Irish Fudge

…..and we’re not talking about a chocolate bar here either!

After all the talk about having to make tough decisions and that there will be painful times ahead for the Public Service what does the Government have to offer after days of intensive talks with the Unions on saving the country 1.3 billion Euro on the public wages bill?

Unpaid leave? The Government have bottled it, at a time when decisive tough leadership is needed they have delivered the leadership equivalent of a limp handshake.

As per their normal modus operandi FF are putting their interests ahead that of the country again by using a sticking plaster on a wound that needs major surgery. They are leaving the issue of a bloated Public Sector wage bill to the next government showing again a total lack of leadership or commitment to the future of Ireland. Couple that with the fact that enforced unpaid leave like this will diminish front line services even more, then the ordinary taxpayer is going to reap the pain of this short sighted and weak decision as usual.

With regard to the entry level Public Service workers how do they feel now that they are taking the same cuts as their bloated middle and upper management colleagues who they are subsiding. Sounds like the unions have gotten them a “fair deal” alright.

Cowen is going to go down as the most ineffectual and useless FF Taoiseach that we have ever had backed up by an ever more anonymous Cabinet. Given his competition that is an extremely low accolade indeed.

FF the party of bottlers, gougers, spoofers and in some cases criminals.

2nd annual Boards.ie Photobook Launch Tonight

The 2nd annual Boards.ie Photobook Launch is tonight, all profits go to Santa Strike Force again this year. The book can be purchased from here

Santa Strike Force anonymously buy and distribute cool stuff for kids to hospitals and care-centres because it sucks being there for xmas and despite knowing that there’s no Santa they feel the position has been vacant long enough and there really aught to be one.

The photobook is a collection of 70+ of the best pictures the photographers on the boards.ie photography forum have taken this year. Each photographer (many professionals) have donated their best picture for nothing to this project.

This is the one I submitted.

If you are in town drop into the Dublin Camera Club, 10 Lower Camden Street, Dublin 2 @ 7.30pm tonight. I believe there will be a few copies of the book to purchase tonight as well.

Think of the children :)

Doggy Style

Dogs

Well just when you think things can’t get worse the country has gone to the dogs.

Well the country is paying more administering dog licenses than it takes in from them. Figures released to Fine Gaels Leo Varadkar via a parliamentary questions show that in 2008 dog licensing cost €5.7 million to administer but only took in €2.8 million in fees!!

What else lies hidden in the expenditure of Government in this country of ours.

Original story can be read here

(was going to categorise this as a rant but in reality this is a despair!)