Archive for August, 2010

Government’s New Social Employment Initiative is a Win-Win for all involved

This new scheme gives participants a higher weekly payment (€210 for 19.5 hours),  allows them the opportunity of taking up work while avoiding the necessity of a means test, improves their own community, whilst at the same time it will combat welfare fraud and partipation in the black market.

Minister Ó Cuív was absolutely correct when he stated  “maintaining people’s  employability through  regular work activity will be important for getting people back into the competitive economy” as the vast majority of people have an innate desire to be useful. This scheme will counter the scarring effects of long term unemployment which make it harder to become reemployed the longer a person is out of work, but also once reemployed, people who have been out of work for long periods of time tend to perform less well than their peers.

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Clarification: No change to Motor tax regime for commercial vehicles

There has been no change in motor tax regime for commercial vehicles.

The Department earlier this month issued a circular on the rules and regulations regarding motor tax for commercial vehicles, following an increase in the number of vehicles switching from private motor tax classes to commercial vehicle classes.

Owners of vehicles currently taxed for commercial purposes face no additional requirements regarding forms or declarations.

The  RF 111A Goods Declaration, which requires applicants to make a declaration the vehicle will be used for commercial purposes, has always been a requirement when first taxing a small commercial vehicle.  One change has been made to Form RF 111A  –   it now requires an applicant who is applying for a vehicle to be taxed at the goods rate to provide a Revenue registration identity number.   This is to help ensure that the appropriate rate of tax is paid.

Circulars on a variety of areas from planning  to councils are issued on a regular basis by the department, and this circular was in no way out of the ordinary.

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Paul Williams Exposes Sinn Fein's Double Standards

Paul Williams, the respected crime correspondent, put the hard questions to John Brady, Sinn Fein’s chief apologist in Co Wicklow.

Williams exposed SF’s jobs protest as nothing more than a cheap political stunt, as Brady was unable to put forward any credible plans for job creation, he also repeatedly avoided the questions put by Williams that linked SF with criminality.

Brady was so rattled by the interview that he was reduced to telling a bare faced lie about myself, by stating I was paid by Fianna Fáil, when everyone knows I am an unpaid volunteer for the party.

The interview can be heard here.

This isn’t the first time Brady has run away from answering the hard questions, as earlier this year he refused to comment on the  accusations of a link between Gerry Adams and the brutal murder of Mrs. Jean McConville, a mother of ten children. Traditionally the response of Sinn Fein and in particular of Cllr. Brady and his colleagues has been to adopt a stony silence when asked to respond to the type of revelations which have recently been made in this case.

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Debate needs to change to 'what can be done'

My letter published in today’s Wicklow People

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Ivor Callely should go, and go now

RTE Drivetime – Discussing Ivor Callely with Philip Boucher Hayes

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