Take heed of Bible lesson
A bite of Apple and Ireland falls from Paradise, if only there was some precedent we could have learned from...
Windfall should not be refused
The view of Minister Noonan on the €13bn owed on tax is not shared by the majority of people in this country and should not be appealed.
It would go a long way in our health service and in helping the homeless.
Yet Michael Noonan is prepared to spend millions of Irish taxpayers monies to ensure that Ireland does not get €20bn from Apple.
Who in their right minds would consider opposing such a windfall?
We had to bail out the bondholders out of taxpayers, suffered years of austerity, yet when it comes to multinationals, they are treated with kid gloves.
This government is no different to the last, it is once again letting the people of this country down
“Donald Trump sat on the wall,
Donald Trump, he had a great fall,
Now all the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Could not put Donald Trump together again!”
Were Apple given favourable tax terms?
The answer is almost certainly yes. Sweetheart deals were done by Irish governments and of course our tax officials had no choice but to honour whatever was agreed, therefore Apple can say they broke no Irish tax laws.
The EU Commission has found otherwise but the most alarming thing is the Government want to rush to appeal the judgement to appease Apple, when just a couple of years ago, the then Minister Phil Hogan wanted to follow householders to the grave for property tax.
The country was bankrupt, they declared, the country’s banks hounded those in arrears through no fault of their own.
Now we are being told we do not want any taxes of the €13bn that are due.
When the EU imposed a fine on our Single Farm Payments and demanded money back off small landowners, the Government rushed to penalise farmers for land that was always theirs.
The Government didn’t rush to appeal that EU ruling either.
The Dáil should be recalled immediately to have this seriously discussed.
My biggest worry is that if a FF coalition or FG coalition government gets their hands on this sum: the recklessness of spending will be frightening.
Neither are capable of controlling such money as they have proven in the past.
An independent panel should be set up for fair distribution and politicians should be excluded.
Feed the poor
In the world today we have food oversupply and starvation.
The two problems don’t seem to make sense when put together. Many must be asking how can this be?
I believe there is one solution that can solve both problems.
That is give away the portion that we overproduce for free.
The producer shouldn’t get paid for this portion of food.
The irony is that this proposal would help to maintain a decent price paid back to us farmers for our produce by getting rid of the over supplied food.
This food should be labelled free food and direct it those in this world most in need and even those in need in our own country?
I feel strongly that this could happen if it were backed by farmers, Government and our farming leaders.
Let’s just say this theory was put into practice two years ago and 3% of food was given away to those badly in need, it could have stabilised price to us dairy farmers and many other sectors which have crashed in that period by well in excess of 45% in some cases.
It could have also saved many thousands of lives in the world.
It would give farmers the encouragement to produce more food and would get rid of the expense of the food mountain by feeding people who are starving.
Farmers could maintain or compete with other sectors when it comes to income to keep our young people in farming producing safe food and giving them a decent living from farming.
I met a friend and his first remark was “I was at a birthday party last night”, adding swiftly “a lot of bloody nonsense”.
On reflection, I wondered about them. Birthday celebrations tend to bond relationships and enhance connectedness among families.
A birthday is neither an ideology nor a philosophy; it is not even a state; it is each ones indelible registration mark for life.
Each birthday can be comparable to starting an annual climb of a 12 rung inspirational stepladder.
It is an index of the past 12 months successes or failures, joys or sorrows, and, a powerful incentive to press on, regardless.
After a long string of birthdays, I had a special celebration for my most recent one.
The humorous cards and texts from spouse, friends, children and grandchildren were inspiring enough to put my head in a whirl on recalling the title of Johnny Logan’s International Song Contest winning number “What’s Another Year”?
Whatever is said about a wane in religious practice, one thing is certain. Birthday celebrations - a true barometer of faith in the future, were never more popular.
It’s good to hear that on October 10, Shannon airport is being used for the transit of 1,500 animals being sent by Bothar to Rwanda for genuine humanitarian reasons.
Well done Bothar and all concerned with this air shipment.
Forty dairy cows, 260 pigs, 200 goats and 1,000 chickens will be a significant boost to the many women in Rwanda who were made widows in that dreadful genocide in 1994, while the international community, especially the United States, stood idly by.
Since 2001, about three million armed US troops, probably at least twice that number of weapons have been transported through Shannon airport and Irish airspace on thousands of US military aircraft.
Shannon airport has received no real benefit from all this illegitimate military misuse that has probably seriously damaged the very good reputation that Shannon airport had achieved over previous decades.
It’s overdue time to restore this good reputation to Shannon airport, and restore Irish neutrality, by ending the refuelling of US military aircraft at Shannon.
End the slaughter
I was awoken in the very early hours of this morning by the sound of relentless gunfire, which shattered the silence of the normally tranquil countryside surrounding my home.
It was the first day of September.
Open season on several of our beautiful wildfowl species.
As I lay there listening to the slaughter unfold, all hope of sleep long abandoned, I got to wondering what kind of dysfunction afflicts the hearts of the individuals who all around me were happily blasting living creatures to smithereens.
And what kind of society are we that we continue to tolerate the issuing of licences to these people so they can indulge their bloodlust?
Given that KIA are the official car sponsors to The Olympic Council of Ireland is it true that Pat Hickey is looking for a new KIA RIO?
Ending the war
It is not enough to say that Assad has to go in Syria. Why does he have to go? Because he is such a monster? Because there are too many Syrians who will fight to the death rather than accept him? How does anyone know that? Is there any other reason?
There will be no peace in Syria without serious cooperation between America and Russia.
It seems clear there will be no peace process if America lays down the law on Assad.
Russia is not insisting that Assad stay in power.
It says it is not a matter for outside powers to dictate either way.America must work with Russia in Syria and nothing, including Ukraine, justifies its refusal to do so.
In tandem with that they could work for ceasefire and elections. America has no right to say Assad cannot take part. Assad has significant support in Syria.
Is it not very likely that there is a significant number among anti-Assad Syrians who are war weary and will accept his inclusion on the ballot paper for the sake of peace?
Theresa May must drop the demand that Assad has to go.
She must then use UK influence to persuade Barack Obama to do the same and get started on a serious drive to end this catastrophe in Syria.