Friday, 4 June 2010

Ireland: All you need to know is here

As every schoolboy knows, Irish government finances are in meltdown. If you've been reading that they have 'stabilised' or that there have been glimpses of the fabled 'green shoots of recovery', ignore it. This drivel comes from the same economic whores who kept telling us right up until the day the bubble burst that all was ok. In contrast, were I one to brag, I'd tell you that, back in March 2007, while the fantasy was at its height, I warned that disaster was around the corner.

The following story tells you all you need to know about how the public sector controls the taxes we handed over to them. Fergal O'Malley held a full-time job at the Athlone Institute of Technology, which paid him in excess of €80,000 (about $100,000) a year. Amazingly, over the same ten-year period, he also held another 'full-time' post at Galway University at similar remuneration.

Now you may think - after all, he lectured in engineering - that he had mastered the science of bilocation. Or you may think that he lectured days at one college and nights at the other. No, the answer is both simple and revealing. The President of the Athlone college let the cat out of the bag by admitting that O'Malley 'had fulfilled his teaching and tutorial obligations throughout the period in question''

And the amazing this is this. He did! You see, if you're in the happy position of being a lecturer at Irish Third Level, you have to do a maximum of 16 hours a week tutorial time. And what about the other 24 hours that we mere mortals have to work? Well, that's given over to, ahem, 'academic freedom'. And what's this academic freedom? Again, the Athlone Pres - it's 'research, innovation and creativity'.

Oh well, that's all right then.

And what happens to those who don't devote their academic freedom to 'research, innovation and creativity'? Well, they take an additional post at another institute. Or they start a little business. Or they work on their golf handicap. And they do because there's absolutely no compulsion for anyone to do more than their 16 hours. If you don't do any more, nothing happens. And for this we pay them between €70,000 and €150,000 a year.

Nice work if you can get it, especially when you have a generous index linked pension on top of it.

Where, you might ask, does the Irish Government acquire the funds to support such largess? Well, when we really did have a Celtic Tiger, driven by dynamic export industries, they got it from that productive sector of the economy. Now that this sector has been decimated, well, they borrow it. At the rate of €400 million a week! That's more than €100 for every person in the country. These kind of figures make the Greeks lookmore like the Swiss.

Now the educational sector is bad, God knows. (I know also, having been part of it for a few years). But it's breadline austerity in comparison to our health sector, where the waste and inefficiencies beggar belief. And the malaise applies, to a greater or lesser degree, throughout the public sector.

And that's why I eagerly look forward to the day when the solution is taken out of the hands of the pathetic dwarfs masquerading as our politicians and we're delivered to the tender mercies of the IMF. Only then will the knife be taken to the albatross that's dragging the country into the abyss.

8 comments:

Croesus said...

mmmm.... I wonder. have you ever seen the IMF do anything other than leave a country worse than before they came in?

Feargal said...

I think it's fair to say though that many if not most academics work way in excess of those mandatory hours. That's my experience for sure.

Anonymous said...

off topic savant but yrs ago atemmpting to get out of a dublin downpour we ducked into a entry way of a closed business and when i paid attn. to where i was it said swastika laundries and tile work on entry was decorated with swastikas, does this place still exist, whats its history, did the pc people come down on it etc.

SAVANT said...

Ywah, I remember the Swastika Laundries, little yellow electric vans driving around the place. I was intrigued and it appears that the laundry was very old, being established well before the Nazis were even heard of.

I seem to remember that the brand disappeared due to a merger otr takeover, but don't know if this is correct.

Anonymous said...

Swastika Laundries was on Shelbourne rd. near Lansdown road in Dublin 4. A building called "The Oval" stands there now. I worked there for a while many years ago. All that is left now is the chimney which has a preservation order on it. The big painted swastika that used to adorn it has been removed. The owners made a point of highlighting the fact that it predated the Nazi movement by a long way.(founded 1919 if I remember corectly). The original owners chose it as a "good luck" symbol.
Savant, you make some good points occasionally and are a good tonic against the pc police but I think you are blind to the majority of decent people from all races who will, given the chance, choose to do good rather than evil.

Anonymous said...

and yes, it was taken over by ILS ( Irish Linen Services) sometime in the 80's.

SAVANT said...

anon 10.00. I agree with you up to a point. I've worked in Africa and knew many decent and honest blacks. However, on aggregate, blacks are, compared to most other races, overwhelmingly prone to violence and various other social disorders. That's why I'm so strongly against their coming here and feel that foreign aid is worse than useless.

W/r/t Muslims, I also have many good friends of that persuasion. But again, the adherents of this religion find it almost impossible to live in peace with their infidel neighbours and always bring problems with them to the West.

Finally, w/r/t gypsies I make no apologies. They are a debased people who rely on crime to make their living.

Anonymous said...

good luck symbol. wow only if you were arayan of course lol/