34 thoughts on “Sunday’s Papers

  1. GiggidyGoo

    And so the promises begin. Of course you have to dissect the weasel words/phrases. Varadkar said
    ‘that FG would promise in its general election manifesto….’
    Remember that famous phrase ‘sure isn’t that what one tends to do during elections?’
    Now what did FG promise in other election manifestos that were reneged upon?

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      1. Cian

        Great. Now how many have been achieved? How many have Not been achieved? How many have been ignored completely? How many have been surpassed?

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    1. Liam Deliverance

      I don’t remember a time when Varadkar told the truth, followed through with a promise, or did something in the national interest, hopefully the people of Dublin West have noticed this also and will remember come GE.

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      1. Cathal

        Was wondering if the other parties had some sort of voting pact in the constituencies of the worst FG TDs so would they lose their seats. Varadker, Owenie Murphy and Harris being especially useless.

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    2. darby

      Lets face it with brexit all chickens are going to come back to roost

      Everyone should vote fine Gael so they alone will not get off the hook and as such pay for the betrayal of our people with eternal damnation

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  2. Daisy Chainsaw

    If the PS gets a rate of, say, double the current rate of inflation, that will be just over 2% of an increase.

    Whoopty doo. De boom is back!

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      1. Cian

        Not for all. A clerical officer at the highest rate earns €40k. After 40 years (on the old ‘good’ pension) gets a pension of €20k. The state pension is 13k so effectively they are getting an 7k per annum pension.

        A clerical officer on the ‘new’ contracts will get 1:80 of each years salary worked. So would end up with a pension of around 16.5k. So effectively a pension of 3.5k.

        For the higher earners it is fantastic.

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          1. GiggidyGoo

            Doubt there are a lot. There’s almost automatic promotions within the CS.
            Clerical officers progress usually to Executive Officer without much ado. A person who entered 40 years ago as clerical officer would want to be pretty darnn thick not to get a promotion.

          2. Cian

            There is no automatic promotions across grades in the Civil service..
            It is all interview based. Most new roles are advertised as external – so are open to anyone (many existing civil servants get promotion via the ‘external’ route).

          3. GiggidyGoo

            ‘Almost’. You have to understand, and not just read.
            I see you haven’t discounted my “Clerical officers progress usually to Executive Officer without much ado. A person who entered 40 years ago as clerical officer would want to be pretty darnn thick not to get a promotion.”
            The Associations are pretty adept at ensuring their members progress in the system.

          4. Cian

            There are many women in their 50s and early 60s in the civil service that are clerical officers. Many took a career break so might only have 20 years worked. These women are intelligent but not career focused so are happy to continue in their current role. I can’t find any stats but almost every section seems to have one of these.

    1. Bertie Theodore Alphege Blenkinsop

      Was reading that earlier, asked the (90 year old) father in law about her, he said she was an absolute stunner bitd.

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    2. Lilly

      ‘she was living with a raffish newspaper columnist’

      Hmm… a raffish newspaper columnist, you say. Was there any other kind in 1980s Dublin? Fintan may well have been around back then, with his jumper tucked into his trousers.

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    3. Otis Blue

      It’s been mentioned here previously but John Ryan’s memoir of bohemian Dublin, ‘Remembering How We Stood’ is a great read.

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      1. Shayna

        The ensemble of characters who knew each other was an eye-opener for me to Irish Literature. The front-cover picture of his book, long coats, hats on a beach (Sandycove?) inspired me to have another go at Ulysses and Finnegans Wake. I read Sartre. Maupassant and Camus in French – for ‘A’ Level 35 years ago, but I’ve still no idea why there should or should not be an apostrophe after Finnegan, also I’ve no idea about Ulysses – it’s a mind shuck. I take the two copies of the books with me to beaches on holiday – I have not done the cheat’s synopsis thing yet, spoiler alert?
        Anyhoo, yes – an inspirational book for me, for sure.

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          1. shayna

            That would be the one, given to me by JR. I’ve lost it – moved zillions of times – I know, how would he find out?

  3. Lilly

    I’ll have to hunt that down, Otis. Modern Dublin could use a few more bohemians.

    There’s no apostrophe in Finnegans Wake because the entire premise of the thing is to throw conventions aside. Joycean scholars probably wouldn’t approve but an enjoyable way to read Ulysses, even if you can never say you’ve read it, is to open it at random pages and read a few passages at a time.

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