Showing posts with label recession. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recession. Show all posts

Aug 18, 2010

Banks refusing to deal in fiddling small change

I went into AIB with €200 to lodge into my account. AIB refused to take my money. The teller informed me that this was company policy. AIB will only accept coins in specific numbers ie

€50 in €2 euro coins
€25 in €1 or 5c coins
€10 in 20c or 10c coins
€5 in 5c coins
€2 in 2c coins
€1 in 1c coins

I qualified for €10 in 10c coins and €2 in 2c coins and so managed to lodge €12 to my account. You'd think that a bank that is so close to failing would accept any deposit, especially after copious bailouts from the Irish taxpayer. I had no idea that banks could have a policy to refuse legal tender. When I looked it up, it turns out that according to the Economic and Monetary Union Act, 1998

No person, other than the Central Bank of Ireland and such persons as may be designated by the Minister by order, shall be obliged to accept more than 50 coins denominated in euro or in cent in any single transaction.

Does that mean I have to spend money on a ticket to Dublin to lodge my money? Anyone else think that this is idiotic? Maybe during the "Tiger" years people might have been embarrassed to pay with 2c coins. In the current depression, I think that'd probably changed. In Lidl the other day, I bought a few bottles of olive oil with 10c, 5c, 2c and 1c coins. The cashier had no problem with it. Those coins do add up.

I've been saving my change for a while now. I thought that it could be a rainy day fund and €200 is nothing to sneeze at. But, according to AIB it's fiddling small change. I wanted to pay my rent and the bank refused to accept my money. Strange times to live in.

Sep 11, 2009

Considering positions

I love that "to consider hir positions" means "resign" again. It's really the 80s again.
Mr Cowen said there were no circumstances in which he would consider his position, regardless of the outcome of the elections.

Having taken some time to consider my position, I have decided that the time is right for me to step out of international competition

After the latest revelations, and the underhand and secretive way in which moves by the leadership were conducted, I will have to consider my position," he added.

I would prefer to consider my position in that respect before I decide when it should be published.

I will consider my position with regard to a motion under Standing Order 29.

The are quite a few others that really should consider their positions!

Jul 24, 2009


No future for us. Ireland's government is robbing the taxpayers. The national debt will take decades to pay off. Our grandchildren will be paying for FF's fuckups. As soon as the world economy improves, so many people will get the fuck out of this country.

All that is left in Ireland is heavy taxation for shitty services, income levies, corrupt government, incompetent news media and unemployment. Why would anyone want to stay?

NAMA is the final poison that will bury this country.

I am utterly without hope.


This piece was brought to you by an evil fucking government and a shitty finance minister.

Jul 19, 2009

Paying the price

I have a new post up on GlobalComment.

For the past ten years the Irish government has spent public money with the financial acumen of a five year old in a sweet shop...

Jul 15, 2009

Gender stereotypes alive and well in the Irish Times

This piece of trash is a cheap shot at gender stereotypes and those who are unemployed.

Women have been insulated from the worst of the carnage since they had already retreated to the home full-time or took the three-day week, convenient safer jobs in the public sector, college, or set up their own low-risk small business: home-catering for one friend, counselling for another, or column-writing in my case.

Oh really? Women have been insulated from the worst part of the recession? Are you referring to women like you Carey? Upper middle class, married, het, cis women presumably. That is not the majority. Way to devalue the work that women do.

Projecting your personal experience on to the backs of other women, is a fucking disgrace, Carey. It's insulting and in error.

I think it is telling that someone with the economic privilege to work part time at column-writing during the recession is generalising her experiences. She has no idea how the rest of us live. I doubt she was one of the 200 people to line up on Grafton Street to interview for a cashier's position in Londis. I doubt she understands that money worries pervade every aspect of your life, when you don't have any. There is no "joy of autonomy" in unemployment during a recession.

Anyway, here’s our dirty little secret – whether down-shifting or opting out – life is great. We are masters of our universe. Whether working from home or in the home, women have discovered the joys of autonomy. Not completely of course – bills still have to be paid, deadlines obeyed and the insatiable needs of children to be met. But there are no tortuous Monday morning management meetings, no hellish commutes, no power point presentations and no angry clients.

Now it’s all been ruined with these husbands hanging around at home. Leaving aside the financial strain, an alien creature has invaded the house. It reminds one of the soaring divorce rate among older couples in Japan where a retired husband shows up and a 30-year marriage ends. Ireland’s unemployed husbands may not be facing abandonment but are finding their wives aren’t exactly thrilled about unlimited quality time.

I hate the chatty "between us girls" tone of this article. Carey assumes that all of us girls agree with this point of view and that all readers are the straightest straight people in the world. Another bloody hetero-nomative assumption.

Since when do the "joys of autonomy" include taking care of children and cleaning the house. It remains me of those fundie freaks that believe that housework is empowering. A big, fuck you to that.

Welcome to the 21st century, Carey. There are different family groups, sexual orientations and negotiations between partners. This article plays on the "men do not contribute to the housework" trope. It's tired and frankly pathetic.