Three venerable men
visit the venerable city of Rome
venerable men talked and talked and finding no solution unto their problems they sought out the wise man Papa Benedict in his house at Castel Gandolofo and there they speaketh unto Benedict and Benedict listened unto them.
“As Mario Monti, leader of the Itals, went forward and spoke unto Benedict he sayeth, ‘Your Holiness, come unto our embassy at the Vatican and dine with us’ and Benedict thanked him for his kind invitation.
“Next went forth Antonis Samparas, from the ancient land of Greece, and he sayeth unto Benedict, ‘Your Holiness, come unto our embassy at the Vatican and dine with us’ and Benedict thanked him for his kind invitation.
In panic Enda O’Kenny, leader of the tribe of Fine Gael, begged of Mario Monti, ‘Mario, we have no embassy at the Vatican. Lend me a tenner and I shall tell Papa Benedict to go and buy a cup of tea on the Irish.”
Enda went off to Rome. Well done Enda! Yet he walked out of the meeting with Benedict with his head down and could not speak to the waiting press. There is a serious point to all of this and it strikes to the heart of what is happening in Ireland at the moment.
On the 20th of July 2011, Mr Kenny stood in the Dail and launched a tirade of venom and lies against the Vatican and Pope Benedict. Before you go saying that Kenny was right, keep in mind that the Vatican produced a reasoned, accurate rebuke of every point that Kenny raised. The Taoiseach courted political praise rather than the truth. He pandered to the emotions of the peopled.
However, that is not the point. Ireland has totally lost its way. In the Dail that day and in the closing of the Embassy at the Vatican, Ireland was formally saying that “we want nothing to do with the Church, we are turning our back on our Catholic faith and we are going at it alone, without any reference to God.”
Over these past 15 to 20 years, the Irish media and politicians have rewritten history to portray the Church as the root of all Ireland’s evils. In this they have been quite successful. The Church is hated by large sections of the Free State.
But what does it mean when a person or a state turns their backs on God?
Ireland is no longer a community where people are important. It is an economy where people are seen as units of production and if they do not produce then our young can leave in droves and our unemployed can be made ever more poor. The care of the sick and elderly cannot be maintained because foreign investors have to be paid.
The measure of any country is the way it looks after its weakest members. The New Ireland, in hoc to the neck to the New Europe is a place where the weakest do not count and where society is now based on the law of the jungle. Ireland does not care for its weakest members. If anything, the poor and sick are an embarrassment to it.
You might ask, why is having reference to God so important; because having reference to God in our lives gives a country a focus above itself. Ireland is behaving like a blind, panicking rat in a hole, seeking ever new ways to make the people pay for the excesses of the past.
Our little island chose to make the Euro our god, and when Enda meets a real man of God he comes out with his head down, ashamed and cowered.
And we call that a leader!
“It’s a long, long way from Clare to Rome,” as the old song almost says. Well, not really, if you’re a student looking for a grant from your local County Council.
Minister for Misery
Phil Hogan, Minister for Misery down there, has encouraged county councils to use "whatever means necessary" to collect the €100 household charge. Clare Co Council is refusing education grants to young people whose parents have not paid this fee. Now that is spiteful.
When asked about this in the Dail Mr Hogan said:
“Clare County Council and the management there are doing no more or no less than any other county manager or city manager,” Mr Hogan said. “They’re asking people and they’re putting in place plans to get in the remaining monies that are owed to them. That’s what any businesses would do.”
Point of information Mr Hogan; a County Council is not a business, it is a local government sat up to serve the community. Oops, sorry. Ireland is no longer a community it is a collection of Co Council Businesses.
“Clare Co Council Ltd, (directors: Mr Ennis and Mrs Cliffs of Moher) shall be paid all monies owed to it and if you don’t pay we shall deny your children an education.” Even Cromwell didn’t think of that one.
If Phil Hogan thinks that children should be punished because of the sins of their parents he should say these things in secret. Phil should have learned from Mitt Romney; only say what you really think in private. But poor Mitt was taped.
Mitt Romney said that 47% of “the American People” saw themselves as victims and would always vote for the Democrats, who paid better welfare. He also said that the Palestinian/Israeli land squabble is impossible to sort out.
Another point of information: last year Mitt earned $13,696,951 (rounded down to the nearest dollar) and paid $1.9 million in tax or just over 13%. With that type of money coming in every year you can insult whoever you want.
Now if you’re going to stand for election, it is best not to insult your voters or to say one thing in public and another on video. But Mitt has won the Irish vote. In an effort to secure the millions of ethnic Irish voters Mitt has taken as his campaign song that anthem by an “African American from Dublin, Ireland” (a black lad from Finglas, to you and me) “The Boys are Back in Town”.
It’s a pity that Mitt Romney, Republican candidate for the US presidency, did not did not run for president about 12 years ago. If he had he could have used that immortal phrase of our Beloved Bearded One, “We Republicans have not gone away you know!”
I rocked to The Boys are Back in Town when T’in Lizzy played live in Cookstown Town Hall many years ago. I demand that Mitt Romney give us back our song.
Peter Robinson is a demanding man. He is demanding that I and all us Taigs, Fenians and Micks stop referring to the British occupied six counties as “The North.”
Good fences make
No way, Hosea!
It is my constitutional right, guaranteed by the “Fenians Rights, Act (1998) Section 6, Sub Section 3(A), to refer to the six counties as “The North.”
The north is The North, just as the free state is The Free State. These are terms of insult deliberately used by us Fenians, Taigs and Micks, to remind the orangies, blueshirts and their fellow travellers that there is a lie at the heart of the way Ireland is constituted at this time.
This lie is that Ireland is two separate nations, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Until this problem is addressed in some meaningful way there will never be real peace in our land. At this time we don’t even have the language as a community to address these problems. So we struggle on with our “semi peace” making the best of a place reeked with hatred and suspicion.
A few suspicions are floating around in Clara, Co Offaly. In 1985, Fr Niall Molloy met an untimely end at the mansion of leading Irish socialites Richard and Therese Flynn. Mr Flynn was charged with manslaughter but his trail collapsed after three hours when the judge directed that the case close.
It turned out that the judge, Justice Frank Roe, was a personal friend of Mr Flynn. For 27 years the case has lain unsolved and as far as anyone can see, no real effort was made to find out what happened that day.
On the night of the murder, a Fianna Fail politician, described at the time as a household name, was present. Fr Molloy lay injured for six hours and it is believed his life could have been saved if medical help had been given in time.
Fr Molloy’s nephew, Bill Maher, is reported as saying, “For 27 years we have been deprived of justice and the truth for our uncle Niall, a man we all adored and who is still loved and remembered fondly by his parishioners in Roscommon.
"His killer has been allowed to walk the streets for almost three decades.
"We know that many people have information about Niall's murder and we are urging them now to come forward and help the Gardai with their inquiries so that justice can finally be done."
The whole thing stinks of rottenness and corruption. But what’s a dead priest when important people are involved? There appears to be a section of the community who are above the law and owe no debt to society; if they owed Bord Gais a few quid that would be a different matter.
1 in 6 behind in their payments
One in six of Bord Gais’ customers are behind with their payment. One in five of the Free State’s mortgage holders are also in arrears. Now if an odd person is behind with their payments you could say that they are the sort who doesn’t want to pay anybody. But when you have almost 20% of the population behind in arrears of one sort or another it means that there is something fundamentally wrong in society.
The latest figures from the Commission for Energy Regulation show a record 5,063 electricity customers and 1,892 gas customers were disconnected in the first three months of this year across all suppliers.
So, we can reasonably assume that 30,000 homes shall have their gas and electric cut off this year if this continues.
I wonder what percentage of these people in mortgage arrears and utility arrears are protected by the Croke Park agreement?
Dublin 4 looks down on them and says things like, “They are trying to use the economic climate as an excuse for not paying. They are lazy and don’t want to work. There is moral hazard if we let people off with mortgage arrears.”
We heard it all before. This is exactly the kind of lies that the old Stormont administration used to whisper about Micks, Taigs and Fenians in the north, (the north, Peter, the north) to justify the discrimination against Catholics.
I would like a Croke Park agreement in my life to guarantee my job, to secure my benefits and to make sure I can pay my mortgage and gas bill. But alas, the Croke Park Agreement does not stretch into (wait for it Peter) the north.
Ah, Croke Park; home of the GAA and it is the third Sunday in September, the day we all sit glued to the TV to see who shall be crowned All Ireland Champions. I shall stoke up a good fire, open a Diet Coke, lie back and turn the TV on at 3.31pm.
I don’t like to turn the TV on any earlier. As an Irishman, living in the north, I am saddened that we are not really considered equals either by the Free State or the north. I am saddened by this headlong rush into secularism and by the way we have sold our soul to the Euro.
“Our God is a great God.”
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published in Observer Newspaper group, N.I.
27th Sept '12