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General Urko

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I'm a bit surprised I couldn't find any thread here on the passing of Brendan Halligan ex labour Party TD and MEP.


I am a Socialist to the core of my being so obviously I'm not a fan so that's enough from me on this one!
 

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So nobody remembers him or cares!
 

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So nobody remembers him or cares!
Have to admit to never having heard of him

But I like the line from the RTE website;

Mr Halligan founded the Institute of International and European Affairs in 1990 and today its Director General Michael Collins said Mr Halligan devoted his life and energy to his work as a politician and thinker.

(Ar Dheis De etc)
 

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I remember him. I did a fair bit of digging on him some years back when I saw his name pop up in windpower and renewable energy sector companies. Knowing he was the National Co-ordinator for the Labour Party and that you don't usually get pols taking commercial directorships unless they know something others don't I just kept an eye on it, awaiting the inevitable announcement that the Government was to throw every penny into windpower or something- there definitely were shenanigans and jockeying some years back which indicated to me the usual capers were afoot on the basis of some policy decision.

So I alighted on Mr Halligan's leaf with one eye open on his sudden interest in renewable energy, and stayed for the sheer gorgeousness of the Institute of International and European Affairs and its honour roll of characters from Irish politics. Pat Cox is there, the handmaiden of the Christian Brothers in their novel attempts at describing a new form of quadruple entry book-keeping, Bertie Ahern (ditto), Brian Cowan, couple of pseudo-Mary Archers in terms of former Presidents, you have Charlie McCreevy, which should put anyone on red alert.

John Bruton, Ruari Quinn. It looks like one of those whiteboards the FBI use when they are trying to establish links for a mob racketeering RICO Act raid.

 

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I remember him. I did a fair bit of digging on him some years back when I saw his name pop up in windpower and renewable energy sector companies. Knowing he was the National Co-ordinator for the Labour Party and that you don't usually get pols taking commercial directorships unless they know something others don't I just kept an eye on it, awaiting the inevitable announcement that the Government was to throw every penny into windpower or something- there definitely were shenanigans and jockeying some years back which indicated to me the usual capers were afoot on the basis of some policy decision.

So I alighted on Mr Halligan's leaf with one eye open on his sudden interest in renewable energy, and stayed for the sheer gorgeousness of the Institute of International and European Affairs and its honour roll of characters from Irish politics. Pat Cox is there, the handmaiden of the Christian Brothers in their novel attempts at describing a new form of quadruple entry book-keeping, Bertie Ahern (ditto), Brian Cowan, couple of pseudo-Mary Archers in terms of former Presidents, you have Charlie McCreevy, which should put anyone on red alert.

John Bruton, Ruari Quinn. It looks like one of those whiteboards the FBI use when they are trying to establish links for a mob racketeering RICO Act raid.

He got my dad to stand for the so called Labour Party many years ago. He disappeared during the campaign. He used people to get were he got. He won’t be missed by me.
 

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He was one of those people that were always there in the background

- but never actually did anything as such...

Very much a bit player in the backwaters of Irish Politics.

RIP to the man and commiserations to his Family.
 

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In his latter years he collected Dinosaurs... not many comrades on the board of the IIEA. It is all wall to wall establishment, KPMG, Arthur Anderson and Deloitte types, former civil servants of the Dublin or Brussels variety and a few political CVs that are mysteriously silent on the major events in their careers.
 

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In his early days I think he did a lot of community work in Dublin 8 which in the 60s was not the most salubrious place. He was involved in the Donore Credit Union which did marvelous work in those days
He was no John Hume!
 

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Halligan certainly seems to have been an impressive networker within Dublin circles (cultivating links to the civil service, NGOs, politicians, academics, journalists, semi-states; I suppose he had spent parts of his working life in many of these sectors). Grew the IIEA into a bit of a cash cow on the strength of the EU being indisputably "a very good thing" among these groups (mainly funded by numerous €10k annual subscriptions from all kinds of government departments and bodies and aforementioned groups plus from the corporate sector, e.g. banks and IBEC).

He was trying to do something similar for another putative "very good thing", China, in recent years via the ICI, Ireland China Institute. There are some familiar names to be seen on the board of that. For a flavour, check out the "Sino Ireland paper" Sino Irish Papers - ICI written by Eddie O'Connor (Halligan's links to him, presumably, go back to shared days in Bórd an Mona and later in their shared interests in renewable energy). The author, evidently no intellectual lightweight :) , starts with a discussion of Chinese culture (the Confucian Analects) and then mentions its ancient system of exam-based meritocracy and then veers to more recent territory, the Belt and Road Initiative, " Mr. Xi Jinping’s great $7 trillion achievement", which the paper advocates we be a part of.
 

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Halligan was an evil man - an enemy of the oppressed Catholic people of Northern Ireland.
 

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In comparison to Hume Halligan was much more limited in his influence.

But evil he was not.

May he rest in peace.
Evil or any term of that nature would be inappropriate to describe him, in fairness!
And what did he do to Nordies?
 

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When you say 'catholic' do you mean religious-catholic or political-catholic?
 

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