Government To Pay Christmas Welfare Bonus

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Nov 122009
 

The government will be paying out a Christmas bonus to welfare claimants after all, though with a few minor adjustments.

To help meet costs, the poor, the old and the sick have been excluded from the scheme, in favour of the newer claimants: bank investors, bondholders and senior management.

This Christmas sees the introduction of the biggest welfare payout in history as the Irish government pays €54 billion for the banks’ bad assets to save the institutions and their owners from the consequences of their greed.

The government expects €20 billion of this to be written off over the lifetime of the scheme, but hopes to cover the cost by closing schools and hospitals, slashing healthcare budgets, eliminating public services and allowing the infrastructure of the country to crumble.

Success is by no means certain at this point, but it is hoped that the international bondholders and the Irish management of the banks will feel no pain at all as a result of their dishonesty.

Three cheers for the Irish taxpayer!!

  25 Responses to “Government To Pay Christmas Welfare Bonus”

Comments (25)
  1.  

    As ever, well said Bock

  2.  

    Too True

  3.  

    Welcome to the beginning of the new dark age?

  4.  

    Very well put Bock. Is there still no hope of a revolution in the streets? Makes you wonder how we ever managed to kick the Brits out.. Maybe we’d have been better off to have left it alone..

  5.  

    King’s Bard Revolution? You are of course joking. The Peasants whine over the notion of Strike’s . Soon they shall whine from hunger. The Golden Circle rule, it seems less than three thousand of them, We should piss up another few million on an election to put the same shit back in power.

  6.  

    -King’s Bard
    “Very well put Bock. Is there still no hope of a revolution in the streets? Makes you wonder how we ever managed to kick the Brits out.. Maybe we’d have been better off to have left it alone..”

    The only reason we got the Brits out was because it was in someone’s interest to get them out. I’d say we’ll only see Fianna Fail out of government when it suits somebody have Fine Gael in office.

  7.  

    The Brits got out when they met De Valera, they knew they were leaving Ireland in tha hands of someone who would fuck us in more ways than they could ever imagine. Fianna Fail, especially the current crop have carried on this tradition of fucking the country in their own self interest, at least if the Brits were running things we wouldn’t be getting fucked by NAMA, the EURO & the EU as well as Fianna Fail.

  8.  

    BOCK I appreciate where you’re coming from and I compliment your restraint. I however am livid, absolutely fucking livid. And that’s because, as you so succinctly put it in this post, the vulnerable in our society are being burdened once again in favour of the buddies of Government Ministers.

    To cause the death of another is more than just a simple crime but even knowing this I believe that bringing such to every scumbag in Dáil Eireann may possibly be justifiably argued for now.
    As for those who didn’t bother to turn up for the chance to vote no – well they are deserving of worse, if such is possible.

  9.  

    Ah but you cant expect the illustrious ones to go without their caviar and champagne and settle for a five euro bottle of wine and a ten euro turkey from Lidl this christmas.That would be cruel inhumane and degrading treatment.Anyhow their pampered guts could probably not hold down peasant food.So be reasonable remember they are not like us.

  10.  

    William how true. Our betters deserver everything they get. Because they are worth it!
    Molotov Cocktail anyone?

  11.  

    Molitov Cocktail?? No thanks! It’s Mai Thais for me on a sandy beach in Southeast Asia..50 cents a pop..
    The real problem as far as I can see is that on the”night of the long knives” at the back end of last year when the bankers came crying and threatening to Lenihan and Cowan the two Brians caved in and guaranteed the losses of the banks. From that moment on the inevitability of NAMA was also guaranteed as at this stage the failure of the banks would be equally disastrous. If the Brians had told the bankers to fuck off and sort out their own problems we wouldn’t be in this mess now.

  12.  

    Put totally straight Kings Bard, Was so tired last night found myself watching end of Late Late Show ! The two couples who were on one of whom had their house repossed this week and have to vacate in 10 days, with 4 small kids, The other couple said they will keep fighting it and pay what they can.
    That was heartbreaking, What will the banks do with those houses anyway ? I asked myself, would someone buy a house that a family had been evicted from by a bank ? thats fairly shocking to me.
    These scenes that will be seen, homeless families, while the money they earned and paid is going to the people who knew the consequences and said fuck it anyway, Nama was passed in the Dail, Nobody invaded this country with more disregard than the present Government.
    Personally i could’nt care less about Christmas but it really is the icing on the cake, their timing and actions, I’ve said it before we’re a very quite people.

  13.  

    I’d have to agree with KB. Everything follows from the night the bankers doorstepped Brian and Brian.

  14.  

    Bock, I read of the plight of the Gaels and my feelings are not of the noble kind towards those who use them as cash machines. May I put forward an outlandish suggestion, since the government no longer needs the loyalty of the citizenry then the citizenry no longer needs the government and can choose whom they show loyalty towards. Suggestion! Donegal being held to the NAMA REPUBLIC by a sliver of land opts out and declares itself independent and goes into union with Norway. The advantages are to put it mildly tempting. I will in my modest way act as advisor to the Donegal citizenry as to how to gain acess to Norways treasury enriched as it allready is by revunue rightly owned by the Irish. Norways fishing waters will be opened up for Donegal fising and that,s just for starters. Limerick could then apply for membership and Bock would be prime minister. Using Bock,s common sense in economic matters Limerick would thrive. The concept of Ireland being a republic has perhaps survived itself. Looking forward to a state visit to Norway by Bock.

  15.  

    Charles..the only problem I see is I dont think Norway would be foolish enough to link up with a deadbeat corrupt shithole nation like Ireland!!.Not unless they were interested in national self destruction.

  16.  

    William, I immediatly withdraw my sugesstions.

  17.  

    We’re in unchaaarted wathers, and if the banks were good enough to stick by us and give us 110% mortgages a few shaart year ago then what classes of gobshites would we be not to give them 110% now? Hah?

  18.  

    Chairman and C.E.O.? the Government have shown their true colours. Glove puppets of the Bankers. The arm so far up their arse it is now coming out their mouth.

  19.  

    A pre budget modest proposal to the Minister of Finance .
    Cull the old aged.
    Tax birth.
    Deport all not born in Ireland (including all Ambassadors and staff )
    Tax windows (there is precedent )
    Print a cook book for Children. They being the main ingredient .
    Dean Swift where are you when we need you now.

  20.  

    ‘Three cheers for the Irish taxpayer!!’ Sickening! Did you know that since the budget the PRSI changes mean that once a person hits €500 they pay 4% on the first €127 euro and 8% on everything else – 127 up to €1443 , as opposed to if they earn 499 euro – they pay nothing up to €127 and 4% of the balance of €127 to €499.
    http://www.welfare.ie/EN/Publications/sw14_apr09/Pages/ClassA.aspx

    And check out the rates for public sector employees! Absolutely sickening.

    This means say for example you earn close to €500 and you do some overtime you will be asking not to get paid for it because if you do you will take home less than your normal salary. How ridiculous is that.

    Would be fairer to have it incremental – 8% on everything over 500.. not 8% on the lot once you hit 500. But then again what’s fair about the Irish government.

  21.  

    Charles o’Rourke:

    Donegal being held to the NAMA REPUBLIC by a sliver of land opts out and declares itself independent and goes into union with Norway. The advantages are to put it mildly tempting. I will in my modest way act as advisor to the Donegal citizenry as to how to gain acess to Norways treasury enriched as it allready is by revunue rightly owned by the Irish. Norways fishing waters will be opened up for Donegal fising and that,s just for starters.

    Believe me, us Donegal- dwellers would find this offer massively attractive. We would love to share, as citizens, in the concept the Norwegians perfected, of citizen ownership of the fish and the oil in the sea – we would immediately be wealthy, and be part of a resource management system that works. The only thing our own government has allowed us citizens to own is a giant NAMA Black Hole of debt.
    In addition, they have removed all cancer services (what’s left of them after NAMA) utterly beyond our geographical reach. Just read there was an increase of 100 in the number of breast cancer deaths in 2008 over 2007. Expect the Southern-Centres-of-Hexcellence plan to produce an ever higher death toll in coming years, especially in Donegal. Yes, Norway, please, please adopt us.
    (Apologies, Bock, if that last bit went off-topic.)

  22.  

    Spot on Bock. You would make a good economist. Unfortunately there will be no economy left after the Fianna Fail Bastards. Pity there isn’t a crime of treason here. We could behead them all.

  23.  

    Did you know that Sean Doherty , who was minister for justice in one of Haughey’s regimes, approached the Garda Commissioner for a legal opinion on the proposal that persons who opposed Haughey could be charged with treason ?

  24.  

    Excuse me?

  25.  

    It was mentioned in TV3s ‘Taoiseach’ as an example of Haughey’s Napoleonic complex

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