegal abortion”
Where do I start with these people? In a nut shell, they are a right wing Catholic pressure group made of about 6 or 7 people seeking to influence Irish law and governance because they don’t like the transformation of Ireland in to a liberal secular democracy from a Catholic church dominated theocracy. The Iona institute would like to turn the dial back to the 1940’s. Where we answered to religious dogma instead of human decency and compassion. They are a political lobby group. The “Christian right”. Ironically enough they are usually neither christian nor right.
The Iona institute are given disproportionate amount of attention for such a small lobby group. They don’t even represent the majority of Catholics. Their main mouth piece is David Quinn. A columnist with the Irish Independent. Now Ireland’s leading daily tabloid. In his twitter profile he describes himself as “Columnist with Irish Independent and Irish Catholic”. Director of Iona Institute”. I’m also a columnist, an Irish Catholic also, and Director of the Don’t Vote It Only Encourages Them Institute. When David Quinn describes himself as an “Irish Catholic”, is he afraid that people might mistake him for an Aborigine Catholic? Are Irish Catholics holier than say British Catholics or Chinese Catholics. Chinese Catholics are seriously repressed, they are literally producing martyrs for the cause. I’d say Chinese Catholics are a much holier bunch us Irish Catholics. Then there was this headline in the Irish times.
This is news to the Irish Times? 6 or 7 people that call themselves an institute oppose an end to the ban on Good Friday boozing. Personally I don’t care if pubs open or not. Pubs in Ireland close twice a year, Good Friday and Christmas Day. If you were a foreigner having the misfortune to visit a supermarket or off licence in Ireland leading up to Good Friday, you would be forgiven for thinking alcohol was to be banned for the next two years. Not only do people look like they are purchasing enough alcohol to drown their own sorrows, they look like they purchasing enough alcohol to drown the sorrows of all the Catholics in the world also. Jesus may have died for our sins, but us Irish Catholics will drink for your sins.
We know what the Iona institute are for….. Turning the dial back a couple of decades to a time when unmarried mothers were put in homes and their babies taken away from them. What are they against? We, at the Don’t vote, It Only Encourages Them Institute, did some scholarly research to find out what else Iona don’t like.
Sex! Dirty, filthy, wild passionate sex. The dirtier the sex the more novenas you should say. Every time you change sexual position you got to throw a Hail Mary in there. From researching their website, sex is a big deal with these people and it should only be done with the lights off and a hole cut in the sheet. Having sex for anything other than pro-creation is sin. We, at The Dont Vote, It only Encourages Them institute would recommend as much sinful sex as possible.
Iona are also against Gay marriage and anything that even remotely involves Gay people being parents. During the equal rights referendum they said Gay marriage would lead to all kinds of depraved behavior. They were right……
Iona do not like science. Especially science that goes against dogma, especially their own brand of dogma. It usually goes like this, first they deny the earth revolves around the sun. Secondly they say it is not important that the earth revolves around the sun, and finally they credit St Patrick instead of Galileo with the find.
Iona don’t like contraception.
Condoms ✘ Contraceptive pill ✘ The patch ✘ The coil ✘ Anything else ✘ Rhythm method ✓
They would prefer if you took your chance with unreliable biological mathematics instead of proven science.
They don’t like vaccines. Especially the HPV vaccine that can help prevent cervical cancer. The screenshot below is take from the Iona website……
“In the vast majority of cases HPV does not lead to cancer”, Did the person who wrote that article stop for even one nanosecond to ask themselves what about the cases that do lead to cancer? I think the answer is no!!
I think someone needs to tell the Iona Institute and David Quinn, the ten commandments are a bit like the leaving cert. Only 6 need to be attempted……
First things first. There were, allegedly (depending on who you ask in Fianna Fail these days) two underlying reasons to set up Irish Water. First was to invest in our Victorian era water and sewage infrastructure, secondly was conservation. By having metering and charges, we would all be less flaithúlach when washing our nether regions and cleaning the spuds. It is a popular left and right wing delusion that the government wastes vast amounts of money through inefficiency and general uselessness. We could’t be further from the truth. Enormous effort and elaborate planning are required to waste this much money. Let me give you an example of this elaborate planning.
To date, the cost of putting 893,000 meters in the ground has cost the state €465 million. This includes towns in Ireland without proper drinking water. Remember all those towns that had boil water notices? Those were some of the first towns in Ireland to have been metered. Castlerea Town residents who had no drinking water for up to four years, were left wondering if Irish Water were literally taking the piss, after their homes were selected for water meters. Why did they have no drinking water? There was a parasite found in the water called Cryptosporidium. At best, this parasite will have you running back and forth to the toilet like an Olympic sprinter. Exposure to Cryptosporidium can cause a persistent cough, diarrhea, vomiting and nausea. If you smoke 40 a day and like to booze then you might not even know you have it. At worst, it can kill you. Just ask the people of Milwaukee and Wisconsin, 69 people died during an outbreak there in 1993. So what do Irish Water do, they put water meters in a town where they can’t even drink the stuff in case it kills you. It’s no wonder Irish Water have spent €316,948 since January 2014 on PR firms. If there is an exception to the rule there is such a thing as bad PR, Irish water embody it.
Lets talk bad PR. The latest PR nightmare for the government is that it turns out Irish Water have been paying on average €5,000 in bonuses to all of it’s 675 staff. This despite Irish Water not collecting or issuing any bills on domestic users for the last few months. Irish water have also been spending your hard earned taxes on providing specialist fitness lessons for staff who avail of an in-house gym. Classes are said to be mandatory to comply with “health and safety regulations”. I have a fitness recommendation that could save the tax payers a few bob. How about we send Irish water staff door to door to collect those unpaid bills. Being chased up and down the streets of Ireland by irate customers will have them fit as a fiddle in no time. I can’t guarantee their safety but they will be fit. We’re in useless quango territory here. Did we not learn anything from the FAS fiasco. How can you justify giving out bonuses to company staff employed by the state that have already been labelled redundant by the very government and people they are meant to serve?
The average punter has more trust issues with Irish water than a cheating spouse. There have been numerous data protection breaches. Lies about overrun costs. We were told €50 million was being spent on consultants for setting up Irish Water. It later emerged that €86 million would be spent on consultants, contractors and legal advice. They also wanted our PPS numbers, this was after Irish Water sent 6,239 letters with incorrect names to customers. The letters asked customers to confirm their personal details at the wrong addresses. Carlsberg don’t do irony but if they did……… The minister in charge at the time, Phil Hogan said “You can’t make an omelette without breaking eggs”. The jury delivered it’s verdict on the sincerity of Hogan’s ignorance and Enda had to ship Hogan off to Brussels for his own safety.
Personally I have never objected to the principle for paying for water, but if you tell me, my tax is being spent on fitness instructors and unmerited bonuses for civil servants then you’re going to lose a supporter. Dublin’s water supply has been in trouble for many years because of shortages and an aging infrastructure. A 150 year old tunnel at Callow Hill, which supplies South Dublin and North Wicklow from Vartry reservoir, is in danger of collapse and won’t be fixed until 2020. In a report the EPA describes water delivery being at risk of failure, with Dublin City Council warned in 2011, that the Callow Hill tunnel could suffer a “partial or total collapse” at any moment. This would result in “significant supply problems for an extended time”. That means the good folk of leafy South county Dublin and North Wicklow will be smelling worse than a toilet bowl that’s just endured an outbreak of Cryptosporidium, for weeks, if not months on end if the tunnel does collapse. You can imagine the restaurants of Dalkey full of people that are literally filthy rich. In county Kerry alone almost 30 water supplies are in need of upgrades. Anyone that’s been to Copper Face Jacks when Kerry are playing in Croke Park will tell you Kerry people smell anyway, but they should at least be allowed a glass of water after a heavy nights drinking. How much is all this upgrading around the country going to cost? Billions is the answer. The Callow hill project is estimated to cost €200 million. Keep in mind the Luas was estimated to cost €288 million but ended up costing almost €800 million. Lets hope they get that tunnel fixed before the thing collapses. The birth rate on the east coast will plummet otherwise, it’ll be like the famine all over again.
Who’s to blame for the Irish water fiasco? Politicians are of course. The far left ran a very effective media campaign to abolish charges. When I say effective, of course I mean their candidates lies were better than the governments. You will pay for Irish water, it might not be called a water charge but you will pay for it through indirect taxes. The country is still broke and borrowing billions just to keep the lights on. If that tunnel that supplies Dublin does collapse you can be assured Richard Boyd Parrot will be demanding to find the money from somewhere so his constituents can have a wash before they vote him out of office. Fianna Fáil are the most duplicitous political party in the history of the state. Ok, the bar is set low but they always manage to crawl under it. If Fianna Fáil were your friend in school they’d be dropping the hand on your nice convent – educated – girlfriend behind the school shed while you were studying hard for your leaving cert. Fianna Fáil fathered Irish water but are now denying paternity. No one is quite sure what they stand for. Democracy is being allowed to vote against the candidate or party you disagree with the most, but no one knows what Fianna Fáil stand for. That’s why they are hugely successful. Fine Gael are in an abusive relationship with Fianna Fail and are now being left to hold the Irish water baby, and will be punished for it at the ballot box. Better to be principled and stick by the charges rather than being seen to be craven to stay in power for powers sake. Go to the polls with a new dynamic leadership and take your chances rather than be hostage to Fianna Fáil. Sinn Fein are Sinn Fein, they will say with a straight face they are against household charges but they always seem to vote for increased household charges in Northern Ireland. But they are consistent, like a petulant child who’s only word is no. As for the Labour Party and Social Democrats, no one cares. They will eventually merge to be one party again.
We now have a semi-state utility that is like a broken cannon. It won’t work and you can’t fire it. It is scrap. If you think Irish Water is expensive now………..wait till they try to scrap it.
They say all politics is local, but Fianna Fail in Dublin Central unanimously voting to ask for Bertie to rejoin Fianna Fáil is a bit like asking your violent, abusive, alcoholic ex partner to give things another go while he’s half way through a bottle of Jack Daniels.
The chairman of Fianna Fáil Dublin Central Brian Mohan confirmed the highly controversial move after taking part in a “deep, meaningful discussion” with 30 other local members at the Skylon Hotel.
‘Deep and meaningful discussions’ only happen to Irish people when they have had one too many over a few pints, in bed with a lover, or your GP is giving you a bollocking about your drinking habits. Deep and meaningful never happens in politics and certainly not at local branch meetings. If the Dublin Central branch are not all doctors, and hopefully they weren’t all naked, I have a question for those thirty misguided political delinquents. Was there a free bar? A free bar can be the only explanation for this degeneracy. Everyone’s hammered, membership cards in bowl and sure fuck it. We’ll pass a motion asking can we have Bertie back. The rest of the country will think we drank the place dry, but we don’t care.
There’s a small problem, the country cares, Mehole Martin and the muesli eating, media savvy Fianna Fail nua brigade care. The leader of Fianna Fail, Micheal Martin said recently enough that ‘Bertie Ahern betrayed the trust in him by this country and this party’.
The last thing Mehole Martin wants is the spectre of Bertie hanging around like the ghost of Christmas past. Like all ghosts and all pasts they can be uncomfortable when reminded of and Bertie carries with more baggage than an Aer lingus Christmas shopping trip from New York.
It was all boom when Bertie was Taoiseach but he left a legacy more toxic than Sellafield to the rest of our little Island. He infamously said “Sitting on the sidelines, cribbing and moaning is a lost opportunity. I don’t know how people who engage in that don’t commit suicide”.
That’s people who lost their homes, jobs, relationships broke down and all other socio-economic effects of Bertie and Fianna Fails mismanagement of the property driven economy. ‘Commit suicide’ that was his answer. Think about that.
Even more unbelievable was his defence when questioned about the large sums of sterling cash that was lodged in to his accounts. ‘I won it on the horses’. That’s what notorious underworld criminal John Gilligan claimed also and he was laughed out of court. Gilligan had to hand over his cash though.
One of Berties most unintentionally hilarious claims was that, he didn’t have bank account, when he was eh…..the minister for finance. That’s just Bertie issues.
The real reason Micheal Martin will be deeply uncomfortable at the ghost of Bertie past is because he was a senior minster for most of Berties governments. Fianna Fail policies under Bertie Ahern can only be described as when there was light at the end of the tunnel they just went and built more tunnel and called it progress.
So you can see why the country might be more than a little uncomfortable with the idea of Bertie Ahern trying to win back our love. We may laugh and joke at the how stupid would Fianna Fail be to have Bertie back. But too often the problem with political jokes in this country is that they get elected.
Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has paid tribute in the Dáil to Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore who had his last foreign affairs question time as leader of the Labour Party to an empty Dáil chamber. The only Labour sinner on hand to witness Eamon Gilmore’s last interrogation was Joe Costello. Not even the opposition were all that bothered, a grand total of only two opposition deputies bothered to show up. Foreign affairs is just that, most TD’s don’t look beyond their constituency boundaries. There’s no votes to be had in those foreign places.
The Ceann Comhairle told Eamon Gilmore – “Could I say it’s been a pleasure always chairing sessions of foreign affairs with you as the lead Minister and Tánaiste and I wish you every success whatever you do”. A nice touch from Sean Barrett – who probably has the toughest job in Irish politics, dealing with truculent deputies.
You will be reading a lot about Fianna Fáil TD Niall Collins in the next few days.
The 41-year-old Limerick TD and has landed himself in hot water because he wrote to a judge seeking leniency for a convicted drug dealer.
Collins, a scion of the famous Fianna Fáil Collins clan in West Limerick. His grandfather James Collins was a TD from 1948 to 1967. His uncle Gerry Collins is a former government minister who held several different portfolios in a career spanning 30 years; another uncle Michael J. Collins was elected a Fianna Fáil TD in 1997 also representing Limerick West until he retired in 2007 after it emerged he was on a list of tax defaulters. It was revealed that he had set up a bogus offshore account to evade paying tax. Fianna Fáil can trace their political ancestors all the way back to Wolfe Tone if you let them.
Niall Collins, 37, is a former accountant having worked with Ernst & Young and is a former lecturer at Limerick Institute of Technology. He was first elected in the 2004 local elections and previously served as Fianna Fáil’s environment spokesman before being moved to the justice portfolio.
Collins is seen as a close ally of Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin and this will be seen as major embarrassment to them both. Collins regularly criticised former justice Minister Alan Shatter for his failings as minister for justice. He even went so far as to accuse Alan Shatter of not doing enough about the ‘scourge of gangland crime which is having a huge effect on society? We see the activities taking place on O’Connell Street in Dublin, on the Luas and along the boardwalk, including drug dealing.’
Niall is so worried about drug dealing; he writes a letter to a judge seeking clemency for a man who pleaded guilty to possession of almost €18,000 worth of cannabis for the purpose of sale or supply. Luckily for Niall the Fianna Fáil front bench is so feeble there’s no one that can replace him, unless Micheal Martin is planning a reshuffle of his own.
Defence Counsel Michael Collins BL argued that the family circumstances of the accused man placed the case in the “exceptional category”.
The defence presented a letter, which was not read out in court, was dated last month and was written on personalised headed paper and included Niall Collins’ photograph and contact details.
Collins stated that he wrote the letter outlining the exceptional circumstances of the family as the mother of the man’s four children had died earlier this year. Jailing the father vs keeping the children with a drug dealing father who has previous conviction for assault where he produced a broken glass. That’s one for the moral theologians.
Personalised paper is bog standard correspondence from TD’s when writing letters.
As can be seen below – when Niall Collins; in his role as Fianna Fail treasurer used Seanad envelopes to raise money for Fianna Fáil with personalised paper.
This looks like parish pump politics at its ugliest. Collins said today, “I truly believed that the judge should be made aware of these tragic circumstances so that they could be taken into consideration when sentencing.” Something defending counsel would surely have done?
But the bigger problem now for the Fianna Fáil leadership and Collins is the charge of hypocrisy. Collins was a thorn in Shatters side over his handling of the various Garda scandals, especially the Garda Ombudsman scandal. You can’t question the integrity of a justice minister while at the same time sending a letter of clemency for a drug dealer. It’s just bad political public relations.
Collins is not he first politician to write a letter to a judge on behalf of a defendant.
In 2002 it was revealed former Pogressive Democrat junior minister Bobby Molloy wrote over fifteen letters on behalf of a serial rapist who abused his daughter from she was nine until she was 18. Even after he was convicted by a jury, Molloy, as a minister, sought temporary release for the child rapist.
Controversy erupted in 2008 when it emerged that Labour TD Kathleen Lynch had written to a judge in a rape case. The rapist received a 14-year jail sentence, with the last year suspended, for the rape of two teenage sisters in Cork. During Mr Casey’s trial, his defence counsel presented a letter to the judge from Cork North Central TD, Kathleen Lynch. She said she regretted writing the letter if it had prolonged the agony of the victims. Lynch’s actions forced the then Labour leader Eamon Gilmore to outline guidelines for TD’s on how to deal with approaches from families looking for character references in court cases.
The 2011 presidential campaign was all about clemency letters. Senator David Norris wrote a clemency letter on Oireachtas notepaper for a lover who’d been convicted of statutory rape; and Gay Mitchell sought clemency for a convicted double murderer on death row in America.
In 2009, it emerged former Fianna Fáil TD Tony Killeen sent two letters to the Minister for Justice urging that a convicted child rapist be freed. Killeen was promoted as Minister for Defence not long after the incident. Proving resilience is one of the most underestimated political virtues.
There’s hope for Niall yet…..Up to today, he was touted as a future leader of Fianna Fáil.
A cartoon focused twitter account called ‘Illustrated Gerry’ @GA_Illustrated has taken the bat shit twitter musings of Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams and visualised them. Reading Adams tweets sometimes leaves one wondering has he embarked on a Hunter S Thompson type of journey and decided to lead Sinn Féin through the medium of a narcotics fueled haze. Mind you, Fear and Loathing Leading Sinn Féin would be a good yarn and an apt title for a book. Adams folksy and whimsical tweets are a little to folksy and whimsical for a man that’s meant to be a ‘serious politican’.
It is quite something else though to be able to visualise the bizarre musing of the 65-year-old leader of Sinn Féin – who according to some political pundits – will be leading Sinn Féin into government after the next general election.
Ducky ar lá indeed……..
A bitter row broke out in the Seanad today over the membership of Marc MacSharry on the banking inquiry. Fine Gael Senator Maurice Cummins claimed that Fianna Fáil Senator Marc MacSharry had a conflict of interest. A claim Cummnins later withdrew.
Senator MacSharry is not well-known outside of political circles. He’s not a national figure. He’s a provincial back water prince from Sligo. Marc is more famous for being the son of Ray MacSharry, the former Fianna Fáil minister and European Commissioner. Ray is famous for introducing swinging cuts in state spending that earned him the nickname Mack the Knife. Ray used to be a director at Bank of Ireland and is currently the public interest director at Irish Life and Permanent. Just two of the many banks his son Marc will be investigating.
Marc has been a Senator since 2002. He contested the 2011 general election after bizarrely being added to the Fianna Fáil ticket in Sligo/North Leitrim by Fianna Fáil headquarters. A terrible strategy that gifted Fine Gael two out of the three seats in the constituency. Below is Marc’s electoral record.
Prior to entering politics Marc worked as a Customer Advisor/Sales Executive in Irish Permanent Building Society from 1991-1994. These days when not involved in Seanad spats – Marc is also an estate agent. According to the blurb on his company website he’s a ‘total solutions provider’. What a waste he’s in the Seanad. Sure he could be providing solutions for all of Ireland’s woes if only we’d let him.
His company provides:
- Comprehensive Property Management
- Residential & Commercial Sales
- Residential & Commercial Lettings
- Receivership Support Services
- Monitor Rents and Provide Monthly Rent reports
- Carry Out Property Inspection
- Tailor Repairs & Fit Out Programmes
- Carry Out All Renewal Negotiations and Tenant Changeover Logistics.
He lists in his declaration of members interests – a property he owns and some land. He also has a small stake in a development company called Foresthaze LTD which is in the process of being liquidated.
Up to today – the Sligo Senator hasn’t really come to the nation’s attention. He can only be remembered for calling Enda Kenny ‘a clown’, and he missed a Seanad debate on organ donation despite signing a petition asking for the Seanad to be recalled. He made a big song and a dance on why the Seanad should be recalled and then fecked off to Portugal, missing a crucial vote which the Goverment won by one vote.
More recently Marc and his father became embroiled in an ongoing legal row arising out of the alleged actions of accountant Kenneth McMoreland. McMoreland was accused of deceiving three brothers to the tune of €2.4m over a deal to sell a housing development site to Foresthaze developments LTD, which Mac the knife was chairman of and in which according the register of Oireachtas members interests Marc himself held a share. The MacSharry clan was brought into the case as a third-party by Mr McMoreland seeking that he be indemnified for any damages that may be awarded against him (McMoreland) arising out of proceedings over the deal.
McMoreland has claimed Mac the knife , his sons Ray and Marc have a liability in relation to the €2.4m damages awarded against him, but the hearing of his claims against them has been deferred pending the outcome of his Supreme Court appeal. There is no suggestion of impropriety and to date no liability has been fixed on any of the MacSharry clan arising out of the court case.
Whether the government seeks to have Senator MacSharry removed from the banking inquiry remains to be seen. But who better than an estate agent to sit on the inquiry……
You can watch todays Seanad spat below.
The Roma community in Ireland have come under close scrutiny recently in Ireland. Thanks in no small part to Paul Connolly’s sensationalist brand of journalism. Gardai removed two blond children from their Roma parents because, as RTE reported, their “features, blond hair and blue eyes, contrasted with the other children in the family”. The removal was carried out without any proof of risk to their health or welfare. In fact, one of the children was removed because of a racist message sent to Paul Connolly’s Facebook page.
A Facebook page called – Waterford Against Roma, was set up today with the sole aim of harassing members of the Roma community in Waterford and posting pictures of them to Facebook.
Usually with a tagline of alleged crimes.
What’s really worrying – in the space of just eight hours the page has garnered over two thousand ‘likes’ with people adding vitriolic comments to the pictures posted.
And on and on. The outright racism is relentless; violence condoned and one person even claimed to assault a member of the Roma community. The comments made against members of the Roma community underneath their photos is also probably highly defamatory.
A recent report by ENAR Ireland (The Irish Network Against Racism) says that two-thirds of victims who reported to iReport.ie won’t report an incident to Gardaí due to a lack of confidence in Garda ability to investigate. IReport is a reporting system for the people, communities and Irish organisations to document incidents of a racist nature that are occurring nationwide. Not only is the above Facebook age racist but also an incitement to hatred.
There has only been one attempt to charge someone for online incitement to hatred (I think). A kerry man was charged and acquitted of inciting hatred. He set up a Facebook page called “Promote the use of knacker babies as shark bait”.
Judge James O’Connor noted that while the comments made on Facebook were “obnoxious and revolting” it appeared that the remarks were a once-off and the man responsible had issued an apology.
Grand so….Nothing to see here.
Is Ireland racist? The comments on The Waterford against Roma Facebook page would seem to suggest racism is not only a problem…….. but on the increase.