Given amount of scandals that seem to afflict this country, I think it might be useful if posters here could contribute what they see are scandals in Ireland at present under one area. Not a discussion thread as such. Just a simple list.
See how long the thing gets....could be scary!!
Start the ball rolling:-
UPDATE ON CONTRIBUTIONS AT 9.30pm Poster #86 25/09/09
I'm cutting and pasting contributions so that people can read the list as it stands - thanks for the suggestion Watcher1!! It will hopefully save duplication on the list.
*** Hopefully, we'll only be talking about scandals involving people who are alive - so the Dev story doesn't count - sorry Agressive...otherwise we might need Microsoft's new data hosting site in Dublin to host the stuff on CJH..
JOD and his Expenses
The price of a pint
Rody Molloy's pay-off compared to treatment by State of victims of sexual abuse.
The fact Mary Coughlan and Willie O Dea have a job, let alone a high payed public money funded job.
Dept of finance seemingly exempt from criticism even though they were involved in or should have known about pretty much all of the scandals that will be on this list as they have oversight or were directly involved.
why on earth have they (upper echelon) not been held up for public ridicule and sacked?
Banking scandals: the Anglo nationwide loans and deposits.
Bonuses to failed and corrupt bankers.
Bonuses to failed and corrupt Public Servants such as Rody Molloy and the financial regulator.
The fact that seemingly no effort was made to bring these people to punishment...
The intertwined relationships between the people who are supposedly directing the changes to our failed govt are those most responsible for the situation: the department of finance.
The scandal that it took so long for the McCarthy-Snip report and there was no depth to its analysis beyond chop back front line services in the vast majority of cases. there is no analysis of improvement and little locating of waste in the administrative side in particular the outrageous level of high ranking highly paid C.S. such as those in the Oh WOW Dept of Finance.
Martin Cullens abuse of government jet
Mary Harney's abuse of the government jet (a few years back but dont know how recent you want the list to be)
Bertie Ahern, plain and simply. The man and his whole life is a scandal.
Roddy Molloy and FAS expenses
Patrick Neary playing cosy with the people he was supposed to regulate
Patrick Neary and his secret payoff
Sean Fitzpatricks hidden loans
Proping up of Anglo balance sheet
The Anglo golden circle
ODCE foor dragging on the Anglo case
No prosecutions brought in the banking scandals
Most government expenses
Paying off NTR 600M for electronic tolling (actually the whole giving away of the M50bridge asset to NTR, contract signed by, among others, Ray Burke and P Flynn)
Cowens misleadfing/lies to the dail re Molloy
Port Tunnell over runs
Luas construction allowed to take so long it put many put many people out of business on Harcourt Street
Still no link between the green and red Luas lines
The near death of a whole train load of people north of Malahide because the government would not fund the railway safety group adequately to conduct proper inspections
The underfunding of the health service to such an extent that countless peopple suffer and die as a result of the negligence
School children having to be tought in rat infested and wholey inadequate facilities. If schools were private concerns the health and safety authority would have closed many of them down. But the governmenbt skews everything in their favour.
Children's rights amendment being postponned again - cos if it was enacted the govt could be held to account too much for our piss-poor health/education/special needs services
Public Service Pay and Conditions
The fact Judges don't have to pay the pension levy.
Bertie is still free
Cervical cancer vaccinations for young girls being withdrawn at a cost of €10 million in comparison to what we're paying to bail out banks....scandalous
throw the Bull, Cullen and O'Cuiv on to that pile of detritus while you are at it
Ray Burke and the Bailey Brothers
Anglo Irish Bank propping up the Bailey Brothers British business
The fact that we have the most unpopular government in the history of the state and yet less than one in three of the electorate think that the leader of the opposition is capable of doing his present job, let alone leading the country.
Having a leader of the opposition who struggles getting himself out of a paper bag.
Fingleton and the inaction by the government in tackling Irish Nationwide
The failure of RTE to ask questions on FF
The Anglo enquiry - The slowness in getting action
Thornton Hall / E-Voting
The serial clerical abuser and the AG.
The under use of our fantastic green energy resources such as wave power because the govt only seems to favour projects that give a fast buck to a friend of the party over the national interest.
The absurdly slow spread of broadband as a result of govt. ineptness which directly results in damage to Irish business.
The spin about "making hard decisions" when the fact that they have utterly failed to make them, in spite of outsourcing the hard choices to the various commissions.
changing school books every few years
price of school uniforms
[ 9 euro dunnes tracksuit plus school crest = 45 euro for child
The complete anonimity of our Leader during the greatest crisis we face since the formation of the state.
The fact our Leader has been asked on Live television if he a drink problem.
Our Minister for Communications insists on refering to 3G as Broadband. And yet insists we can be a knowledge economy. (small but it rankles)
Batt O'Keefe referring to the inmates of Magdalene Laundries as 'employees'. We have another sordid can of worms to open on this one.
The mental health service underfunding and resultant effects including suicide, homelessness and violence.
The vast waste of public money in administration of the HSE.
The continued existence of cartels in many areas of Irish life.
The central selection of candidates for election thereby further undermining democracy.
The cosy relationship between pharmaceutical companies and govt. at the expense of the consumer through removal of non brand drugs and price fixing.
State funding of private schools
The mismatch of supply and demand in relation to multi and non-denominational schools.
The appalling level of poverty in our cities.
Why were there so few protestors shouting a Brian Cowen at the ploughing championships? What were the rest of the people doing idly walking by? Surely there are enough reasons to protest. It just doesn’t make sense.
Almost everything to do with Shell in Rossport
The bould Roddy still Chairperson of the Board of the IPA - whats wrong Roddy did you not screw the country out of enough money with Fas?
Love the one about state funding of private schools.....we're trying to get rid of schools because they are too good ....... and privatise hospitals because they are not good enough.
Both depend on big presumption....that those changes will have the affect.
We're trying to introduce UK Council Tax based system because they say it is not fair....and in the UK they want the Irish Transaction based system because they are saying it is not fair.
Would be better to deal with the problems of Public Hospitals in a public context and Public schools in a public context. Fix the problem, not the solution.
...Undelcared Political Campaign donations for FF TD's and Senators
...Lack of Tax clearance cert for Bertie
...NOBDOY jailed or brought to court even for white collar crime -54 citizens jailed for no tv licence in 2008
...My local rat infested primary school still in 1849 Building still that OPW has condemed -have been prommised a new school since 2003!
...€50million spent by Dept Education on RENTING prefabs for school units
The full extent of the Great Gas and Oil Giveaway by Bertie, Lawlor,Burke and others has yet to really sink in with the people of Ireland .. not to mention the jailing and criminalisation of anyone who stands against it
The huge difference between pay levels in the public and private sectors is certainly scandalous
The cartel of vested interests who coalesce around "non-party" Health Minister Harney and her husband (through his lobbying company) to privatise by stealth the public health service and in so doing transfer as much of the public health budget into private hands as quickly as possible. The vast conflict of interest here is so big, few can see it.
Private patients' insurance companies not having to pay for their clients' use of public beds.
Being asked to vote on a referendum for the second time because government didn't get the wanted answer.
Lack of social urban planning that allows areas like Southhill and Moyross to degenerate so much, and the fact that the mistake is being repeated in other cities
Lack of social urban planning that allows areas like Southhill and Moyross to degenerate so much, and the fact that the mistake is being repeated in other cities
The state of our health service:
- Our delapidated and MRSA-ridden hospitals
- The fact that Mary Harney is Health Minister after presiding over so many scandals
- Breast cancer misdiagnosis scandal
- Underfunding of our children's services
- Underfunding of our children's hospitals, especially Our Lady's hospital in Crumlin
- People lying on trolleys for days because they cannot be seen to
...and more scandals
- The fact that Politicians tell the taxpayers to tighten their belts when they do not follow suit themselves
- The fact that Bertie Ahern wasn't able to produce a tax compliance certificate, yet soldiered on regardless
- The existence of a cosy cartel between bankers, developers and politicians
The people of Ireland for gross stupidy in drinking the kool aid and thinking that houses would keep going up in value for ever and that we would just keep on building out into the sea .
Worst scandal to afflict Ireland: The Irish people allowing the government that has presided over all of the issues raised in this thread, to remain in power. We will stand for nothing in this country, so we can't give out when we fall for anything.
Old people dying for want of basic medical care on casualty trolley's while the greatest boom ever in the history of the state raged outside the door and the people of Ireland for accepting it .
1. Swine flu lunacy: Huge sums of public money wasted on unsafe, untested and useless anti-viral drugs and vaccines. As the Irish Times reports:
[DoHC's] chief medical officer Dr Tony Holohan told a press briefing in Dublin yesterday evening that the rate of infection rose to 72.2 per 100,000 of the population in the past week from 40 per 100,000 the previous week, an almost doubling of the rates of infection. The latest figures would equate to about 3,300 cases of infection a week...
The HSE’s national director of population health Dr Pat Doorley said he expects the swine flu vaccine to be licensed by the European Medicines Evaluation Agency some time in October.
Between 60 and 100 mass vaccination clinics are to be set up across the State.
100 mass vaccination clinics being set up?? Just like that?? WTF?
2. Water Fluoridation: The only democratic country in the world with mandatory water fluoridation, and it's wasting our health (this too) and our wealth.
The division of County Leitrim into two seperate constituencies (Sligo North Leitrim & Roscommon South Leitrim) resulting in Leitrim not having any representation in Dail Eireann.
They alluded to one on liveline today - Prison Visiting Committees. A total and utter scam and just another blight on our democracy. Committees appointed on a purely political basis and generous expenses involved. Committee will always report favourably towards the jail governor. I know of people who have canvassed for political party's with the primary motive of getting on a prison visiting committee.
Political APPOINTMENTS TO AN BORD PLEANÁLA
RPS works for Poolbeg Incinerator promoters, possibly for Shell at Rossport and for who else.
AN BORD PLEANÁLA over-rode the Inspector of the Incinerator hearing - and probably/possibly used 'influence' to 'shape' his report.
Mr. Dick Roche, T.D. Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, today (17th November 2006) announced the appointment of Conall Boland to An Bord Pleanála.
Mr. Conall Boland is a civil and environmental engineer. He holds Masters degrees in Civil Engineering and in Spatial Planning and is currently (2006) Technical Director with RPS Consulting
1) In August 2009 The Irish High Court and The Irish Supreme Court were presented with 'fanciful' valuations for Liam Carroll's Zoe Developments. Some of data seems to have been supplied by CB Richard Ellis (CBRE) for Liam Carroll's Zoe Developments.
2) Dublin City Council presented very curious paid-for information from CBRE's Director of Research to the April 2007 Poolbeg Incinerator Oral Hearing. The presentation contained no hard data. It did include some apparently highly misleading spin. Professional research managers know how to correctly present visual information.
3) ZOE & Dublin City Council both used the same lawyer for points 1 and 2 above (perfectly legal).
3) CBRE in April 2007: "It is simply technically incorrect to assume that that Irish house prices will decline significantly simply on the basis that this has occurred in other economies where the fundamentals were so different."
- Director of Research at CB Richard Ellis
CBRE And Fianna Fail
- Peter Malone chairs property company, CBRE Gunne.
CBRE Chairman Peter Malone ticks a few appropriate boxes. He is a well-known hotelier -- not an engineer -- and was the boss of Jurys; but Peter is also a favourite of politicians. Apart from being parachuted into the NRA chair by ministerial patronage, he has served as chairman of semi-state Bord na Mona, was a member of the review body on higher public sector remuneration and chairs property company, CBRE Gunne.
What is interesting about CBRE Gunne is that they gave Fianna Fail generous donations in 2004 and 2005. The NRA annual report tells you none of this.
Read more at “M50 directors unmasked” by Shane Ross, Sunday August 31 2008
Note: Greens now in power have done nothing about EPA's political directors.
16th July 2004
Cullen's appointment of (Incinerator Industry) Indaver employee undermines confidence in the EPA
The Green Party has reacted angrily to the appointment by the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Martin Cullen of Ms. Laura Burke, an Indaver employee, as a Director of the Environment Protection Agency.
Green Party TD Dan Boyle said today, ?The appointment of Ms. Burke, having worked with Indaver Ireland, the company proposing the development of a domestic waste incinerator at Carranstown, County Meath and a toxic waste incineration at Ringaskiddy, Cork, utterly compromises the position of the EPA as a body seen by the public as being independent and impartial.
Mr. Boyle said that the Minister for the Environment, Martin Cullen has made a series of appointments to the executive board of the EPA which show all too clearly that he sees the Agency as protecting the interests of business with environmental protection being given a very low priority.
26th August 2003 The Green Party called on Dr. Mary Kelly, Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency, to consider her resignation following remarks made by her in a newspaper article that domestic incinerators would be built throughout Ireland.
Dr Mary Kelly's first day in 1995 at industry lobby group IBEC started with a breakfast meeting in the Environment Minister’s office.
Her appointment by the Environment Minister to the EPA job in May 2002 led to criticism from environmental campaigners who described her as a poacher turned gamekeeper.
2003: Asked to resign because of grossly partial pro-incineration stance.
Spencer Dock Bridge - Arup Consulting Engineers and Future Systems Architects (2009)
DDDA director Niamh O'Sullivan's day job is as a director of Arup Consulting.
The Spencer Dock Bridge is the principal structure along the LUAS Red Line Docklands C1 extension to the Point Depot and has provided the Railway Procurement Agency (RPA) and the Dublin Docklands Development Authority with an opportunity to create a landmark structure along the extended route
Paid-for Arup Spin on €450 Million Ringsend Glass Bottle Site
Outstanding spin from Arup seems to claim the Ringsend Glass Bottle site lands are in “a satisfactory state” and that space created under(!) car-parking spaces and other services would “create a wide and ventilated physical barrier between polluted lands and the future habitable spaces of the new development“.
Unpaid Expert Opinion
Former EPA expert Malcolm Doak warned that 30 per cent methane gas levels exist on the lands and that “a significant gas risk still remains on-site”.
Paid-for Arup Spin on €350 Million Poolbeg Incinerator
Arup said the environmental impact statement found the Poolbeg waste-to-toxins incinerator would not significantly impact the environment and "no residual negative impacts are anticipated" from the construction or operation of the plant.
Unpaid Expert Opinion
Prof Staines, a medical doctor and academic, said it was "at best careless, and more realistically reckless, to proceed with a major development without considering methods of minimising harm and maximising benefits to the local community" and said the execution of a Health Impact Statement on such projects was common practice internationally.
In relation to the environmental impact statement, undertaken by Arup Consulting Engineers on behalf of the council, Prof Staines claimed that "in no case is there any serious consideration of the actual impacts of the estimated emissions on people in the local community or on human health".
Corruption in the entire private sector - there isn't a single private business in the entire country that pays tax properly or pays it's staff properly.
Corruption across the entire public sector - there isn't a single public sector work from the President down to whoever has whatever is considered the most basic job in the public sector who works 'hard'. But even worse there isn't a single public sector employee - bar none - being paid over €60k plus whatever perks and pensions who deserves such a payment.
So corruption - as it the root cause of every single issue whic hhas been mentioned.