President Higgins calls on government to break the rules of the Fiscal Compact Treaty

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Is the President saying we should ignore the rules we voted for in the Fiscal Compact referendum? 

The Government should loosen the purse strings and borrow cheap money to fund public services, such as housing and health, President Michael D Higgins has suggested.

In an interview with the Irish Independent, Mr Higgins questions the need to hold off on public spending when the cost of borrowing is so cheap. He says sticking to rigid EU fiscal rules should not take precedence over social services.
Michael D: Loosen purse strings for health and houses - Independent.ie

How do people feel about this?

President Higgins also says people support the Dublin Bus drivers. Really?
 


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He is right , just keep endlessly borrowing and give pay rises to anyone who looks for the them.

Sure what can wrong? And I am sure if it does go wrong Mickey D will be around to clean it up.
 

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Is he bored with the job of President and now wanting to return to politics?
Seems so ...
 

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Mr Higgins also said the public's response to the Dublin Bus strike was "ethical and sophisticated" and there was no "short-term anger" from commuters.
When's the last time he waited for a bus?
 
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He is overstepping line from his role as President and interfering in day to day politics of the state.
 

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It's an opinion not a demand. He has a point in relation to strict rules and it's not as if some countries haven't exploited that. If there is any increase on health in the budget it should be on primary care, away from the politics of the health service.
 

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Yeah let's throw more money at health.

A MEDICAL consultant at Waterford Regional Hospital, who agreed to trade in his Ferrari ‘California’ in part exchange for a McClaren MP4 sports car, never received his new dream vehicle, the High Court has heard.
 

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Our national debt is below 80% of GDP (based on the fiction of out GDP, but thems the rules). So we can probably borrow more without breaking the treaty.
 

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He is overstepping line from his role as President and interfering in day to day politics of the state.
The amount of people who are interfering in day to day politics in this State and who are from outside this State is big.

Good for Michael D to feel that he as the states President has at least as much right as some official of the BundesRepublik or the Commission.
 

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Is the President saying we should ignore the rules we voted for in the Fiscal Compact referendum? 



Michael D: Loosen purse strings for health and houses - Independent.ie

How do people feel about this?

President Higgins also says people support the Dublin Bus drivers. Really?
If he wanted the job, he should play by the rules, he knew what they were before he ran for election, if he didn't intend doing that he had no business running in that election.

Fairly typical of the left though, you want what you want and the reality doesn't count, so you do it anyway.
 

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If he wanted the job, he should play by the rules, he knew what they were before he ran for election, if he didn't intend doing that he had no business running in that election.

Fairly typical of the left though, you want what you want and the reality doesn't count, so you do it anyway.
Well he is the Frontline Prez. He wouldn't have been elected but for Labour activists in RTE and that tweet.
 

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Well he is the Frontline Prez. He wouldn't have been elected but for Labour activists in RTE and that tweet.
Very true, but unlike him, we must accept the present reality and work with it.
 

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Very true, but unlike him, we must accept the present reality and work with it.
We deal with reality. He just writes bad poems about it as he snarfs more salmon and quaffs another glass of champagne.
 

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Presidents should be seen and not heard, that's the gig he signed up for.
 

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If he wanted the job, he should play by the rules, he knew what they were before he ran for election, if he didn't intend doing that he had no business running in that election.

Fairly typical of the left though, you want what you want and the reality doesn't count, so you do it anyway.
The reality is we owe something like €350000 per person in this country due to the actions of your party so your criticism of the president needs to have that little fact taken on board.The president is drawing attention to the damage that has been inflicting on the sheep as the sheep are too tame / stupid/ or busy to get on the streets and demand their rights.
 

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Presidents should be seen and not heard, that's the gig he signed up for.
Like the box RTE got for him to stand on in the presidential debates, he regards the presidency as his own personal soapbox.
 

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Peculiar job being a President in the Irish Republic. While campaigning one has to pretend that the job is an executive position and on securing it one then has to adhere to an etiquette which makes a mockery of everything you said in order to be elected.

If every one on this forum did everything they were supposed to do in theory and never broke a rule or overstepped etiquette we'd all be slaves in no time at all. There'd be no millionaires, no high achievers, no one would be well known and we'd all be really, really bored.

It is the same with the US Presidency. On the way to the House the rhetoric has to be of much promised action, of lighting fires inside the beltway and bringing about an undetailed greatness.

On taking office it is all about thinking before speaking, gathering consensus before acting and committing one's successor to nothing.

With the result that the only thing that changes is the name on the door. I think it is long past time when an Irish President aligned their office against the injustices and corruption in the state. I'd prefer a President that highlighted the inequalities rather than simply shook hands at a football match.

It is an office that has been waiting for someone to breach etiquette for nigh on a century.

If you think about it indeed if it wasn't for a serious breach of etiquette a century back the job wouldn't exist at all.
 


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