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Thu Mar 22, 2012 at 01:46 PM PDT

Bertie Branded a Liar

by CitiZenJon

Former Irish leader Bertie Ahern and a slew of Irish politicians, have been excoriated by a Tribunal Report into corruption.

The Judges found that he lied repeatedly in his sworn testimony about excepting bribes from developer Owen O'Callaghan when he was Minister for Finance.

This paves the way for the prosecution of these politicians for corrupt practices and misrepresenting their mandate as public representatives.

I followed the Tribunal for several years and wrote a blog about it here, check it out...

http://citizenjon2008dublincastle.wordpress.com

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A protest against Israeli attacks on Gaza outside Irish government buildings in Dublin this eve was attended by some 1,000 people.

After the speeches, the protesters chanted slogans in English, anti-Israel, anti-Bush. An impromptu address in Arabic echoed over the crowd, a muslim gentleman, chanted through a loud-speaker, it could have been a prayer for all I knew, an angry mood caught and spread. From the crush of foreign looking gents, the foreign sounding shouts rose.

Eyes were buzzing over a huddle of men, a crude rendition of the Israeli flag whooped up into the frigid January air - a man with a zippo studiously held a corner to its flame, an arm in the crush, squirted lighter fluid - whoop.
The emblem of Israel was gone in seconds, only tendrils of blackend ash remained.

The crush was broken by an Irish bear of a man, lank white hair and a worried air, an organiser? but it was too late, the photo op had come and gone.

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How do you feel about Israel's attacks on Gaza Palestinians

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Thu Dec 25, 2008 at 09:28 PM PST

Mahmoud's Chrismas Message

by CitiZenJon

The UK's Channel 4 have stirred up some controversy this holiday season by broadcasting a Christmas message from Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad within hours of the Queen’s annual Christmas address.

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What do you think of Ahmadinejad's speech?

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Fri Jun 13, 2008 at 04:10 AM PDT

Ireland says no to Europe

by CitiZenJon

Friday 13th, 2008.

THE WORD is feeding through from Wicklow to Westmeath, from County Cork to County Clare.
Ireland has rejected The Lisbon Treaty by democratic referendum.

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Will the Irish decision affect Europe?

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Mon Apr 07, 2008 at 01:13 PM PDT

The Dream Ticket

by CitiZenJon

I've listened to a plethora of media coverage on Clinton and Obama over the last six months. Even the backwaters of Dublin hotly contest the virtues of each Democratic candidate.

With all of the conjecture flying about I find it remarkable that I have never heard a pundit or supporter suggest a ticket that includes both Democratic frontrunners.

Why not?

Isn't that the democrat's dream ticket?

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Do you believe Hillary and Obama can share the presidency?

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Sun Apr 06, 2008 at 05:36 PM PDT

Letter from Dublin Castle

by CitiZenJon

This is an offshoot of my journalism thesis. I'm interested in the transition of media from traditional (tv, radio) to non-traditional media (Internet).

Ok, ok, before you YAWN! and move to the next diary, just hear me out.

My thesis proposal outlined my ambition to provide an independent news source on any given story, using multi-media content (photos, text, video).

Turns out I chose my story pretty well :-), Judge Mahon's Tribunal of Inquiry into Certain Planning and Payments into allegations of corruption in the Irish land planning system has exposed a host of politicians on the take.

I chose a non-traditional blog format to tell the story of shenanigans going on up at Dublin Castle.

Please check it out :-)

http://citizenjon2008dublincastle.wo...

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Do you trust your politicians?

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Wed Apr 02, 2008 at 06:04 AM PDT

Irish Leader announces resignation

by CitiZenJon

The Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern announced this morning that he would be stepping down as leader of the Irish nation and the political party Fianna Fail on May 6th.

Mr. Ahern stated his intention following the ongoing revelations from the Mahon Tribunal's inquiry into corruption.

http://citizenjon2008dublincastle.wo...

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What do you think about the Irish Leader's resignation

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