No Job Bridge



*scrapes tiny violin*

Pic via Sinead Hussey




Joan Burton 1989 election literature.

Via Alan Kinsella



Alan Kelly at government buildings this morning

Staying in Friday?

Gareth Naughton writes:

Alan Kelly, deputy leader of the Labour Party, will appear on The Late Late Show this Friday [RTÉ 1 at 9.35pm].The Tipperary TD will join Late Late host Ryan Tubridy for a wide-ranging interview about the Labour party’s disastrous general election as well as his views on Irish Water, the housing crisis and the new government. And we’ll be finding out where his own political ambitions lie now that Joan Burton has resigned as leader of the Labour Party…

*flings remote*

78 thoughts on “No Job Bridge

  1. Tony

    The insignificance of her tenure was only matched by the insignificance of her resignation.

  2. veritas

    how quickly we forget the way she showed up the financial incompetence of Cowan et al in her many great interventions as finance spokesman for labour

    1. Sheik Yahbouti

      Indeed. At one stage I (a lifelong labour voter) had very high hopes for this lady. However, under pressure no doubt from Gimmiemore and Fat Rabitte, she along with them sold out every principle that a party claiming to represent “labour” should hold inviolable. She also arranged by stealth two particularly sneaky pieces of legislation which have profound effect. No gun was held to her head, she WANTED to do it. That I will never forgive. She sold her soul to lord it over the ‘untermenchen’. There are many great labour men in their graves who would, if they could, arise and strangle Ruairi, Joan, Pat, Brendan the pernicious dwarf, and the likes of Kelly and Ned Gash. I think of poor Jim Kemmy and his like and ask, why did it have to happen? It wasn’t foolishness or ignorance – it was actual choice by that band of Ba st ard s.

      1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

        Well said Sheik.
        You are the one and only one who shook my booty today.

        She may have accepted a ‘poison chalice’, to begin with but she passed it back in a much worse state than when she accepted it..

        That’s not a politician.
        It’s someone out of their depth.
        -Even Mick Wallace has more integrity.

        ♪ i>Ding dong the who is what? ♫
        -I didn’t say that.

        1. Sheik Yahbouti

          I want everybody to “Sheik their Booty” (well spotted, young man, and I thank you for your kind sentiments. On other forums I’ve been called a”filthy sand n*g ger”, by people with no cop-on :-D

  3. Vote Rep #1

    As a politician, I liked her. She was a terrible leader though. That said, she has absolutely born the brunt for the last governments vitriol, a lot of which was way way overboard.

      1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

        ‘gender-specific’ my donkey’s hind quarters.
        -And what abuse?

        Do you people not get proper training before you get released ‘into the field’?
        -I’d be embarrassed to do what you do, and then I’d be ashamed of doing it so badly.

        I can’t believe you get paid for this. You’re terroble*.

        * I spelt that wrongly so as you might reply.

  4. munkifisht

    Glad she’s out, a vile little worm of a woman, but the damage she wreaked is pretty lasting.

    1. DubLoony

      Reducing unemployment from over 300,000, 15% to 8.4% today.
      Ensuring that we still had a welfare system.
      Reforming the welfare system to ensure that job activation was part of the deal.
      Reducing fraud.
      Increasing minimum wage, championing living wage
      and so on.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        “Reducing fraud.”

        I liked that one. A team out hounding dole cheats…. dole fraud was small before that team was set up, and it’s still small. Meanwhile, the wealthy go unchecked for the most part due to lack of any funding… because the money was spent chasing dole fraud.

        Yeah, well done on that Joan.

        Labour did some good work. But if you are going to name the work, name the ‘good’ work, not that platitudinal populist nonsense.

  5. Jordofthejungle

    The person coming after her is liable to be far worse. Could this be Labour’s death knell and the loss of any proper centre-left voice in Irish politics with appeal to generally centrist voters? Those voting for the Shinners who are more populist and devoid of political principle can look forward to a lot more FG or FF dominated governments. The alphabet left barring the Greens are liable to be always shouting from the sidelines, thankfully. As in Britain where Corbyn is a god-send to the Tories, conservatives can look forward to many more years steering the ship with a populist opposition repelling mainstream voters. The Social Democrats may make some impact here but they will only ever be niche & urban in hue.

    1. edalicious

      If the SDs can expand on their three current TDs, I reckon they could be an effective center left party but it’ll take years.

  6. Gary

    Don’t underestimate how quickly things can change.Kelly is already trying to reinvent his image and playing the whole ” my hands were tied” routine.I can easily envisage Kelly’s popularity increasing as he turns his bark onto the new absurd collection in power.

      1. DubLoony

        FF are back pulling strings after that wrecked the economy so anything could happen.

    1. Jordofthejungle

      What is needed is someone without Kelly’s tainted history & penchant for knuckle-headed chest-thumping buffoonery. Sherlock may have a few leadership qualities & a certain likeability to him but he can also appear nondescript. Howlin is the only one who appeals but it is doubtful whether he has the energy or will to take on such a Herculean task. Kelly, as much as he craves the role, is the most liable to consign Labour to insignificance – certainly in its Dublin heartlands which have seen its core Labour vote dwindle away in the last few years. Where has Eamon Gilmore’s 2011 thumping Dun Laoghaire majority gone? Kelly won’t return those voters to Labour.

      1. Medium Sized C

        I remember Sherlock using ministerial order really early in the last government . The abolition of ministerial order was part of Labours political reform policy. It’s was part of the whole Irish sopa/pipa thing. He also once effectively blamed Firefox for cyber crime. He is a deadbeat.

      2. Lorcan Nagle

        Sean Sherlock is an absolute disaster. I saw him in a debate with some tech sector bods in the Science Gallery in 2012 when he was pushing for ACTA to be ratified and it was clear that he had no idea what he was talking about. While he was arguing for it in public.

  7. Gary

    Us Irish love a wannabe hardman throwing shapes and posturing.Bawling from the opposition is a fresh start for the ladypart.

  8. Declan

    I bet there is a load of AAA people inappropriately touching themselves tonight – it’s all a bit sad

        1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

          That’s funny for two reasons Anne…

          First off, you blow your cover every day when you post under different names.
          Number two, you don’t have any ducks. You’re a chicken.

  9. inapro

    with a bit of luck Kelly’s ‘ambitions’ are to withdraw from Irish polithicks with immediate effect.

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      You spelt politricks wrongbly, but yeah, you are right but you are wrong too.
      -We speak Englibsh on this 5hite.

      I’m not rapist, but I expect a modicum of respect and proper grammar B4 I engage in serious discussion with you people who come from a different planet and think we are to do in the way what you do if in case we could.

      You should go back to your own county.

  10. Spagnolia von Hoop

    She may have done some welcomed work in welfare-fraud but I recoiled at all of her ultra right-wing radio interviews on RTE, expressing means to which squeezed individuals could find a solution at MABS and via their local Community enterprises. All bollox. Her statements were air, never backed up by funding. She oversaw the joke that Fas became. I used it when I lost my job; a hayems of a operation. She brought in, but didn’t monitor Jobbridge. Good riddance.

  11. Mulder

    Alan Kelly`s new ehh manifesto for Labour.
    Number one ban sinn fein not just from the dail but the country.
    Number 2, everyone must by law join a trade union.
    Number 3. Pat Rabbitte for president.
    Number 4. Irish water to be bottled and sold for only 10 euro a barrel cheap at ehh half the price.
    But need to check if the barrel be leaking.
    Number 5, support fine gael for life.

  12. Mulder

    No brains needed for of course it be simple irish politics.
    The motto being in irish politics stupidity knows no bounds.

    1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      Thanks DD, or double-D, or whatever you call yourself.
      You are a big tit. We get it.

      -I bet you know all about scum, more than me anyway, so I wont argue with you.

    2. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

      Hang on DD…you weren’t talking to me, were you?
      -I was fixated on your boob(s). I wasn’t looking at you in your eyes.

      I realise now that I should’ve realised that you’re a winker.

        1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq


          -Hello sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq…
          …you’re supposed to change your avatar when you do this.

          Don’t be a diddy. Did he confuse you?
          You seem distracted.

      1. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

        Leave him alone.
        You know he / she is referring to what used to be the Labour party.

        -You were breastfed. You don’t get turned on by big diddies like dat. Grow up.
        -You could be grasping at more than a handful. You should stop, now.
        -Lots of people have are tits. DD just sounds like two of them.

  13. Truth in the News

    Why didn’t she resign as Party Leader the day after the Election, she held on
    to power until last friday, now she sails off into the sunset with a huge pension
    that she never contributed to….good riddance to her and the clique that she led
    they have nothing in common with those the claim to represent, all they done
    was fleeching poor on behalf of the Blueshirts.

  14. sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq

    A lot of people like Joan.
    You might not not believe it. I certainly don’t.

    You probably have ‘safe-search’ set to ‘ON’ in your browser.
    -Switch it off and go back to your favourite porn site. Do a search for ‘looks like she had a stroke’…You’ll see what I mean.

    She doesn’t need that pension.

  15. Bernard Dolan

    I like her. At least she has the guts to stand up for what she believed in.
    How easy is is to troll anonymously in a comments section, more difficult to give credit where it’s due.

Comments are closed.