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The prospect of an O’Rourke mother and son team sitting side by side in the Dáil raised its head this week, as it emerged that sitting Athlone councillor Aengus O’Rourke, son of Fianna Fáil stalwart Deputy Mary O’Rourke, has been approached to run for the Roscommon/ South Leitrim constituency in the General Election.
Despite being at their lowest poll figures ever and facing the possibility of a long term in Opposition, Fianna Fáil in Galway West seem likely to still run three candidates in the General Election.
As you will know by now, the scrappage scheme has been extended to cover the first six months of next year, Finance Minister, Brian Lenihan has announced, as part of his Budget speech in the Dail.
The extension of the scrappage scheme for the first six months of next year will be widely welcomed by the motor industry
Our economy lies in ruins, our sovereignty is gone, the dead bank Anglo has sucked billions upon billions from our exchequer, unemployment is high, the EU/IMF have arrived, and ordinary people face years of punishing taxes to pay for the delinquency of Fianna Fáil and the banks.
As we recover from the Bank Holiday weekend and face into Halloween festivities, spare a thought for the many participants in the Dublin Marathon on Monday last who deserve sincere congratulations for their efforts and struggles through 26 long miles of running.
Thursday September 30 2010 – dubbed ‘Black Thursday’ by the opposition parties – may go down as the seminal point in the economic tsunami of these past two years.
This week cannot go by without making mention of Brian! The life of Brian - it cuold be a good movie... or a bad one, depending on your taste.
“You were a crap player and you are a crap manager. The only reason I have any dealings with you is that somehow you are the manager of my country and you’re not even Irish….” It is alleged that after this tirade Roy Keane walked out of the Irish team at Saipan in 2002. Little did he know exactly what he just started, because start something he did. All contemporary economic and social wisdom indicates that the rot that exists in our socio economic and political system began to manifest itself during the middle of 2002 or thereabouts. Given that those tasked with managing the economy at the time deny any responsibility, then obviously someone else must be responsible for our economic distress. My money is on Roy Keane.
The establishment of an expert committee on indebtedness highlights the Government’s commitment to helping those struggling with financial pressures, according to Fianna Fáil TD and Minister for Labour Affairs Dara Calleary.