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    Another Bertie Electioneering stunt!






    Lead headline in the Sunday Business Post this morning.


    @@@@SPAN ="line">Ahern orders major public-service review@@@@/SPAN>


    @@@@SPAN ="date">07 January 2007 @@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN ="author">By Pat Leahy@@@@/SPAN>



    @@@@SPAN ="deck">The government has ordered the most wide-ranging review of the public service ever undertaken, with a view to a radical reform of the way public services are delivered.@@@@/SPAN>

    @@@@SPAN ="deck">Taoiseach Bertie Ahern will announce today that he has asked the Paris-based think-tank, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), to report on how the public service in Ireland compares to other countries and to make recommendations for future reform.

    The initiative comes at a time of growing public concern about the quality of public services in Ireland, despite increased investment in the past decade. Opposition parties have vowed to make public services the major issue in the forthcoming general election.@@@@/SPAN>


    @@@@SPAN ="deck">The review is the first of its type in the history of the public service, although the OCED has conducted sectoral reviews on various aspects of Irish administration, especially education, in the past.

    Writing in today’s Sunday Business Post, Ahern warns public servants that he expects major reform to result from the OECD exercise: ‘‘There may be some stark messages for us arising from this review but we should be prepared for them and be prepared to make the hard decisions which reforms often require.”

    The OECD will be asked to examine how various parts of the public service relate to one another and how decisions made at political level are implemented - or not - at the level where the public interacts with service providers.

    The government will announce three departures in the public service today:

    a system of ‘health checks’ to examine the organisation and operation of agencies and departments is to be piloted

    a new ‘leadership initiative’ will promote greater interaction and mobility with private sector personnel and

    a more detailed system of measuring the performance of the public sector on an ongoing basis is also to be introduced.

    Today’s announcement comes ahead of the conclusion of the second public sector benchmarking process, which is expected to be completed in the second half of this year.

    The last benchmarking process returned an average pay increase of 9 per cent for public servants in return for some reforms of work practices. @@@@/SPAN>


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    @@@@SPAN ="deck">Now for the bad news - this is simply an electioneering stunt. The OECD has been told not to addressthe massive inefficiencies that will arise from the loss of literally thousandsof years of corporate knowledge due to up to 90% of experienced staff having to leaving their parent Department under the Government's absurd decentralisation policy.@@@@/SPAN>


    @@@@SPAN ="deck">The extract below is from the newsletter of the Staff Association for senior Civil servants @@@@/SPAN>


    @@@@SPAN ="deck">@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN ="deck">http://www.ahcps.ie/newslettersissued/AHCPS%20December%20200 6%20Newsletter.pdf@@@@/SPAN>@@@@SPAN ="deck">

    The official data on decentralisation applications is interesting. There are 7,200 civil service jobs to be relocated from Dublin and there are 9,135 applications which, on the face of it, is officially represented as a great success. The problem, however, is that only 4,275 Dublin based staff [the overwhelming majority from other Departments and some not in the neces
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    Get ready for more pre-election stunts. In April 2002, Bertie promised delivery of the Ennis Bypass if he got in again. In fairness, it will be finished before before the next election AND it only took 28 years. It was first mentioned in 1979.
    "This was the performance Ireland had been threatening all championship but had only managed to produce in fits and starts. Defeats at the hands of France and Wales had put paid to their title aspirations, never mind a Grand Slam, but yesterday’s emphatic 24-8 win shows that this is a team moving in the right direction."

    The Irish Times after Ireland beat England at Lansdowne Road on 19/03/11

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      #3


      well you can hardly blame bertie for the fact that it was first mentioned in 1979!
      g\'wan bruff!!

      ``The answer is not heavy- handed regulations that crush the entrepreneurial spirit and risk- taking of American capitalism. That\'s what\'s made our economy great.\"
      -Barack Obama


      \"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics\"
      -thomas sowell

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        #4
        Why not was he not signing blank cheques around then?
        Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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          #5


          well actually no he wasnt


          it must be awful for ye,knowing that we're only 6 months from aFF led governmentbeing re-elected into power for another 5 years. i almost feel sorry for ye![img]smileys/biggrin.gif[/img]
          g\'wan bruff!!

          ``The answer is not heavy- handed regulations that crush the entrepreneurial spirit and risk- taking of American capitalism. That\'s what\'s made our economy great.\"
          -Barack Obama


          \"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics\"
          -thomas sowell

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            #6
            Tell me and I'm thinking back to my school days long ago I was always told never sign a blank cheque. We have Bertie who possibily studied at a very important school in the UK (no papers boss sorry) signing cheques, CJH had it rightthe most cunning of them all. If he was on fire I would not ask my kids to piss on him.
            Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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              #7
              im sorry you feel that way.looks like you'll be bitter and angry for the next 5 years so.maybe you should just come to accept it,it'd bea weight off your shoulders
              g\'wan bruff!!

              ``The answer is not heavy- handed regulations that crush the entrepreneurial spirit and risk- taking of American capitalism. That\'s what\'s made our economy great.\"
              -Barack Obama


              \"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics\"
              -thomas sowell

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                #8
                Yeah Bruffian, he was probably only learning from the maestro how to sign blank cheques back then.

                No shortage of buildings to house the new invisible civil servants at the various locations by all accounts either. Roscrea is an interesting one.

                A building has been built, and anecdotal word has it that a 30 year lease has been signed by civil defence for quite some time now. Well whatever department civil defence is a part of anyway. Furthermore, the OPW have been there to upgrade the building, installing huge outside shades to shelter the civil servants - still invisible - from the glare of the sun on their computer screens whenever they arrive.

                That's the word on the street in Roscrea at any rate.

                Of course need we clarify it even, there is no suggestion of favouritism or inside tracks or the like in any of the above, although, the cynic would likely think that such antics would embarrass a Banana republic dictator.

                Hello friends in Brussels. Baldy here

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                  #9


                  No I have no gra anymore for any party but anybody who spends 200 euro aday of tax payers money on make upshould really shake those trees harder. I'm just sorry that you cannot see that your party that you support is being lead by a....





                  t - leaf
                  Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                    #10


                    ah yes the make up argument, because as we all know when enda gets into power he'll never wear make up,pat neither or trevor ,they wouldnt think of it. typical spin doctoring by an opposition that doesnt have a clue whats going on.has no real policies,and whos only way chance of getting into government is by bringing up ridiculous arguments like "hes wearing make up,payed for by the tax payers"


                    now if enda and pat and trevor came out and made a public policy statement that if they ever get into government that they would not wear any make up,then i might take them more seriously.although knowing that lot ,they'd probably disagree on that aswell!!
                    g\'wan bruff!!

                    ``The answer is not heavy- handed regulations that crush the entrepreneurial spirit and risk- taking of American capitalism. That\'s what\'s made our economy great.\"
                    -Barack Obama


                    \"The first lesson of economics is scarcity: There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics\"
                    -thomas sowell

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                      #11
                      You miss my point. No interest in voting next ellection, my father when I turned 18 said you need to vote people died for the right to vote. Bertie and co have made a mockery of belief.
                      Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                        #12


                        Originally posted by Clubman


                        A building has been built, and anecdotal word has it that a 30 year lease has been signed by civil defence for quite some time now. Well whatever department civil defence is a part of anyway. Furthermore, the OPW have been there to upgrade the building, installing huge outside shades to shelter the civil servants - still invisible - from the glare of the sun on their computer screens whenever they arrive.

                        That's the word on the street in Roscrea at any rate.


                        The decisionto decentralise 40 civil servants to Roscrea was taken by Defence Minister Michael Smith (North Tipp)in February 2000.


                        The 35 Civil Defence staff finally arrivedthere last summerand Minister Willie O'Dea officially opened the building in September 2006 - and a very fine building it is too.








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                          #13





                          Bertie's latest election stunt sees him becoming a granddaddy to two unfortunate, innocent children - Rocco and Jay (short for jailbird?).


                          Two more potential FF appointees to cushy State Boards in another 20 years or so.
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                            #14


                            In all fairness, talking about doing good for the country. He commissions a study and outsources it to another country.


                            Very patriotic Bertie. The clock is ticking ! [img]smileys/wink.gif[/img]
                            "Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too ?" - Douglas Adams

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                              #15
                              Theres no reason to complain about election stunts. Even FG, who's pre election tactics include having two young pesky kids question their leader's ability, would use these. Those kids done such a good job as well that the idea of giving Enda my vote is well and truly thrown out the window.
                              Yeah with one foot in the grave and one foot on the pedal, I was born a rebel

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