Debt is the single biggest issue of our century – Primetime Monday 19, 2014

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Debt is the single biggest issue facing the Irish people this century both on a national and European stage.  When history comes to be written the issue of debt in our time will be as big an issue as the famine was in the 19th century. And ironically, the misery caused by both – the deaths, suicides, emigration and homelessness – are utterly preventable.


We know that we hold 42 percent of the debt from the banking crisis in Europe. We also know this is wrong, that this is an unjust debt, an odious debt.


The current government was voted in three years ago with an overwhelming mandate to renegotiate this debt but they did nothing. They did not even ask for a single cent back.


This is why I want to go to Europe to right that wrong.
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Why should you send me to Europe? I have personally felt the impact of austerity in a real and painful fashion. Last year the banks repossessed my home, my business failed and bailiffs called to my door. I tried the Insolvency Service but I was too broke. I was forced to go bankrupt. But as I hit rock bottom I started fighting back. As a bankrupt I was not allowed to run for public office so I took a case against the government in the High Court claiming my constitutional rights were being infringed. As soon as I had a trial date, the government backed down and rushed through the law to allow me to run. On April 16, 2014, I changed the law.


Now I want to go to Europe to fight the odious debt, the haemorrhaging of billions into Europe that could be used to stop the suffering and misery here.


In short, I have the tee-shirt, the experience and the passion to make a difference.

Vote Jill and send me to Europe.

Thank you

Link to Prime Time here – I am first on at minute 33  




An Uncomfortable Truth

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Irish Film makers launch hard hitting documentary to tell An Uncomfortable Truth




Irish Film Makers Daragh Murphy (November Seven Films) and David Martin Murphy (No Labels) today launch a new hard hitting documentary called An Uncomfortable Truth. The film duo claim the documentary will lay bare the truth behind the collapse of the Celtic Tiger and tell the story that Europe did not want to hear.

The documentary takes its focus from one of the first Irish female bankrupts under the new Insolvency laws. Jillian Godsil (the bankruptshee) lost everything in a cruel twist of fate leaving her homeless, her business crushed and without income. At the same time, her searing honesty propelled her front and foremost of every conversation on debt in Ireland – and abroad. In 2011, she made a video to sell her home, it went viral, she went viral and subsequently appeared on television all over the world, telling the story of what it was like in Ireland post the Celtic Tiger. However, as Ireland was forced into the unjust position of propping up the Euro, Europe stopping asking for the truth. In fact, the truth about the terrible cost of austerity inflicted on the Irish people was systematically hidden.  A subversion of the truth that was aided and abetted by the government of the day.

The duo track Jillian as she seeks out the truth about really happened to Ireland and the awful price paid by its people, a price sometimes paid in the ultimate currency, the loss of life itself.

Jillian is a fearless campaigner for truth and justice – a role that was forced upon her through circumstance. As part of her fight, she also successfully changed the law this month to allow bankrupts, to allow her, to run for European Elections on May 23rd, 2014.

‘If successful, I will be the whistleblower for my country in Europe,’ says Jillian. ‘Even as I bear witness in this documentary, I will go to Europe and do the same.’

This is the documentary that they didn’t want made. This is the story they wanted to bury. This is the truth that no one in Europe wanted to admit. This is the story of Modern Ireland.  This is the story of Ireland in Austerity – the real story.



Murphy and Murphy have come together to tell the story of Modern Ireland. The Ireland that did not rebel, the Ireland that did not overthrow its corrupt leaders, the Ireland that did not eject its politicians – but the Ireland that is suffering daily, the Ireland that has 40 times more debt per capita than any other Euro Nation, the Ireland who has pushed debt on its children’s children and the Ireland that was sold a pup for Europe. They didn’t want to know but they are going to tell anyway.

An Uncomfortable Truth is the result.

An Uncomfortable Truth is backed by Powerscourt Capital and is seeking funding now on To be part of this ground breaking documentary visit the site and pledge your money now.

Daragh Murphy – Director.

Daragh is an award winning filmmaker based in Dublin. A graduate of The New York Film Academy, Daragh has directed numerous Short Films, Music Videos, Commercials and Documentaries in New York, India, Australia and Ireland. In 2012, Daragh set up November Seven Films, an Irish film production company, which also houses a full Editing Suite and a motion graphics and animation studio.

David Murphy – Producer

David is a Dublin based Producer with extensive experience in the music & creative industries. He has a history of business development & marketing, and creative consultancy. He recently set up his own company Without Labels, a multi-disciplinary creative arts and management agency. He is working on numerous Documentary Projects both in Ireland and overseas.





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First Lines 2014

First Lines

New lines

Bare branches scratched a grey sky

Love is not enough

I was the evil twin

They would throw a party if they changed their knickers

She’s had so much plastic surgery she’d melt if she stood near a candle

I used to be an asshole but I’m alright now

The lady who fell as she walked

Cracking wings of pheasants, gun loud in the November air

The ginger prince

All roads lead south

I grew up with the smell of pine in my nostrils

Just as I reach Rose Cottage my coverage falls, every time, it’s the Bermuda spot in the village

I am an amoeba

Sorry I stole your life

We are seduced by the oily mendacity of the City

Sup smelly. Whas a crackakackin?

Even though people are the author of the own lives, they don’t always get dealt a fair hand at the start

You are never far from the ground

Where to begin?

Happy New Year!