You hear of a big foreign company coming to your town or city and investing millions or billions. Lots of jobs, great for local commerce is probably the first reaction.
Sometimes it’s good to sit back and look again – think again. The initial reaction is based on the belief we all have to work to make money to live. However the reality is that most of those investments create jobs at the lower end of the pay scale. Not enough cash at the end of the week to allow you to save so you don’t have to take out a mortgage or car loan.
There will be a few top jobs with top salaries – who gets those jobs?
At the end of the day they pay little tax, profits go out of the country. Owners don’t live in Ireland so don’t pay certain other taxes either. The land, business premises and the business is not Irish owned – it’s foreign owned. How much land can we sell to foreigners and still say Ireland for the Irish?
Who controls our food and our energy supply? Are we just both the worker ants and the consumers?
The other worrying trend is when taxpayers money is grant aid to start ups or low interest loans to Irish people. Who (on closer inspection gets all this aid?). Those Irish people start up, take a good salary, company car etc etc then they sell that company – usually to a big foreign company. No money ever returned to the tax payer. Is that where our Irish millionaires are made? And… who is connected to or related to whom? I think sometimes it’s good to pull back and sometimes it pays to investigate a bit closer.
Along with many other countries Ireland signed up to the China Belt and Road Initiative in 2017. Lets have a look at what we can find about and around that.
THE VERY ODD CASE OF RICHARD O’HALLORAN
In Feb 2021 Simon Coveney asked Brian Cowen to cancel a proposed discussion in the Irish Seanad to examine Richard’s case…now why would he do that?
Richard O’Halloran’s mother, Catherine is the niece of the late Taoiseach, Garrett FitzGerald. Her Grandfather, Desmond FitzGerald was the first Minister for Foreign Affairs in the newly formed Irish Free State in 1922. A relationship that makes the tardiness of Simon Coveney and the Irish Government all the more baffling – don’t they want him home – for some reason?
1 June 2021 – FIRST face to face discussion – Coveney discusses case of detained Irish businessman with Chinese minister
Shame on Wang Yi for inviting @simoncoveney over yet not resolving @SaveRichardNow RICHARD OHALLORAN’S detention. Total embarrassment for Ireland and its citizens. We cannot and should not engage with countries which withhold our freedom! https://t.co/L8MPlx0pWN
— Jessica McCormack (@Jessicaohmcc) May 31, 2021
I cannot fathom how @simoncoveney has not travelled to meet Wang Yi already to specifically discuss RICHARD OHALLORAN’S release. How can you have abandoned my brother and hence all Irish citizens so badly? This is a travesty. A family ruined https://t.co/ln4r96vsZc
— Jessica McCormack (@Jessicaohmcc) May 31, 2021
Taoiseach calls for release of journalist in Belarus? What about demanding release of Irish national RICHARD OHALLORAN? Focus on our own people rather than joining other bandwagons!!! Richard is being forgotten!!! https://t.co/bMaJv3w0kw
— Jessica McCormack (@Jessicaohmcc) May 25, 2021
18 Feb 2021 – ‘This could go on and on and on’ – Irishman held in China
Senator McDowell said that he was intending to put forward a motion to debate Mr O’Halloran’s case. However, he was contacted by Foreign Affairs Minister, Simon Coveney, and asked to not debate the issue as it is “at a delicate stage of negotiation”.
The Chinese embassy said more than 7,000 Chinese nationals have lost €160 million from money “illegally collected from the public” in China in a crowdfunding scheme and that about €50 million was transferred to CIALS to buy the Airbus A330 aircraft.
5 Dec 2020 – Lesson here for anyone thinking of going to China – Family of Irish man held in China: ‘Nobody is helping us – we are just begging for help’
23 Nov 2020 – Why is the Irish state not doing more to release an Irish citizen held against his will in China? GRIPT (Best article)
17 Sept 2020 – First Chinese-born barrister called to the Bar of Ireland
Sept 2020 – At a city level we have Cork County Council’s rather odd reaction when questioned about China’s slave labour
Sept 2020 – From what we can gather it seems China has a huge “re-education program for dissidents. This will give you some Clues as to the scale of Xinjiang labour operation in China
Oddly enough Dan Andrews, the Prime Minister of Victoria, currently at odds with the Prime Minister of AUSTRALIA, for having sold or leased the Port of Melbourne to China, without telling anyone, has the same view when asked about China’s labour camps. Like reading from the same script. Victoria also signed up to the China Belt and Road Initiative. The people of Victoria have been under draconian shut down law since MARCH 2020!! And are fighting in the courts and parliament to get free of “Dictator Dan” as they now call him – as well as going through unreal harassment from the police once they step outside their own doors.
22 Aug 2020 – Chinese envoy denies ‘myths’ about his country
20 June 2020 – 95pc of applicants to residency-for-investment scheme from China –
3 Sept 2019 – Ireland at center of Huawei’s expansion
2 July 2019 – Chinese companies examine Tipperary for investment opportunities (Alan Kelly TD)
25 May 2019 at a ceremony held in Cork, a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between Dublin-based think tank AsiaMatters and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC) was signed. Chairman of AsiaMatters at the time was Alan Dukes. In his speech, Simon Coveney again expressed Ireland’s willingness to be China’s gateway to Europe and his belief “that Ireland can play an important role in terms of being a voice within the European Union to help understand the new China,”
CNCALS.com, which was taken offline after Airfinance Journal made inquiries about the website, published a now-deleted press release in January 2018 saying the company had leased an Airbus A330-300 purchased through crowdfunding to Finnair.
Huijbers says that press release is incorrect. Finnair also confirms it does not have any aircraft from CALS.
24 Aug 2018 -The Irish Times voiced concerns as to whether we should be worried that China was buying Irish. Questioning if Irish assets hoovered up by Chinese firms could end up back on the market?
On 23 March 2018 it was reported in the South China Morning Post
What Ireland can do in the “One Belt One Road” initiative – 17 Jan 2017
Here we have Paul Kavanagh, Irish Ambassador to China in 2016 giving an interview in China on Ireland’s desire to forge links with China
3 Aug 2013 – Chinese family snaps up €20m Fota Island Resort
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