Shane Ross uncovers some of the biggest contributors to IBEC in the Sunday Independent today. The main issue for me though is the taxpayer funded organisations and how much they pay in:
An Post pays €123,000 of taxpayer money to IBEC.
The DAA pays €120,000 to IBEC.
The ESB als pays €120,000 to IBEC.
RTE pays €90,000 to IBEC. Is 10 IBECs worth one Pat Kenny?
Bord na Mona pays IBEC €75,000.
Bord Gais pays IBEC €63,000.
Coillte pays IBEC €60,000.
CIE pays IBEC €27,000.
That’s €678,000 of tax money each year going to an organisation that’s very much pro monopolies. I’m not even certain are these all the orgs or just the ones that pay the most.
Going back to the overall article though. Ross mentions how much banks pay in. What about other industries? Where’s the O’Reilly group in this? Do eircom, Vodafone, o2 etc fall under the TIF group which is a satellite of IBEC? Lord knows they pay enough into it to have a Vodafone director state there is no demand for broadband. Right, yeah. Why is Voda bringing out a 3G data card then? Maybe as time goes by the Indo will be less pro-eircom. Maybe.