Upcoming Events

National | EU

no events match your query!

New Events

National

no events posted in last week

Blog Feeds

Anti-Empire

Anti-Empire

offsite link British COVID Hero Grandmother Rips Into... Sun Oct 25, 2020 08:20 | Hayley Dixon

offsite link Isolation Has Caused 13,200 Excess Demen... Sun Oct 25, 2020 07:45 | William Wan

offsite link Southern Italy Declares Lockdown, Curfew... Sun Oct 25, 2020 02:05 | James Bickerton

offsite link HERO: Man Stranded on Desert Island Stil... Sun Oct 25, 2020 02:14 | The Babylon Bee

offsite link UK Is Dishing Out £10,000 No-Appeal Fin... Sat Oct 24, 2020 22:25 | ITV

Anti-Empire >>

The Saker
A bird's eye view of the vineyard

offsite link Mail-in ballots: the US elites? ?plausible deniability? ploy to retain power Sun Oct 25, 2020 17:51 | amarynth
By Ramin Mazaheri and cross posted with PressTV The US obsession with mail-in voting is incomprehensible to the rest of the world, but the true reason behind this nonsense is

offsite link Global arms embargo on Iran lifted, Tehran hails victory: Al Mayadeen TV Report Sun Oct 25, 2020 10:25 | amarynth
http://middleeastobserver.n... Video link: https://www.youtube.c... Description: Al Mayadeen TV report on the implications of the lifting of the international arms embargo on Iran. Source: Al Mayadeen TV (YouTube) Date: October 18, 2010 (Important Note: Please

offsite link Moveable Feast Cafe 2020/10/24 ? Open Thread Sat Oct 24, 2020 23:00 | Herb Swanson
2020/10/24 22:00:02Welcome to the ‘Moveable Feast Cafe’. The ‘Moveable Feast’ is an open thread where readers can post wide ranging observations, articles, rants, off topic and have animate discussions of

offsite link ?Democracy? vs. Covid ? A No-Go Sat Oct 24, 2020 01:10 | amarynth
by Peter Koenig for the Saker Blog Brussels (EU and European NATO Headquarters) ? On 21 October 2020, the German Press Agency (dpa) reports that Germany pledges NATO soldiers for

offsite link Azerbaijani Forces Rush To Capture Lachin Cororidor From Retreating Armenians Fri Oct 23, 2020 21:52 | amarynth
South Front The Armenian defense in the southern part of the Nagorno-Karabakh region seems to be collapsing as the advancing Azerbaijani forces are about to reach the strategic Lachin corridor.

The Saker >>

Public Inquiry
Interested in maladministration. Estd. 2005

offsite link A Woulfe in judges clothing

offsite link Sarah McInerney and political impartiality Anthony

offsite link Did RTE journalists collude against Sinn Fein? Anthony

offsite link Irish Examiner bias Anthony

offsite link RTE: Propaganda ambush of Sinn Fein Anthony

Public Inquiry >>

Spirit of Contradiction

offsite link The Party and the Ballot Box Sun Jul 14, 2019 22:24 | Gavin Mendel-Gleason

offsite link On The Decline and Fall of The American Empire and Socialism Sat Jan 26, 2019 01:52 | S. Duncan

offsite link What is Dogmatism and Why Does It Matter? Wed Mar 21, 2018 08:10 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link The Case of Comrade Dallas Mon Mar 19, 2018 19:44 | Sylvia Smith

offsite link Review: Do Religions Evolve? Mon Aug 14, 2017 19:54 | Dara McHugh

Spirit of Contradiction >>

There is still a little time left for Ireland to foil this power grab by the Eurozone elite

category national | eu | press release author Tuesday August 30, 2011 21:53author by O.O'C. - The National Platform for EU Research & Informationauthor address 24 Crawford Avenue, Dublin 9author phone 00-353-1-8305792 Report this post to the editors

This ESM Treaty is the first use of the “self-amending” Article 48.6 TEU of the EU Treaties which was inserted by the Treaty of Lisbon.

It is seen by the Fine Gael-Labour Government, as well as by its Fianna Fail predecessor, as a way round the restrictions on ratifying new EU Treaties without constitutional referendums here which were laid down by the Supreme Court in its 1987 Crotty judgement.

There is still a little time left for Ireland to foil this power grab by the Eurozone elite if our political leaders can summon the courage to serve the Irish people rather than themselves.

“Ireland entered the euro in 1999 and lost control of the two vital monetary instruments: setting interest rates and setting currency exchange rates. Had Ireland remained outside the euro, its bankers would not have gained access to the euro zone’s vast and low interest borrowing opportunities. Without the outlandish credit available within the euro zone, the building bubble, the resultant government tax windfalls and Ahern’s, McCreevy’s and Cowen’s spending splurge would have been impossible. The country would not now be in receivership . . . For Ireland there has not been a shared and equitable European solution. The banks, mainly German, which lent rashly, are receiving a 100 per cent bailout. Not from those who borrowed, but from the Irish tax payer. Apart altogether from the unfairness of the imposed solution, it will not work, because it cannot.”
- Professor Edward Walsh, founding President, University of Limerick, Beal na mBlath oration, Irish Times, 22-8-2011


We need a public enquiry into the sheer civic irresponsibility and governmental incompetence of the politicians and senior bureaucrats who pushed the Irish State into the Euro area in 1999:

* an area whose one-size-fits-all interest rate policy was set to suit Germany and France and had the effect of turning the “Celtic Tiger” boom into a bubble;

* an area with which we did little more than one-third of our foreign trade, so that the subsequent falls in the dollar and sterling exchange rates have greatly added to our economic uncompetitiveness;

* an area whose banking policy is decided by the European Central Bank, which told Messrs Cowen and Lenihan at the time of the blanket bank guarantee in September 2008 that no Irish bank must be let fail, so that the €30 billion debts of insolvent Anglo-Irish would be imposed on Irish taxpayers and the German, British and French banks which had recklessly lent to Anglo and the other Irish banks to stoke our property bubble would get their money back.

British Chancellor George Osborne stated in early August that the Eurozone should move towards a fiscal union, with supranational control on budgets, taxes and public spending in order to shore up the euro-currency, but that the UK would not be joining that.

This marks an important change in UK Government policy, which has sought since 1961 to be at the heart of the EU, sharing basic EU policy-making with Germany and France.

If the Irish State goes along with moves towards a Eurozone fiscal union, while the North stays with sterling in the UK, it must profoundly deepen the political-economic gulf between North and South in Ireland.

The Coalition Government in Dublin is now preparing to ratify the European Stability Mechanism Treaty for the Eurozone which Finance Minister Michael Noonan signed on 11 July, as well as the Article 136 TFEU amendment to the EU Treaties which permits that, without a constitutional referendum.

The ESM Treaty commits Ireland “irreversibly and unconditionally” to contributing €11 billion in various forms of capital to the ESM Fund from 2013, with provision for regular capital increases thereafter.

This mechanism is seen by Germany and France as the way to establish a two-tier EU, with themselves effectively running an inner-core Eurozone, and the Irish State, if it remains with the Euro-currency, effectively reduced to being a permanent financial fiefdom of Germany and its allies.

This ESM Treaty is the first use of the “self-amending” Article 48.6 TEU of the EU Treaties which was inserted by the Treaty of Lisbon.

It is seen by the Fine Gael-Labour Government, as well as by its Fianna Fail predecessor, as a way round the restrictions on ratifying new EU Treaties without constitutional referendums here which were laid down by the Supreme Court in its 1987 Crotty judgement.

There is still a little time left for Ireland to foil this power grab by the Eurozone elite if our political leaders can summon the courage to serve the Irish people rather than themselves.

- Anthony Coughlan, Director, The National Platform for EU Research & Information

Related Link: http://www.nationalplatform.org
author by Tpublication date Wed Aug 31, 2011 13:58author address author phone Report this post to the editors

There is no time left, because all the main liar and deceptive parties would have been aware of this for the Lisbon Treaty and since they signed up to that, then there is absolutely no reason they are going to change anything now. The people of Ireland would have to rise up for this to be stopped because even if there was a massive protest which is vainishingly small, it would be completely ignored and have no effect on policy.

We ought to remember that both the NICE Treaty and Lisbon Treaty were sold to us in a totally dishonest way from beginning to end.

author by Told you sopublication date Wed Aug 31, 2011 15:29author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Ah few years back I wrote about this when Lisbon was rightly called the CONstitution of the EU and about the self amending clause. I said a global economic crisis would be enginered to justify a much the end of any remaining self-determination among nation states in the run up to the New World Order's final goal and was dismissed as a conspiracy theorist.

author by Glengarapublication date Mon Sep 12, 2011 14:36author address author phone Report this post to the editors

Ireland has a choice to make.
Hand over the rest of what we have after bailing out the (primarily) Gernan and Franch bondholders to Germany and France or we should once again change our currency and use the British Pound or the US Dollar as our currency. I know there would be severe objections by many to using sterling but it is a strong currency. I have always maintained we are closer to the UK and USA than to the Germans and French and we should keep our relationship with UK and USA no matter what the cost ahead of our relationship with Europe.
Whilst the Dollar is something we should seriously consider also, the Dollar could have its problems in the near future due to the level of debt of America.
ok Mr Obama, Ireland is for sale to be the 51st state for X billion or ok Queenie, we are for sale for X billion Pounds --- Irish people cannot live with 3rd rate infrastructure as hospitals amongst other necessary services close or are seriously cut back.

 
© 2001-2020 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy