Serious allegations of widespread fraud have emerged from within CIE. Three employees have been dismissed and there’s a vague reference about a report to the Gardai.
The FAS farce continues apace. We’re told there’s also a Garda investigation there but, please, don’t hold your breadth.
Dentists are under scrutiny over allegations that they made fraudulent claims under the publicly funded Dental Treatment Services Scheme. Here’s a mad prediction – no dentist will be found guilty, nothing will happen.
Fianna Fail backbenchers are up in arms over drink-drive levels even though the retention of the present level will result in at least ten additional deaths every year. When it comes to protecting their power base Irish politicians are completely ruthless.
Practically every financial institution in the country is regularly defrauding elderly citizens of their life savings. All the political parties, the Gardai and every so called regulatory agency in the country are fully aware of the situation but refuse to act.
Approximately 2,000 retired teachers, in receipt of generous state pensioners, are still working as substitute teachers. Around 1,500 of them are working in primary schools at a rate of €206 a day, while the remainder is earning €49.60 per hour in secondary schools.
Apparently, it’s all part of a wink, wink, nod, nod network. Meanwhile, thousands of young, newly qualified teachers are desperately searching for a start in their profession.
250,000 shoppers are now crossing the border into Northern Ireland to do their shopping costing traders in the republic up to €800 million in lost revenue.
Even when factors like the VAT rate are taken into account there still remains the unique Irish rip off (theft) factor.
It seems that no matter how bad things get Irish businesses are incapable of weaning themselves off this long established tradition.
Here’s just one small example. I went into a Dublin café recently for a cup of coffee and a cake. The (very small) cakes were €2.80 to eat on the premises and €2.50 to take away – yes, take away cakes from a café.
Not surprisingly, the café was empty with the (soon to be redundant?) staff twiddling their thumbs.