Author Archives: Joe Higgins TD

Hostages to the Bond Holders!

“Everyone is really a hostage to the bond markets!’ This dramatic statement was made yesterday on Morning Ireland  by Tony Connolly, the Europe Correspondent of Ireland’s national broadcaster, RTE.

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The callous treatment of Laura Ashley workers

Dublin’s Grafton Street has long been a major showpiece for what Ireland’s retailing business has to sell to the public in terms of consumer goods, from a needle, not so much to the proverbial anchor as to the €5,000 designer handbag.

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Let them eat cake, not the crumbs off the table…

Business and media circles are agog at “the most significant development in philanthropy” for many decades. Forty US based billionaires have pledged to give half of their wealth to “charity” while living or on their death.

The “Giving Pledge” was initiated by two men said to be the richest in the world, Bill Gates founder of Microsoft, whose wealth is estimated to be about $40 billion and Warren Buffet coming in at $37 billion.

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Fine Gael’s “New Republic” is a privatised Republic

There is no hint of modesty in Fine Gael’s claims for its future economic and political plans. This is the ‘most ambitious programme for political reform since the 1930s’ according to their leading spokespeople as they proclaim their vision of a ‘New Republic.’ Alas Fine Gael’s ‘new’ Republic would look very similar to the old one which that party had a big hand in fashioning.

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