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Gameen won the Nobel prize for helping people start their business from scratch with very low interest rates on loans. There are people with money here who could invest that way. It doesn't also have to be about large profits. This could benefit all of us.
Two years of the Gov making things worse and you accept no election until 2012? Earliest May 2011? Giving them up to two more years of wrecking? We need to surround the Oireachtas and Gov complex until they are driven out, as in Ukraine and in Iceland. It needs the same degree and level of organi... more
Two years of the Gov making things worse and you accept no election until 2012? Earliest May 2011? Giving them up to two more years of wrecking? We need to surround the Oireachtas and Gov complex until they are driven out, as in Ukraine and in Iceland. It needs the same degree and level of organisation, logistics, and commitment. Has Passive Paddy go the bottle for it?
A "collective complaint" is not just a "group case" where individuals with an important grievance about their human rights all take the same case. It is a mechanism used under the Revised European Social Charter where an organisation can take a case because the rights of a co... more
A "collective complaint" is not just a "group case" where individuals with an important grievance about their human rights all take the same case. It is a mechanism used under the Revised European Social Charter where an organisation can take a case because the rights of a community or a significant number of people are breached. For example, it has been used to take cases against France because Roma (that is, Roma French citizens, not immigrant Roma) have been denied their housing and voting rights, and against Ireland because children are not effectively prohibited corporal punishment of children, nor has it prohibited other forms of degrading punishment or treatment of children.
It means an individual does not have to come forward and take on the fight for a widespread problem.
(This proposals is intended to complement the proposal "Put into law the Directive Principles of Social Policy as enshrined in Article 45 of our constitution" over on forum no. 2: http://ideas.claimingourfuture.ie/forums/73975-2-pursue-economic-development-that-serves-people/suggestions/1152705-put-into-law-the-directive-principles-of-social-po)
A Dream for Ireland
I had a dream that the people of Ireland will be inspired to bid for and host The Olympic Games in 2024/28 so that we can celebrate our first century as a Nation and to set a marker and a standard for the next 100 years. The reasoning behind my dream is set out hereunde... more
A Dream for Ireland
I had a dream that the people of Ireland will be inspired to bid for and host The Olympic Games in 2024/28 so that we can celebrate our first century as a Nation and to set a marker and a standard for the next 100 years. The reasoning behind my dream is set out hereunder and I call on all Irish People wherever they may be to support my vision for a New Ireland.
As John Fitzgerald Kennedy said:- The Problems of the World cannot possibly be solved by sceptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities.
We need men who can dream of things that never were. John F. Kennedy
From 2010 to 2025 we will have many commemorations about various landmarks in Irish History. We will have
• Home Rule
• The Easter Rising
• War of Independence
• The First Dail
• Anglo / Irish Treaty
• Civil War
While it is wonderful and necessary to acknowledge all of these events and perhaps even more, that I have neglected to mention ( and I am not saying that they should not be acknowledged ) they will in reality stir up old sentiments of hatred, nationalism and collectively put our fragile peace agreement in jeopardy. As a Nation I believe we cannot afford to take that risk. We have had enough of bitterness born out of the last 850 years that would last us for hundreds of millennia.
Now is the time to put the past behind us and to set new goals and standards for the Ireland of the future. We need to put aside “Gombeen Politics” and “Gombeen Politicians” and Hierarchical Institutions that no longer serve them not to mind the people of Ireland. It is time for the people to speak, to show leadership and an entrepreneurial spirit, that this country is abundant in but sadly lacking in our political leaders, church and financial institutions.
We have had enough of marching, enough of “gobble-de-gook”, enough of pseudo banter and comedy between political parties playing at a system that is outdated, archaic and no longer serves the common good. It props up un-sustainable politics, playing games with peoples’ lives and livelihoods.
Alot of money, time and effort will be spent over the next 15 years remembering these past events, one after another. The whole country will be caught up in one continuous pageant that will take the focus off our real problems and onto something that I feel could have severe negative consequences for our Nation if not handled properly and diplomatically. What is actually going to be achieved by all of this commemorating? I believe nothing of any value and only an increase in bitterness and division.
Our Country is at a crossroads. It needs a new vision and purpose. Bailing out Zombie Banks and propping up dying or dead institutions is not what Ireland needs. Let’s get together and work together to deliver a New Ireland. I call on all likeminded people to stand up and be counted. To shake off the shackles of the past, to set ourselves worthy goals and a secure future based on thrust, respect and integrity for all. Let “Liberty Equality & Fraternity” be the sole basis of our New Republic
I call upon you to turn the proposed celebrations planned for the next 15 years into one consolidated effort to bring The Olympic Games to Ireland in 2024 so that we can as a Nation show to the whole World that Ireland has come of age and has truly taken its place amongst the Nations of The World. That Ireland has come of Age, moved away from the past and closed the door on its old bitterness’s that has gnawed away at our true potential for generations.There is no going back, no bitterness, no recriminations, only peace and acceptance. What a gift to give to our children and to one another as we celebrate a century as a Nation. No other gift could be more worthy, more rewarding and more fulfilling.
By making our pitch for The Olympics we will collectively be honouring all our past heroes / heroines and statesmen / stateswomen who made this country, this Nation a reality. We will also be honouring all our great athletes and sports men and women from all walks of life who have brought honour and glory to this wonderful Nation of ours. Finally we will be honouring every man, woman and child of this great Nation who have toiled endlessly for its success in whatever profession or trade they have worked in
We can call upon the Irish Diaspora in the USA and across the World to join with us in the attainment of our goal. I call upon our inspirational leaders like Mary Davies ( Special Olympics ); Mary Robinson ( Former President of Ireland ); Mary McAleese ( President of Ireland); Fergus Finley; Ruari Quinn and others to join us in our quest for Olympic glory in 2024 and accomplishing “Our Dream for Ireland”
The Real World is not the world we want. It’s the world we have. You won’t make a difference to it without power. Good thinking and good plans are not enough. You’ve got to close the know-do gap. And there’s only one Taoiseach, one movement leader . There is competition from qualified others who ... more
The Real World is not the world we want. It’s the world we have. You won’t make a difference to it without power. Good thinking and good plans are not enough. You’ve got to close the know-do gap. And there’s only one Taoiseach, one movement leader . There is competition from qualified others who may bend the rules of fair play or ignore them entirely. Stop recreational complaining or wishing for things to be different. Go about prevailing in the political battles you will face. Some have / are being done:
1. Relentless focus on what matters – on your critical path (Concede side issues; let opponents save face; get over unsavoury characters involved; don’t draw unnecessary fire; live to fight another day.). Be clear about what victory looks and feels like. Take the necessary time - persistence wears opposition down, indomitable, force of nature, stay in the game, don’t burn bridges unnecessarily. Things change, people move and retire.
2. Control resources: (Money? Information? Network? (contacts mean contracts) Space? Equipment? Support?)
3. Reward & Punish: Influence comes through the ability or reputation for rewarding helpers and punishing opponents.
4. Advance on many fronts: shift to alternatives when blocked.
5. Move first: catch opponents off-guard with better organisation, drive and crucial success factors e.g. bringing valued things to the table
6. Co-opt antagonists: keep friends close, enemies closer – give them a stake in your success.
7. Remove rivals: nicely, if possible, so that they are grateful.
8. Use the personal touch: Unfailingly, attend to, be polite to assistants, gatekeepers. Call or meet rather than email. Flatter – or at least express positively about positive aspects of people.
9. Make important relationships work: Make a stakeholder power-interest grid (p.145 my book "The Next 63 Days") with supporters, resistors & neutrals. Put aside negative feelings that might hinder you from getting the job done. Know the answer to “What does this interrupt?”
10 Make the vision/stake compelling: Great “Stump Speech” (Ch.3 What matters (angels’ side)? Stand for? Shoot for? If we don’t? Who is with us? Who else? etc.) and credible solutions (how?) that ‘fit’ (value and acceptability) (Ch.5 High Performance Triangle). Not blatant self-interest – in a broader context..
A positive day after feeling !