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 Kathy Sinnott and other MEPs in trouble?

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PostSubject: Kathy Sinnott and other MEPs in trouble?   Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:01 pm

Bit of a storm brewing this week for MEPs. It would seem that many are claiming EU parliamentary allowances that they're not entitled to.

Here's a clip from RTL and their broadcast that's responsible for the storm:


Here's a response from Kathy Sinnot: Video Response (embedding disabled).

Storm in a teacup or a tornado that's going to level everything in its path?

Thanks for the heads up to the The Limerick Blogger.
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PostSubject: Re: Kathy Sinnott and other MEPs in trouble?   Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:56 pm

In fact from the strictly legal point of view they ARE entitled to sign the registry and leave immediately after. It's from the political point of view that it's a scandal.

In the case of Sinnott, from the also political point of view I would be interested in learning more about the correspondance of names that I saw on this page.
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PostSubject: Re: Kathy Sinnott and other MEPs in trouble?   Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:22 pm

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In fact from the strictly legal point of view they ARE entitled to sign the registry and leave immediately after. It's from the political point of view that it's a scandal.

In the case of Sinnott, from the also political point of view I would be interested in learning more about the correspondance of names that I saw on this page.

Joady Sinnott is her son: FT article.
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PostSubject: Re: Kathy Sinnott and other MEPs in trouble?   Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:30 pm



Nice site Hermes (the Limerick Blogger that is). I think we should have a lost dog thread too.

If you are the owner of this dog please ring 063 91110
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PostSubject: Re: Kathy Sinnott and other MEPs in trouble?   Thu Jul 03, 2008 10:33 pm

arnaudherve wrote:
In fact from the strictly legal point of view they ARE entitled to sign the registry and leave immediately after. It's from the political point of view that it's a scandal.

In the case of Sinnott, from the also political point of view I would be interested in learning more about the correspondance of names that I saw on this page.


Ha! Rolling Eyes . Well spotted arnaudherve.
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PostSubject: Re: Kathy Sinnott and other MEPs in trouble?   Sun Jul 06, 2008 9:18 am

British whistleblowing here.

I think part of the problem is that the EP is used by national politicians as a safe financial retreat between two national elections. Hence they are not mentally in the EP while continuing receiving benefits.
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PostSubject: Re: Kathy Sinnott and other MEPs in trouble?   Sun Jul 06, 2008 4:57 pm

It is not too difficult. People should not be able to employ their family members as assistants at public expense, either in the EP or the Dail. These posts should be open competition, as in the Civil Service.
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PostSubject: Re: Kathy Sinnott and other MEPs in trouble?   Sun Jul 06, 2008 5:15 pm

I think you are right about family members but wrong about open competition.

These posts demand sharing the political views of the MP. For example you must not communicate strategic schedules to the opposite side, or you must do research according to the themes and points of view developed by a party.

For instance you could not be employed by an Irish Yes MEP, and Ibis could not be employed by an Irish No MEP. Even if you show better than average capacities.

Or else you imagine that there is something you can call neutral work in a Parliament. This is in my experience not even possible in the case of a secretary who just answers the phone. Even contacts are very strategic.

I would be more concerned about the lack of social status for assistants, partly due to the change of country, partly due to the fact that MEPs tend to consider them as domesticity. Some sleep in the MEPs office, for instance.

The most extreme left-wing MEP can become an arbitrary and conservative monarch when given a personal assistant.
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PostSubject: Re: Kathy Sinnott and other MEPs in trouble?   Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:09 am

Perhaps I am not clear enough about the role of these assistants. A good research assistant ought to be able to produce the necessary, and if it is too biased it won't stand up to pressure from the opposition anyway.
Absolute confidentiality is also a part of many jobs.

I would have to admit it probably reduces the chances of MEPs employing an intelligence agent by accident they one sticks to one's immediate family. But they aren't they probably all wired anyway?
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PostSubject: Kathy and Joady Take Gravy Train to Brussels.   Thu Jul 10, 2008 6:01 pm

ibis wrote:
arnaudherve wrote:
In fact from the strictly legal point of view they ARE entitled to sign the registry and leave immediately after. It's from the political point of view that it's a scandal.

In the case of Sinnott, from the also political point of view I would be interested in learning more about the correspondance of names that I saw on this page.

Joady Sinnott is her son: FT article.

Indeed Joady is her son. Film being his speciality. If she's dumb enough to wear a T-shirt the UK IP obviously gave her or, at least, did not have the wit to move out of shot - perhaps she has Joady on hand there to film such priceless moments when history and morality embrace.
Shame her ex-husband and Sweaty Christy cldn't write a new ballad "Kathy and the kid take the gravy train to Brussels." Like a Star @ heaven
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