Cowen to make State of the Nation Address in September

Stíofán

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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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Stíofán said:
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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Stíofán said:
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.
 

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Keith-M said:
[quote="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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Keith-M said:
[quote="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]

:shock:
 

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Keith-M said:
[quote="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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Stíofán said:
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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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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Stíofán said:
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?
His resignation followed by the eFfin eFfer party's rejection of clientelism and gombeen economics. They could follow that up with a commitment to competence and working in the interests of the country.
That's all pie in the sky, but still...
 

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junketman said:
ake 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.
For a company with the cash flow problems of the gubbermint, 2 weeks statutory 80,000, taxed, less again, golden handshakes-why,pension contibutions into a retirement bond, cashable at age 55, new staff - why , they have no actual work to do. oh plus two weeks pay in lieu of notice plus a few pep talks from fas and hr consultant about interview techniques, cv preparation, reskilling, dealing with change.Quids in after 6 months IMHO.
 

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Biffo is King Midas in reverse.

Napoleon (allegedly) was asked what qualities he was looking for in his generals, and he said, 'just one--that they be lucky'.'
Biffo is not and we will suffer with him!
 

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Stíofán said:
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?
Given his form so far, he'll probably blame the Opposition.
 

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Can Cowen realistically be expected to take the long-term view?

Surely our political system produces politicians who are adept at doing little favours for little (and not-so-little) people...
 

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Aren't we the lucky ones. He should promise to respect the result of the referendum.
 

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BodyofEvidence said:
Keith-M said:
[quote="Stíofán":1xw24x0w]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.
A freeze on idiots advocating a freeze on anything public while cheering on tax breaks for the rich would be nice.[/quote:1xw24x0w]

No! What we need is an idiot tax - if we could tax the nonsense spouting out of Keith M on a regular basis, the country's finances would be shipshape before too long.
 

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If he mentions "tighten your belts" like Haughey did.. he'll be savaged.. Cowen isn't that stupid
 


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