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first_imgThe Presidential Press Secretary in the Office of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has reacted sharply to Mr. Simeon Freeman’s comments against President Sirleaf’s recent nation address.Press Secretary Jerolinmek Matthew Piah described comments from the Movement for Progressive Change’s former standard bearer Freeman as “gross indiscipline and naked political gimmick.”Simeon Monseegar Freeman had been commenting on President Sirleaf’s address to Liberians on the State of the Nation’s economy.In his reaction to the President’s address, Freeman stated as “worst” the condition of the state under the leadership of Madam Sirleaf than past Liberian governments.Freeman also stated among other things: “Today, Liberia, like the late 80s, is a place of huge capital flight, huge trade deficit, extremely low employment and especially high youth unemployment rate, non-performing educational institutions, very poor infrastructure and non-existing health delivery structure.”But Mr. Piah reacting said: “In a democratic environment such as the one we have created in Liberia, it is normal that there will be comments and reactions to everything that comes from the Government, the Presidency included.”He stated that inasmuch as they are tolerant to people’s comments and opinions, they won’t compromise their right to also put in “check misconduct and political- gambling as has always been the case with Mr. Simeon Freeman.”He indicated that while they appreciated Mr. Piah’s perspectives on the President’s address particularly on the overall State of the Nation’s economy, however, drew public’s attention to what he termed as “disrespect and misconduct to the Office of the Presidency.”“Firstly, Mr. Freeman analyses on the economy are dead wrong. The substantive discussions on the economy is out for a debate and some of our people charged directly with matters concerning the economy at the Executive Mansion are herewith throwing out the challenge to Mr. Freeman on the address in particular, and the State of the Nation’s economy in general. With his consent, we can take advantage of the very platform he used on Monday and any other alternative pleasing and comfortable for him.”“We know that Mr. Freeman as a former operative of the Taylor regime will never fall short of a flawed and baseless analysis and attribution of comparing the current very democratic and results-based government to not just the Taylor regime from which he amassed the wealth he brags about today, but to others he and his likes similarly condemned. We will therefore not be surprised were he to shower praises on the Sirleaf administration long after she leaves power; this is how most Liberians see one’s worth when they leave the stage. Mr. Freeman suggests that President Sirleaf must apologize to some former leaders of Liberia, including his former boss Taylor. We would simply like to advise Mr. Freeman to stop living in the past and from being a constant victim of hallucination because the past that he so greatly benefitted from is gone and no amount of anger and hate from him can return those dark days.”“It remains clear from Mr. Freeman’s constant campaign about the President’s resignation and/or impeachment that he recognizes the near non-existence of an empty talking machine call MPC which due to its empty nature has no faith in the democratic process, and that his only hope of imagining state power is through vain political agitation. Mr. Freeman ought to know that President Sirleaf remains pleased with her governance record and will not get distracted by loud and empty talk from Freeman and his likes. He described his leader [President Sirleaf] as a loud talker and that there were no more lies to be told. How can such a young man speak so condescendingly about a leader aged enough to be his mother? Is it so difficult for Mr. Freeman to address issues of national concern without his usual acts of misconduct and indiscipline? In a talk show appearance that followed his so-called press conference today, he urged the President to attend classes under his tutelage and persistently referred to her as “Ellen” leaving more question about his moral upbringing.”Piah rhetorically asked about Mr. Piah’s credentials: “How can a guy whose credentials are still being debated and questioned speak derogatorily about a leader whose credentials are replete and venerated? In fact, what is Mr. Freeman’s governance or work record that enabled him to make such a provocative comment to the President? Is something happening to him, or has his sense of simple reasoning and understanding being swallowed to the level of hate and anger that have overwhelmed him?”Piah jibed that Freeman, who according to him (Piah), without a better sense of judgment, was seriously hallucinating when he made his “rants” and must try to act quickly to stabilize himself because take it or leave it, the Sirleaf Administration remains the best the country has ever had.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgQuite recently there has been a rousing interest in the political future of Liberia with the distant bells tolling the knell of the arrival of the 2017 elections. Consistent with the political habits of the political “wannabes” the interest of the Republic suddenly takes center stage when any election season is suddenly bearing down upon us, forgetting that the interest of the state and its people should be an unending saga preceding days long before elections and the day after the conclusion of any electoral process.This gives flesh to the phrase popularized by Chea Cheapoo’s PPP party prior to Charles Taylor’s quest for the Liberian presidency in terming those brands of politicians as “political ricebirds” who migrate and swoon over Liberia, only during elections season. Lest we forget that the ultimate reward for success is timely and early planning; but in my country there seems to be a mental fixation that one does not have to plan ahead and put in motion any tested strategies for success but the illusion that success is achieved thru sudden urgency. This unpreparedness might have led us to the many failures even in our international sporting competitions. My people the glorious future is for those who prepared and work at or for it. So if you are thinking of any political engagement do your homework; either you plan for it now and get to know your constituents now or you forfeit those glorious intentions goodbye.I decided to write this very short article about our electoral proclivities as we are once more being mesmerized by political pundits in the speculative game of “probables” in the ensuing political season of 2017 with surprising redemption armor for Liberia. The chilling reality in Liberia is that most of the potentials on the peoples’ political radar have not shown any piercing visionary leadership which any future political leadership at this time is begging for. Then I am hoping that our “wanabes” will now begin to demonstrate objectivity, integrity, sheer truthfulness and honest seizure with the rice and palm oil concerns of our people.The season for pandering for political office is only a stone’s throw away; let us say less than twenty four months hanging time, and already we are being bombarded with rumors of not only potential contenders and self anointed political messiahs, mergers and expedient future collaborations, scheming, abject sycophancy, public relations ploys cum political planning. The political clowning will always be there as it is systemic in us to assume this gimmickry, underpinned by unpretentious deceptions, betrayals and often times darn right lies defining “Liberian Politics”—–promises of building pies in the skies; a season for promising what you know you really cannot accomplish.  So what is new? One would have thought that with the much trumpeted new dispensation we will now commit to better and REAL POLITIKS.We have seen time in and time out the despicable practice of our “wannabes” to political office mushrooming when the political season is on the horizon, manifest and ostentatious dangling of themselves before the electorates, fueled by a very strange mixture of over-bloated egos, wanting to be wanted and trying to out- portray themselves as the “knights in white armor” singled out by some magical wand to be the political saviors of our time, even doing the St. Peter thing of denying their masters. Most disparagingly, our electorates seem to idolize personalities rather than judge past contributive performances, and misplace substantively by the immediate availability of the mighty “dollar” amount, oblivious to the legitimacy of the source; you see seeking for electoral support now degenerates to who can dole out to his constituents rather than the cohesion of your colleagues and constituents to support their parochial development needs. You are not judged by what funding one has sourced to impact the educational needs of the students or focus on the “HOW” one will coerce his companions if and when elected to approve the relevant bills essentially targeting his electoral domain? I am talking about improvement for qualified teachers, improvement of the learning environments and conditions. I am talking about any funding for the health needs of your constituency to cope with the often occurrences of infectious transmissible diseases? The public might not know, that you as a Legislator, cannot within your salary construct roads, but you can incessantly engage your constituents who in most cases might not even have consulted you, except when they needed and secured access to your funds to address their personal needs.This well orchestrated foreplay of contemplating and pretending to run for high office gives a lot of political under-achievers, political cast-offs preceptors of political exclusivity, sometimes bearers of no credible track record of public office, the opportunity to preen their opinions on half-baked theories and mostly “pie-in-sky” manifestoes of political solutions. Some of our pretenders are suitcase politicians who are convinced that mere coatings of  being a “BEEN_TO” in the diaspora now bestows on you that cloak of entitlement pregnated with the commanding advantage over a “stay to”— home grown survivalist. Much more than that they even vent  “paper-thin”  populous rhetoric on the unsuspecting mostly minimally illiterate populace, pretending to provide a clamor of social answers that are mostly in their heads and their imaginations, so paper thin that even a 1947 third grader can put holes thru. They refuse to take lessons from the experiences of political veterans whose political wisdom and coaching could make an ocean of a difference. Hey what? That in the diaspora they do it this wayism does not transform itself to and contributive political plus in Liberia with her own political culture. We see the likes of former war lords still reeling from the explosions of the TRC’s expose of tortuous roles of “salvation” in our devastating civil crisis. They forget the adage that says “fool me first time, shame on you, but fool me second time, shame on me.” There will always come a time when cushioning behind their present statuses will eventually self exhaust their limitations and the chickens will come home to roost. We should learn to distinguish those who have their roles and have sought the forgiveness of the electorate and whose commitments and sincerity to help our country are determinable, tangible, demonstrative and sincere.  Regrettably, some of those riding the crescendo of tomfoolery, with its companion undependability, encountered the wrath of their now believers. Lucky for us we frequently are often entertained to their intemperate fire-ups and kooky talk of corruption and human rights abuse, with claims of their constant “sashaying” with and being wooed by international operatives or perceived political nobodies and has now laced up their running shoes for a sprint at the much coveted  “Presidency” of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf whose tolerances on most indiscipline confrontations under the aegis of the sanctity of Universal Freedoms on alleged  issues of corruption, and blaring the accusations of recycling of accused abettors of “cookie jar” offenders gives the impression of a soft political target. Make no mistake that TARGET is by no means soft. Just do not keep making the error of thinking that the leopard you may encounter is by no means a domesticated cat. It is no wonder we hear rumors of the well veiled intentions of a compendium of “loyal” partisans and members of the ruling cabinet, including some of whom who prize themselves of always reaching across the aisle to the grass-rooters when no such hands are reaching back, to them. Folks shine your eyes, oh; be aware of the ides of March. Let us all put our political toys away and start to have some refreshed and fresh political conversations on where we intend to take this country come 2017. Those conversations should now begin to take shape and poise to take flight. If there were any time to consult, the time is NOW.The author: President Pro Temporare Emeritus of the Liberian Senate; Winner of the Primary of the Alliance of Seven Political Parties of the “Progressives”, 1997 for the Presidential Candidacy. Ranking Executive member of the Ruling Unity Party. Professional Geoscientist; former Assistant Professor of the University of Liberia; Former CEO of the Liberia Football Association and two time President of the Liberia Basketball Federation and a Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant of the AFLShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgOrozco, 29, is charged with one count of murder in the deputy’s June 24, 2005, slaying, along with the special circumstance allegations of murder of a peace officer, murder while lying in wait and murder to avoid arrest. He also faces one count of attempted murder stemming from a shooting four days before the deputy was killed, and two counts of possession of a firearm by a felon. Ortiz was investigating the earlier shooting when he was “shot in an ambush from behind an apartment door,” District Attorney Steve Cooley said last year. “As the deputy lay dying, his killer ran away.” The county’s top prosecutor said Orozco was arrested several hours after the shooting. He was found hiding in a house a few doors away. The alleged murder weapon, a .38-caliber revolver, was recovered, according to Cooley. The deputy, a member of the anti-gang detail at the sheriff’s Lakewood Station, was checking identifications of people inside units of an apartment building in the 12200 block of East 223rd Street when he was shot point-blank in the face. The attempted-murder charge stems from Orozco’s alleged attack on a man who was shot in the back while doing yard work at a Hawaiian Gardens home. Orozco has prior felony convictions – for auto burglary, possession of a firearm by a felon and resisting an executive officer – and served three terms in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office. None of his prior convictions are considered a “strike” under the state’s three-strikes law, according to Cooley. Ortiz got married less than a month before his death. He is also survived by two sons from a previous marriage, who were age 6 and 16 at the time of their father’s death. Thousands of mourners, most of them uniformed officers and deputies, attended Ortiz’s funeral at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles. – City News Service160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORWALK – The first phase of jury selection began Monday in the murder trial of a parolee charged in the ambush-style shooting of a gang enforcement deputy in Hawaiian Gardens. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for gang member Jose Luis Orozco, who allegedly shot 35-year-old Luis Gerardo “Jerry” Ortiz of Diamond Bar in the face as the sheriff’s deputy was checking identifications in an East 223rd Street apartment complex. Thirty prospective jurors filled out questionnaires this morning and were asked about their views of the death penalty. The plan is for 30 prospective panelists to be brought in each day this week, with general jury selection scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Monday. last_img read more

first_imgRTE Raidio na Gaeltachta SFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011Gaoth Dobhair1 – 101 – 14Naomh MichealPairc Naomh Fionnan FalcarraghQ/Final-Extra Time-Line: P Mc Bride/L McConigleyBusanna Feda O Donaill IFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011Naomh Naille0 – 120 – 10Naomh BridTir Chonaill Park Donegal TownExtra Time/Play OffCentra Supermarkets Division Three ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011Carndonagh1 – 110 – 9Aodh RuadhCarndonaghMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division TwoDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011Killybegs1 – 82 – 4BundoranFintraRTE Raidio na Gaeltachta SFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011Gleann Suilli0 – 90 – 9Naomh AdhamhnanSean MacCumhaillsQ/Final-Extra Time-Line: L Brown/P WalshCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011Carndonagh1 – 54 – 13Aodh RuadhCarndonaghRTE Raidio na Gaeltachta SFRCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011An Chlochan Liath0 – 61 – 6Naomh AdhamhnanSean MacCumhaillsPlay Off – Extra TimeMcGlynns Resturant Castlefin Division TwoDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment07-Aug-2011Sean MacCumhaills0 – 70 – 12KilcarSean MacCumhaillsBrian McCormack Sports Division OneDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-Aug-2011Naomh Conaill1 – 120 – 8DungloeGlenties Davy Brennan MemorialCentra Supermarkets Division ThreeDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-Aug-2011Milford1 – 110 – 9DowningsMoyle Park MilfordRTE Raidio na Gaeltachta SFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-Aug-2011Ard a Ratha2 – 100 – 7Cloch Cheann FhaolaO Donnell ParkPlay Off/Line: G Mc Hugh/J O DonnellMarley Coach Hire Division FourDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-Aug-2011Na Rossa1 – 100 – 3Letterkenny GaelsPairc Dooey06-Aug-2011Moville2 – 52 – 10Naomh UltanMoville Carrick Field06-Aug-2011Naomh Padraig-Muff3 – 161 – 16ConvoyMuffRTE Raidio na Gaeltachta SFRCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-Aug-2011Na Ceithre Maistiri0 – 151 – 10MalainnSean MacCumhaillsQ/Final – Extra TimeCentra Supermarkets Division Three ReserveDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-Aug-2011Milford2 – 81 – 5DowningsMoyle Park MilfordRTE Raidio na Gaeltachta SFRCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment06-Aug-2011Ard a Ratha1 – 51 – 9Cloch Cheann FhaolaO Donnell ParkPlay Off-Line: G Mc Hugh/J O DonnellBusanna Feda O Donaill Jun BFCDateTeam 1ScoreScoreTeam 2VenueComment03-Aug-2011Letterkenny Gaels0 – 150 – 7Robert EmmetsLetterkennyGAA: COUNTY RESULTS was last modified: August 7th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal GAA resultsGAA RESULTSlast_img read more

first_imgBingo Continues in the hall on Tuesday at 9pm. Lotto results are CE,LD,SO,OY Kathleen Toner,Paul Lynch,Donna Slevin Eileen Mc Mullan and Diarmuid Mc Elwaine. Next week’s jackpot is€2050Well done to everyone involved with the Strictly Come Dancing a great night was had by all in the Silver Tassie on Sun 28th Oct.Thanks to all our dancers Sabrina Barnet & Packie Mailey (Winners) April Moore & Michael Duffy, Keelan Gillen &Sinead Kelly, Terence Quinn &Julia Blake, Louise Doherty & Ryan Kettle, Grainne Reid &John Doherty, Anthony Browne &Shannon Mc Laughlin, Ciara Foy &John Anthony Mc Mullan, Kay Bonner& Paul Mc Mullan, Kristopher Moore and the Minor boys and girls who have worked so hard over the past 2 months to make this night such a success. Thanks to the dance teachers Siobhan Diver, Nicola Roache ,Donna Quinn and Kate Mc Ginley for their time and commitment also Patrick Gildea Hairdressing and Shauna Mailey and Clodagh Harris for make-up and Mc Elhinneys. Everyone looked amazing .Thanks to Mannies for use of his premises to practice in and those who sponsored prizes for the raffle Gavin Harris, Londis and Breens .Special thanks to Adrian O Donnell who kept the show running smoothly and Oisin Cannon for the Music also our four fab Judges Tina Drein,Joe Mc Carron Paul Durkan and Mark Mc Hugh. Also the Hard working committee who put together Posters, Programmes, Photographs and loads more thank you all so much.Underage training on Friday from 6.30 to 7.30 GAA NEWS: ST MARY’S CLUB CONVOY was last modified: October 29th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:St Marys GAA Club Convoylast_img read more

first_imgIt is expected that Donegal County Council’s Budget plan for 2012 will not be reached until possibly the New Year.Councillors are meeting today to discuss County Manager Seamus Neely’s plan for the coming year.The annual budget is likely to drop form €153 million to €148 million as the axe falls on several projects and savings are made across the board. It is unlikely the commercial rate for businesses will increase but traders have been demanding a cut which they are unlikely to see.Councillors are meeting to discuss where they can find savings without cutting services.Eighty ‘Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay’ supporters held a protest outside the meeting.    COUNTY COUNCIL BUDGET MAY NOT BE AGREED UNTIL THE NEW YEAR was last modified: December 21st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:budget 2012Donegal County Councillast_img read more

first_imgWalking might be the most natural thing in the world for most people.So why would you give the third year pupils of Mulroy College in Milford a class in walking?Well when the instructor is none other than Olympic walker Brendan Boyce, then it all becomes a bit clearer. The local hero  and past pupil of Mulroy gave up his time in his busy training schedule to speak with pupils about exercise, diet and his upcoming appearance at the London Olympics.Principal Ms. Fiona Temple described Brendan as “inspirational.”“I would like to thank Brendan for taking time out to visit the school. We all know how valuable his time is coming up to the Olympic Games.“He was inspirational to al the students and gave of his time generously and patiently. He is a real example to all young people of how hard work can pay off. “And, of course, he’s from Milford and Donegal,” said Ms Temple.BRENDAN PROVES HE CAN ‘WALK THE WALK’ AND ‘TALK THE TALK’ was last modified: May 1st, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Brendan BoyceMulroy College MilfordOlympic Gameslast_img read more

first_imgBen Clark earned a come-from-behind 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 6 singles to break the stalemate and send the Bulldogs back to Des Moines with the win and a 17-13 record in the regular season. The team will have two weeks to prepare for the upcoming Summit League Championship. Story Links vs. Valparaiso 4/26/2019 – 6 PM Doubles competition1. Aziz Kljametovic/Francois Musitelli (ODU) def. Vinny Gillespie/Barny Thorold (DU) 6-32. Bayo Philips/Tom Hands (DU) def. Luca Maldoner/Nicola Vidal (ODU) 6-33. Calum MacGeoch/Ben Clark (DU) def. Jannik Giesse/Oliver Tobisch (ODU) 7-5 Drake took an early lead in the match with the doubles point and then took a 3-1 lead with wins from Barny Thorold and Bayo Philips at No. 5 and 4 singles, respectively. However, ODU rallied back with wins at No. 2 and 3 singles to tie the match as Clark battled at No. 6 singles with the match hanging in the balance. Drake 4, Old Dominion 34/13/2019 at Norfolk, Va. (Folkes-Stevens Tennis Center)Singles competition1. Aziz Kljametovic (ODU) def. Vinny Gillespie (DU) 6-4, 6-42. Francois Musitelli (ODU) def. Tom Hands (DU) 6-0, 7-63. Jannik Giesse (ODU) def. Calum MacGeoch (DU) 6-4, 7-64. Bayo Philips (DU) def. Luca Maldoner (ODU) 7-5, 6-35. Barny Thorold (DU) def. Nicola Vidal (ODU) 6-2, 6-26. Ben Clark (DU) def. Oliver Tobisch (ODU) 1-6, 6-2, 6-2 Preview Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Live Stats Match NotesDrake 17-13Old Dominon 11-9Order of finish: Doubles (1,2,3); Singles (1,5,4,2,3,6) Print Friendly Version Box Score (HTML) NORFOLK, Va. – The Drake University men’s tennis team closed its regular season with a thrilling 4-3 win at Old Dominion that came down to the final set of the final match. Next Game: Clark then bounced back from the first-set to hold off Oliver Tobisch in the third set, 6-2, to clinch the match.last_img read more

first_imgTRAFFIC in a Co Donegal town was held up today – whilst a woman went to a cash machine!Surely this is NOT how you should park..but this motorist thought it was ok.And she was there for six minutes…causing frustration for drivers who were forced to stop in Ramelton whilst the woman tried to make a withdrawal from an AIB Banklink machine.  HOW NOT TO PARK YOUR CAR WHEN GOING TO A CASH MACHINE was last modified: January 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:bank machinecar parkingRameltontrafficlast_img read more

first_imgSinn Féin TD and Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has said that political pressure is needed to prevent the sale of loans to vulture funds and called on the Minister for Finance Pascal Donohoe to tell state owned banks that, as a majority shareholder, he will not permit the sale of these loans. Deputy Doherty also called for support for his legislation which would regulate the vultures.The Donegal TD said: “In 2015, Fine Gael and Labour failed to put in place the proper regulation of vultures. Their legislation regulated only the middle man (the “Credit Servicing Firm”). “Sinn Féin attempted to make sure that the owner, the vulture, were fully regulated but our amendment was voted down at Committee in May of that year by Fine Gael and Labour, with Fianna Fail not present for the vote.“Sinn Féin have tabled legislation the Consumer Protection (Regulation of Credit Servicing Firms) (Amendment) Bill 2017 which is now desperately needed to protect the homeowners affected by sales to vultures by fully regulating the actual owner of the credit. The Central Bank have called for this course of action.“Regulating the vulture is not a silver bullet although it would add much needed protection. The issue is that long term products are being sold to short term entities. As a result, these vultures aren’t interested in sustainable solutions, just in cashing in one way or another.“What is needed in the here and now is for the Minister Donohoe to pick up the phone and tell PTSB and any other State Bank that as a shareholder he refuses to permit any sale to vultures. “Unfortunately, the Confidence and Supply Arrangement is silent on this issue of banks selling as many loans as they like to vultures. Political pressure is required and we stand ready to support any moves that will prevent these sales.”Political pressure needed to prevent the sale of loans to vultures – Doherty TD was last modified: February 19th, 2018 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FinancePearse Doherty TDSinn Feinlast_img read more