|Subject:||Courthouse, Kilmainham, Dublin 8. Irish Architecture article. To those interested in Dublin 4, its environs, its history, its potential….this is a good site. Not too much but enough history to enjoy the scope D4 (Dublin 4) offers especially the near derelict Royal City of Dublin hospital, Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4.|
|Date:||Tuesday 14th July 2009 17:22:28 +0100|
|To:||Joe Murray <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dermot Lacey <email@example.com>|
|CC:||Legal (LFD) <firstname.lastname@example.org>, John Corrigan <JCorrigan@ntma.ie>, geraldine callanan, Gabriel Bradley <GBradley@ntma.ie>, Contact <email@example.com>, conp <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Cahill Gavin <GCahill@financialregulator.ie>|
14th July 2009
4th August 2008, an article by Steven Carroll in the Irish Times, caught my attention, suffice to retain it. I found it today and I am wondering is the ‘Legal Museum plan for Kilmainhan Courthouse waived’ http://archiseek.com/2010/1820-courthouse-kilmainham-dublin/ I have heard nothing further on it. I googled it in and found this Irish Architect, buildings etc site.
The Big Recession is here but also never more is the time more viable than to revive the concept of community involvement and where better than in areas like Dublin 4. I was in the D4 hotel, formerly Juries yesterday and I must commend Sean Dunne and others for their attempt to meet consumer demands rather than buckle under the planning board decisions. People are there to play chess, to drink, to dance, for competitions and you can even hire our a cinema for as many as 18 guests and in comfort. Also on Burlington Road, Bernard McNamara’s building has gone from start to near finish in a really short space of time. Again fair dues. A company in liquidation only is not only about casualties, the workers, the debtors….It is all about trying to stand TALL when things are bad in the Economy. Then we can make it through with some hope.
If Kilmainham can plan for a Legal Museum Courthouse, I suggest it is time for the people of Upper Baggot Street to focus on the reconstruction of the Royal City of Dublin Hospital to a centre for Holistic, Psychological, Neurological, Addiction, primary care location, with a Museum for Medicine and Dentistry as part of the development. Such a health care facility could be funded by philantropists with acknowledgement to the medical people who once made this hospital stand proud. Now, it is like a ‘fallen being’ with no esteem or glory. This would be part of the Baggot Street Revival. This hospital must have its 1916 history too. Then there was Parsons bookshop.
J’espere….yes I hope…..
|Subject:||This is an article I managed to save before it being removed by moderator|
|Date:||Sun, 19 Jul 2009 18:42:31 +0100|
|From:||Michelle Clarke <email@example.com>|
|To:||Eugene.Regan@Oireachtas.ie, firstname.lastname@example.org, Vincent Browne <email@example.com>|
Saturday July 18th, 2009 15.58
|Date:||Mon, 20 Jul 2009 21:54:25 +0100|
|To:||Gabriel Bradley <GBradley@ntma.ie>, John Corrigan <JCorrigan@ntma.ie>, Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie|
|CC:||Paul Lambert <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Sargent, Trevor <Trevor.Sargent@agriculture.gov.ie>|
Sunday July 20th, 2009 21:40
Urban dereliction: Excellent combination of photos (no longer available)
by Michelle Clarke – Social Justice
|Subject:||Citizen Journalism: Published article re Rocky and American Scientist data|
|Date:||Wed, 22 Jul 2009 20:10:13 +0100|
Rocky, the handsome sniffer dog with the Beret: Where are you?
August 11th 2009
Evictions, Ejectments, Negative Equity……
What can we the people do?
by Michelle Clarke (Comyn) – Social Justice for all
|Subject:||Dublin and Potential|
|Date:||Fri, 16 Oct 2009 19:57:40 +0100|
|To:||Reception <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Byrne, Daryl <Daryl.Byrne@ise.ie>, Aosdana <Aosdana@artscouncil.ie>, Amy.Mahon@Taoiseach.Gov.IE|
|CC:||Roche, Damien – Head, Business School <Damien.Roche@ittdublin.ie>, Kevin J. Regan <KJRegan@npsra.ie>, Fred Johnston <email@example.com>, Fagan John <John.Fagan@financialregulator.ie>, Cahill Gavin <GCahill@financialregulator.ie>|
October 15th 2009
|Subject:||Criminal Assets Bureau CAB|
|Date:||Sat, 17 Oct 2009 00:39:43 +0100|
|To:||Mary <MGaffney@iprt.ie>, John Corrigan <JCorrigan@ntma.ie>, Ciara.Mahon@Taoiseach.Gov.IE, Fíona Ní Chinneide <FNiChinneide@iprt.ie>, Gabriel Bradley <GBradley@ntma.ie>, Amy.Mahon@Taoiseach.Gov.IE|
|CC:||markets <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Legal (LFD) <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Fagan John <John.Fagan@financialregulator.ie>|
October 17th, 2009
26th September headline caught my attention.
The title ‘CAB nets Euros 6 million in war on gangster dole defraud’.
Tom Brady, Security Editor reported that the Criminal Assets Bureau (CAB) has ‘deprived gangsters of more that Euros6 m in social welfare payments since it began targeting them’. Well done.
Apparently a number of social welfare inspectors have been granted to the CAB. This is the news we don’t hear about! These men are actively working to identify and target funds accumulated by criminals. Now the word criminal is unclear in this article. Does this mean a person who has a criminal record only can be targeted?
If so, what about the alleged Euros 80 m. and solicitor Michael Lynn? It is disconcerting to hear people informing the Joe Duffy show that they encountered Michael Lynn on their recent holidays and that they felt quite certain, it was him. Now that pressure has been placed on TAX HAVENS like Switzerland, Bermuda, the Cayman Islands, Lichtenstein etc, surely we can locate this solicitor and if not arrest him, source where he has invested his funds? There is one thing we must know is that if he has ‘spent’ the money, there will be a record and if not we can presume it is buried away in some Swiss Bank account. His ‘crimes’ which can only be called alleged in his absence and those crimes of many other financiers, give rise to one ’cause and effect’ Lynn and his sterotype failed to provide for and that is the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the impact that was a globalised financial crisis and the remedies required to contain it.
If the CAB nets 6 m euros from its war on gangster dole fraud (well done to Mary Hanafin), can we please have more officers appointed to the Criminal Assets Bureau to target the funds of those who in time will be found guilty of fraudulent transactions (as has happened in the case of Madoff – the pyramid man, who will spend the rest of his life in US prison). If people embezzle funds, the funds must be transferred somewhere via bank account. The CAB was set up in 1996 and has worked ardently and successfully over the years.
If this model works, then adding additional officers makes sense and allocating a task e.g. find tax haven accounts with a focus on the Countries like Switzerland that the US have put pressure on to release details on US tax exiles.
by Michelle Clarke
24th October 2009
Response to Old Codger Citizen Journalism site
The importance of the word ‘Honest’among the Judiciary
by Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||Citizen Journalism article written in 2006. ‘Evictions, the vulnerable in Dublin 4’|
|Date:||Tuesday 17th November 2009 18:29:48 -0000|
|To:||Cahill Gavin <GCahill@financialregulator.ie>, John Corrigan <JCorrigan@ntma.ie>, Vincent Browne <email@example.com>, M A Brennan <regions@IntegratingIreland.ie>, Gabriel Bradley <GBradley@ntma.ie>, Amy.Mahon@Taoiseach.Gov.IE|
Monday 16th November 2009
The housing market is in free flow. Nobody knows when the over supply will halt the crazy situation some people find themselves in. For those who have bought their properties in the last five years, their reality is that they must remain employed, they must earn enough to pay the mortgage, they must hope that interest rates from the European Central Bank don’t start to rise (as happened in the 1980’s/90’s in the UK when rates moved from 7% to 14.5% in 6 months).
From all walks of life, there are people worrying about ‘Eviction or Ejectment’ as it is often referred to. For some it is sooner rather than later. For those in the latter category, there will be those company directors who have engaged in securitised borrowing putting their property up as the security. This will include many of those who speculated, encouraged by the Governments’ tax breaks and incentives and who are now part of the surplus supply of houses with sometimes 100% loans based on fairy tale valuations – and these are the punters that are really indicted to a life time misery of no reprieve due to the lax and de-regulation practices of the Banks and lending societies.
How do we measure the pain? How can we ensure that children whose parents become unemployed are spared a childhood of undue stress due to repossessions and evictions. There must be a strategy.
The woman on the Joe Duffy Show (Radio programme; RTE 1) today spoke of being evicted from her home with her 4 children yesterday. The Gardai were present (precautionary) focus. The bailiffs allowed her to leave her furniture in the house until today. What does this woman and her children do? Who provides for her now when it is the Co. Council who provides her accommodation and has basically evicted her and her family?
I presume she must go to her Community Welfare Officer or the HSE. Then she must inform them as to why the Co. Council evicted (yes, they suspected she had a partner whom she failed to notify them about). The campaign in Government and the reason for tax breaks was to remove state involvement in the provision of nationalised housing through the Corporation and Co. Councils. The move was to encourage speculators to take over the role as landlords and encourage them to be the speculators.
Now is the creation of a further mire of bureaucracy and nonsense. The foregoing postings since 2006 form an outline Agenda that can be created before the Budget goes up a notch with more stealth taxes on property.
We cannot rely on the public service to release us from our housing problems, because before the crisis, and at a time when the mortgages were fluid, we realistically are aware that the public services were grossly inadequate. Many speculators who have been spared the pain until now, will find that they have been short changed by a public service that had reputation of efficiency.
I ask the question has anyone looked to the records of the HSE and Community Welfare people to their relationship and deals with certain privileged estate agents during the boom years? Rent Allowance double/treble did occur and if you as landlord were the victim ie ‘suffered’ try getting some accountability from the Public Bodies.
We need a simple Balance Sheet done before Christmas. We need to look at the people in immediate need. We need to see what rental property stock exists. We need to find the value of the properties and write-down the potential losses.
Then we need to look to the number of houses available for rent, their locations, work potential, school places.
MAB’s have been around for a few years. Now is the time to test their abilities and lateral creativity.
Repossession applications have almost trebled in 2 years.
We need help at all levels. A person’s home is a person’s right and we who can avert making people homeless must intervene.
by Michelle Clarke (Rackrent)
|Subject:||Citizen Journalism: Public meeting concerning Clerical Abuse|
|Date:||Friday 20th November 2009 18:25:06 -0000|
|To:||Kathleen Soden <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Vincent Browne <email@example.com>, Gabriel Bradley <GBradley@ntma.ie>, Aosdana <Aosdana@artscouncil.ie>, Amy.Mahon@Taoiseach.Gov.IE, Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie|
20th November 2009
Citizen Journalism site: Reply to Trevor:
|Subject:||Inclusion: the forthcoming Budget 2009|
|Date:||Sunday, 6th Dec 2009 19:06:29 -0000|
Saturday, 5th December 2009
by Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||Citizen Journalism: Budget 2009 Approaches……|
|Date:||Tue, 8th December2009 19:20:07 -0000|
|To:||Pearse.Doherty@Oireachtas.ie, paws <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Angela_McGrory@health.irlgov.ie, Amy.Mahon@Taoiseach.Gov.IE, Karen Addie <email@example.com>|
|CC:||Scully, Paul (Consultant Psychiatrist) <PScully@STJAMES.IE>, Plunkett, Patrick (Emergency Medicine) <PKPLUNKETT@STJAMES.IE>, Irish Senior Citizens Parliament <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Raymond Murphy <Raymond.Murphy@amnch.ie>, Harbison, Joseph (Medel) <JHarbison@STJAMES.IE>, Doherty, Colin (Neurology Consultant) <CPDoherty@STJAMES.IE>, Leonor Bethencourt <email@example.com>, BarryQuirke@Courts.ie, Barry, Michael (Pharmacoeconomics) <mbarry@STJAMES.IE>, Ariana Ball <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
by Michelle Clarke (Rainman)
Scary article in the Irish Times today about mental health patients and involuntary ECT at the selection of the Medical Team.
You may think mental health is the glitzy part of the medical profession given the upbeat media coverage of groups involved in suicide, mental health for the youth programmes, and all the not for profit organisations representing people with mental health issues. But let me assure you, there is a darker side and this headline in the Irish Times deeply concerns me.
Private medicine if you have a psychiatric condition has an element of transparency and ethics but the other side is not transparent. You may say about Regulation but the fact is that the Regulatory body, if you have been blessed with the lucidity to get that far, is made up of the medical profession only. Also if you have mental health problems you need to be alert to the motives of your siblings and family members. This will be more apparent for some with experience of being the defined mental patient – the one who is left to fight the uphill battle and yet be lauded and taunted with the label.
The state provides the services of the Mental Health Commission http://www.mhcirl.ie/ but what can one say about a faceless organisation in Dublin 4 that is only represented by its all encompassing web page and an inability of its personnel to relate to a visit from one of the ‘Tainted’ – yes the “bothered and bewildered” subset of society ranging from homeless, to former prisoners of either mental hospitals or our prisons, to those in community care and humbled by inadequate housing conditions and fear.
The Maudsley http://www.slam.nhs.uk/our-services/hospital-care/maudsley-hospitalin the UK is a public Facility but then diversity in the UK always provides different dimensions.
The Sunday Times article 6th December in the Appointments Section makes interesting reading for those who differ from the so called “Norm” in Society.
The title simply reads:
‘Make a Maverick your wingman’. and the warning ‘Handle with Care’.
This message is not for the benefit of private only mental health, it ought to equally apply across the board to our public mental health system.
Yes, posting no. 1 – what about Upper Baggot Street and the bedraggled yet prominent Royal City of Dublin hospital, and the potential to upgrade this part psychiatric community hospital along the lines of John Hopkins http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/psychiatry/in the US or the Maudsley in the UK or for that matter along the lines of successful private hospitals like the Priory http://www.priorygroup.com/. Where is the transparency in Mental Health in Ireland – yes the visibility factor? The research is hidden away in our Universities and basically after that is presented via conference links worldwide and through networks. The fodder is forgotten to easily.
The appointment section is promoting “Vision” in those making appointments in employment. It highlights that talented employees can ‘be hard to control, so give them freedom and let them shine’ The article is written by Frank Dillon.
He talks about dealing with these employees and the huge problem they can create for management. They often are referred to as unpredictable and loose cannons but why forsake them! Why distance them out of society, condemning them to a form of mental health institutionalisation, when if given the encouragement and scope, they can link into creativity and create economic growth.
John Lennon spoke of Giving Peace a Chance. The Recession is so bad now, we really need to give these Mavericks a chance and who knows? We are talking about harnessing talent and promoting creativity.
The Budget is this Wednesday. Savage is the word about town. But all I ask is stop the savage onslaught on the needy, look to the well of research done in our Universities over the last 20 years and using the material more productively and economically. Don’t waste our hidden talent.
by Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||Georgian Squares, Dublin 4, Dublin 6|
|Date:||Wed, 16 Dec 2009 17:30:14 -0000|
|To:||Legal (LFD) <email@example.com>, Cahill Gavin <GCahill@financialregulator.ie>, John Corrigan <JCorrigan@ntma.ie>, Gabriel Bradley <GBradley@ntma.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org|
16th December 2009