Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly, and applying the wrong remedy. ~Ernest Benn

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Tricky Mickey Lowry & Other White Collar Crooks

Tricky Mickey Lowry & Other White Collar Crooks   Chicago’s ‘Irish American News’, August 2018   “What business had they, bringing me here to the special criminal court in Dublin?” wailed dodgy TD Michael Lowry after being slapped very mildly on the wrist with a €25,000 fine for tax offences. Gee, I don’t know, Michael, but let me take a wild guess.  Maybe because they thought, like most of the rest of us and definitely me, that you’re a criminal? But he’s a card, is Michael.  A white-collar card. It’s all apparently a State & Media conspiracy to besmirch the name of a good man, you see.  In fact, he was only short of pulling on a Richard Nixon mask, raising the two fingered V-sign and yelling I AM NOT A CROOK.   Thing is though that I’ve got a soft spot for the late Tricky Dicky and none at all for Tricky Mickey. “Nobody understands unless you are in the position, if you’ve been harassed, chased and hounded by various institutions of the state.  It’s only when you are in that position, and fortunately I had the strength, I had the courage and I had the conviction, blah blah blah….” The strength and the courage… pass me the sick bucket, I do believe I’m about to have a movement. Ah yes, it’s a tale as old as Time:  a good, decent man picked on and bullied by the nasty media.  Amazing how different someone can sound when he’s giving a self-serving public speech compared to when he’s caught on tape, though. Here is Tricky Mickey being strong and courageous with property consultant Kevin Phelan in 2004, concerning a certain £248,624 sterling that the mean old Revenue commissioners were showing an interest in: “I’m asking you Kevin, for fuck’s sake, will... Full Article →

How to Make Further Misery for Children with Cancer

How to Make Further Misery for Children with Cancer Chicago’s ‘Irish American News’, July 2018.   I have a story to tell.  And because it is about a children’s cancer charity that is very dear to my heart, it’s not a good story.  Nor do I think that my tale will have a happy ending. It is a story that is only one of many chapters in the ongoing and very strange Saga of Ireland’s Health Service Executive (HSE). Somewhere along the way the HSE lost its way, you see:  it became not something that helped people, but instead went very consciously out of its way to hinder and harass them; badger and obstruct them; frustrate them and add to whatever miseries they were suffering through. But even by the HSE’s standards – standards that are now so low that you would have to turn over a rock in the ground in order to find them crawling, bewildered and blinking, into the light – this is a pretty low one. This chapter is called: TAKING AWAY FROM CHILDREN WHO HAVE CANCER. Are you sitting comfortably? Then I’ll begin. In 2008 the HSE made a firm, written commitment to help the children’s cancer charity ‘Hand in Hand’ to the tune of €450,000. Now, that’s a very pleasant, melodious tune.  And for a small charity that has its back perpetually to the wall, it was sweet to the ear to learn that they would have a little bit of extra monetary resources to help the kids and families that they care about. €300,000 had come from the closure of another charity which recognised the enormously important work that ‘Hand in Hand’ does.  The remainder was to come from the HSE in what I can only guess had been a sudden rush of... Full Article →

Pain, Confusion, Betrayal…and the HSE

Pain, Confusion, Betrayal… and the HSE   Chicago’s Irish American News, June, 2018.         “Hi Leo.  Today is the eighth of May.  It’s my sons’ confirmation, Seamus and Mario.  “I’m just back getting changed, ready for the party.  But, while I’m putting on a brave face for my children, I’m terrified what my results are going to be tomorrow.  And the fact that two of my children are making their confirmation today… I’m extremely disappointed in how you’re handling this whole affair. “As Taoiseach you are responsible for everyone in this country, to make sure they are safe at night time.  And I wasn’t safe at night time. “Women have died. “Women will die. “…You need to go. Because if you’re not prepared to turn around and say two words to the people involved here — i.e ‘You’re fired’ — then you’re not capable, or trustworthy to actually run this country. “You have one week to start digging out who’s responsible for this scandal.  And you need to tell people they need to come forward if they have the information. “Because if you do not take control of this situation I guarantee you I will help — single handedly if I need to — to upturn your Government.  If I need to go to the UN and ask them to get involved to find out who is responsible for this, I will. “I don’t care if you send me a cheque for five million Euros; I will not let this rest.  The last thing I need to interfere with my children is this unacceptable behaviour coming from the Government. “The Government are employed by the general public, and they can be fired by the general public.” The pain; the confusion; the sense of betrayal; the anger.  All... Full Article →