Archive for January, 2008

Taoiseach Doesn’t Mind Being Called a Liar

Even by his own high standards of garbling the English language, Bertie Ahern excelled himself yesterday with this reply to a Dail question about his taxes:

It is not correct, and if I said so, I was not correct, I cannot recall if I said it, but I did not say, or if I did, I did not mean to say it, that these issues could not be dealt with until the end of the Mahon tribunal. That is not what Revenue said.

After a few more mangled sentences from the Taoiseach, Labour Party leader Eamon Gilmore responded somewhat more clearly:

We will need to examine the written record to parse the Taoiseach’s exact statement, but there is no parsing necessary in a headline that appeared in the Irish Mail on Sunday of 30 December, which stated: “Bertie lied about tax”.

Gilmore then wondered whether Ahern was going to sue the Irish Mail on Sunday for calling him a liar. This led to this intriguing exchange: >>> (more…)

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January 31, 2008 at 1:27 am Leave a comment

Musical Interlude

Just to take my mind off all of this Tribunal business, let’s have a musical interlude. This is the Henry Rollins Band singing Liar.

January 31, 2008 at 12:38 am Leave a comment

The Case for a Secular Irish Constitution

The preamble to the Irish Constitution includes at least two untruths: that all authority of both men and States comes from a fictional being called ‘the Most Holy Trinity’, and that the people of Ireland have obligations to somebody called ‘our Divine Lord, Jesus Christ’.

Actually, all authority (in the sense of legitimate power) comes from agreed relationships between people, and not from any gods that some of those people imagine to exist.

And the people of Ireland have no obligations to Jesus Christ, who may or may not have existed in the Palestine of two thousand years ago, but who is certainly not the ‘Divine Lord’ of four million citizens in the Ireland of today. >>> (more…)

January 30, 2008 at 5:37 am 7 comments

Bertie Ahern at the Tribunal Part 1

Ahern Laughing

Recent opinion polls show that most Irish people do not believe that our Prime Minister has given a full account of his finances, while being questioned under oath at a Tribunal set up by our national Parliament. This is, or at least should be, a very serious issue in a normally functioning democracy. Over the next while, I will summarise and comment on Bertie Ahern’s evidence to the Tribunal.

This first post covers the evidence that Mr Ahern gave on the morning of his first day of questioning, on the 13th of September 2007. It shows that, from the beginning of his evidence, Mr Ahern was delaying the work of the Tribunal on the day itself.

It also shows that, despite claiming publicly that he was fully co-operating with the Tribunal, Mr Ahern had privately been seeking to limit its enquiries, and that by March 2006 he had still not given the Tribunal information that it had first started looking for in October 2004.

Here are the details. >>> (more…)

January 29, 2008 at 2:07 am 5 comments

Monday Quiz 32 – DNA and Christmas Breaks

On this week last year (January 28 to February 3, 2007):

  • Why did the Gardai have to drop charges against a man suspected of rape, despite DNA evidence matching his own being found at the scene?
  • What major Irish institution returned to work after a six-week Christmas break?
  • A new law was proposed to curb pyramid schemes. How many people lost how much money in the previous year in pyramid schemes in Cork, Kerry and Clare?
  • What Irish film won an Award at the Sundance Film Festival?
  • A report revealed that how many Irish births are delivered by Caesarean Section?

Click here for answers: >>> (more…)

January 28, 2008 at 12:00 am Leave a comment

Endangered Irish Species – Only One Exists

There is only one female Methodist electrical trades worker in Ireland, only one single person aged 85 or over who has had eight children, and only one teenager who is married following dissolution of a previous marriage. Based on the latest official census figures, here are 25 endangered Irish species (although they could also be new species just evolving in Ireland): >>> (more…)

January 27, 2008 at 11:34 pm 1 comment

Irish Clubs with Exactly 1,000 Members

There are exactly 1,000 married people in Ireland aged 85 or over who have had eight children, and exactly 1,000 single people living in Prosperous, County Kildare. Based on the latest official census figures, here are fifteen exclusive Irish clubs with exactly 1,000 members: >>> (more…)

January 26, 2008 at 11:03 pm Leave a comment

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