Breakfast Interrupted


Tánaiste Joan Burton being heckled after she launched a Developing Breakfast Clubs report at St. Eithne’s Girls National School, Edenmore, Raheny, Dublin this morning.

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  1. happy Molly

    the right to protest is very important, but I find that some of these water protestors are very aggressive.
    I Hope they were cognisant of the fact that children were present.

    1. fluffybiscuits

      Irelands apathetic public are lacking that aggression….the protestors are right to feel that way. The public should emulate that aggressive protest style, the blueshirts and Labour quislings would not be long backing off…

      1. Medium Sized C

        You realise that a large proportion of the people don’t hold anti-austerity and anti-water charge opinions, though?

        I personally think that these people are wrong and that they are wrong to be doing things like this.

        1. paul m

          haha, sorry what?! I’d love to know from what demographic you’ve dug out this large proportion of opinionless people from. If you think people are wrong to be getting angry about more charges, taxes and cuts and venting this frustration at those implementing them then you’re clearly living a very privileged life.

      2. selfie Sensation

        What baffles me is that When the USC was introduced there wasn’t a murmur from from anyone even though it is a vicious and nasty tax that needs to be brought to an end as soon as possible.

        Yet when Water charges are brought in which will cost people a fraction of what the USC does they are all up in arms, waving placards, assaulting workers and protesting at national schools. WTF? have these people no clue? if they put as much effort into organising protests about the right things we’d all be better off.

        1. Happy Molloy

          because water charges actually do affect everyone.there is a demographic who literally contribute nothing and now they will have to return some of their free money to the state and they ain’t happy about it. so they stormed the gpo at the weekend because of this “tyranny”

  2. ABM

    Deputy Prime Minister of a sovereign country at a kiddies breakfast club? Is she taking the piss?

    That aside, why do teachers have to take up the slack for bad parenting?

    Of course many of today’s parents expect “the state” to raise their kids for them. Which is understandable considering they pay so much tax for so little and both parents are forced to work to be able to afford any kind of stable family home.

    Perhaps JobBridge Burton should focus her attention on re-jigging government policy (i.e. the creation of a meritocratic society where people are rewarded for their labour, as opposed to finding was to con Frankfurt into give us more money for an even bigger Welfare State). Dropping government business to go out to a kiddies photo op is a waste of everyone’s time, money and resources.

    1. pedeyw

      She’s a Tánaiste. Not the deputiy prime minister. We don’t have one of them either, we have a Taoiseach. Use your words, ABM, you can do it.

      1. Mister Mister

        But when the words are in Irish, he has great difficulty.

        If only the teachers took up the slack for your parents bad parenting ABM you might be able to understand the Irish words and their meanings. You can’t have it both ways.

        1. ABM

          Dad worked and paid for the house. Mum raised the kids. Now happily retired.

          How dare they.

          Today’s JobBridge Burton voters expect the state to pay for the house and the state to raise the kids and the state to pay for retirement.

          1. Mister Mister

            I’m in agreement with you there.

            But it would be nice for the state to pay for my retirement all the same.

          2. ABM

            Reasonable expectation if you’ve paid PRSI all your life.

            Is it reasonable that those who’ve never worked a day have the same number of stamps?

            If you’re one of the Pope’s children (30 to 35), you are *very* naiive to think that there will be enough people below you on the demographic pyramid to fund the lifestyle that current pensioners enjoy. PRSI is pathetically under-funded to pay for this generation’s pensions.


            The solution to the skew appears to be to import as many low-quality, low-income, transient immigrants as possible. I wouldn’t like to be relying on them to pay for my pension.

            The best advice I can give to young people who live and work in a globalised world: spend your 20s and 30s saving your ass off. If you don’t progress into management, you will be on the employment scrapheap well before you hit 40.

          3. Nigel

            Today’s voters are shocked that the government can hobble intact from one day to the next, and of course the previous generation who voted in the corrupt and the venal and the incompetent are sitting pretty while today’s youth have little to look forward to as a result. Top parenting!

          4. ABM

            They’re sitting pretty because they worked hard all their lives, saved and spent within their means.

            Today’s generation are out to make a quick buck by flipping property and drive around in big white 4x4s that they “bought” on hire purchase. If they’re not doing that, they’re spending all their money renting penthouses in the IFSC, drinking Weissbier on Fade Street or heading off to South America for a year so they can collect Facebook photos (taken with a €3,000 camera). My parents didn’t do any of that because to waste your money like that would have been reckless and irresponsible.

          5. Small Wonder

            ABM will you please write a book of all your sweeping generalisations? I can’t keep track of them on here. There’s the Pope’s children. The hard-working seniors. The mentally unstable pregnant women (although I suspect you think all women are mentally unstable).
            Write the book and we’ll have everything squared away in to a neat package.
            Looking forward to it.

    2. well

      “Deputy Prime Minister of a sovereign country at a kiddies breakfast club? Is she taking the piss?”

      Bush spent a good chunk of the september 11th attacks reading a book to children.

      1. ABM

        Raheny is now a “disadvantaged” area?

        Very few council houses in Raheny. Very few on rent allowance either – the rent allowance threshold is not high enough to be able to afford to live in Raheny.

        If JobBridge Burton voters think they’re disadvantaged because they have to live in Raheny, there’s something very, very wrong.

        1. Nigel

          If they’re middle class, they’re being squeezed to the thinness of a communion wafer. By things like the water charges. I get that acknowledgements of, let alone sympathies for, middle-class difficulties are thin on the ground, but a lot of people are disadvantaged currently because they have to live in Ireland where things are, indeed, very, very wrong.

          1. ABM

            The Labour party *wants* you totally dependent on them for your basic existence. That is the whole point.

            Heaven forbid you vote in a government that would promote a prosporous middle class — a class of people who pay their way, aspire to being independently weatlhy and expect little in return.

            When middle class people complain about home tax and 50%+ of their income being spent on quangos and housing failed refugee tourists, they’re “entitled”, “priviliged” and “greedy”. Despite the “progressive” taxation system, they still contribute huge amounts to charity — chugger companies target middle class home owners and are experts at making them feel guilty for having a few quid.

            Of course if middle class homeowners think it’s bad with JobBridge Burton 2nd in command, wait until SF are in power with the United Left Alliance.

          2. Nigel

            Sorry, ABM. Successive centre-right governments voted in by hard-working Catholics have managed to put the kaibosh on that for a generation through greed, corruption and incompetence. Meanwhile, if it weren’t for a sturdy welfare system a lot of middle-class people would be in danger of falling into real poverty.

          3. ABM

            Ah yes that’s right. Contemporary Ireland’s problems are all the church’s fault.

            You do realise that I don’t see too many Mass-goers of your age group? Some of ye haven’t set foot in a church since 1995 (bar matches, hatches and dispatches). Incidentally, it was around 1995 all the speculation around housing all started.

            It never ceases to surprise me that all of the problems associated with Modern Ireland are pinned on the evil catholic church, and all of the gains made by Irish society are down to liberation from the evil catholic church. Change the record please!

          4. Nigel

            Actually I was thinking of the Catholic label and associated scandals and behaviour as being merely emblematic of the Look The Other Way And Defer To Authority Generation. Sorry to light your fuse.

    1. Jack Aranda

      All it needed was Sloth from the Goonies roaring ‘Shaaaaaame’, like that in that video of the Dublin City Sherriff being harangued a while back.

  3. Dubloony

    Kilo of oats and milk costs how much now?
    Kids going to school hungry is a serious issue. But its parents and not the state who need to cop themselves on here.
    But the story will be about protesters & nothing else.

    1. Nigel

      So if kids are going to school hungry you can reach out to the parents of each hungry kid and try to solve the problem, or you can just feed the kids. Which one is less fraught and re easier to organise and requires less resources and, more importantly, gets the kids fed. I’m not saying you’re wrong, just that there’s what you should do and what you can do, and kids shouldn’t be going hungry.

      1. Happy Molloy

        then the state get blamed when they don’t eat. i don’t think we need to open up soup kitchens when the fact is we already have an increidbly generous welfare state, which I’m thankful of

          1. ABM

            The kids of Raheny are going to school hungry?

            There is zero evidence of this. Yet JobBridge Burton perpetuates the myth.

            What Burton really wants is for the state to have full control of your kids and both parents working 60 hour weeks. The precedent being set is that the primary carers of Irish children should be the state and not the natural parents.

          1. Pablo

            Yes, homeless people who can’t get their shit together and scumbags who get de free grub for de kids so that they (the parents) can have a few extra quid for booze and fags.

  4. Sinabhfuil

    To be a little serious about this for a moment, cooking nutritious meals is a skill that has become less common, not just among deprived families but also among the well-off.
    If a good, simple, nutritious, inexpensive breakfast is going to improve children’s academic results (as a host of studies have shown that it does), I can’t see anything wrong with it.
    Feeding our children is probably not a stealthy attempt by a 1984 State to take over control.

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