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    #16
    I don't normally like Miriam Lord's stuff in the IT, but she's spot on with this little tidbit today. I know that Noonan can't take all the tough decisions to heart, or it'd kill him. However, having seen him speak in person a few times (both on and off the record), I find his smirking demeanour and almost cavalier attitude to these things quite off-putting.


    "There he sat, Fine Gael’s very own pin-striped Buddha, radiating contentment as the others did their stuff around him.
    There was a brief interview with Mairead, who made reference to tomorrow’s budget. Nearly all done?
    “Aaah, there’s bits and bobs, ya know,” he smirked. Like what? “Some bells and whistles.”
    How they laughed.
    Although after the budget, somebody will end up paying for those little bits and bobs. And one man’s bells and whistles could represent another’s financial breaking point."

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/polit...e-in-1.1559566
    Biffo ate my future.

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      #17
      He's an absolute smug wanker. As bad as Willie is he's not a patch on the horrible the fat toad from Loghill.
      We'll engrave your name in gold, as we did in days of old.
      Roll along lovely Axel, roll along.

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        #18
        Jebus those videos remind me of this ..

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          #19
          Linkage
          Noonan to announce range of harsh cuts in budget

          Pensioners to lose phone allowance and prescription charges to see big increase

          A raft of harsh measures such as ending the monthly telephone allowance for pensioners, a hefty rise in prescription charges, a 8-point rise to 41 per cent rise in Dirt tax and scrapping the mortgage interest supplement payments will be included in the €2.5 billion budget to be announced today. In late negotiations yesterdays, culminating with a late-afternoon meeting of the four-Minister Economin Management Council, agreement was finalised on dozens of measures that will realise €900 million in additional revenues in 2014 and more than €1.6 billion in cuts.
          The Cabinet will hold a final meeting at noon today in advance of Minister for Finance Michael Noonan presenting the budget at 2.30pm in the Dáil. Some of the major adjustments were made public over the weekend. They included the decision to reduce jobseeker’s payments to €100 for new entrants under 25 (the current cut-off age is 22), with those aged 25 getting €144.

          The age requirement for the full rate of €188 has been increased to 26. A new bank levy worth €200 million to the exchequer will also be announced.
          It was also confirmed that that free GP care will be available to all children five and under (at a cost of €40 million).
          The pupil-teacher ratio which looked likely to be adjusted upwards has also won a reprieve.
          Other major changes confirmed to The Irish Times yesterday include:
          The scrapping of the €9.50 monthly telephone allowance to pensioners;
          Dirt tax on savings interest to be increased from 33 per cent to 41 per cent, yielding €100 million to the State;
          An increase in prescription charges from €1.50 to €2.50, the second successive rise in that charge;
          The discontinuation of the mortgage interest supplement for new entrants from January with a phasing out of the scheme over four years (current cost is €77 million per annum);
          Between €170 million and €200 million in cuts in the Department of the Environment, most in housing, although homeless funding is being protected;
          The introduction of the Rent-a-Book scheme in primary schools, with funding to be found through cuts in other areas in the Department of Education;
          A cut of €5 million in the overall amount paid by the Department of Social Protection from €59 million to €54 million for the 410,000 television licences held by pensioners. RTÉ will have to bear the cost of the reduction.
          The overall adjustment will be made up of some €900 million in new taxes as well as a total of €1.6 billion in cuts across all 15 Government departments. Government sources said that the overall figure for cuts in Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton’s department has fallen to €230 million compared to the €440 million figure from several weeks ago. This has been made possible, said the sources, from a number of revenue-raising measures, particularly the targeting of fraud and social welfare abuse.
          While the telephone allowance has been cut, sources said all other allowances for pensioners – including free travel, gas and electricity allowances, and the TV licence – would remain unaffected.
          The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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            #20
            Bend over, grab your ankles, and prepare for some pain.
            Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue,
            Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!

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              #21
              So I guess I'd be better off getting to the motor tax office today before any increase .
              When their numbers dwindled from 50 to 8, the other dwarves began to suspect Hungry

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                #22
                Why would you take money off the sick? It beggars belief
                So I walked as day was dawning
                Where small birds sang and leaves were falling
                Where we once watched the row boats landing
                By the broad majestic shannon

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                  #23
                  Originally posted by Cougar Moon View Post
                  Why would you take money off the sick? It beggars belief
                  Because its easy, they are useless for turning up at protests
                  My computer thinks I'm gay
                  What's the difference anyway
                  When all the people do all day
                  Is stare into a phone

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                    #24
                    Originally posted by John Cooper Clarke View Post
                    Bend over, grab your ankles, and prepare for some pain.
                    Before Noonan slaps a tax on pain. At least that is still free.
                    Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                      #25
                      Originally posted by Cougar Moon View Post
                      Why would you take money off the sick? It beggars belief
                      The poor, disadvantaged and sick are least likely to vote. Easy money....
                      Excellence is hard to keep quite - Sherrie Coale

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                        #26
                        All this an we're still borrowing €1,000,000,000 a month!
                        Yorn desh born, der ritt de gitt der gue,
                        Orn desh, dee born desh, de umn bork! bork! bork!

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                          #27
                          A friend of her's has just bought a 60k new bmw. He was proud to tell her that he bought it cash. If he's happy to lose 10k in depreciation in 12 months why can't he be happy to pay 60k plus a say 2k "social distribution charge"
                          So I walked as day was dawning
                          Where small birds sang and leaves were falling
                          Where we once watched the row boats landing
                          By the broad majestic shannon

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                            #28
                            Originally posted by Cougar Moon View Post
                            A friend of her's has just bought a 60k new bmw. He was proud to tell her that he bought it cash. If he's happy to lose 10k in depreciation in 12 months why can't he be happy to pay 60k plus a say 2k "social distribution charge"
                            Because that's not how it works. Social distribution charge? Don't say that too loudly Cougar as Baldy Noonan might hear and think it has merit
                            Problem with social distribution, it's the phukers who milk the social would get the Lions share of the spoils. Those who are most in need are more often those who don't get. Fair play and good luck to yer man & his new car, the Govt will have stiffed him for a fair wedge in VRT etc.
                            Begrudgery is a peculiarly Irish disposition
                            Con Artist

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                              #29
                              As Valencia said they will have taken 20k+ from that car price, another 2k either way will make little or no practical difference. Communism / Socialism is a failed ideology across the world and will not be coming back
                              My computer thinks I'm gay
                              What's the difference anyway
                              When all the people do all day
                              Is stare into a phone

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                                #30
                                Originally posted by Piquet View Post
                                What's the rate of the "Idle Speculation Tax"?
                                Speculators pay no tax in Ireland, in fact they are usually subsidised by the rest of us. That's why they're idle.
                                Munster – Champions of Europe 2006, 2008, 2020.

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