Shane Ross' new book "Wasters" - "Skin and hair will fly" when it's published

MsAnneThrope

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Writing in today's Sunday Independent Shane Ross gives us a heads-up about his forthcoming book, co-written with deputy business editor Nick Webb. He says it is "an expose called Wasters -- about the wanton waste, corruption and chronic cronyism in Irish public life". It is due for release "in 6 weeks' time"

Thanks to Penguin, we relate the secrets behind breaking the FAS scandal, about the deep throats who told us tales of corruption at the CIE-owned Iarnrod Eireann, about the tentacles of the Bertie Ahern school of political patronage and about the billions that have been wasted by junketeers, politicians, top trade unionists and other insiders. It is shocking stuff.

Monday afternoon is spent locking horns with our lawyers. As we have named names everywhere in the book, the lawyers are paranoid, demanding evidence to back the allegations line by line. Last year, the guys in the Four Courts took my book The Bankers to task, threatening to shred it to bits. This year, they are freaking. If writs do not fly when Wasters is published in six weeks' time, we will be gobsmacked. Skin and hair will fly, anyway.
Ross has frequently been a lonely voice, warning us of the rampant corruption, strokes, cronyism and all the cute hoors who have been bleeding this country dry in the past decade or so. It's a pity people didn't listen to him more seriously. We might not be 'where we are' today if they had. I, for one, look forward to reading his latest book.
 


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I am delighted Shane Ross is bringing out this book and I look forward to it. I sincerely hope skin and hair will fly............it is unspeakable how those in positions of power and influence have behaved, gotten away with it 100% and are still revered people. I feel so angry.
 

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I am delighted Shane Ross is bringing out this book and I look forward to it. I sincerely hope skin and hair will fly............it is unspeakable how those in positions of power and influence have behaved, gotten away with it 100% and are still revered people. I feel so angry.
I couldn't agree more. The bar stewards responsible for the social and economic destruction of this country should be in prison. At very least they shouldn't even be even able to walk down any streets in this country without being admonished and verbally abused by the populace - They're not if I'm around .;)
 

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Is it even possible to be "gobsmacked" any more ?
No doubt the book will be juicy but what will come of anything in it, none of them ever break the rules remember.
 

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Just heard about some more HSE waste. A young medical professional I know has just got a 3 month contract working in an HSE hospital via a recruitment agency. The agency did not interview her. They looked at her CV and fixed her an interview with the hospital who offered her the 3 month contract. The hospital wants a full time permanent person but thats another story.

But the contract is not with the HSE - its with the recruitment agency. Allowing for a mark up of 25% on the salary plus employers PRSI, which I understand is standard in the business, and VAT on that total at 21.5% which the HSE cannot recover, then if she works for the HSE for a year it will cost the taxpayer approx €30,000 more for that year than if the HSE had given her the contract.

The agency has told her the contract is very likely to be extended, which will suit the agency fine as its easy money for them.

That €30,000 would almost cover the cost of a nurse for a year.

What a waste to pay full time HR staff when you use agencies.

What do HSE HR staff do. Keep company with all the excess managers?

I thought there was to be a cut back on agency staff in the HSE.

But doing it this way keeps the HSE headcount down as my friend will not be included in HSE statistics. And Harney can spin another triumph of reduced nos in the HSE.

I will certainly buy Shane Ross' book. It should sell far more than bertie's memoirs.
 

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Interesting Laidback. Thanks for that. I often wondered how some recruitment agencies in Ireland made such vast profits. In the old days they got a % of the employees starting salary (between 5-10% I think) as a once-off finders fee and that was it. Maybe some still operate on this basis but it now looks like a few have found a way to milk the State and the taxpayer even more. I wonder who they wine and dine? Lenihan would rather cut services however than tackle this nonsense.
 

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Interesting Laidback. Thanks for that. I often wondered how some recruitment agencies in Ireland made such vast profits. In the old days they got a % of the employees starting salary (between 5-10% I think) as a once-off finders fee and that was it. Maybe some still operate on this basis but it now looks like a few have found a way to milk the State and the taxpayer even more. I wonder who they wine and dine? Lenihan would rather cut services however than tackle this nonsense.
yes, agencies get a one off fee for placing permanent staff (10% but higher for more senior staff), and with temporary staff I understand its 25% on cost plus VAT. obvious individual employers may negotiate better terms. But temporary staff should just be holiday or sick relief staff - it is daft treating someone like this as an agency tem. My friend is glad to have the work as the HSE just doesn't want to employ medical staff directly. She had to work abroad on qualifying and she is only able to get this work due to her overseas experience.

Many Agencies will be finding it tough now, though some employers may now use them rather than be inundated with hundred of CVs. A l bank manager told me that the Ulster bank got 21000 applications when they advertised recently.
 

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Rserve judgement guys - disgraceful promotion of his own book being passed off as a newspaper column. Still'n'all, if it is half as good as he makes out, it should be an interesting read.
 

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Darling of the boards of State bodies Anne Heraty of CPL I see now has a CPL Healthcare unit. CPL acquired the Dublin-based Allied Nurses Agency in 2007/2008 as well as several other acquisitions. Heraty was on the board of Anglo Irish Bank, Bord na Mona, Forfas and the Irish Stock Exchange until last year.

CPL healthcare now claims to be the largest in the country:

Cpl Healthcare provide recruitment and staffing solutions to all aspects of the Healthcare sector. Our specialist approach to the service provision is a key element to our success. Specialist divisions include:

Nursing
Medical
Social Care
Training
Pharmacy
Allied health
Medical Sales
They're currently seeking people all over the country for positions in the HSE. Click here. There are pages upon pages of jobs there. Any way to find out how much the HSE paid CPL in the past year?
 

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Just heard about some more HSE waste. A young medical professional I know has just got a 3 month contract working in an HSE hospital via a recruitment agency. The agency did not interview her. They looked at her CV and fixed her an interview with the hospital who offered her the 3 month contract. The hospital wants a full time permanent person but thats another story.

But the contract is not with the HSE - its with the recruitment agency. Allowing for a mark up of 25% on the salary plus employers PRSI, which I understand is standard in the business, and VAT on that total at 21.5% which the HSE cannot recover, then if she works for the HSE for a year it will cost the taxpayer approx €30,000 more for that year than if the HSE had given her the contract.

The agency has told her the contract is very likely to be extended, which will suit the agency fine as its easy money for them.

That €30,000 would almost cover the cost of a nurse for a year.

What a waste to pay full time HR staff when you use agencies.

What do HSE HR staff do. Keep company with all the excess managers?

I thought there was to be a cut back on agency staff in the HSE.

But doing it this way keeps the HSE headcount down as my friend will not be included in HSE statistics. And Harney can spin another triumph of reduced nos in the HSE.

I will certainly buy Shane Ross' book. It should sell far more than bertie's memoirs.
Sure,but why blame the HSE or any other part of the civil and public sector/ They are just doing the bidding of Harney and co to fatten up their mates in the private/agency biz.Wonder if Shane Ross will spin it like that? Ha ha
 

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Anything that exposes the rotten corruption and pilfering of public money from thess parasites is welcome.

The fact is that, it is to the likes of Ross, we should be looking and not to our current crop of insider politicians.

All of whom have something either to hide or to protect.
 

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Anyway I'm fed up reading these exposes.Just finishing Ship of Fools by Fintan O Toole.Read The Builders by Frank MacDonald and Follow the Money by D McWilliams.I don't doubt they are all true and good reportage.But what is a chap like me supposed to do;being so far from the action and all?


Oh God,just remembered I still have to get through Who Runs Ireland by Matt Cooper.

No use: tell me of something happy on the subject or else....I'm off to my book lined study with a pearl handled revolver and a bottle of Midleton Whiskey.
 

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Rserve judgement guys - disgraceful promotion of his own book being passed off as a newspaper column. Still'n'all, if it is half as good as he makes out, it should be an interesting read.
And why should he not promote it pray?
 

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Anyway I'm fed up reading these exposes.Just finishing Ship of Fools by Fintan O Toole.Read The Builders by Frank MacDonald and Follow the Money by D McWilliams.I don't doubt they are all true and good reportage.But what is a chap like me supposed to do;being so far from the action and all?


Oh God,just remembered I still have to get through Who Runs Ireland by Matt Cooper.

No use: tell me of something happy on the subject or else....I'm off to my book lined study with a pearl handled revolver and a bottle of Midleton Whiskey.
Been reading a lot in the burgeoning genre "Irish political corruption" myself and, had I not got out sooner, I'd be heading for the airport now. This mess won't be cleaned up in my lifetime.
 

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And why should he not promote it pray?
Well,you see he's meant to be this fairminded impartial journo and he's written a book about cronyism and corruption.And he's after writing a glowing review of it in his own newspaper.Some fellas might think this was a bit hypo...oh never mind.:rolleyes:
 

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Wonder if he'll mention the role of Colm (Snip) McCarthy's DKM in the privatisation of Westlink, which resulted in a €25m bridge costing motorists & taxpayers a mere €1200m. Wastrel is right!
 

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how much money did " fianna fail's buddies rape out of this country "legally" on grossly overpriced roads contracts and other major contracts" ???

nobody has checked that out yet !!!!

it's massive-robbery, rape, and pillage of the irish state,taxpayers, by the " republican party"


that's before the current bank/developer scenario !!!

they make the mafia look innocent !!

they have form!!!
 

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Interesting Laidback. Thanks for that. I often wondered how some recruitment agencies in Ireland made such vast profits. In the old days they got a % of the employees starting salary (between 5-10% I think) as a once-off finders fee and that was it. Maybe some still operate on this basis but it now looks like a few have found a way to milk the State and the taxpayer even more. I wonder who they wine and dine? Lenihan would rather cut services however than tackle this nonsense.
Yeah MsAnneThrope, the recruitment agencies really cream it with contract staff. I'm an IT contractor and was originally employed via an agency for 12 months. The process is entirely opaque. The agency doesn't tell you what rate they are charging the customer for your services. They negotiate a rate with you and a seperate rate with their client where you will be working. Fortunately, I was able to find a job directly which allowed me to bypass the layer of fat which is the recruiter.
 


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