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Junior finance minister Brian Hayes is going to run Fine Gael in the European elections in May.

The Irish Independent reports:

Fine Gael is only going to run one candidate after failing to identify a good-quality running mate for him. The OPW minister (44) told party members in his Dublin South-West constituency of his keenly anticipated decision at a meeting last night. He is expected to announce his decision this morning.

Mr Hayes is giving up the chance of getting a full cabinet portfolio when Taoiseach Enda Kenny re-jigs his ministers later in the year. Although Mr Hayes is far and away the best performer on the junior ministerial benches, there was no guarantee that he would have been promoted to Cabinet. “If the bossman (Mr Kenny) had wanted him for that, he would have made it clear to him,” a source said.

Hayes to run for Fine Gael in the EU elections (Irish Independent)

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14/5/2012. Campaigns For Fiscal Stability Treaties Minister of State Brian Hayes (left) spoke on BBC Radio 4’s The World Tonight on Friday with presenter Ritula Shah.

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Ritula Shah: “There are a lot of people emigrating. A lot of people are voting with their feet and getting out and there is a question if austerity is to continue, you know how much more can people take?”

Brian Hayes: “Well, emigration has been a feature since our independence from Britain. In the last 12 months, yes, 80,000 people have left. But 50,000 people have come back. And of the 80,000 who have left, half of them were non-Irish nationals who were going back to third countries where they had come from originally in the European Union. There is a lot of churn within the population figures and I think what we need to do is to keep those people in Ireland because they’re going to be the social entrepeneurs, they’re going to be the business start-up people of the future.”

Right so.

Listen in full here.

Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland


The GRO Research Room (for those doing Irish family history or other genealogical whatsits) at its new address at 1 Werburgh Street, Dublin.

The move hasn’t been smooth, as one historian explains:

Dear Brian Hayes, T.D.,

How are you? I am writing to give you a little feedback about the location of the General Register Office (GRO) research room. Since the research room has been in the new location for a few weeks now, I’m including a few photographs, and a little information to help you out, along with my thoughts.When you were rationalising the move of the GRO research room from the rented premises at the Irish Life Centre to a state owned building on Werburgh Street, you described the building as “at the rear of Dublin Castle”. Since I’ve actually been to the place, I thought I would write to let you know that the building at 1 Werburgh Street which houses the new GRO research room is not at the rear of Dublin Castle. 

At the rear of Dublin Castle is a beautiful garden and green space, complete with a labyrinth walk. It’s quite lovely and welcoming. When I’m in Dublin I often take a walk around the labyrinth. The open airy space is quite conducive to helping one when there is a difficult decision to be made, or when one needs to give his head a shake about a poor choice he made. You might consider taking a labyrinthine walk. It’s very beneficial.

You might even consider getting your driver to swing by the place on the way to the Dáil. You could get out of your lovely car and take a walk from the labyrinth along the streets which take you to the new home of the GRO research room.The street I had to walk along in order to get to the new research room was neither lovely, nor welcoming, and although I was harassed by a group of ne’er-do-wells on my way to the building, at least I didn’t get mugged.

It’s good that you didn’t choose to move the GRO research room elsewhere, such as into the under-utilized former Tourist Office on Suffolk Street. That might have made too much sense, and would have had us doubting whether or not you are a real politician. It’s better that you made this backward move into a substandard building surrounded by prison-style fencing. It helps to remind some of us of our family members who were incarcerated during the Land War, the Irish War of Independence, and the Irish Civil War, without the need to once again stop by Kilmainham Gaol. Thanks. You’ve killed two birds with one stone. Such a time saving idea.You mentioned that the new GRO research room location had undergone “extensive renovations”. I guess I need to get a new dictionary to help me understand this new meaning of ‘extensive’, and maybe the meaning of ‘renovations’ too, or perhaps you could tell me, what do you mean by these terms?

With respect to health and safety, I have a couple of questions, so please do read on. Most of the windows at ground level are covered with metal caging, and with the exception of the one in the picture above, they are all opaque, so you cannot see outside — probably best given the dodgy area in which the building is located — but giving me some safety concerns with respect to the building itself. There is ONE single exit from this site for patrons using the reading room. Mr. Hayes, if there was a fire or any other sort of emergency, and that single exit were to become blocked for any reason, how would GRO patrons and staff escape from this building?Also, there is a single toilet for the use of ALL patrons. There are enough tables in the room to seat about 40 researchers at a time, and throughout the day there are always many people who stop in to pick up birth, marriage and death information. Any person with even an ounce of sense would conclude that a single toilet for the use of more than 40 people is not just unhygienic, it is simply disgusting. Would you be satisfied if there was only one single toilet available for the use of the members of the Dáil Éireann? As to the exterior of the building, the ugly colours chosen are perfect — the sad grey facade and the teal to match the prison gates — because they remind us that maybe Ireland really isn’t on the road to recovery after all. I especially like the old grey wall covered with graffiti, and the lovely lot next door to the building, and all the garbage moored up against the fencing. Was all of that part of the extensive renovations? Perhaps you can find a couple of heroin addicts and get them to hang out there. Doing so will make complete your apparent plan to bring a real gritty urban feel to the place. The tourists will love it. By the way, leaving the GRO research room last week was a real treat too. In the pouring rain, I had to close my umbrella in order to make my way around a delivery van — pictured below — that was completely blocking the entry gate which leads to the building. Thanks for that narrow entry gate.

The staff of the GRO research room are surprisingly upbeat, considering the prison-like nature of their new digs. Their work space is very cramped and there are no windows other than the very small ones at the top of the building. In terms of work ergonomics it does not strike me as a very conducive space, nor a particularly safe one. Some of the staff seem happy just to be employed, but even if there are some who are not content, who cares if employees are happy anyway? For that matter who cares about any Irish citizens who are very unhappy about the move? It’s not as if they vote in elections.The choice of this site makes it very clear that the Irish Government views the GRO research room as a very low priority. In the future, it is likely I will be returning to the GRO research room simply because of my work as a historian, and I will deal with things as I find them. Clearly the Irish government is not interested in bringing the GRO research room into the 21st century. The promised research terminals are not in place, and I doubt online access will come into play anytime soon. Perhaps next time you need to save money, before you consider moving a facility such as the GRO research room, you might look at areas in which the savings would be of a more significant nature. For example, you might consider TD pension reform. Just a thought. Have a nice day.


GRO Research Room: A very low priority: An Open Letter to Brian Hayes, T.D.

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Brian ‘Chopper’ Hayes is a late confirmation to line out tonight for the Politicians vs Journalists match at the Aviva 7:30pm.

Tickets: Adults €10, children €5. All proceeds to Temple Street Hospital and Concern.

You can donate here

Previously: “Twas A TD Did It”

Pics: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland, John Gilroy

Update: The team sheet


Via Colm Dolan



But his [Minister Brian Hayes’, above]  support for the movement stops there, as the Minister believes social media means “people are really at home in terms of making their views known about what the Irish Government is doing”.

‘Emigrants don’t need Dáil votes. They’ve got Facebook!’ – Irish Minister (Niall O’ Sullivan, Irish Post)

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You may have missed this.

Curdled former YFG-er Deputy Brian Hayes brought his frankly freaky sexual ‘banter’ to bear on the Upper House last week.

Making the unelected ones look like statesmen.

Senator John Crown: “Fáilte a Aire. It is nice to see the Minister of State, Deputy Hayes, again, as we spent some pleasant time here the other day. I stated that somebody should really get video camera footage of the ministerial chair during the various stages of the Seanad Abolition Bill debate. We could make a really interesting pictorial calendar for 2014 of stills featuring the various faces that appeared.”

Senator David Norris: “Some of them of the same Minister.”

Crown: “I am not given to procedural wrangling. I come from a discipline, a day job, which prides itself in being of a rather practical bent, so from time to time I have been somewhat impatient with people using the procedures of the House apparently to delay matters or introduce issues not immediately germane or relevant to the item under discussion. There is a certain sense of getting our own back on this with regard to procedure. I would be grateful for the attention of the Minister of State and the Leader of the House. The manner in which this has been conducted by those who are proponents not really of putting the question to the people but rather of abolition of the House has been procedurally suspect. The arguments are well travelled and versed but they are nonetheless valid and bear some brief repetition.”

An Cathaoirleach: “Please continue Senator Crown.”

Crown: “I beg your pardon.”

Deputy Brian Hayes: “You lick yourself every night before you go to bed.”

Crown: “The word “prat” suggests itself sometimes.”

Norris: “Will the Minister of State make that remark more loudly?”

Senator Mark Daly:”He said the professor licks himself every night..”

Hayes: “I am saying..”

Daly: “..before he goes to bed.”

Hayes: “..in this House that you are talking to yourselves most of the time.”

An Cathaoirleach: “Senator Crown..”

Norris: “I beg your pardon. We are talking to ourselves, are we?”

Hayes: “You are talking to yourselves, yes.”

An Cathaoirleach: “Senator Crown, without interruption.”

Norris: “I think the Minister of State should withdraw that remark.”

An Cathaoirleach: “Senator Crown, without interruption.”

Norris: “We are talking to you Minister of State.”

An Cathaoirleach: “Senator Crown, without interruption.”

Norris:” No, I am sorry. The Minister of State says we are talking to ourselves and there is no reason to be here. Could the Cathaoirleach reprimand him on our behalf and ask him to withdraw the remark? It is outrageous.”

An Cathaoirleach: “Senator Crown, without interruption.”

Norris: “Will the Cathaoirleach not ask him to withdraw the remark “We are talking to ourselves”?

Hayes: “Sanctimonious crap.”

An Cathaoirleach: Senator Crown, without interruption.

Norris: “I am sorry but I ask you, a Chathaoirlaigh, to ask the Minister of State to withdraw that remark, which is an insult to Seanad Éireann. Will you do that?”

An Cathaoirleach: “I did not hear what he said.”

Norris: “You did. I will tell you what he said.”

Hayes: “You insulted me. I have no regard for you.”

Norris:”He said there was no need for him to be here and we are talking to ourselves.”

Hayes: “You were insulting me the whole evening.”

An Cathaoirleach: The record will show..”

Norris: “I never said a word about you.”

Hayes: “All evening, with your nonsense.”

An Cathaoirleach: “Senator Crown, without interruption.”

Crown: “Let us just hit the reset button. I am sorry but I would like to treat the Minister of State, this House, the Dáil and the process of Government with respect. I do not consider myself a politician but somebody with a real day job. I am somebody who because of the spirit of our original Constitution has found himself with the opportunity to take a position of advocacy, which I have done outside the House for many years, into the halls of our Oireachtas, as intended in the 1937 Constitution. I am sorry if I am not perhaps wise to the ways of politics and I beg the Minister of State’s indulgence in that respect.

Hayes: “But you are.”

Crown:” I believe that the way this problem has been tackled from the pro-abolitionist side has been unsatisfactory and it looks unsatisfactory. In the first instance, there were a number of amendments on Committee Stage that were never heard. I will gladly yield to the Minister of State if he wishes to make a point.”

Hayes: “I said there were ten hours during the debate when all of those issues could have been dealt with properly without the filibuster that occurred. The Senator knows that well, to be honest.”

An Cathaoirleach: “Senator Crown, without interruption.”

Hayes: “With respect, at least be honest and admit that.”

An Cathaoirleach: “Senator Crown, without interruption.”

Hayes: “The Senator knows that to be true.”

Senator Mary M. White: “He is being disrespectful by being on his iPad. It is the same as being on the telephone.”

An Cathaoirleach: “Senator Crown, without interruption.”

Crown: “I would like to yield the rest of my time. Thank you very much.”

Minister Hayes’s uninterested and unprofessional attendance at the Seanad (ProfJohnCrown.com)


Arrogance and childish petulance versus chrome-domed reasonableness.

There can only be one winner.

Independent TD Stephen Donnelly (above) and Fine Gael Junior Minister Brian Hayes (top) joined Pat Kenny this morning to talk about reports of a leaked confidential Troika document outlining proposals for a seven-year extension of Ireland and Portugal’s EU/IMF bailout.

Take a seat.

Brian Hayes: “If you can stretch out the payments like you can, if you could for your mortgage or other forms of loans, that would make sense. So the key thing is Ireland and Portugal put this thing on the table last January. The Commission then gave a report. The Troika are now bringing forward the report. I see some of it may or may not have been leaked to the papers from Reuters last evening. That report will be discusses at the ECOFIN meeting in Dublin this weekend, which is an informal meeting. And we’ll see where it goes.”

Pat Kenny: “What will it mean in practical terms. I mean if you do get an average of seven years extension on all these loans. Some of which are due relatively soon. What does it mean in practical terms, in terms of the Budget every year for example?”

Hayes: “It will not make a huge difference to the budget arithmetic but  it will help, make a huge difference in respect of our return to the markets because if you owe a €100 and you’ve to pay it back next year and you can then get a term extension over a number of years, say €20 a year, for the next five years, that obviously means that there’s less money to be paid back each year and it gives you more breathing space.”

Kenny: “Is this a process absolutely separate from the legacy debt?”

Hayes: “Yes. It is. Totally separate. That is another issue. It’s an issue that we’re working hard on but it’s a medium-term issue. Where this issue…this is effectively the money that we’ve already drawn down Pat. When we went into the bailout programme and used both of those (EFSF and EFSM) funds from, two-thirds effectively two-thirds of the money involved, it was quite tight in terms of the payback time. Now we’ve been arguing since, if we get a longer maturity, it makes it easier for us to get back to the markets and make things like debt position more sustainable. Ireland becomes more attractive to investors. The key in all this debate, I mean when you talk about debt, and moving on ten year money is, how do you get money back into Ireland? How do you get the private sector investment going? And the key to it is this, if the stake is less, looks less risky, from a sovereign perspective, as we clearly have, because the cost of ten-year money has gone down from 15%  to less than 4% last night. You know if you get that perception out there, money is coming back into Ireland.”

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Junior finance minister Brian Hayes.

In an interview with the Irish Independent, junior finance minister Brian Hayes said the deal would not be extended in December’s Budget, and buyers must act before the “train will have left the station”.

“”This is an offer of a lifetime, it won’t come again,” …All our futures are based on getting the property market going again. People need to act fast to avail of it.””

First-Time Home Buyers Told To take €5,000 ‘Deal Of A Llifetime’ (Independent.ie)