First, let us say, streetdogs.blog the word on the street, are no ardent admires of the British Royal Family or of any given member of that institution.

Now in respect of the Harry and Megan “Megexit saga” one is given to thinking that there is a lot of double standards and hypocrisy being spewed by members of the “Royal”  establishment and the media and other commentators.

Yes. The planned UDI announced by the couple may not be perfect in every detail, and yes they may be speaking out of both sides of their own mouths in regards to being fully independent in the initial stages of their journey along the Yellow Brick Road. However, has not many a son, leaving the family home, assured his doting mother, we will always be there for you, by the way, can you give us a hand with the deposit? Sure you can come to visit the children anytime (but do phone first).

Double standards. The Royals collectively and with all their multiple hangers-on of various ranks and status, occupations and media commentators,  who were only too delighted when Harry went and got himself  “a cool chick”. A young, non-national, with a successful self-made presence on the international stage (so to speak), a non-caucasian, photogenic lady. Which of course was and is seen as an excellent aid to the Royal Family’s and it’s,  the establishment efforts to have a public image of being “Modern, inclusive, progressive and moving with the times”!

And what has the action, comments and conduct of members of the Royal Family, the establishment, the Media, commentators and Royal followers actually demonstrated?  That far from being modern, progressive, liberal, up to date in their thinking, behaviour attitudes and beliefs, but rather that they are still stuck in an elitist believe in their right to own and control other people, and especially so of women!

Did they think, that a vibrant, highly motivated, successful, 38-year-old woman, who has overcome many obstacles and hurdles to have achieved for herself so much, would indeed be going to sit by the turf fire and stir the soup for her mother-in-law’s family? And what of Harry himself? Is he not being true to his marriage vows to honour and respect his bride, and doing so as a modern man, In a partnership of equals? Lead on McDuff!!!


The glorious 12th. Mary Lou McDonald’s drumbeat hits the right chord. So what about the RIC farce? Might she give some people the same kind of advice?

Hugh O’Connell, Political Correspondent,  reports in the Irish Independent, today, Thursday, 09, inst. That prior to the current controversy over the now postponed commemoration of the Royal Irish Constabulary and the Dublin Metropolitan Police, and Sinn Féin and others calling for it to be cancelled.

Speaking in respect of an all Island celebration of the 12th July, Battle of the Boyne,1690. Mary Lou McDonald is quoted as saying, I will tell you how we do it, we do it by having them (Unionists) front and centre in the conversation and asking them.

Pity, some people involved in the RIC controversy, did not bring all stakeholders of that issue, front and centre and ask them?  Also, the RIC was a 32 county all Island organisation, who’s membership spanned several cultural, political and religious divides!   So why is it appropriate that any commemoration of the RIC, is simply and solely the exclusive propriety of the State, the establishment of which that organisation opposed?

And by the way for the benefit of certain commentators, of all hues, we all understand      ( at least most of us do) that many Individuals in the RIC, as in many castigated organisations, were ordinary and principled human beings, regardless of the nature and conduct of the organisation in which they operated on a daily basis. That it seems needs to be said, but it’s somewhat stating the obvious.

Micheál Martin correctly scorns the Government’s RIC plans. But it’s OK for Fianna Fáil’s, newly elected, Wexford TD, Malcolm Byrne, from Gorey to talk of permanently marking the Glorious 12th. with a Public Holiday, and rejoining the Commonwealth, and quoting the late, Albert Reynolds, as proposing 30% (yes 30%) of Dáil seats, “PERMANENTLY RESERVED FOR UNIONIST.”

Now we all know that for a newly unified Ireland of all 32 counties to work, there is going to have to be a lot of difficult adjustments to be engaged in by all parties involved and concerned. And to accommodate the many different aspects of other peoples, cultural backgrounds, beliefs and political and social desires and objectives. It’s going to be painful for many people.

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions.   As the government found out with it’s rightly cancelled plans for a ceremony for the commemoration of the RIC. An  Armed Police Force, universally associated with the task of suppressing the Irish people’s desire and ambition for a free, fully Democratic State.  With most particular revulsion of their participation in this suppression with the demonic acts of the “Black and Tans.                One has to ask, does, Malcolm Byrne, FF’s Wexford TD, honestly believe that the motivations and beliefs behind loyalists and unionists celebrations of the Glorious 12th are those of equality and democracy for all? And that the particular events that are celebrated had nothing to do with the indifference to sufferings of the Irish people during the subsequent great hunger that was the potatoes blight, referred to as “The  Great Famine” but in fact, was an act of indifferent genocide. Apparently, he does,  as he is quoted as having said, Irish people, need to create an understanding of that period, in both Irish and European history! Really, does Malcolm Byrne, TD. know exactly on what basis William, Prince of Orange was selected and invited to take the Crown from his uncle,  James 11 and V11,  on behalf of his, (James) daughter Mary 11, as William 111?                                                                                                                                                              Equally, by what interpretation and definition of a Parliamentary  Democracy do one particular section of society get to permanently have a de jure right to a 30%  of parliamentary representation?  Also, how would our newest members of Irish society feel about such an indifference to their ethnic and cultural backgrounds when a 30% de jure, allocation of public representatives for one group, reduces their opportunities for their representation, is every minority, religious, ethnic and social grouping,  going to be accorded a de jure percentage portion of public representation, how about Local authorities, will the same rule apply?                                                                                                                            Somewhat strange that a person who one day may lead a new Unified Ireland has nothing to say about his party member’s ideas on what is an acceptable range of concessions to the objective of that principle of unity that his party member has voiced.


If things were not so dangerous with the goings-on in various parts of the Middle East. Watching the news stations, especially Sky News and different American News stations. A person could be forgiven for believing that what they are watching is a bizarre version of “THE TOM AND JERRY SHOW” with Iran, as Jerry and President Trump, as Tom and President Putin, the bulldog, and the householders, as the UN Security Council!

And as we all know, in the said carton show, Tom can be squeezed through a mangle like a bedsheet and Jerry can be run over by a steam roller, the bulldog can be choked full of the garbage can content, but sure folks, it just funs no harm done, everyone is back to normal at the end of the show. But maybe, just maybe it’s actually  “The Top Cat Show”, President Trump is taking inspiration from!!!

Holiday Exercise — Melanie Franz

I just found this drawing in my sketchbook. I actually did it just before Christmas but then we escaped to the countryside and I forgot all about it. It´s like flying into the new year. So far so good. It is nice to be warm and cosy at home while a winter storm is raging […]

via Holiday Exercise — Melanie Franz

Will, Noel – Rock a Taxi Driver’s fare! Contactless payment, is it fair?

Noel Rock, FG, TD, seems to be hailing a ride on an already booked taxi. Heard speaking on the various news shows today, calling for Taxis to be obliged to facilitate contactless payments for taxi fares,  Well, of course, this is taking a ride on some else’s hobby horse,  as the National Transport Authority ( N.T.A.) has in the National Maximum Taxi Fare Review Report 2019, called for compulsory Credit Card payment facilities to be fitted to every taxi in Ireland.

Noel Rock, FG, TD, along with many others state that these days you can walk into any shop in any town and pay for your purchase with contactless payment, true, but if your card is rejected in a shop you won’t be leaving with the goods you wish to purchase !!! Noel Rock,  also states that card payments will also be helpful for Tourism, Well these same tourists wishing to book into a hotel with a credit card, will be required to have their card confirmed as valid by the hotel, BEFORE their booking will be confirmed and if the card fails to be confirmed their booking will not proceed!!!

Under the Road Traffic Acts, Article 52 S.I. 191,  a taxi driver is entitled BEFORE undertaking a passenger’s intended journey, to request from the passenger an advance payment of the fare for the given intended journey, and if the advance payment is not made the driver is legally entitled to refuse said passenger service!!!

So will a taxi driver having been compelled against their wishes to be equipped to take credit card payments, still be entitled to advance payment, if for whatever reason they discern a need to do so when a passenger boards their taxi?  Are they still able to refuse service if the passenger refuses advance payment? Will, every taxi driver then have to ask each and every intending passenger, are you paying cash or card? If a passenger having been asked by the driver if they are paying by cash or card, and the answer is a card, can the driver prior to accepting the intended journey, request that the said card be confirmed by the driver prior to undertaking the passengers intended journey?  Noel Rock FG, TD. mentions foreign travellers who may not have any local currency, well some foreign cards, like American Express, are not accepted by many card reader machines, so what happens with these passengers? And what about extra costs charged to the driver for processing foreign cards.

Anyone care to respond or comment on the above?





streetdogs.blog the word on the street. Read with great interest, reports that the French  President, Emmanuel Macron has said he will forgo the pension usually received by former French Presidents, of 6, 220euro per month.                                                                 President Micheal D Higgins currently receives a 1,581.66 euro per month pension from the contributory pension. If past and current figures are anything to go by, he will at the end of his second term be getting more than an extra 37,754 euro, to his Presidential pension. In addition to the above, Perhaps he might like to follow the example of the French President. What do you think readers?


It’s reported in the Irish Times, that Sarah Keane, of the OFI, has stated that she is willing to undertake a role in a crisis committee of the FAI.

This could be considered as her Christmas gift to Shane Ross, here’s a serious professional personality, with some great and effective success behind her in previously being involved in a similar róle in another crisis, struck sports body, with the added bonus of having defeated the former CEO of the FAI,  Bernard O’Byrne, in a ballot to be elected President of the OCI, so the Lady has put the ball in the back of the FAI’s goal already,  The lady has some serious evaluation and understanding of what needs to be done, hopefully, she will be taken up on her offer!

Ah, sadly as we draft this post, word has come in, that, Sarah Keane, has apparently ruled out any role on the new FAI board.








What a mess is the so-called Professional Football Association of  Ireland. Up to the neck in 60+ millions of debt, don’t totally own their so-called National Stadium, and have to go cap in hand to beg the Government and others for a free bailout and cry foul when the details of their inept, corrupt and possible unlawful conduct in the performance of their duties, either collectively or individually. Whoever believes that simply writing confidential on a document without having the recipient’s prior agreement to the confidentiality of the paper, especially to a Minister who must inform various government bodies of the potential consequences to the public purse of the implications of the document. Whatever peoples perception of Shane Ross in other matters, it is tough to fault him concerning his handling of this so-called Professional organisation, sure you wouldn’t let them make pancakes, or what’s that one about something in a brewery?