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Embrace The Punt



“DOZENS OF BUSINESSES in the Monaghan town of Clones are accepting the old Irish punt in a bid to boost the local economy.

Though it was replaced by the euro ten years ago, there is around €360 million in outstanding Irish notes and coins still in existence around the country, according to figures from the Central Bank.

Now the idea of one shopkeeper in Clones has spawned into a whole campaign in the town with over 40 shops, pubs, and other businesses getting involved by accepting customers’ old punts and giving them back change in euro vouchers which can be spent in other businesses in the town.

“My son, Ciaran, saw a documentary on the BBC about a town in Spain that had done it with the pesata and had had phenomenal success,” Tony Morgan, the owner of Lipton’s shop, told yesterday.

“It grew from there, we said we’d try that in the shop and see how it goes and from the business point of view it’s been very positive. I would have been laughed at initially but but once it started working…”

Now as part of the Embrace the Punt campaign, the businesses offer an exchange rate of IR£1 = €1.20.

The old money is taken by Morgan down to Dublin every month who exchanges it for euro at the old Central Bank rate of £IR1 = €1.27 with the difference going towards funding the campaign and local events. “

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“Spend your old Irish Punts in Clones!

Yes you have read it properly, you can now use your Irish Punt in exchange for goods and services in Clones.

We are offering an exchance of IR£1.00 = €1.20.

If you don’t spend all your punts in one go, don’t worry, we will give you your change in euro vouchers which you can spend on another day!!”



Irish Citizen Writes to every Government Minister

I know how s/he feels. Lawful Rebellion anyone?


Angry Irish Citizen Writes to every Government Minister ….. and asks fellow Citizens to Circulate Widely ! OR REPEAT AND SEND YOUR OWN!

Dear Minister,

I am a typical Irish citizen, I’m 41, I work full-time as a bar manager, I pay my mortgage each month with my partner for my little terraced home in the border town of Dundalk, I pay my taxes (even though our roads are falling apart, my local hospital is all but closed, our health services are in crisis, our schools continue to under-perform and our overstretched law enforcers can barely cope or care about our frighteningly lawless streets) my PRSI contributions (for what it’s worth….. nothing) and my universal social charge ( a thinly disguised second tax aimed at the vulnerable). I pay a pension though don’t dare check if it’s worth anything, I’ve never been arrested or even cautioned by the Garda, I don’t take drugs, I don’t smoke, I take an occasional drink, I’m not religious, I use a bicycle instead of a car because insurance costs border on criminal, I have a dog (for which I have to pay a license for), I watch too much TV (for which I pay a TV license AND a sky subscription for the same channels), I’m just a Irishman trying to get on in life.

That’s who I am…..

You are the Government of Ireland, the elected representatives of the Irish people, there to protect us, to look out for us, to shelter the weak and vulnerable and punish the wicked….

I am ashamed to be Irish, and it’s your fault.

I don’t feel like I’m part of an Irish Democracy, and it’s your fault.

I am supposed to be a citizen, a CITIZEN of Ireland, but instead I feel like a Serf, working and occupying a plot of land owned by a lord of the manor in return for protection and justice, except I don’t feel protected at all, either physically, financially or politically. I work to pay your bills, I toil to cover your mistakes, I go without so you can continue living the lifestyle you’ve grown very accustomed to. You used OUR money to pay for the Banks’ mistakes without asking our permission, money which the banks now won’t lend back to us to start up small businesses, to send our children to college, to treat ourselves to a much needed break from the rat-race. OUR money. You give away our natural resources and then use OUR money to pay Garda to become private security officers for Shell Oil, beating on us when we exercise our right to protest. OUR money. You squeeze our wallets,
take more money out of our pay checks, our dole, our disability allowances, ignore ever-increasing mortgage rates, and yet you’re considering putting up our VAT rate (an almost unbelievable disregard for the already-struggling small businesses in every border town, especially coming up to Christmas), introducing property tax when over 100,000 home-owners cannot pay their mortgages, introducing water rates (In September, 2010, the UN Human Rights Council adopted a resolution recognizing that the human right to water and sanitation are a part of the right to an adequate standard of living. If I can’t afford to pay my water bill, do you, my Government, cut my water supply, thus ignoring my human RIGHT to have access to safe drinking water and sanitation)…..

It seems never-ending, this constant financial worry that YOU have burdened US with. YOU have an average pay check of €112,000 and pensions of over €8.8 million, whereas I cannot buy home-heating oil without begging on bended knee to the credit union. I am angry, very angry, ashamed, confused, lost.

I have no-one to represent me, the law-makers don’t care, the Judges don’t care, the doctors don’t care, the nurses, teachers and Garda are too over-worked and under-paid to care, the TDs don’t care (my local TDs seem to only to appear when there’s a ribbon to be cut or an art exibition is laying on some free wine & cheese….. I wonder how many of them will be smiling for the local cameras when our over-budgeted revamp of Dundalk’s town square is officially opened, while our Hospital is virtually closed to a population of almost 30,000).

I, like almost every Serf of Ireland, am sick of your antics, your scheming ways and your financial ineptitude. You may wish to blame your last incarnation of Government for all your shortcomings and all our woes, just as they blamed the Government before them, but mark my words, we can only be bullied and lied to and robbed and pushed so far…..

Yours “

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