Letter to the Editor #1

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A friend has unwittingly given me a new idea. Its as simple as this, have something to give out about? then email me (editor@stephenspillane.com) and have a bit of a rant about something I blog about, maybe its something I missed or something you want to refute. Its up to you. All emails will be published subject to common decency and the law (defamation, copyright etc)

So onto the first of many (hopefully). It is about the Tainiste Mary Coughlan and her dealings with Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary

Dear Sir,

So I’ve been really pissed at out inept minister Mary Coughlan who clearly has no ability to do her job. Were she a doctor, I would sue for malpractice and clear incompetence. however, she works as a civil “servant”, or trade union servant, as I prefer to term them.

What I’m referring to is her pure unbridled stupidity in my opinion and her poor handling of the Dublin Airport dispute where Ryanair want hangar 6.

Admittedly, Michael O’Leary can be a bit of a handful, but this time he has offered 500 (now 300) jobs on a silver platter to Ireland in a time where we are in the toilet financially and economically with massive unemployment, and she has done nothing to secure the deal.

This, in my opinion, is a disgrace.

And also the last straw for this government, in my opinion. So I want to know who the hell i can write to, and also, since you know more about these things than I do, to complain about this….

What I’m looking for in line of a response is, frankly, why she made this decision, the justification for it, and also what she has done in her entire term as minister to create 300 jobs at all.

I am well pissed off.

Steve Uniacke

I advised Steve to write to the Minister and to her Fianna Fail Consituency associates as well as the Enterprise, Trade and Employment Spokespersons of Labour and Fine Gael to get their assessment so he could see would they have done any better. What would you advise him to do?

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Lisbon and Your Rights

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This was posted earlier today as a guest blog on the GenerationYes website

The Lisbon Treaty will increase your rights. The Lisbon Treaty brings in two things which the EU has to take into account when making new directives and regulations. What are these things? The Charter of Fundamental Rights and the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms.

The Charter of Fundamental Rights will bring together all the rights that have come about through EU Laws and judgements. This document will then have the same status as a treaty meaning every thing the EU does must reflect it.

Some say that the Charter is worthless, but if it is worthless why is it too much for the Governments of the UK and Poland?

John Monks, the General Secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation said in a speech to the Irish Congress of Trade Unions in July of this year “it was a step forward compared to existing provisions, for example in relation to the legal enforcements pf the Charter of Fundamental Rights, commitments to full employment, the social market economy and public services”

The Charter sets out your rights in six sections, Dignity, Freedoms, Equality, Solidarity, Citizens’ rights, and Justice. Article 2 specifically protects the right to life, so the charter will not lead to abortion.

The second aspect is that the Lisbon Treaty will allow the EU to sign up to the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. Ireland is already signed up to this and it has brought about a number of human rights for people in Ireland. Having the EU sign up, means that if we think the EU has infringed on our rights we can take them to court. This is an important development for citizens and it means the EU has to be aware of our rights in everything it does.

The EU of course has led to many improvements in Human Rights in this country, in the area of discrimination especially. Equal pay, discrimination in the workplace and other rights protections have been brought in in Ireland thanks to the EU.

So let us keep human rights at the core of Europe and Vote Yes on October 2nd.

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