33 thoughts on “Meanwhile, Outside Government Buildings

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      He’s the man with his finger on the pulse and complete control of the public finances. His Department, it appears exercise little if any oversight or supervision over eight billions worth of “public procurement” annually. An ideal situation to encourage graft, wouldn’t you think?

      1. dav

        Is that the same department that couldn’t explain where the extra billions in corporation revenue came from last year?

          1. Sheik Yahbouti

            Yes, Brown. It is HE who is complaining of the dearth of simple record keeping, lack of oversight and supervision, and general lack of accounting. Apparently this makes his job nigh on impossible.

  1. DubLoony

    There most definitely will be another election – just a question of when – a month, 18 months or 3 years.

  2. Jimmy 2 tones

    Best new ever…please for the love of whatever….stop voting FG & FF & Labour…we need a change from corruption

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Or just vote exactly how you did on February 26th.
      Then protest en masse for a democratically-elected government and bring whatever law that exists against the shower of them for contempt of the Irish electorate!!

      Or abstain from voting altogether so a quota is not reached.

    2. DubLoony

      Labour re-introduced freedom of information legislation, protection of whistleblowers, lobbyists register etc to deal with aspects of corruption.

      Labour didn’t win the 2011 election and is only ever in power following an FF muck up. thereafter the electorate goes back to is conservative normal.

      Out of curiosity, who would you rather be in power?

      1. LW

        Labour also introduced legislation to protect politicians expenses from scrutiny. I’d prefer the social democrats myself

      2. rory

        “Labour re-introduced freedom of information legislation.”
        Could you be a bit more specific?

        From my understanding Howlin got a lot of criticism from journalists for his attempts to amend FOI related regulations.
        e.g. He nearly killed the act back in 2013.
        https://twitter.com/shanephelanindo/status/400529410857922560
        It was only when his actions came under scrutiny that he backed down at the last minute. At least with those particular changes.

    1. Rob_G

      SF are petrified at the idea of implementing their policies and having their bullsh1t laid bare.

        1. Rob_G

          Because in opposition they can promise the sun, moon and the stars; in government, they would occasionally have to implement difficult decisions.

          Like in N. Ireland, where they don’t have a problem with implementing water charges.

          1. rory

            I think saying this kind of stuff really underestimates them, which is not wise if you don’t like them.

    2. Frilly Keane

      tell ya one thing tho

      anything that gets the Shinners out’ve opposition will get Yay Votes from the Indos and the “Smaller” Parties

      so who’s codding who

      btw. Peadar Tobin said they weren’t talking because t’was “Policy”

  3. Maria

    I hope that people never vote FG, FF, Labour or Sinn Fein (who don’t want to be in Government) ever again. Vote Independents ….. that way we will get reform. The old way is out, in with the new!

    1. rory

      I don’t see how that would work. If you could elaborate I’d be interested in reading your outlook. No pressure however.

    1. Catherine McEntee

      I agree Anne.
      Noonan is an embarrassment.
      Between you and me, and Willie O’Dea, I think the best thing that ever came out of Limerick is the road to Dublin.

      I’m sure you’ll agree.

    2. Harry Molloy

      Anne, please, stop with the hyper aggression.
      it really reflects badly on you that you would abuse someone on their appearance, no wonder depression is such a problem in this country with such casual insults

      1. They Tried To Make Me Go To Rehab

        Harry please don’t be so uncivilised. It really hurts Anne when you talk to her like that

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