Saturday, 8 March 2014




Politics 2014

Invoices show Departments of Justice, Education and Social Protection targeted

Rehab paid Frank Flannery to lobby the Government

Frank Flannery: money was paid to him through UK company associated with Rehab. Photograph: Eric Luke.
Frank Flannery: money was paid to him through UK company associated with Rehab. Photograph: Eric Luke.
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Fine Gael strategist and Rehab director Frank Flannery was paid thousands by the charity to lobby the Government, The Irish Times has learned.
Mr Flannery was paid for lobbying the Departments of Justice, Education and Social Protection, according to invoices submitted to the charity. The invoices were submitted in late 2011 and 2012, and were from Mr Flannery’s firm, Laragh Consulting Ltd.
The company invoiced Rehab for €66,000 in 2012 and €11,000 in 2011, and Mr Flannery, who did not respond to queries last night, previously said it “was used for a bit of private business”.
Two invoices seen by The Irish Times were for €5,500, excluding VAT, while another was for €11,000. Sources said invoices were submitted regularly in this period for the same activities, and usually amounted to about €5,500 a month.

UK companyIt is understood that even though Rehab Ireland was billed by Mr Flannery, the money was paid through a UK company associated with Rehab, TBG learning. Sources said this was a simple transaction. The invoices submitted by Mr Flannery, a former Rehab CEO, listed activities under the heading “provision of professional services of Mr Frank Flannery”.
The activities included “successfully lobbying in respect of the Charity Lottery Funds”; “lobbying with Department of Education and Department of Social Protection in respect of the activities of National Learning Network and TBG learning”; and “international representation in respect of Workability International and European Platform for Rehabilitaton”.
Mr Flannery is also a board member of the European Platform for Rehabilitation, as is Rehab CEO Angela Kerins.
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is winding down the charitable lotteries scheme, a multimillion fund for charity lotteries, which compensated them for loss of business after the National Lottery was set up.
A Department of Justice statement said: “The Minister met with Rehab on 21 November 2011 at Rehab’s request, to discuss the Charitable Lotteries Scheme. Mr Frank Flannery was a member of the Rehab delegation at that meeting.”
A spokeswoman for Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn said Mr Quinn had no formal meetings with Mr Flannery, but might occasionally “bump into him in Leinster House”.
Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton’s spokesman said she has “not held any formal department meetings with Mr Flannery, but would have encountered him informally on occasion in Leinster House and at the Rehab People of the Year awards”.

StatementA Rehab statement said Mr Flannery provided “consultancy services to the Rehab Group and its subsidiary companies”.
As well as his European work, the statement said Mr Flannery had significant knowledge of the charitable lotteries scheme and his work included “meeting and briefing officials” in the Department of Justice.
“Other work conducted included the preparation of position papers for and with Rehab on labour market activation policy in Ireland, aspects of which has in recent years been the responsibility of both the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Social Protection."
Mr Flannery, who is still active at the highest levels in Fine Gael and is a close associate of the Taoiseach, is to be asked to appear before the Public Accounts Committee to answer questions about Rehab.     

Shatter declines to say if Connolly should appear at committee

Garda confidential recipient says he is considering whether to co-operate with review of Garda whistleblower’s allegations

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Eric Luke
Minister for Justice Alan Shatter. Photograph: Eric Luke

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has declined to say if former Garda confidential recipient Oliver Connolly should appear before the Oireachtas justice committee or co-operate with a review of allegations made by Sgt Maurice McCabe.
Mr Connolly, sacked as confidential recipient by Mr Shatter last month, has said he is “uncertain” about what an appearance by him before the committee would achieve.
Mr Connolly said he is considering whether he will co-operate with a review of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe’s allegations of misconduct within the force being carried out by Seán Guerin SC.
Mr Shatter would not say if Mr Connolly should co-operate with the inquiry set up by the Government.
This week Mr Connolly said he was still bound by the office he held as confidential recipient, and could not comment on any “alleged” or “unverified” conversations between himself and Sgt McCabe.
Sgt McCabe taped a conversation he had with Mr Connolly, and later released this to Independent TD Mick Wallace and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin. Mr Martin and Mr Wallace quoted Mr Connolly as telling Sgt McCabe: “If Shatter thinks you’re screwing him, you’re finished.”
When asked if and why he said this, Mr Connolly, who said he felt a “personal sense of betrayal” that the conversation was taped, replied that he could not say anything because of the confidentiality of his former office.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he assumes Mr Connolly will be able to co-operate with Mr Guerin’s inquiry without breaching confidentiality. However, in response to a query from The Irish Times , Mr Shatter would not go that far.
He was asked if Mr Connolly should appear before the justice committee and co-operate with Mr Guerin’s review and any other investigations that may be carried out by theGarda Síochána Ombudsman Commission.
In reply, his spokesperson said: “These are matters for Oliver Connolly and the Minister does not propose to comment.”
Mr Connolly did not respond to queries last night.

shooting people on both sides fascist funded mercenary snipers or US special forces black op??
Indymedia Ireland

international / anti-capitalism / feature Thursday March 06, 2014 23:08 by fred   text 4 comments (last - friday march 07, 2014 13:58)   image 1 image   video3 video files   audio 1 audio file
Another leaked phone call. This time between the Estonian FM and Catherine Ashton. It would seem to indicate that the same shooters on the rootops in Ukraine were shooting people on BOTH sides.

People have seen this kind of thing before in previous coups by the West such as the attempted coup against Chavez. It was used at the start of the Syria crisis before foreign mercenaries invaded and escalated matters much higher. It is standard operating procedure, dirty tricks 101.
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'I dare you to take my gun!' AK-47-toting Ukraine far-right leader Aleksandr Muzychko tells officials
international / miscellaneous / other press Saturday March 01, 2014 12:55 by Paul Craig Roberts   text 8 comments (last - monday march 03, 2014 02:19)   image 4 images   video 1 video file
Its worth pointing out that Roberts is an associate editor of the Wall Street Journal and a former Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury for Economic Policy, so hes hardly a loony leftie. He is however a Democrat in the real meaning of the word. KM

Reality on the ground in Ukraine contradicts the incompetent and immoral Obama regime’s portrait of Ukrainian democracy on the march. To the extent that government exists in post-coup Ukraine, it is laws dictated by gun and threat wielding thugs of the neo-Nazi, Russophobic, ultra-nationalist, right-wing parties. Watch the video of the armed thug, Aleksandr Muzychko, who boosts of killing Russian soldiers in Chechnya, dictating to the Rovno regional parliament a grant of apartments to families of protesters.

Read about the neo-nazis intimidating the Central Election Commission in order to secure rule and personnel changes in order to favor the ultra-right in the forthcoming elections. Thug Aleksandr Shevchenko informed the CEC that armed activists will remain in CEC offices in order to make certain that the election is not rigged against the neo-nazis. What he means, of course, is the armed thugs will make sure the neo-nazis win. If the neo-nazis don’t win, the chances are high that they will take power regardless. read full story / add a comment
Is State dept scumbag Nuland trying to illustrate current US credibility?
international / workers issues / other press Saturday February 08, 2014 13:01 by fred   text 9 comments (last - thursday march 06, 2014 08:58)   image1 image   video 2 video files
US state dept diplomat Nuland "mutt" and Geoff are caught out nicely, in a hacked and leaked phone call. In what is probably the most brazen feat of brass necked hypocrisy I've ever seen, the mainstream media have tried to make it about how awful the russians are for spying on them. And this after the Snowden revelations!! "Fuck the EU" they say. But by far the worst thing about this is how they treat this uprising they are stoking with the aid of far right fascist thugs trained by NATO on the Russian border, like it's just some sort of a chess game.
And of course the EU don't care much about the insult because they are all on exactly the same page, as the second part of the transcript clearly illustrates. Read on.... read full story / add a comment
international / eu / news report Friday March 07, 2014 21:09 by 32 County Sovereignty Movement   text 1 comment (last - friday march 07, 2014 22:19)   image5 images
An attempt today was made by the 32CSM to hand in the UN submission on the violation of Ireland's national sovereignty to the EPP which was blocked by the Free state police. read full story / add a comment
national / miscellaneous / press release Thursday March 06, 2014 18:00 by 32 County Sovereignty Movement   image 1 image
Carlow, Kildare, Wicklow, Wexford and Kilkenny are now recruiting. read full story / add a comment
international / miscellaneous / opinion/analysis Thursday March 06, 2014 17:17 by Robert Long
Foreign backed coup in Kiev.

This year will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Observing the media of Europe and the U.S one could be forgiven for seeing startling similarities between 2014 and 1914. Imperialist powers and entangling alliances pitting the world into two opposing camps over the fate of a small nation. In this case the autonomous Republic of Crimea. Crimea which is an autonomous region belonging to Ukraine but with an ethnic Russian majority has held the attention of world since the Pro-Russian government of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was overthrown by rioters in the countries capital of Kiev on February 23rd, 2014.
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dublin / eu / event notice Thursday March 06, 2014 12:06 by protester
Tommorrow (fri 7th march) the European Peoples Party will be Gathering in the Dublin Convention Centre ahead of the European Elections .

It will be attended by heads of government, party leaders, ministers, national and European parliamentarians . Its being hosted by Fine Gael. Much of the Political Driving Force behind the European Union or United States of Europe will be in attendance.

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international / rights and freedoms / news report Thursday March 06, 2014 01:45 by Justin Morahan  text 6 comments (last - friday march 07, 2014 18:29)
Three peace activists, Mairead Maguire Ann Patterson and Medea Benjamin were detained in Cairo and deported read full story / add a comment
The revised Workshop Schedule
cork / environment / event notice Wednesday March 05, 2014 21:47 by Corkonian   image 1 image
Shell are sending an engineer down to UCC on Friday to talk about the Corrib Gas Project.
It should make for a lively debate... read full story / add a comment
international / rights and freedoms / opinion/analysis Wednesday March 05, 2014 00:59 by Anthony Ravlich
Major Western Powers invited to New Zealand gives opportunity to advocate a global 'turn-around' by adopting 'bottom-up' emphasis of global ethical human rights (developed in New Zealand) to replace 'near absolute', 'top-down' control of 'neoliberal absolutism'. read full story / add a comment
Peoples News
national / eu / other pressTuesday March 04, 2014 22:06by Gary Boyne   text 1 comment(last - tuesday march 04, 2014 22:18)   image 1 image
PEOPLES NEWS issue no. 100 Date: 3 – 3 – 14
Table of Contents below

THE PEOPLES NEWS contains comment on developments in the EU from an Irish and democratic perspective

Back issues of the newsletter are available from the website

The Peoples Movement Blog
The Peoples Movement Facebook page read full story / add a comment
international / migration / press release Tuesday March 04, 2014 19:18 by CalaisMigrantSolidarity   text 1 comment (last - tuesday march 04, 2014 19:39)   video 1 video file
We are a group of people from different countries and different political backgrounds who are fighting for the right to housing for everyone, whatever their origin. We announce that we have been occupying (now for more than 48 hours), empty and abandoned public buildings in different parts of the town of Calais, and intend to continue these occupations and maintain them as “legal squats” for as long as possible: read full story / add a comment
Wayne Flanagan Tobin and Simon Hall
national / elections / press release Tuesday March 04, 2014 16:33 by People Before Parties   text 1 comment (last - tuesday march 04, 2014 21:53)   image 1 image
In the spirit of Lent, a group of Trinity College, Dublin graduates, co-founders of the “People Before Parties”
initiative, have called on the citizens of Ireland to give up party politics.
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international / anti-capitalism / news report Tuesday March 04, 2014 07:09by New Culture Magazine   image 5 images
Interview with Jose Maria Sison, Founding Chairman, Communist Party of the Philippines
by New Culture Magazine, Communist Reconstruction Union of Brazil read full story / add a comment
national / environment / press release Monday March 03, 2014 22:33 by Friends of Irish Environment

Call on Minister over salmon farm ‘wipe-out’

Simon Coveney is being asked to give the figures of the escapees from the recent storm damage to a salmon farm in Bantry Bay. A written parliamentary question tabled by Clare Daly, TD, is due for reply later this week.

According to the west cork based Friends of the Irish Environment, the farm has effectively been ‘wiped out’.

In a statement released today, the group said that they ‘understand that there are only between 3,000 and 5,000 fish left at a site that held between 160,000 – 180,000 salmon.’

‘Simon Coveney should have known about the extent of the loses since the fish were moved and counted on 19 February and yet his Department is silent on the subject.’ read full story / add a comment
dublin / arts and media / event notice Monday March 03, 2014 10:33 by Dublin Film Qlub
(Je, tu, il, elle)
Dir. Chantal Akerman, 1976
Starring: Chantal Akerman, Niels Arestrup, Claire Wauthion
French (with English subtitles)

sat 15 March 2014
The New Theatre
Temple Bar
Dublin 2
2.30pm (doors open at 2)
day membership: 8 euro
(free tea and coffee) read full story / add a comment
dublin / history and heritage / event notice Saturday March 01, 2014 13:14 by Bumper   image 1 image   video 1 video file
Starting midday Sunday @ The GPO - 16/03/2014 read full story / add a comment
dublin / history and heritage / event notice Saturday March 01, 2014 02:00 by Bumper   image 1 image
Topics to be covered: Internment - Non jury military tribunals - Blanketmen - Hunger Strikes - Executions - Extra-judical killings - The Broy Harriers. read full story / add a comment
dublin / rights and freedoms / event notice Saturday March 01, 2014 01:33 by Bumper   image 1 image
Following on from our well received last debate / forum, we're looking to give more time to the audience to express their thoughts on the many topics that we are bonded by a common cause on. read full story / add a comment
sligo / education / event notice Friday February 28, 2014 21:53 by robert
Thursday, 6th of March, 5.20 p.m. - at IT Sligo, Library Social Zone - book launch of "Negotiating Legitimacy - Rituals and Reflection in Schools" - all welcome. read full story / add a comment
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