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Saints and Sinners . . .

Again back on the gay marriage backlash, apparently PATRE had a letter published in the Irish Times last week, causing an understandable level of offence to readers of the paper.  One friend of mine has pointed out that the most disturbing aspect of this organisation is its seemingly innocuous name, which basically hides the edifice of an organisatin dedicated to preventing the implementation of sex education in catholic schools.  They do not seem to be related to the CSPA (Catholic Secondary Parents Association) who insidiuously printed the details of a Dept of Ed project survey without premission because the project was a study of homophobic bullying in schools.  More on this organisation later in the week.
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After moving house last week, I discovered that somebody locally delivers the catholic freesheet "Alive."  This used to be quite a nice little read but seems to now be completely obsessed with sexual mores.  I noticed that the first 4 pages…

Ray done again . . .

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"Poor Ray" was up in the dock again yesterday, this time to answer charges for tax fraud on income on his offshore account from the early 1990s. This appears to have been a home for the proceeds of Ray's personal fundraising from the building industry, in return for assistance with planning. Interestingly, very little has been said about Ray's involvement in the Capital Radio fiasco (at the time, his vested interest was so blatant he even appear on the radio!) Although the figure quoted for Ray's tax evasion is nearly 2 million, much of this is years of interest and charges relating to the initial evasion.

To top this off, Ray has also cost the tribunals nearly 10 million, and the courts so far will be taking into account his efforts to impede the tribunals success, so its unlikely that he will be granted assistance. As a result, Poor Ray is likely to go bankrupt. One wonders will he be allowed keep his pleasant little house off Griffith Avenue - rumour has…

A Step in the Right Direction

Great to see news that the government are finally taking responsibility for the enormous chaos that is private rental subsidies for social welfare recipients.

The plan is do make local authorities responsible for tenants after 18 months. In other words the money that is currently being spent by health boards on what is an enormous subsidy to middle class property owners to pay mortgages for substandard homes that other people end up living in may change.

A fascinating report was carried by ERSI last week. You can read it here. The suggestion is that the problem is not affordability for home owners, but that the real problem is coming from the private rented sector as modest wage earners are priced out of the rental market and are forced to borrow left, right and centre to pay mortgages that are at least under control.

One of the most frustrating aspects of any study of private rented accommodation is that it almost always focusses on the so-called "bottom third" - those o…