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Finally Good News October 7, 2005

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At last some good news from the ESRI: Ireland is set for continued economic growth (and there I was thinking that they had been saying for the last 3 years that we were going down but alas we will now continue growth). Also scheduled are jobs booms and lots of other nice things. Thank you ESRI for these wonderful presents. source: Irish Times

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Bill of Health October 5, 2005

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It was announced yesterday that the government is planning to scrap the controversial computerised, health service, payroll system. Initially projected at a cost of Eur 9M the system has now run into the order of Eur 150M in costs. I’m sure that every computer programmer in the country is asking themselves right now: where can I get a contract like that? Even the thought of Eur 9M being paid for a payroll system is completely laughable and sickening to think that tax payers’ money is being spent in such a manner. source: Irish Times

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If that farm isn’t for sale, Minister’s still goin’ buy you a brand new jail October 4, 2005

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It would appear that the Minister for injustice is seeking legislation to cover compulsory purchases of land for prisons. In fairness, how many prisons do we need to warrant legislation? No doubt this is a kneejerk reaction to the recent outcry of Eur 30M being spent on farmland for a new prison and the pointing out of the stupidity and facts by programs such as Primetime on RTE. There was even a quote issued that said

“Nobody can point to 150 acres 10 miles from the city centre which is cheaper to anybody, including the Minister for Justice than that land [at Thornton Hall]”

Is it just me or was there a very well publicised farmland exactly beside the purchased site that was valued at Eur 6M? I’ll never quite understand the ability of this government to deny the undeniable. source: Irish Times

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