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Hello,

My name is Patricia Keeley.  I just looked up my Irish Symbol.  In the column (Crown Symbol) it says:
"Denoted Royal Authority".  Can you tell me what does this mean?
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US SENATOR DESCRIBES IRELAND AS A 'TAX HAVEN'

The Irish tax system is under the microscope after US Senator Carl Levin called the country a 'tax haven' and this despite the fact that the US government does not officially class Ireland as one.
 
The Senator is clearly unhappy with the fact that Apple Inc, the computer technology company, is reported to only pay as little as 2% tax on its profits by registering its business in Ireland. By doing this the profits can be funnelled through Ireland and then on to an actual tax haven country, thus avoiding a big tax bill in the US.

It is clearly not unreasonable for the US Senate to be unhappy with this situation. Huge companies such as Google and Apple have for many years now avoided paying large amounts of tax in their homeland by the use of these schemes.

The Irish government are furious and have repeatedly denied that any special deal was provided for Apple. The standard rate of corporation tax in Ireland remains at 12.5%. Most of the foreign multinational companies based in Ireland are American and employ about 150,000 people in the country. The IDA (Industrial Development Authority) of Ireland intends to write to Senator Levin about his comments.

Barry O'Leary of the IDA:
Irish officials will definitely be clarifying and making sure he (Senator Levin) is up-to-date on exactly what happens in Ireland ......the description he used (tax haven), I dont think anybody else would.

His annoyance with the US Senator was echoed by Government Minister Pat Rabbitte:
If there were monies channelled through Ireland (by US multi-nationals) then that is a function of what is allowed by the American tax system.

It has been suggested that the US authorities could easily close off this tax arrangement by changing their own tax law. Putting the ball back in the US Senator's court is unlikely to reduce the pressure that the Irish Government is under and not just from the US. Fellow EU countries, especially France and Germany, are also unhappy with Ireland's 12.5% tax rate for corporations and have mad several attempts over the last few years to have the rate upped.

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I agree the so calked american's are the one yhat droped the ball in there group putting conspiricy on the mexico and for that they lost to all real country's like us the one's who have the money not the one's who will fancy around to put a dress on one day then put a uniform on to get a check those buiseness's are tge obe who gain by the u.s. military because those buuseness's are not like us thy are droke allready we git buiseness's that are for like winning even real ect. THE KING JAMES WALTER LEGATE JR
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Greedy Irish Politicians Revert to type in Seanad Showdown

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The division between what is broadly termed ‘the establishment’ and the ordinary citizens of Ireland has rarely been more evident than in recent weeks.
 
The current Government is committed to holding a referendum to provide for the abolition of the Seanad (one of the Irish houses of Parliament – pronounced ‘shan-idd’). The Seanad has very little real power and although it can delay the passage of legislation by up to three months it cannot ultimately stop laws being made by the main Irish Parliament.
It is an unelected body and thus has become a breeding ground for ‘wannabe’ politicians and as a means of rewarding cronyism and political favours. Several of the countries Universities get to nominate members of the Seanad also, a privelege they guard jealously.
 
It was in the run-up to the most recent General Election that Taoiseach Enda Kenny declared that he thought the Seanad should be abolished and that his Party were committed to holding a referendum and giving the Irish people the chance to have their say.
 
It is with a sense of despair then that the everyday Irish person has to witness the campaign being currently waged by members of the political, legal and academic elite in this country, and aided by a compliant media.
The promise to abolish the Seanad house was put forward at the precise moment when just about every institution in the country was a potential target. The country was bankrupt. It made no sense whatsoever to have a second Parliament house at a ridiculous cost.
 
With a population of just over 4.5 million the country is served by 166 directly elected T.D.’s and 60 Senators in the Seanad. Utter madness. Taoiseach Enda Kenny estimates the abolition of the Seanad could save 20 Million Euro annually:
 

‘There is something fundamentally wrong, in my view, in politicians asking others to change and make real sacrifices and not doing the same ourselves’
 
Against this backdrop it looked certain that the guillotine would fall. But perhaps unsurprisingly many politicians and members of the elite, and particularly those Senators who are most likely to lose out on huge pay and expenses, have reversed their position and are now seeking to have the Seanad reformed instead of abolished.
 
The ‘Save our Seanad’ campaign is in full flow:
 ‘It acts as a safeguard against the excesses of the main Parliament’ they say.
 ‘It has propelled some very fine people into public life’ they say.
 
Oversight of the behaviour of the Irish Parliament is provided by its own Committees, the News Media and ultimately by the Irish people who get to vote people out of office every 5 years if they so wish (often sooner). And as for training people for political life in the future? That is the job of the political parties, of debating societies and pubs everywhere.
 
The Seanad is an expensive talking shop populated by the unelectable, by cronies of political big-shots, by academics and poseurs. It is appalling to witness those who most benefit from its existence scratch around for every conceivable tactic and strategy to try to keep it going. The worst kind of money-grabbing. Legalized theft. Looting of what is left of the public finances.
Our money – the Irish peoples money – being used to line the pockets of a bunch of dilettantes.
 
The existence of the Seanad is contrary to the spirit of an Irish Republic and it should be abolished at the first opportunity.
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THE KING JAMES WALTER LEGATE JR THINK'S IT IS JUST THAT THEY MIGHT BE STRESSED
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