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“[Fianna Fail senator Terry Leyden] also said that it was generally accepted that “the wrong man was on trial” for Fr Molloy’s death.”
“He indicated that he had recently raised the Fr Molloy case with Minister Michael Noonan, who had been Minister for Justice at the time of the Castlecoote priest’s death.”
“The Fianna Fail Senator revealed that Minister Noonan had registered some concerns about the case with the Secretary General of the Department of Justice some time after Fr Molloy’s death.”
“He was told by a TD from Laois/Offaly at the time that no-one ever will stand trial for this murder. I won’t name that person now but the Minister told me himself. He was so concerned he went to the Secretary General of the Department of Justice to report what was said to him,” Senator Leyden said.”
From yesterday’s Roscommon Herald, by Maresa Fagan.
No political cover-up in Fr Molloy case – Leyden (Via frmolloy.com)
Previously: Meanwhile, In Castlecoote
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So we were fortunate that we had colleagues in Europe that were prepared to support us. We were fortunate that we had the IMF that were prepared to support us because if we didn’t have those lenders of last resort everything that we have done over the last four years or so would have to be done in one fell swoop, in one budget where the living standards of everybody in the country would’ve been cut by about 60%. And if you want to see what happened elsewhere, have a look at Iceland where 40% of personal savings were wiped out.
Have a look at Argentina who defaulted twice in the last twenty years or so. They still can’t access money in the international markets and at each default it got so bad that middle class decent people who lost their jobs were searching in dustbins to get food to feed their families. So we were lucky we had our lenders of last resort.
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan speaking at the afternoon session of the Fine Gael national conference in Limerick on Saturday.
Watch the full speech here (Scroll to around the 1:51 mark)
Apologies for the sound quality.
Vicious pre-budget thuggery from tonight’s Mario Rosenstock show (RTÉ Two, 9.30pm).
You may like this.
Thanks Anne Louise Foley
“I’m not in the business of criticising Brian Lenihan…”
Michael Noonan ‘ends’ the bank guarantee classily this afternoon at the Department of Finance.
Via Fine Gael.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore have ruled out any row-back on the budget in the light of growing unease among backbench TDs in both Government parties about some of its harsher measures, including cuts in the respite care grant.
The €325 cut in the €1,700 grant for respite care yesterday assumed greater importance as a possible stumbling block for some Labour and Fine Gael TDs.
The new property tax, the €5 a week increase in PRSI and particularly the cuts in child benefit were also being viewed as potentially difficult issues.
Mr Kenny, while accepting that many of the budget changes made to achieve a €3.5 billion adjustment were “unpalatable”, nevertheless insisted that all measures would be implemented.
You’ll take it. And you’ll like it.
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When more than €3m is too much.
On the Personal Insolvency Bill, Michael Noonan (left) said the cap on people using the insolvency legislation of debts of €3m would remain. He said the ECB thought the figure was too high, while the Department of Justice said it was too low. But Minister Brendan Howlin commented that the Troika was happy with the figure.
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A video momento of Michael Noonan’s Feta in mouth moment last week.
You really had to be there.
previously: The Pathetic Insularity of Michael Noonan