Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s Speech In Dáil Eireann Today 7/2/2013:
“I wish to make an important announcement for the information of the House.
The Government has met in the last hour to consider a proposal from the Minister for Finance to once and for all remove the Promissory Notes relating to the former Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide Building Society. This proposal follows the conclusion of discussions between the European Central Bank and the Irish Government. When Fine Gael and Labour formed a new Government in 2011, we promised to renegotiate the bail-out programme inherited from the previous Government to secure a fairer and more affordable solution to our banking and sovereign debt crises. In particular, we committed to replacing short-term, emergency Central Bank lending secured against the Promissory Notes used by the previous Government to bail-out the worst Irish banks with longer term, more affordable financing that reduces the burden on Irish taxpayers and restores confidence among other potential investors in Ireland.
The Promissory Notes represent, in this Government’s view, a highly onerous and unfair legacy of the banking crisis. Under this Promissory Note arrangement put in place by the previous Government, Irish taxpayers due to pay €3.1bn next March and every March until 2023, and declining payments until 2031, to cover the massive private losses of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide.
Including interest costs, the lifetime cost of the Promissory Note would have been almost €48bn. I am pleased to announce that today, Ireland has reached a conclusion to its discussions with the European Central Bank that delivers on our commitment to put in place a fairer and more sustainable arrangement.
This is the outcome, the liquidation of the Irish Bank Resolution Company, as legislated for by the Oireachtas this morning. The remnants of Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide, stains on our international reputations and dents to our national pride, have now been removed from the financial and political landscape. Their closure bookends a tragic chapter in our country’s history. The annual Promissory Notes payments are gone.
North Tipperary Fine Gael TD, Deputy Noel Coonan has welcomed the announcement that the application process for funding under the Department of the Taoiseach’s Communicating Europe Initiative has commenced. Groups eligible to apply for funding include voluntary organisations, education bodies and civil groups.
“I am encouraging all voluntary organisations, education bodies and civil groups to submit proposals to the Communicating Europe Initiative (CEI) for funding of projects aimed at increasing public awareness about the role that the EU plays in our daily lives,” explained Deputy Coonan.
“In addition to hosting the Presidency of the EU for the first six months of this year, we are celebrating 40 years since Ireland joined the European Union. Since joining, we have benefited in a number of ways, such as gaining access to new markets for our growing export sector, support for our farming communities and financial assistance to build new roads and public transport infrastructure. Adopting new standards in social protection and labour law has also helped make Ireland a fairer and more equal place to work and live,” continued Deputy Coonan.
The 2013 awards for funding under the CEI will be bestowed on projects which encourage citizens to actively engage and participate in the debate on their future in Europe.
Proposals will be assessed under the following criteria:-
Events which promote public conversations and debate – at local or national level Cultural and media projects that explain Ireland in Europe and Europe in Ireland- at local or national level Projects or events designed to celebrate the European Year of Citizens Events that celebrate Europe Day on Thursday May 9th
“I look forward to seeing some of the great ideas that people will be submitting to the CEI,” concluded the local TD.
The winner of last Wednesday’s National Lotto jackpot, with the winning ticket sold here in Thurles, Co Tipperary, collected their cheque today.
The winners who scooped a massive €10,613,747 are a long playing lotto family syndicate here from Tipperary and have chosen, as is their right, to remain anonymous.
The family members, according to breakingnews.ie, told Lotto administrators today they had been playing for years and now plan to clear their bills and take a nice holiday.
An earlier rumour, fanned by The Sun newspaper, that Tipperary hurling star Lar Corbett was the winner, after he had refused to confirm or deny the reports, was denied by the hurling great on Twitter earlier today and broken by Tipp FM radio.
All eyes will be watching now to see who goes on holiday in the near future.
Surprise, surprise, Iarnród Éireann (God Bless Them) has discontinued the early morning train service previously operating on the Limerick to Ballybrophy line, as part of their new timetable, despite the government having agreed to boost the funding of our public transport system by an extra €36 million last year, stating then that the extra cash boost was necessary to ensure public transport services remained operational.
Use It or Lose It
This 5.05am Limerick-Dublin service, which stopped in Nenagh at 06.04am, Cloughjordan at 06.23am and Roscrea at 06.43am, has now been terminated together with the 16.05pm Limerick to Ballybrophy and 18.20pm Ballybrophy to Limerick via Nenagh services. This move by Irish Rail now reduces the number of Nenagh to Dublin via Ballybrophy train alternatives, to just two services each way per day.
Local campaigners had called on all would-be commuters to “Use It or Lose It,” when the early morning service was first introduced in March of last year, however the service, which according to Irish Rail cost some €1,000 per day to operate, failed, (due to commuters failing to get out of bed at 4.00am,) to attract sufficient users and has now therefore been withdrawn. Local campaigners blame unacceptable delays and an unworkable timetable, which set impracticable targets, as the main reasons for this failure & thus termination of the service.
“Gateways to Ireland,” Continue To Benefit From Tipperary Taxes
A €3.7m funding package has been announced to improve transport links in and around Galway city. This funding will be spent on walking, cycling and public transport links for the city’s commuters. North Tipperary Junior Transport Minister Alan Kelly states that €1m will be spent on a redesign of the city’s train station with a pedestrian link to the coach station. Bus and cycle lane demand will be now assessed and the possibility of developing a “Greenway,” will also be fully examined.
Remember the recently introduced Leap Card or integrated ticket system solely for Dublin based commuters & which cost at least €55 million of taxpayers money to produce? Surprise, surprise again, Dublin children can now travel for free on the LUAS at weekends during February, March and April of this year, it has been announced yesterday. This latest generous offer, which has just been announced by the National Transport Authority and LUAS management, allows adults with valid tickets to bring up to two children under the age of 16 on this tramway with them. We are told that this new initiative is one of a number of transport fare initiatives being rolled out for Dublin during 2013.
This initiative will also of course apply to LUAS lines here in Thurles, oh yes, pardon me, I forgot, we do not have a tram service in Thurles as yet, cancelled mainly due to our eleven year delay in being granted a ring road. It will possibly come as a shock to the National Transport Authority, LUAS management and Junior Transport Minister Alan Kelly, but University Students countrywide have been riding your LUAS, Rail & Buses for free, since Stephenson built his “Rocket,” way back in 1829.
One other item of good news announced last week however, much to the delight of Tipperary Septic Tank owners & taxpayers, was the welcome revelation that some of our rural contributions to State coffers are to be spent on a €20 million make-over for Dublin’s National Gallery of Ireland. The tendering process will start presently and it is hoped to begin refurbishment work during this summer, with a view to having all the work completed in time for the 1916 centenary.
Of course “this 1916 rising centenary crack,” has little to do with Co Tipperary, well except of course for at least three of the total seven signatories of the 1916 Proclamation all having strong Tipperary links. I remind you of Thomas McDonagh who was born in Cloughjordan Tipperary. Latter a poet, playwright, teacher, soldier and signatory of the 1916 Proclamation, which proclaimed our now now new IMF Republic. He then had moved to Dublin to study, and was the first teacher on the staff at St. Enda’s, the school he helped to found, with another signatory Patrick Pearse. Then of course there was the mother of Thomas Clarke, latter the person most responsible for the 1916 Easter Rising. His mother was Mary Clarke (Maiden-name Palmer,) from Clogheen, Tipperary. Next there was James Connolly, another signatory who founded the Irish Labour Party in Clonmel Tipperary in 1912. Then there was Dan Breen born in Grange, Donohill County Tipperary, and his Soloheadbeg incident which was the first opening act of the same Irish War of Independence. Ah sure I could go on and on, but enough said. Just watch out, my friends, the big “1916 Centenary Party,” will be financed & held exclusively in An Pháil. One hopes that those participating in 2016 will not be spat on by a Dublin populace, as were those forced to surrender in 1916.
As you can gather from the above facts, none of the “Dublin Subsidises,” & “Fiscal Transfers,” gifted from our urban capitol, to Tipperary’s rural red-neck backwaters, (as recently highlighted and bitterly resented by Olivia Mitchell TD,) has yet to arrived here to Co Tipperary.
Sure maybe Olivia Mitchell TD is correct in her predictions, same transfer of funding from urban to rural areas would appear grossly unfair and God forbid could even become a permanent danger to future urban / rural social cohesion.
All joking aside, rural Ireland is being forgotten, the urban man is getting the oyster, while the rural red-neck must make do with the shell.
There was just one winner of last night’s National Lotto jackpot, with the winning ticket sold here in Thurles, Co Tipperary.
The lucky winner purchased a single €6 ‘Quick Pick,’ ticket, scooping last night’s jackpot worth a reported €10,613,747.
The €6 ‘Quick Pick,’ ticket was sold yesterday from Scanlon’s Newsagents, situated in Liberty Square in the town centre and bore the lucky winning numbers 3, 8, 11, 23, 27 and 33, with the bonus number 36.
Local newsagent, Mr Vincent Scanlon, today claimed he has no idea as to the identity of the lucky recipient, but believes that there is a very good chance that the winner is someone from the local community, here in the town.
There were more than 67,000 prize winners in last night’s Lotto draw, with no winner of the Lotto Plus 1 or Plus 2 top prizes.