I was talking to a Shell to Sea person yesterday (they were campaigning outside the GPO), Maura Harrington is her name I think (I knew the head on her anyway).
She reckons we could renegotiate the deal with Shell that Bertie and Ray Burke (two reliable lads) made with them in the 80s and 90s. The Russian’s under Putin apparently threatened them with massive fines for breaching environmental regulations and ended up with 51% ownership of the oil. It would seem that Shell are in breach of environmetal regulations here as well so we could copy them. Well that’s what she was saying.
Do you think our spivs would have the backbone to take on Shell Giuseppe? These are the same fcukers (Pee Flynn etc) who sold out the West Link for a few pieces of silver and the country had to buy it back for half a billion after. You can be sure they’ve all been well greased to make things cosy for Shell here.
in fairness to bertie he was of the belief that a long drawnout court case with the paedo priests would mean many of their victims would die without gaining anything- he did a fast track deal so people would get compensation before they dies- FG & Labour point scoring about this recently is shameful considering they didnt do one thing for the victims - howver now is the time to hammer the paedo CBs
however shell & all their state favours were all based on greed which is FF one & only love
There were certain road traffic offences that required a court appearance but a few years ago this changed to fixed fine and penalty points. For about 18 months after the change they kept dragging people to court.
And fucking right they should. This just shows how cack handed the state are at introducing new policies. It’s like just get it out there and we will deal with the other stuff later. Where as if they are introducing the Fixed point penalty notice at least have the back office part set up so that when it does go public then the State can avoid monumental fuck ups like this.
They’ve no idea.
But there is 14,000 court convictions that now need to be quashed with the state picking up the tab for it.
In a rough calculation on the radio they used what they said was a very conservative estimate of €1,000 per case, and this is before people decide to claim damages for wrongful convictions.
The likes of a sales rep or delivery driver that lost their job over a disqualification will have a serious case, this being Ireland those cases will set the benchmark for all the other more trivial cases.