Yesterday I wrote about Joan Burton’s visionless political pedigree most clearly exposed by her hypocritical attitude to coalition with Sinn Fein.

Here’s how I think a political leader operating outside the narrow-minded, corrupt, self-serving system under which Burton forms her political views would respond.

Tubridy: Mr. Sheridan, as leader of the New Ireland Party would you go into coalition with Sinn Fein?

Sheridan: Let me be absolutely clear on this question. What you are really asking me is – Do I think Sinn Fein has cut itself off from all paramilitary involvement, do I think the party now operates as a fully fledged legitimate democratic political party?

My answer is a resounding – Yes.

And I am not alone in this view. The United States, the United Nations, the European Union, the Unionist community in Northern Ireland, the Queen of England and the vast majority of citizens in the Republic, Northern Ireland and the UK also hold this view.

The only group of people who refuse to accept this political fact are the leaders of the mainstream parties in this country.

So yes, we would go into coalition with Sinn Fein if both our parties could agree on a reasonable and comprehensive programme of government particularly on economic policy.

Tubridy: But what about Sinn Fein’s violent past, what about the other mainstream parties who have rejected Sinn Fein because of its terrorist past? What about Joan Burton’s assertion that there remains a nexus between Sinn Fein and the IRA? Are you not worried that Sinn Fein may use that nexus to bring down the state?

Sheridan: Joan Burton’s claim that there remains a nexus between Sinn Fein and the IRA is very serious. If the claim is true then there could be very serious consequences not just for the citizens of the republic but also for those in the UK and indeed for the Peace Process itself.

To my knowledge there is no evidence whatsoever for the claim but if Ms. Burton is in possession of such evidence then she has a duty to make it public and forward details to the relevant authorities.

Tubridy: Do you think such evidence exists?

Sheridan: No.

Tubridy: Then why do you think she and indeed all the other mainstream party leaders continue to make such claims?

Sheridan: Political fear of Sinn Fein’s success, nothing else. Instead of accepting Sinn Fein’s bona fides like the rest of the world the mainstream parties have retreated into the dark cave of hypocrisy.

On the one hand they declare to the world how delighted they are with the Peace Process and praise Sinn Fein’s contribution while on the other they claim that Sinn Fein is still connected with terrorism and the IRA.

This political strategy is as weak as it is insulting to the intelligence of citizens of Ireland and the rest of the world. It is also an indication of how bankrupt the Irish political system is of real courage and vision, something that is absolutely vital for the future of our country.

Tubridy: Have you any advice for Joan Burton on this question?

Sheridan: Yes, as a new party leader and Tanaiste she has a golden and once in a political lifetime opportunity to make a real difference for her party.

By simply announcing that the Labour Party now accepts what the rest of the world accepted years ago she would immediately remove her party from the dark cave of hypocrisy leaving Fianna Fail and Fine Gael to hug each other in their cold political idiocy.

By accepting political reality Ms. Bruton would also elevate her position as a political leader and provide her party with a huge political advantage in negotiating what form the next government takes.

Tubridy: What are the chances that she will go down that road?

Sheridan: Zero.

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Tanaiste and leader of the Labour Party Joan Burton is a less than ordinary political leader.

She is, like the vast majority of Irish politicians, a creature of our intrinsically corrupt political/administrative system.

She has no vision whatsoever for Ireland and its people.. She is, like the majority of politicians, so much a part of the rotten system that’s she’s completely unaware of how desperate citizens are for a leader who will destroy that system and replace it with a genuine democracy.

Her recent appearance on the Late Late Show where she was questioned about her attitude to coalition with Sinn Fein confirms her political ignorance and ineptitude. (My analysis appears in brackets).

Ryan Tubridy: Would you go into coalition with Sinn Fein?

Burton: I believe Sinn Fein still has questions to answer. There’s a nexus between Sinn Fein and the IRA.

(There is no nexus between Sinn Fein and the IRA. The entire world has accepted this fact and have moved on. The mainstream and backward Irish political system refuses to accept this fact preferring to operate where’s it’s most comfortable – in a self-serving bog of hypocrisy).

Tubridy: Give me one question they have to answer.

Burton: Well, I never felt the armed struggle and killing people were necessary.

(Tubridy is asking her to provide a fact, she dishonestly replies with an irrelevant opinion).

Tubridy: But you know there was a peace process?

Burton: And I am a very strong supporter of the Peace Process.

(It’s hypocritical and illogical to reject Sinn Fein while at the same time claiming to be a very strong supporter of the Peace Process given that Sinn Fein is a major pillar of that process. If Burton was honest she would reject the Peace Process on the grounds that Sinn Fein still has questions to answer).

Tubridy: So what’s your problem?

Burton: The issue is in terms of Sinn Fein in government, their economic policies for instance.

(Again, dishonestly avoiding the question by changing the subject).

Tubridy: That’s got nothing to do with the armed struggle.

Burton: You have to look from a range of factors, I would have been in my twenties when all of the violence broke out.

Tubridy: All in the past.

Burton: No, no, I make democratic choices, I don’t like violence.

(Once again dishonestly avoiding the question).

Tubridy: Do you support the administration in Northern Ireland?

Burton: Absolutely.

Tubridy: So how can you expect, an hour and a half up the road, a Sinn Fein party to sit with the DUP and yet here you say Sinn Fein are not fit for government.

Burton: What I’m saying is that Sinn Fein have questions to answer.

(The circle of hypocrisy is complete).

Burton is already a failed political leader because her visionless mindset is the exact same grey colour as all the other mainstream political leaders in Ireland.

Tomorrow I will publish how a visionary, progressive political leader would respond to the coalition with Sinn Fein question.

If Joan Burton ever gets to read my view she will be utterly bamboozled because she will be attempting to read a language that she has never learned.

Copy to:
Joan Burton

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Did you wake up Saturday morning worrying about how the UK Orange Order was coping with the prospect of an independent Scotland?

No, neither did I but RTE insisted on informing us that a UK Orange Order parade was taking place in Edinburgh in support of the NO vote.

How many Irish citizens even know, or care, that a UK Orange Order exists?

It’s all part of RTEs chronic obsession with all things Northern Ireland.

When Paisley died Friday morning, RTE went into meltdown. Even though they’ve been preparing for his death for years they still panicked.

At 1250, regular transmissions on radio one were suspended. They simply couldn’t wait another ten minutes for the scheduled news broadcast.

It’s been pretty much RTE Paisley radio since then.

The entire One O’Clock news, Liveline, Drivetime. Six One News, Nine News – all effectively dedications in honour of a man whose greatest talent was his ability to fill others with such hatred that they willingly went out and brutally murdered fellow humans in the name of his particular god and country.

The RTE Paisley show continued on the Marian Finucane Show Saturday morning with at least one scheduled item cancelled in order to tell the nation, yet again, what a great man the bigot was.

No prizes will be awarded for guessing the content of RTEs This Week programme later today.

So what about Paisley’s home country, how did the UK media react to his passing?

Channel 4: No mention whatsoever in the headlines. May have been mentioned later but clearly the event was not seen as earthshaking.

ITV: Paisley’s death was the third item on the evening news.

BBC 4: His death was the fourth, and last, item on the headlines.

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The bigot Paisley has headed off and already he’s been praised for his part in the Peace Process. That makes him the 920,253rd contributor.

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The former Secretary General at the Department of Justice, Brian Purcell, resigned from his office on 28 July last.

Purcell resigned following a damning report that found a ‘closed, secretive, silo-driven culture’ at the department with ‘significant leadership and management problems.’

I rang the Dept. of Justice today for an update on Mr. Purcell’s position and experienced that closed, secretive culture at first hand.

I eventually got on to a civil servant who has not yet being infected with the secrecy virus.

Official one:

Me: Has Brian Purcell being reassigned yet?

Official: You’ll have to put that in writing.

Me: Why, it’s a very straightforward question. It’s public knowledge that he’s being reassigned. I just want to know has he been reassigned yet.

Official: I’m not privy to that information. I don’t know, I couldn’t answer that.

Me: Could you put me in touch with somebody who can answer my question?

Official: You’re going to have to send in any requests in writing, it’s an office policy here.

Me: Where does that office policy come from?

Official: It’s our own office policy, it helps us keep track of what’s coming in.

Me: So you’re telling me the Dept. of Justice doesn’t answer any questions whatsoever unless they are in writing.

Official: In this office it has to be in writing.

Me: Really, does your office have that rule in writing?

Official: I’m only new at the job here so….

Me: Ok, but you are making a statement about the office policy which is very important.

Official: I don’t want to give you any information that’s incorrect.

Me: Ok, could you put me on to somebody who can tell my about your office policy.

Official: Can you hold the line for a second?

Me: Yes, thank you.

The official transferred me to another office.

Me: Has Brian Purcell being reassigned yet?

Official: No, not yet.

Me: When do you expect that to happen?

Official: The post has been advertised and the closing date is 18 September so it won’t be before then.

Me: Thank you.

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Former Environment minister Phil Hogan is a liar. We know this by simply looking at the facts surrounding the establishment of Irish Water.

When the €50 million consultancy fees scandal broke Hogan effectively denied he knew anything about the details.

He claimed he was merely aware of the overall cost.

It’s not my job, (it actually was his job) it’s a matter for Irish Water, I allow the professionals to get on with their job.

Junior Minister Fergus O’Dowd supported the Minister saying that neither he nor the minister were sent the information regarding the €50 million.

We now know that Hogan signed off on a document which outlined in great detail the costs involved in setting up Irish Water.

The document in question was signed by Hogan and bore the stamp – Seen and approved by the Minister.

Now this stamp/signature is very important. It exists to protect civil servants from being blamed for making decision without authority. It exists to prove that a Minister has read and is fully aware of very important details on any particular matter.

Some journalists have suggested that perhaps the Minister signed the document but didn’t actually read the details. This doesn’t wash.

Seen and approved by the Minister means he has read and approved the entire document.

He did therefore, by his own admission (his signature) read and approve the documents and was, by extension, fully aware of all its details.

In other words, Hogan micromanaged this issue right down to his signature.

His denial of this fact makes him a liar.

But in common with most politicians Hogan is not worried about any possible consequences. His arrogance overrides any such concerns and his arrogance is justified – there won’t be any consequences.

Neither is he alone in his lying. Lying is an ingrained part of Irish political culture. Lying during elections, lying to constituents about favours, lying under oath – all part of the gombeen culture that destroyed our country.

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I see Cardinal Brady has been praised for his role in the Peace Process.

That makes him the 920,252nd person to have made a contribution.

It shouldn’t be long before the Peace Process hero’s outstrip those who fought in the GPO in 1916 which now stands at a grand total of 993,435.

Of course there will be the usual begrudgers who will insist on criticising the good Cardinal for his failure to act to prevent the horrific rape, buggery and other horrific abuses of countless innocent children by the monster priest Fr. Brendan Smyth.

What these people forget is that Brady had his whole career ahead of him not to mention the good name of the god he so loyally serves.

His defenders will, I’m sure, resort to that tried and trusted defence invoked to defend the criminal Haughey and the liar Ahern – History will be kind to him.

Much kinder, I’m sure, than the monster Smyth was to his innocent victims.

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I’ve just received the most bizarre letter of my life.

It’s a letter from my credit card company informing me of the outcome of their ‘investigation’ into the possibility that they may have mis-sold me Payment Protection Insurance (PPI).

The PPI scam was in operation for years resulting in the theft of millions by various financial institutions.

The Central Bank instructed these financial institutions to repay all monies illegally extracted from customers.

The ‘investigation’ into my case has been going on since last October and it’s conclusion is summed up in the following paragraph of the letter.

Following our investigation I can confirm that our records show that PPI was sold to you during a telephone call on 27 May 2010, however, this cover was cancelled the following day. Therefore, no PPI premiums have ever been charged to the account.

So, no written contract, no signature, no record of any payments. Just a phone call in the night which was cancelled the next day – neat.

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I was watching an interesting documentary last night on BBC 2 called Equator with Simon Reeves.

At one point while he was travelling in Uganda (32 min) I noticed, in the background, a large roadside billboard with the message:

Corruption is deadly: Stop it.

I find it interesting that so many countries openly recognise the disease of corruption and actively take measures to counteract its deadly effects.

Everybody knows that corruption is rampant in Ireland but the State has yet to even recognise that fact let alone actually initiate a concerted campaign to root out the disease.

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My question to the Data Protection Commissioner was very simple – do citizens have the right to know the names of politicians who are in breach of the Litter Pollution Act.

The reply from the Data Commissioner is equally clear:

No, citizens do not have any such right. In other words, when a politician breaks the law it becomes a state secret.

The Commissioner’s full reply:

Dear Mr Sheridan

I refer to your recent email to this Office.

In relation to your query,

There is no basis for publishing names of individuals fined in such circumstances.

The introduction of legislation providing for such publication is not a matter for this Office.

Informing you of political parties who have been fined rather than specific individuals would be a matter for the Council to reply to (as it refers to
organisations, not specific individuals) but we are not aware that they
would be under any obligation to release that information.

Yours Sincerely

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