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Should Capital Punishment Be Reintroduced?

—— The Ballad of Reading Gaol ——

“They stripped him of his canvas clothes, and gave him to the flies.
They mocked the swollen purple throat and the stark and staring eyes.
And with laughter loud they heaped the shroud in which their convict lies.

The Chaplain would not kneel to pray by his dishonoured grave,
Nor mark it with that blessed Cross that Christ for sinners gave,
Because the man was one of those whom Christ came down to save.”

[An extract taken from Oscar Wilde’s last work, before his destitute death in Paris at the age of 46, “The Ballad of Reading Gaol”, latter published in 1898, under the name C.3.3 (Oscar Wilde’s own prison cell number). ]

Hanging, for the purposes of execution, is the suspension of a person by a ligature tied around their neck, and was a common method of capital punishment since medieval times, while still remaining the official execution method in some countries.

Oliver Cromwell’s Head

In Ireland today, due to a rise in criminal behaviour, media outlets often report on calls by individuals to reintroduce hanging. Indeed, in recent weeks one elected representative and one legal expert in Co. Tipperary, have both supported the idea that gun possession for rural dwellers is now essential, intimating the ridiculous notion that each person in their own right, is entitled to become judge, jury and executioner all rolled into one.

Oscar Wilde’s famous poem, (extract above) when read in full, demonstrates the effect on prisoners of a condemned man waiting in their midst.

Prior to the early 1800’s, the crimes of:-  Robbery; Arson; Burglary; Coining; Highway Robbery; Attempted Murder; High Treason; Horse Stealing; Murder; Rape; Sheep Stealing; Sodomy; Theft (including from letter post, boats and dwelling houses); Uttering (latter the crime of passing forgeries, e.g. counterfeit coins and notes)  were all punishable by hanging.

Legislation under the ‘Chalking Act’ of 1778, permitted the hanged body of a person who killed or maimed with intent, to be handed over to surgeons for anatomization (separating into fine particles)  or basic dissection.

In 1823, British Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850) influenced by Quakers Elizabeth Fry (née Gurney, “the angel of prisons”) and her brother Joseph John Gurney; reduced the number of offences for which convicts could be executed, by over 100 previously prescribed offences.  Robert Peel who helped to create the modern-day police force, introducing ‘Bobbies’ in England and ‘Peelers’ in Ireland, later served twice as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, first elected MP for the Irish rotten borough of Cashel, in Co. Tipperary, when he was just 21.  Seven years later in 1830, his replacement, Lord John Russell, abolished the death sentence for horse stealing and housebreaking.

On Friday 3rd September 1658, Oliver Cromwell then aged 59, died of septicaemia at Whitehall, in central London. On the 30th January 1661, after the restoration of the monarchy and on the 12th anniversary of the execution of Charles I, his supposed body was exhumed from Westminster Abbey, and subjected to a posthumous execution by being hanged at Tyburn. Later taken down from the scaffold and decapitated, his body was thrown into a pit beneath his gallows. What remained of his head was set on a spike above Westminster Hall. This pole with spike attached on which the head was impaled, broke off during a storm, falling into the grounds of Westminster Hall.

It is understood that a sentry found it and hid it in the chimney of his house, ignoring a considerable reward for its whereabouts. In the meanwhile, it reappeared in 1710 on public display in the ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’ owned by Claudius Du Puy, a French-Swiss calico printer who also ran a museum of freaks and curiosities. On Du Puy’s death in 1738 the head passed through various hands; including the Hughes Brothers, who put it on public display in Bond Street, charging two shillings and sixpence to view it.

It took until the 25th March 1960, before the head was finally reburied in Sidney Sussex College Chapel in Cambridge, inside an airtight container with just a few witnesses present.

Capital punishment in Ireland was prohibited in statute law in 1990, having been first abolished in 1964 for most offences, including ordinary murder.

Two questions remain for debate; (1) Do we really wish to return to those dark uncivilised days of yore? or (2) Do we feel that those elected to form our laws have let us down with regard to the punishing of those committed to continuous criminal behaviour?


Ireland’s Snake-oil Merchants Remain In Control

Car Drivers categorised as Learners who drive unaccompanied could see the real owner of the car imprisoned for a duration of six months and or a €2,000 fine, if new proposals approved by our minority collision Government Cabinet becomes law. These new measures proposed would also give Gardaí the power to impound vehicles, on the spot, if same are found being driven by an unaccompanied learner.

Minister Shane Ross, that Independent politician who currently serves as Irish Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (since May 2016), has confirmed that the new amendments will be included in the Road Traffic Amendment Bill, which is due before the House as early as next Tuesday.

Minister Ross, yes, the very same individual who supports plans of invading North Korea on a diplomatic mission to halt a nuclear Armageddon involving America and North Korea; supported by buddies Junior Enterprise Minister John Halligan, and Disability Minister Finian McGrath; envisages that this new legislation will pass into law, before politicians go on their expected 5-week Christmas recess.

Will Opposition Parties support this nonsense?
Let us take a look at An Garda Síochána’s Traffic Statistics hereunder for this year, 2017, to date.

To date, in 2017 some 130 people most regrettably have lost their lives on our Irish roads.  Of these we are informed that some 13 people, holding learner driver permits have been killed, 11 of whom we understand were driving unaccompanied by a qualified driver.

Logically, we therefore can conclude that of the 130 now deceased road users, 119 were holders of full permits or were accompanied by persons with qualified driving experience and holding full licences.

AA Ireland believe these new laws will be hard to enforce, where the misdeeds of one could end up punishing the innocent, or merely encourage those offending to become liars in courts of law, e.g. “I took the keys without the car owners permission, Your Honour.”

The real facts are that these new laws are being updated to benefit over populated areas, e.g. in 2016, Dublin (21 deaths) and Cork (21 deaths) had the highest record of road fatalities, while rural Carlow had no road mortalities. The Government therefore stands accused of criminalising people of all ages, especially those residing in rural areas, where young and old are trying to juggle college or employment, to assist in paying for education or ensuring food appears daily on the table. Here also in these rural areas many people have lost public transport facilities in their area, and are forced to use often a borrowed vehicle on which they are a named driver for insurance purposes. Delays in waiting times for Driver Testing are also criminalising those seeking educated, or attempting to obtain employment in the county.

Key findings from the 2016 Pobal HP Deprivation Index (Haase & Pratschke, 2016)
(1) Income levels are continuing to grow much more strongly in Dublin than other parts of the country with rural towns with a population under 5,000 benefiting less from the Irish economic recovery.
(2) Affluence is highest in the urban peripheries and gradually declines as one moves towards rural locations.
(3) Dublin has fared the best over the past 10 years, being less impacted by the effects of the recession, as well as disproportionately benefiting from the recent years of recovery.
(4) Small towns (1,000 – 5,000 people) have been the worst affected over the past ten years, being disproportionately hit by the recession and benefiting less from the recovery than the most urban and the most rural areas.

While we have every sympathy for individuals and their families, who have lost a loved one in a motoring accident, it should be remembered that almost 1 in 4 of all those deceased drivers and passengers are found to be not wearing a seatbelt.  Take a look at the figures, shown above, for ‘Driving while Intoxicated’; ‘Mobile Phone Use’ while driving, and of course ‘Speeding’.

The introduction of a new €2,000 motoring fine, must surely be recognised as a further tax gathering scam by this government. If it is not, then why has a rule not been put in place where all cars propelled by L and N plated drivers, must be regulated by a Speed Governor.

Today, believe it or not, BMW, Audi, Volkswagen and Mercedes-Benz limit their production cars to a speed of 250 kilometres per hour (155 mph). So, why are not cars; propelled by L and N plated drivers, limited to 96.56 kilometres per hour (60mph), during the time these plates are required for display purposes? Why are motorists who are caught speeding, (latter a danger to fellow motorists and Learner and Novice drivers) not forced to put Speed Governors on their cars for a 12-month period, instead of receiving a fixed charge fine of €80, together with 3 penalty points? No, there is no revenue to be gained from the installation of Speed Governors.

Obviously, Mr Ross is more under pressure to invade Mr Kim Jong-un’s North Korea, than he is interested in solving real basic problems in his own Transport Ministry.

By the way, it is also interesting to note, (not that it matters in today’s numbed society) but there were 140 deaths among our Irish homeless population over the four-year period, between 2011 and 2014, (54 homeless men and women died in 2014 – a rate of more than one a week, and 4 in just one week of the current year), none of which were found driving cars.  No quick financial solutions with our minority government here then, but perhaps we could also fine or imprison their family members.

Next election perhaps we as voters might place out ‘tick’ in the box of a real legislator, instead of selecting ‘headline grabbing’, ‘snake-oil merchants’, as one of our governing 158 overpaid public reps.


Migrant Fairies Escape To Tipperary

As one eye said to the other, “Don’t look now but something between us smells.”

Graffiti, it’s everywhere in Thurles; on every Street; on the Doors and Walls of trading business premises; on Electrical and Telephone interconnecting thingamajig metal casings; Car Parks, River Suir Walkway walls, Signposts, the new Source Theatre and yes we know who is responsible, armed nightly with ladders, it’s ‘The Fairies’.

[Music used with this video hereunder is appropriately called – “King Of The Fairies” ]

Down in Co. Kerry that celebrated and wise old Teachta Dála (TD) Mr Danny Healy-Rae spotted it first, claiming ‘The Little People’ or the fairies were interfering with roads.

He claimed fairy mounds (or ‘Liosanna’) were impeded by the National Roads Authority in the area of the main Killarney to Cork traffic route, resulting in a surface dip mysteriously re-appearing on a regular basis.  Those living abroad may not be aware that Fairy forts and prehistoric Tumuli (ancient burial mounds) were seen by previous generations of Irish people as the entrances to the fairy world. Even the cutting of a ‘Sceach-thorn’ bush (Whitethorn) on fairy mounds was punishable by these “Good People”, resulting often in the death of all who performed such acts.

When Graffiti first appeared in Thurles, many of our residents believed that Banksy, the anonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, and film director of unconfirmed identity, had come amongst us to reside. Local Banksy experts within Tipperary Co.Co., however, quickly confirmed that this doodling was not his work; claiming instead that this was the mere scrawling of some 6 of our 2,569 Thurles town unemployed persons, armed with ladders, lending further credence to the well known phrase, “the devil finds work for idle hands”.

However a ‘leaked document’, recently seen by this website and emanating from a prominent Tipperary Councillor, rejects this belief, claiming that this graffiti is the work of ‘migrant fairies’; foreign nationalists if you will; latter forced to flee across the border from persecution in Co. Kerry.

This Councillor in his statement, claims that proof; (as if further proof was needed), is that these fairies are totally invisible, with the Thurles closed-circuit television (CCTV), (which cost one hundred thousand Euro to install just 3 years previously), now unable to visually capture the images of these fairies at work, due to night fog.

This leaked document also states that despite efforts by Tipperary Co. Co. to attract employment to Thurles, through the Industrial Development Authority (IDA), alas no site visits by the latter have as yet materialised.  This we understand is not due to the lack of broadband speed, nor the fact that Tipperary hospital patients are the worst affected by overcrowding, in the country and most likely to die in an ambulance.

Keep it to yourselves but the remarks reported by one senior official in the IDA and quoted in this leaked document, states; “The town of Thurles looks like shit, and those on paid salaries and tasked with the job of upgrading its profile, are believed to be either dead or in deep slumber”.

To those politically motivated individuals who will send me emails in the coming days, claiming that I am showing Thurles in a poor light; I say get out of your SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle), your BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Lexus, Audi, Ferrai or Porsche; come, take a walk on the wild-side.


It’s A Good Friday For Pubs & Restaurants

Legislation to end the 90-year old prohibition on pubs from opening on Good Friday, has now passed all stages in Seanad Éireann.

The Intoxicating Liquor (Amendment) Bill was introduced by Independent Senator Billy Lawless. Senator Lawless of course sold his family’s dairy farm in the late 1970’s, and was running several bars and hotels in Galway by the early 1990’s. Today he claims that a message has been sent to the world that “Ireland is a pluralist, globalist, forward-thinking country”, and has made yet “another progressive step in Ireland’s long journey in the separation of Church and State”.

Of course ‘Binge drinking in Ireland,’ according to Senator Lawless, is caused by the sale of low cost alcohol from certain licensed premises.  [I agree Senator, sure is not low cost sales of Cocaine the reason for compulsive, out of control, use of drugs.  Ops, no, sorry, Senator, a Cocaine habit I believe is very expensive, and funding of same leads to most of the crime currently being committed in today’s pluralist, globalist, forward-thinking country, where Seanad Éireann little by little remain hell bent on successfully separating Church from State.]

Senator Lawless pointed out that the new legislation will apply to all pubs and restaurants, and licensed premises will be able to open on Good Friday, after this Bill is passed through the Dáil, before being signed into law by the President.

Perhaps Seanad Éireann would be better off introducing a Bill correcting issues such as the 1,200 children living in Direct Provision In Ireland, whose human rights as children have been negatively impacted. In thirty years time will this issue become yet another 21st century ‘Magdalene Laundry scenario’, seeking justice under yet another expensive Commission of Investigation.

Perhaps we should remove Good Friday from the list of Church Holidays altogether, and make it just another normal working day for bankers, post office workers and civil servants, thus completing the further separation of State from Church.


Who Hath Ears To Hear, Let Him Hear

“Who hath ears to hear, let him hear,”  –  Gospel of St. Mark Ch. 4: V. 9.

One afternoon an Irish politician was riding along in his chauffeur driven Ford Excursion, 14 Seater Stretched Limo, when he spotted two homeless men sitting on the roadside apparently eating grass.  Having ordered his driver to stop, he got out of his vehicle to further investigate.

He addressed both men, “Why are you eating grass?”

“We don’t have any money for food”, the homeless men both replied in unison “We have to eat grass”.

“Well, then, you can come with me to my house and I’ll feed you”, the TD said. “But sir, we both have wives and a total of 12 children with us”, stated the homeless men, “You can see them over there, starving under those trees”.

“Bring them along also” the TD replied.

Having crammed 4 children into the vehicles trunk / boot, the other 12 homeless individuals climbed aboard the interior of the plush 14 seater.

Once under-way, one of the homeless men turned to the TD sitting up front with the driver and in expressing his gratitude stated, “Sir, you are too kind. Thank you for taking all of us with you”.

The TD replied “Glad to do it. You’ll really love my place – I didn’t get a chance to cut the one acre of lawn to the rear of my home so far this year, and the unspoilt grass there is almost one foot high!”