I just got in an email from Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan TD and he’s just wondering how many of us mere mortals will be putting our names forward for that great blood-letting date of May 23rd and the draining-dry day on the 24th. Moreover, he’s wondering aloud how many unemployed people will seek to empower themselves and their community by going forward.
I suppose he’s wondering how much of the ‘Is Féidir Linn’ Barack Obama legacy is left in us after all we’ve been through.
“949 jobs up for grabs on May 23rd.” – Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, TD.
If one was to ask the general public would they like to improve their community, their town and county then one would get a resounding yes.
Ask those who are unemployed would they like a job and you will, in the vast majority of cases, get a resounding yes.
Ask those same people would they like a wage of between €25 and €75 thousand per year and I would say yet again that one would get a resounding yes.
“Given that there is mass unemployment one would expect a stampede for these same lucrative and influential jobs. However, as of yet less than 1500 hundred people have shown an interest,” – Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan, TD.
Well, here is the good news: On May 23rd such jobs are up for grabs – 949 of them in fact including 33 in County Kerry, 55 in County Cork, 31 in Cork City and and 40 in County Limerick. On May 24th we will know who has been successful. The jobs are with your local Council. Running it in fact!
Given that there is mass unemployment one would expect a stampede for these same lucrative and influential jobs. However, as of yet less than 1500 hundred people have shown an interest. This baffles me given that for every other job that comes on the market, whether that is as a block layer, teacher, road sweeper or chef, the number of applicants far outweighs the number of positions.
Jobs for the Boys or Girls
In some cases the ratio of applicants to jobs available is as high as over 1000 to 1. So is it the case that all of these positions are going to turn out to be yet more ‘jobs for the boys or girls’? Well the interesting thing about the application process for these particular jobs is that it is as open and transparent as possible. The jobs are openly advertised.
The application process is covered wall to wall by local and national media in the last four weeks running up to when the successful applicants are announced. The most important thing to say about these jobs is that it is the general public which decides on the result.
So, will you apply?
Next Saturday March 15th at 11am in the Shamrock Lodge Hotel in Athlone a two and half hour long seminar will take place at which the application process will be thoroughly explained. The only qualifications needed to apply are an ability to speak in public coupled with a passion to improve how this country does its business. The jobs are spread all over the country from Donegal to Cork.
Thanks and Regards
Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan TD 086 3685680