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What leadership have ya seen from Lenny?
The paralysed coward Clowen has not made such strong unpopular comments. It would be very easy for Lenihan to have done the same.MINISTER for Finance Brian Lenihan told people set to be hit by €5 billion worth of cuts and public sector job losses not to "selfishly" oppose the measures.
The Government was bracing itself for an angry backlash as the report of An Bord Snip Nua, set to call for a dramatic shake- up of the civil service, state agencies and welfare payments, was finally to be unveiled.
Up to 1,000 more teachers were expected to be among the casualties, with the ratio of teachers to pupils likely to be raised again, as Mr Lenihan stressed virtually nothing was off-limits for cuts.
The minister said the number of "surplus" staff in the public service would be a major target – believed to mean up to 20,000 jobs will be lost – and warned there was "no hiding place" from the tough choices.
Cuts in areas like education and health, and a nearly €2bn cut in welfare rolls, are bound to increase tensions in the Government coalition, after Green senators abstained from a vote on Fianna Fáil’s controversial crime bill as it was rushed through the Oireachtas.
Mr Lenihan pleaded with those who will bear the brunt of the radical recommendations from the cuts probe – headed by economist Colm McCarthy – to "set aside selfish sectional interests".
Fearing a strong response, including mass street protests, from workers, unions and welfare recipients, Mr Lenihan said at least €4bn in cuts needed to be imposed next year if Ireland was to keep its EU commitments. He said this was not due to the banking crisis but because the country was living beyond its means and facing a deficit of at least €20bn this year as the Government borrowed €70m a day to keep the State running.
Tax the rich. Then eat them.The paralysed coward Clowen has not made such strong unpopular comments. It would be very easy for Lenihan to have done the same.
The country is fucked and needs a strong man to tell it as it is and put the the self serving self interest groups back into reality.
Time for patriots to shine. We can deal with the treasonous fools in FF later. Stop the rot now. 20 Billion borrowing pa is criminal
Certainly Michael Martin would be up there. However I wouldn't rule out the likes of O' Cuiv either. The cabinet is certainly in need of a reshuffle- the likes of Coughlan should be put out of the job.I really see either Dermot Ahern or Michael Martin taking the next leadership. Apparently that's where the factions now lie within FF. I wouldn't rule him out for it after either of them.
O'Cuiv? As if the opposition don't have enough sticks to beat us with! He's likely to be sacked in the next reshuffle if his department goes anyway and is about as popular as Mary Coughlan and Martin Cullen which doesn't say a lot. I don't see what Dermot Ahern could bring to the job he's not exactly the most appealing Minister. Likely to be Martin as leader with Hanifan as his deputy and Lenihan still in Finance.Certainly Michael Martin would be up there. However I wouldn't rule out the likes of O' Cuiv either. The cabinet is certainly in need of a reshuffle- the likes of Coughlan should be put out of the job.
thats my point, credit to LenihanAt least Lenihan had the cojones to go on Vincent Browne. Apart from poor old hapless Mansergh not another minister has the balls to appear there.
I assume you are refering to Jack O'Connor, David Begg and their insipient traitorous cohorts... in that case yes eat them if you wish.Tax the rich. Then eat them.
What makes you assume that it will be 2020 before we see another FF government?It will be interesting to see how FF plan on spending the next 10 years in opposition. I guess there are a few sharp young guys there dreaming about their leadership bid in 2020.
oh, they are gone. FF will be confined to the Dustbin of History, but more importantly their actions will lead to the extinction of the political system as we know it in Ireland, so in a way their greed, egos and self serving interests may actually lead us to a better place...It will be interesting to see how FF plan on spending the next 10 years in opposition. I guess there are a few sharp young guys there dreaming about their leadership bid in 2020.
This gov. may stagger on for another 2/3 years. Whether it does or not I would say that it will take the guts of 10 years before people will have any trust again in the people who have mismanaged the country so spectacularly for the last 10.What makes you assume that it will be 2020 before we see another FF government?