Tuesday, 11 September 2012


  • Hit the young – cut the education budget. 
  • Hit the old – cut home-help hours, attack the free-travel pass. 
  •  Hit the sick – cut the healthcare budget, frontline staff and services badly affected. 
  •  Hit the most vulnerable – cut the Special Needs budgets across the board.
  •  Hit the poor – introduce universal tax after universal tax, from increased VAT to Home Tax
  • Hit the political class – slash numbers, salaries, allowances, pensions at national & local level.  
  • Hit the high earners – introduce (even temporarily) a third rate of tax. 
  • Hit the multi-national corporations – increase (again, even temporarily) the tax rate. 
  • Hit the overpaid in the upper echelons of the public sector – take on the Croke Park agreement and reduce numbers, salaries, pensions and conditions of those in upper and middle management.
  • Hit the Irish Financial Services Centre, one of the many centres in which international money-laundering and multi-national tax avoidance is enabled and where the only ‘markets’ that now seem to matter live and thrive – even a minimal tax on every transaction would be a major boost to our coffers. 
  • Take on the big oil exploration companies, rewrite the licenses for oil/gas exploration, our oil and gas.
  • Reform the social welfare system – there HAS to be a floor, and current base-line rates shouldn’t be touched; there should also be a ceiling, a maximum going into any household. Further, there should also be real incentive for people to return to work, with benefit transition periods etc.Invest in public infrastructure – broadband, water distribution, roads, railways, schools… 
  • Biggest challenge of all - take on the ECB. Oh yes, take on the ECB, expose them to the world for what they’ve done in forcing on Ireland a bank bailout policy that even the EuroZone leadership now acknowledges has failed, and demand repayment to this state of the €69.6bn (that’s over €15,000 for every resident), which that policy has so far cost us.
Easy decisions, tough decisions. Since their election in late February 2011, and despite all their tough pre-election promises and their hollow post-election spin, this Fine Gael/Labour coalition government has followed exactly down the line of the failed Fianna Fáil/Green government they succeeded and taken only the easy decisions.

The Ballyhea/Charleville Bank Bondholder Bailout Protest relates specifically to the final item in the above lists. For 80 weeks we’ve been marching against that ECB-enforced extortion of tens of billions from the Irish people. On October 1st, for example, AIB (which we own 99.8%) pays an unguaranteed bond of €1bn. This year, 2012, the total will be just short of €20bn; next year it’s another €17bn. 

Enda, Michael and the rest say they’re taking the tough decisions – let’s see them take on the ECB. This Sunday, September 16th, week 81, timed to coincide with the reconvening of the Dáil, we begin a three-day Crusade to demand that Enda Kenny do just that. We would appreciate support along the route, which is as follows:

11.30am: Ballyhea, meet as usual at the church car-park and do the usual march;
12 noon: Charleville, meet at the Library Plaza, do the usual 15-minute march;
1pm:       Adare, meet at Dunraven Arms, 15-minute march;
2pm:       Limerick, meet at the Crescent, march to end of O’Connell Street.

10.45am: Nenagh, meet at the Courthouse, 15-minute march towards Dublin;
11.30am: Roscrea, meet in the square in front of AIB bank, 15-minute march out Dublin road;
12.30pm: Portlaoise, meet at roundabout near Garda station, 15-minute march towards Dublin;
2pm:       Kildare, meet near Bride St/Dublin St. junc., march towards Dublin;
2.30pm: Newbridge, meet near College Park/Main Street junc., march towards Dublin
3.30pm: Naas, meet in centre of town, Newbridge Road/Main Street junction, march towards Dublin;
5.00pm: Bray, meet at the Civic Offices beside Mermaid Arts Centre on Main St., march at 5.30.
7.30pm: Dublin, meet at O’Connell Bridge, march to GPO and issue our own Proclamation.

1pm: Begin to gather at Garden of Remembrance.
2pm: March to the Dáil, meet Enda Kenny or Michael Noonan, or if not, hand in a letter demanding
         they stop repressing and start representing the people who elected them.

Regards, Diarmuid O'Flynn.


  1. Hi Diarmuid,
    The initial part of your text appears in symbol font up to your last bullet point. Can you fix? I will then share

  2. Why not have the protest at the weekend, then people who have jobs but who are pissed off can actually go?