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    Default Cowen to make State of the Nation Address in September

    It has been reported that the Taoiseach will make a speech in September dealing with the economic downturn.

    Will he use Haughey's immortal line and tell us to “tighten our belts”?

    Any thoughts on what solutions he might profer?
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    Default Re: Cowen to make State of the Nation Address in September

    Quote Originally Posted by Stíofán
    It has been reported that the Taoiseach will make a speech in September dealing with the economic downturn.

    Will he use Haughey's immortal line and tell us to “tighten our belts”?

    Any thoughts on what solutions he might profer?
    My fellow Gombe..ahem..I mean citizens
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stíofán
    It has been reported that the Taoiseach will make a speech in September dealing with the economic downturn.

    Will he use Haughey's immortal line and tell us to “tighten our belts”?

    Any thoughts on what solutions he might profer?
    Hopefully a freeze (or preferably a cut) in the public sector wage bill. A two year hiring freeze to the civil service. A postponement to all new road building projects with the money going to improve public transport. A freeze of any taxpayer money being spent on projects in Northern Ireland. A freeze on all welfare payments.
    Thank you for the six thousand likes.

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    [quote=Keith-M]
    Quote Originally Posted by "Stíofán":3qhe4vy4
    It has been reported that the Taoiseach will make a speech in September dealing with the economic downturn.

    Will he use Haughey's immortal line and tell us to “tighten our belts”?

    Any thoughts on what solutions he might profer?
    Hopefully a freeze (or preferably a cut) in the public sector wage bill. A two year hiring freeze to the civil service. A postponement to all new road building projects with the money going to improve public transport. A freeze of any taxpayer money being spent on projects in Northern Ireland. A freeze on all welfare payments.[/quote:3qhe4vy4]
    A freeze on idiots advocating a freeze on anything public while cheering on tax breaks for the rich would be nice.

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    Default Re: Cowen to make State of the Nation Address in September

    [quote=Keith-M]
    Quote Originally Posted by "Stíofán":yed0op7h
    It has been reported that the Taoiseach will make a speech in September dealing with the economic downturn.

    Will he use Haughey's immortal line and tell us to “tighten our belts”?

    Any thoughts on what solutions he might profer?
    Hopefully ... A freeze on all welfare payments.[/quote:yed0op7h]

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    Default Re: Cowen to make State of the Nation Address in September

    [quote=Keith-M]
    Quote Originally Posted by "Stíofán":290xakz2
    It has been reported that the Taoiseach will make a speech in September dealing with the economic downturn.

    Will he use Haughey's immortal line and tell us to “tighten our belts”?

    Any thoughts on what solutions he might profer?
    Hopefully a freeze (or preferably a cut) in the public sector wage bill. A two year hiring freeze to the civil service. A postponement to all new road building projects with the money going to improve public transport. A freeze of any taxpayer money being spent on projects in Northern Ireland. A freeze on all welfare payments.[/quote:290xakz2]

    Exactly what is required. But the sqwauks from the leftie media and the poverty industry would be too much for some Zanu FF TDs who lack sufficient backbone.

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    Default Re: Cowen to make State of the Nation Address in September

    Quote Originally Posted by Stíofán
    Will he use Haughey's immortal line and tell us to “tighten our belts”?
    Will he admit that FF played a large part in contributing to the recession?

    I respect Brian Cowen but he has to pay the price politically for following Bertie Ahern like a puppy for 11 years.

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    Default Re: Cowen to make State of the Nation Address in September

    Zzzz . . . . .

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    Default Re: Cowen to make State of the Nation Address in September

    Could he announce - 'I resign'?

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    Default Re: Cowen to make State of the Nation Address in September

    The reality is we don't have the money to cut back the public sector. Take all those managers in the Health Service who are surplus to requirements. If the average salary of such a manager is 100,000 a year, and has worked in the health service for 20 years, how much would it take to make them redundant? 6 weeks for every year of service times 20 = 120 weeks salary or 240,00 euro pay off, not to mention golden handshakes, and pensions which are likely to be about 50,000 a year. Plus we will probably have to hire in new staff to replace them. All that can be done is to leave them where they are while the government coffers are bare as they are, there are more inportant priorities for spending.

    The unions in this country need to wake up and play their part and be patriotic for a change because they always tend to look out for themselves and their workers.

    As for Cowan, I don't see him turning the economy around. He doesn't have the wherewithall to do it. The economy has been in decline since he took over as minister of finance and his philosophy of standing on the sideline and not doing anything won't work anymore.

    He has to do something drastic to save this country. An annual 10 billion euro deficit just isn't sustainable. That's what lead us into trouble in the eighties, and we are fast heading that way again.

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