Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

Vodafone Three Hundred Million Pounds Office No Staff

In Business on August 19, 2013 at 18:59

To take advantage of tax benefits, Vodafone, had an office in Ireland with a turn over of 324 Millions Pound Sterling per annum.

Vodafone office.

Telecoms giant: Employing no staff for five years, Vodafone took advantage of Ireland’s generous corporate tax rate to record a £324million annual turnover collecting royalty payments for the use of its brand

The catch is this office had no staff between the years 2002 and 2007.

I used to wonder at the rate the Mobile companies are reducing the service charges in India.

Initially the companies were charging Rs.10 per SMS, it came down to 5, then 1 and now most of the service providers provide it Free, depending on the Plan(!)

I came to know that the charges per SMS is Paise one (charged by the BSNL) , the gateway provider in India, to these service providers.

Now even call rates have come down.

Still these mobile companies make a killing.

Now this story!

Not content with fleecing their  customers, they are fleecing the general Public who are not their customers at all, by enjoying tax benefits not meant for them.


Vodafone has made a multi-million pound settlement with HM Revenue & Customs in the wake of a dispute over the tax it had paid in Britain, it emerged last night.

The information was revealed after it was reported that the company ran an Irish subsidiary from a satellite office in Dublin for tax purposes.

Employing no staff for five years, the telecoms giant took advantage of Ireland’s generous corporate tax rate to record a £324million annual turnover collecting royalty payments for the use of its brand

The UK-based group used the Irish subsidiary, which employed no staff between 2002 and 2007, to collect royalty payments from operating companies and joint ventures around the world.

During a four-year period, it emerged these royalty payments helped Vodafone Ireland Marketing Ltd send more than £850million worth of dividends to the low-tax jurisdiction of Luxembourg from their Dublin base.

The dividends, which include a final payment of £121million due to be delivered this year, came from profits made after taking advantage of Ireland’s tax rates.

The disclosure comes as the British mobile phone group came under fire for its minimal corporation tax payments in the UK.

It also emerged that it is the largest supplier of mobile phones to the UK government, with more than 30 departments and public bodies, including the prime minister’s office, having contracts worth £14million a year with Vodafone.

The Guardian newspaper reported that the accountancy structure struck by the multinational was similar to the one used by Apple in Ireland.

Fire Ball UFOs Ireland.

In Astrophysics, videos on April 22, 2013 at 18:46

Fireball UFOs Ireland ,A Clever Hoax?

Many questions about the legitimacy of these UFOs are being raised by online commenters and a handful of photographic and special effects experts, who speculate on whether these are flares, balloons, lanterns or simply, unexplained.

Writing on YouTube, Ireland addressed concerns about the shakiness of his UFO video.

“I am sorry for the quality, it was filmed with a mobile phone. Ironically I had a Canon EOS 55D with 300 mm lens at home that could of filmed in 3000×3000 but I was afraid that they would disappear by the time I got my camera as this is a very rare opportunity so instead, used a phone to record as much as possible.”(huffpost)


UFO, image was taken on her mobile phone, New territory

Church Enslaved 30.000 Women! Videos

In Christianity, crime on February 7, 2013 at 12:34

The Catholic Church enslaved 30, 000 irish Women tin 1996!


This has forced the Prime Minister of Ireland to tender an Apology.


No cooments are needed , please read my comments on my earlier post,provided at the end of this post.


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‘Magdalene asylums were institutions from the eighteenth to the late-twentieth centuries ostensibly to house “fallen women“, a term used to implyfemale sexual promiscuity. Asylums for such girls and women and others believed to be of poor moral character, such as prostitutes, operated throughout Europe, Canada, and the United States for much of the nineteenth and well into the twentieth century. The first such asylum in Ireland opened on Leeson Street in Dublin in 1765, founded by Lady Arabella Denny.

In Belfast the Church of Ireland run Ulster Magdalene Asylum was founded in 1839 on Donegall Pass, while parallel institutions were run by Catholics on Ormeau Road and by Presbyterians on Whitehall Parade.[1]

Initially the mission of the asylums was to rehabilitate women back into society, but by the early twentieth century the homes had become increasingly punitive and prison-like. In most asylums, the inmates were required to undertake hard physical labour, including laundry and needle work. They endured a daily regime that included long periods of prayer and enforced silence.[citation needed]

In Ireland, such asylums were known as Magdalene laundries. It is estimated that up to 30,000 women passed through such institutions in Ireland.[2][3] The last Magdalene asylum, inWaterford in the Republic of Ireland, closed on 25 September 1996.(Wiki)


“The women were locked in and not permitted to leave.  And if they tried to get away, the cops would catch them and bring them back. They were quite literally Catholic slave labor working for the government and even Guinness, which would pay the laundries for the women’s slave labor.

Half of the girls enslaved in these Catholic Church prisons were under the age of 23.  The youngest entrant was 9 years old.

When I was a young girl, my mother — an abusive, less-than-perfect parent — encouraged me to shoplift. After being caught once too often, I spent 18 months in An Grianán Training Centre, an institution in Dublin for girls with behavioral problems, at the recommendation of a social worker. An Grianán was one of the now-infamous church-sponsored “Magdalene laundries,” which housed pregnant teenagers and uncooperative young women. We worked in the basement, washing priests’ clothes in sinks with cold water and bars of soap. We studied math and typing. We had limited contact with our families. We earned no wages. One of the nuns, at least, was kind to me and gave me my first guitar.

No apology from the Catholic Church

Absent from any of the media reports on the scandal that I could find was an apology from the Catholic Church which operated the Magdalene laundries and made handsome profits from contracts with government and hotels.  Oh, found one. It seems the Catholic Church blew the women off.  I know, you’re as surprised as I am:

Victims of the child sex abuse scandals that have rocked the Irish Catholic Church have received an apology and compensation, but no one has taken responsibility for what happened in the laundries. Cardinal Sean Brady, the most senior Catholic cleric in Ireland, met with Justice for Magdalenes in 2010. He said “by today’s standards much of what happened at that time is difficult to comprehend” but that it was a matter for the religious orders who ran the laundries to deal with. The religious orders have declined to meet the women.

The Irish Cardinal wasn’t interested in hearing from people who were hurt and abused — if not sexually, certainly physically and mentally, by the Catholic Church.  And it’s not the Catholic Church’s fault. Where have we heard that story before?

The laundries were run by nuns, many of whom treated the women sent to work there as slaves:

Senator McAleese’s inquiry found that half of the girls and women put to work in the laundries were under the age of 23 and 40%, more than 4,000, spent more than a year incarcerated.

Fifteen percent spent more than five years in the laundries while the average stay was calculated at seven months.

The youngest death on record was 15, and the oldest 95, the report found.

The Irish state is also implicated in the scandal because the police would take women to the asylums after arresting them for trivial offenses and would return runaways.



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Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny has apologised for the stigma and conditions suffered by women who were inmates of the Magdalene laundries.

Mr Kenny said the laundries had operated in a “harsh and uncompromising Ireland,” but he stopped short of a formal apology from the government.

About 10,000 women passed through the laundries in the Irish Republic between 1922 and 1996, a report has revealed.

The laundries were Catholic-run workhouses that operated in Ireland.

Mr Kenny expressed his sympathies with survivors and the families of those who died.

Magdalene Laundries

Picture from BBC drama sinners about life in a Magdalene laundry

• Originally termed Magdalene Asylums the first in Ireland was opened in Dublin in 1765, for Protestant girls

• First Catholic home was founded in Cork in 1809

• Envisaged as short-term refuges for ‘fallen women’ they became long-term institutions and penitents were required to work, mostly in laundries on the premises

• They extended to take in unmarried mothers, women with learning difficulties and girls who had been abused

• The facilities were self-supporting and the money generated by the laundries paid for them

• Between 1922 and 1996 there were 10 such laundries in the Republic of Ireland

• Many Irish institutions, such as the army, government departments, hotels and even Guinness had contracts with Magdalene laundries

• The women toiled behind locked doors unable to leave after being admitted and while the laundries were paid, they received no wages

• The last Magdalene asylum in Ireland, in Waterford, closed in 1996

• The congregations which ran them were the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, the Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy, the Religious Sisters of Charity and the Sisters of the Good Shepherd

He added that the report found no evidence of sexual abuse in the laundries and that 10% of inmates were sent by their families and 19% entered of their own volition.

The inquiry chaired by Senator Martin McAleese found 2,124 of those detained in the institutions were sent by the authorities.

There will be a debate in the Irish parliament in two weeks time giving members time to read the 1,000-page document.







If one has to know about hypocrisy and double speak, do not look beyond the Church.


Let the Pope find out if the Vatican has room for God  with their pedophiles, Church keeping quiet during The Holocaust and innumerable acts of Violence on the ‘Heathen’.


Not to speak of the Homosexual Popes.


As to Technology The Pope has joined Twitter.


Savita Death ‘Catholic Church Should Be Ashamed,Not The Irish’

In Christianity on November 19, 2012 at 21:01

A Catholic Priest in Ireland has stated that ‘“In the face of all the international attention the controversy has caused, I am not ashamed to be Irish at this time,” he stressed.

Speaking further  he added ‘The facts show us we have in fact one of the lowest levels of maternal mortality in the world, which means that whatever practices we have are producing the results that we should respect and respect the commitment of our doctors, nurses, midwives and others who put them into practice every day with very positive results

“When I look at the standards of maternal care that exist in this country and I would hope that we will be able to maintain that”.

“Most doctors would go through their entire career without ever losing a patient coming to them in childbirth. In developing countries the sad thing is that this does occur and even in some developed countries.”

Asked by the paper about the silence of church figures, including himself, since news of the Savita tragedy emerged, he said they did not know what had happened in the case.

He said: “I don’t know the details of what happened.
It is not the Irish per se but the rigid and the antediluvian ,quixotic  Religious practice while keeping mum on the Pedophiles  called the priests!

Time that the Catholic Church is reformed.

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Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin

‘The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin has sympathised with the family of Savita Halappanavar and described her death as a ‘terrible disaster’.

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin spoke for the first time after Savita died after doctors at a Galway hospital refused to terminate her pregnancy and save her life.

The leading cleric told mass goers: “Here’s a family that six weeks ago was going into what should have been one of the happiest moments of their life – the birth of a new child.

“Now the whole thing has collapsed into a terrible disaster . You just don’t know how the father is standing up to such a terrible disaster.”

The Irish Times has reported that the Archbishop told parishoners that he was however taken aback by some of the reaction to the news of Savita’s death.

Speaking after tens of thousands attended vigils in Savita’s honor over the weekend, he refuted claims that Ireland is not a ‘safe place’ to be pregnant.


A New York vigil for Savita Halappanavar, the young Indian dentist who died in a Galway hospital after being refused an abortion of her non viable fetus will be held at Barnard College in Manhattan on Monday night from 5:00 to 6:00 organizers have announced.


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Ireland’s Most Haunted House.Video.Web.

In Interesting and funny on October 31, 2012 at 19:00

The owner of Ireland’s most haunted house has opened his doors to the public – just in time for Halloween.

Loftus Hall is a 22-bedroom period mansion on Hook Peninsula in County Wexford.

The isolated house is set on 60 acres, overlooking a lonely stretch of the South East coast, according to a report in the Irish Examiner newspaper.

The paper says that the property, with a history of ghostly occurrences and misery, will be open to the public for the first time in over 30 years.

Owner Aidan Quigley has told the paper how, since being abandoned decades ago, it has only had structural repairs.

He will now host guided interactive tours which he says are not for the fainthearted.

Quigley told the Examiner: “We are really looking forward to telling the tales of the house and sharing its mysteries with adults and children alike.”

The tour allows younger children to trick or treat with Grimmelhook the Witch in her cottage made from sweets.

For children aged eight and older, there is a climbing wall and archery instruction as well as a pets corner.

Grown-ups are offered the chance to learn more about Loftus Hall’s history.


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Loftus Hall.


The owner has a website ans he has plans to rent it out .

The haunting beauty of the Hook Peninsula provides the backdrop for Loftus Hall.  It is reputed to be the most haunted house in Ireland but the only way you’ll find out is to come and visit Loftus Hall.

Much of its history has been clouded by the mists of time but it’s legends are alive and vivid to this day.  Following a chequered past, the house was taken over by the Loftus family and renamed Loftus Hall in 1666 – surely no coincidence in that date given the events that would follow…..!  This house was destroyed by fire – some say arson – and the current building was constructed in 1870.  Its Italian oak staircase is a wonder to behold given that it’s twin currently resides in the Vatican.

In true “Marie Celeste” style, the house for the most part has been untouched since it was abandoned.  The only work that has been carried out has been for structural reasons.  Our tour guides will take you through the ground floor of the house on an interactive tour and relate the grim and gruesome history behind Loftus Hall including its notorious visitor!

Be ready, be brave, beware.



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