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Minister Reillys political appointments and lottery funding.


ger12

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Paul Cullen is reporting today in the Irish Times that Fine Gael and Labour "have divided up between them appointments on a key State board while ignoring applications made by the public".

Six seats on the Blood Transfusion Board are to go to FG while three go to Labour. These positions were publicly advertised, with 28 applications. Not one of the applicants was appointed. Minister Reilly did however appoint e.g. Prof Anthony Staines (school of nursing in DCU), who the IT reports as having a Fine Gael background and Dr Conor McGrane, a GP in Balbriggan in the Minister’s Dublin North constituency.

Dr Reilly still has two appointments to make while the his Labour Ministers of State has three.

Government rule requires people selected to chair boards to appear before a relevant Oireachtas committee before their appointment is confirmed yet this has happened in only a minority of cases. The IT reports e.g. that Prof Staines was appointed last June and has yet to be invited before the health committee.

Cronyism continues unabated under a government with such an overwhelming majority that it can't be bothered to enforce simple procedures like having a chat with appointees?

Coalition divides up blood board positions - The Irish Times - Mon, Jan 07, 2013

Meanwhile, the Irish Examiner are reporting that the DOH distributed €3.3m to 140 community organisations last year — 12 of which were in the Minister Reillys constituency. The Ministers constituency received €195,000 in lottery funding from the Department of Health last year. Dublin North benefited from a further €228,500 in 2011 compared to the €10,000 of National Lottery funding it received from the department in 2010.

€195k in Lotto funds for Reilly’s constituency | Irish Examiner
 

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If only FG or Labour were in government. We would have none of this

Eugene Regan (Fine Gael)

Fine Gael’s spokesperson on enterprise, Deputy Varadkar, introduced the Public Appointments Transparency Bill 2008 to legislate for the appointment of persons to State bodies. He proposes that appointees would be subject to scrutiny by the relevant committees of the Oireachtas and that they would also be subject to being called before those committees to account for the performance of their functions. The Bill also proposes that the qualifications of all ministerial appointees to State boards and other State bodies would be laid before the Dáil and that they would be subject to scrutiny by the relevant committees. That is where it starts, namely, with our respect for the standards with which we, as public representatives, are obliged to comply and where we have an influence on corporate governance in terms of appointments to State bodies. We should start there. In putting forward the Bill, Fine Gael has attempted to do that.
Brendan Ryan (Labour)

The Government needs to take a lead in good governance by stamping out political patronage. The same people keep cropping up on State boards and semi-State companies. The former Taoiseach, Deputy Bertie Ahern, unashamedly said he appointed people to boards on the basis of friendship. Until we adopt a system whereby ministerial appointments to State boards and semi-State companies are based on merit, public bodies cannot function to their full potential and accusations of cronyism will remain valid.
Corporate Governance: Motion: 13 May 2009: Seanad debates (KildareStreet.com)
 

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FF, FG, LAB, GREENS PDs there all the same when they get in to power jobs for the boys, are these the jobs that we were told ,vote yes for jobs.
 

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Minister Rabbitte less than two years ago said "The choice is between blaming the system, from the sidelines, and dismissing it as hopeless, inadequate and corrupt, or togging out and playing to win. And, having won, to change the rules."

What rules are changing I wonder having read these two pieces today :roll:
 

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more Dicey dealing.....

controversy never wanders far from Dicey Reilly.
 

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Is Reilly beginning to appear more an d more like charlie every day, or is it just me?

Hiding his dodginess in plain sight and not giving a damn. If FG can follow Inda, why not his lackey, Bottler? Taoiseach Bottler, it could happen.
 

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Is Reilly beginning to appear more an d more like charlie every day, or is it just me?

Hiding his dodginess in plain sight and not giving a damn. If FG can follow Inda, why not his lackey, Bottler? Taoiseach Bottler, it could happen.
Reilly is Enda's number 2 so presumably would take over the FG reins if Enda decided he had enough
 

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FF, FG, LAB, GREENS PDs there all the same when they get in to power jobs for the boys, are these the jobs that we were told ,vote yes for jobs.
This is why they hate social media and anonymity. We get to broadcast the hyopcrisy and join the dots,

The manifestos above are great to re-read.
 

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For Fine Gael this is par for the course.As Enda would say himself his(Reilly) affairs are entirely in order.
Shocking abuse of power,coupled with cronyism and greed.
 

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Minister Rabbitte less than two years ago said "The choice is between blaming the system, from the sidelines, and dismissing it as hopeless, inadequate and corrupt, or togging out and playing to win. And, having won, to change the rules."

What rules are changing I wonder having read these two pieces today :roll:
the more that things change, the more they stay the same.
 

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Reilly is Enda's number 2 so presumably would take over the FG reins if Enda decided he had enough
Not necessarily. Indeed not likely at all. Were Kenny to resign the leadership for whatever reason, there'd be a leadership election - and I'd say its highly unlikely Reilly would win it.
 

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FF, FG, LAB, GREENS PDs there all the same when they get in to power jobs for the boys, are these the jobs that we were told ,vote yes for jobs.
What I find shocking is that other people are shocked.

They belong to the very same political generation that spawned bertie and co.

They sat idly by while FF handed out all the juicy quango appointments and they bode their time until they to could turn around and do the very same thing.
 

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Not necessarily. Indeed not likely at all. Were Kenny to resign the leadership for whatever reason, there'd be a leadership election - and I'd say its highly unlikely Reilly would win it.
You wouldn't vote for James hbap?
 

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Not necessarily. Indeed not likely at all. Were Kenny to resign the leadership for whatever reason, there'd be a leadership election - and I'd say its highly unlikely Reilly would win it.
Granted.

I think Phil Hogan would prefer a more pliable figurehead while he runs the party from the background
 

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Not necessarily. Indeed not likely at all. Were Kenny to resign the leadership for whatever reason, there'd be a leadership election - and I'd say its highly unlikely Reilly would win it.
Reading carefully, the same words as you did in that post, the interesting ones are:

if Enda decided he had enough

Now there is really no "if" in the equation. There's too much money and power involved, so Enda is our current limpet and won't let go. Do you really think that the eejit who waited nearly 40 years for that plum job will let it go so easily.

May I be so bold as to paraphrase one of our old pals?

DELUDED FINE GAEL!

More their shills and hangers on that the pork barrellers.
 

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Presumably the 2012 list will come out sometime after the end of 2012 - i.e in 2013. Give it time, today's only the 7th of January.
The awards are made around June though - so what's keeping them? Btw, are you brushing up for when they announce the HSE's National Service Plan for 2013 in the next two weeks - now that should be fun :).
 

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The awards are made around June though - so what's keeping them? Btw, are you brushing up for when they announce the HSE's National Service Plan for 2013 in the next two weeks - now that should be fun :).
Your predictions damus?

Mr Martin made some very salient points re UHI and policy yesterday on the News at One (RTE radio1). Worth a listen.
 
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