Monthly Archives: March 2012

Don’t panic.

The Taoiseach has promised action on the mortgage crisis, job creation and renegotiation of bank recapitalisation in his leader’s address to the Fine Gael Ard Fheis.


Taoiseach Addresses Fine Gael Ard Fheis (RTE)

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

Incredibly Minister of State for Small Business, John Perry (above at today’s Fine Gael Ard Fheis) has claimed €31,867 mileage allowance in the past 12 months. With the total cost of owning and running an average car in Ireland put at just over €11,000 by the AA, it is difficult to see how Minister Perry is not making a handsome profit on his mileage.


Ministerial Expenses For The Past Year Published – Prepare To Be Outraged! (Nama Wine Lake)

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)

For $180, New York designer Russell Greenberg will incorporate the facial profiles of you and your significant other into a lathe-cut maplewood rattle for your baby.

Which will then be coated with drool and dinged off the cat’s head.


In a speech at the Ard Fheis Minister [Phil] Hogan said the controversial charge was “a legacy left behind by the last Government that this Government had to deliver as part of our agreement with the Troika”.

“If there was a credible alternative we would have pursued it,” he added.

“The charge is a forerunner to an equitable valuation based property tax that will be introduced shortly, again as part of our international commitments under the EU/IMF Programme of Financial Support,” Minister Hogan said.

“I have sought to protect the most vulnerable in society and have exempted large numbers of groups that are in greatest need.”

(Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland)