|Subject:||Scales of Justice at Dublin Castle|
|Date:||Saturday 23rd January 2010 20:17:21|
|To:||Cahill Gavin <GCahill@financialregulator.ie>, John Corrigan <JCorrigan@ntma.ie>, conp <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Gabriel Bradley <GBradley@ntma.ie>, BarryQuirke@Courts.ie, ASenkara@amnesty.ie|
Saturday, January 23, 2010
Dublin Castle: Woman with Scales of Justice in one hand and Sword in the other…..
Equilibrium is threatened
by Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||The Church and Abuse of Power|
|Date:||Friday 5th February 2010 20:41:07 -0000|
|To:||The Very Revd Dermot Dunne, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin <Dean@cccdub.ie>, The Tubridy Show <email@example.com>, The Irish Catholic – Ireland’s biggest and best-selling Catholic newspaper since 1888 <firstname.lastname@example.org>, OKeeffe, Minister <Minister_OKeeffe@education.gov.ie>, email@example.com, Kathleen Soden <firstname.lastname@example.org>, John Corrigan <JCorrigan@ntma.ie>, ivana catherine bacik <email@example.com>, Hugh Kane <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Ethics <ethics@Harvard.Edu>|
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Thursday February 05, 2010 16:37
Well done Kevin (article written on Citizen Journalism site). Good photography also.
Hope you are feeling well after that dedicated week with no food outside the GPO before Christmas. Absolute power corrupts and power corrupts absolutely or something to this affect and your experiences of abuse have necessitated you to go on a hunger strike to try and stop the denial perpetrated by the System.
People must stand accountable and it is now the time to ask members of the Church to come forward and make the necessary legal statements about crimes committed under their auspices.
The Boston Globe (well worth reading their book on Betrayal and the Catholic Church) kicked to touch on this topic over a decade ago. It is time for the Irish to do some piggy backing on US research and findings and look to the Catholic Church for financial reparations.
It is said that in 1997 the Catholic Church land values were worth IR£1 billion. We know a lot of this land was sold. Where did the money go? I would suggest it is gone to the Vatican bank yes it left Ireland and if so, who has the money now?
Kevin I am coming back to the word you used that has really made me think – you spoke about the sanitisation process. You are right, religious orders have become chameleons and have reappeared in places like All Hallows and housing associations providing education and housing.
Then there is the powerful Opus Dei at Lismullin – a beneficiary of the FAS fetac education grants etc. They are also supposed to be providers of student accommodation on University campuses. I ask and my reason is well founded ‘at what cost to the beneficiary’. I suggest it is in return for secrecy and life time commitment.
One more question. By comparison to child sexual abuse, it may be secondary but does anyone share with me the power of the Church to grant an annulment to a 15 year marriage; after the State has granted one a divorce in court and in favour of a husband who left the marriage for an affair with another woman (children as proof of relationship). His wife sustained brain injury in a horse riding accident and this caused division in the marriage.
The Catholic Church usurped the woman’s status and the question that remains unanswered is if was Opus Dei the driver in preference to the new adulterous relationship rather than the commitment the marriage vows are supposed to represent? Kevin. I have written to Archbishop Martin etc. etc. They choose not to hear. I applaud your persistence.
The words of Jonathan Swift come to mind only the meaning is in reverse. The Church okay have the knowledge but they are blind. Swift said ‘Give Vision to the visionless’
Where did the money go? Is it in Switzerland or Lichtenstein or even the Virgin Islands? Or maybe just maybe, you get a good return for hidden funds at the Vatican bank?
|Subject:||‘Has Deal opened roads for Orange parades – RNU|
|Date:||Wednesday 10th February 2010 17:57:03 -0000|
|To:||Caroline N. Jones <CNJones@equality.ie>, Cahill Gavin <GCahill@financialregulator.ie>, Belfast Galleries <firstname.lastname@example.org>, ASenkara@amnesty.ie, email@example.com|
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Wednesday 10th February , 2010 16:09
|Date:||Thursday 6th May 2010 22:22:02 +0100|
|From:||Michelle Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|To:||Vincent Browne TV3|
|CC:||John Devitt <email@example.com>|
Thursday 6th May 2010
It was good to view your show last night. It was great to see John Devitt, Transparency Ireland, chosen for the panel. I get his daily update regarding ‘Transparency International’ – we need more positive attitudes towards being the less ‘legally corrupt’ country in the EU and beyond. Change is in the process and it is ECB who will dictate with IMF as the navigator.
The Irish times had an informative letter recently about just how much a month a retired teacher, civil servant receives after full service. I was shocked to learn that it is between 2,000 and 3,000 euros net per month. Why I am shocked is that invalidity based on working in the UK amounts to between 420 to 470 euros per month presently depending on the weakness/strength of euro to sterling. If one is in the medical profession and say widowed, you have your husband’s pension, your own pension and then of course add in your private pensions. The point of the short Irish Times article was to awaken peoples’ attention to retirees who benefit excessively from their pension rights. It is virtually impossible to live on 430-470 euros per month without having to be beholden to others even if at times the Community Welfare Officer. It is even more difficulty to embrace Truth and Honesty.
The greater the inequality in society, the more dangerous it becomes is the Theme in the book ‘the Spirit Level’ recommended by you. I wholly concur – I once was in that category called ‘dinkies’ but fell from grace during the last recession. Ill-health, divorce, etc. became the wake.
I really enjoy the show. I am going to pay for Politico but needless to say I no longer need credit cards so I have to pay in cash, somehow!
|Subject:||Rent Allowance to Section 23 property and State divestiture of social housing to private market|
|Date:||Wednesday 12th May 2010 19:30:53 +0100|
|To:||firstname.lastname@example.org, Cllr Maria Parodi <email@example.com>, Legal (LFD) <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Paul Lambert <email@example.com>, Dermot Lacey <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
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Janet – when you use the rhetoric ‘why should I pay for you and your child’ and then add up the costs to say 12,000 e for a year – the message becomes louder and in need of immediate clarity. What has happened?
Did we privatize social housing during the Celtic Tiger? How did we finance it? I suppose the tax breaks are the factors in this crucial equation. The Government saw public housing and services as a big White costly Elephant in their back yard and they decided to dump on the people by way of section 23 breaks. People forget that these section 23 tax breaks started way back in the early 1980’s and if this is so the policy makers in Government could well grasp their impact in relation to social housing.
The RTE programme on Ghost Estates throughout the country provided a scary documentary. People were conned. All the houses shown were sizeable, well fitted out, the dream home potential but they lacked one major factor and market economics provides an answer here and that is meeting supply with demand. This basic equation was ignored by all, the developers, the planners, the builders, the purchasers. There was a run with the planning authorities in the granting of planning permissions to developers (some of whom were not aloof to providing bribes) and hence the mess of our countryside. Just look at Ratoath, Dunshaughlin, Kilmessan – greed has destroyed the potential, the history, the landscape and the people. The owners of the land who sold it are now too rich and wondering where to invest their liquid capital while a large proportion of people who bought properties are in debt most likely have significant negative equity. Then there are the speculators, young, old, and those with their annuity pension funds who decided to take a chance and become a speculator looking for both income and capital appreciation… we cannot forget these people. We also cannot forget that these captured people were and are the targets of a government policy to shift social housing from the public to private sector.
Back to Sharon and her child. If I am a speculator and deem myself to have relieved the local authority housing provider and was enticed to do so by tax breaks, well the least I expect is to get the market rent for my investment (which may be 100% loan and expenses pa paid by landlord). Sharon and her child are not at fault that they qualify for rent allowance. There will always be a need for social housing because society is about vulnerabilities and inequalities and it is our elected Government who has the job of keeping ‘their house in order’.
What can we do? Matt Cooper, journalist was on the Frontline Pat Kenny show last night. He is suggesting that people badly affected by the negative equity, the ghost estates, get a support from Govt. via the Banks with the name of Debt Forgiveness. This is a kind of swap between debt and equity and it means that the speculators and those who cannot meet their mortgage repayments are provided with support. This is needed and the irony is that people on both sides of the fence need it. The speculator who provides the house for the local authority who pays the rent allowance to the person who needs accommodation.
Then there are the people whose income has dropped and they can’t meet mortgage repayments – a similar support is needed by them so that they can continue to live in their home, with their children, without having to be evicted and then look for rent allowance and possibly not qualify for it.
It is essential to look at this housing issue in the context of all the factors involved. It is worth looking at some of the research done over the past 10 years by our universities. Professor Drudy (Trinity College Dublin) and Mr. Punch make really interesting reading.
We may have a surplus of houses but then we also have potential major social housing problems arising as people lose their jobs and the market price of houses fall. Anxiety becomes a major player and stress added to the equation often throws up glitches i.e. ill health, divorce, abuse etc.
People need to think. Why can’t Government take back their responsibility for providing houses to social housing tenants? They could start by being efficient in relation to rent allowance allocations presently. They have the PRTB and yet landlords with section 23 properties are way behind in submitting their PRSI details – they say as low as 20%.
Awareness and diligence is needed. The truth is that the State operates through a rent allowance system and for a number of years this was the greatest bandwagon for speculators and estate agents. Tenants too were not above reproach. The system became badly broken. There were many scams and this has to be tidied up. Then let us get to grips with genuine debt forgiveness equations.
Quotation C.S. Lewis, written 1940’s
‘I live in a managerial age, in the world of administration’.
The greatest evil is now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint…
…it is conceived and ordered…in clean carpeted, warmed and well lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut finger nails and smooth shaven cheeks, who do not raise their voice.
Hence naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like bureaucracy of a Police State or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern’
|Date:||Thursday 13th May 2010 18:02:51 +0100|
|To:||Cahill Gavin <GCahill@financialregulator.ie>, John Corrigan <JCorrigan@ntma.ie>, Contact <firstname.lastname@example.org>, conp <email@example.com>, Pieter Cleppe <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Fíona Ní Chinneide <FNiChinneide@iprt.ie>, Vincent Browne <email@example.com>, M A Brennan <regions@IntegratingIreland.ie>, Stephen Booth <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
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13th May 2010
Learning from the past and to compete in the present for a future
Our young people’s inheritance has been squandered. What can we do?
The Gardai were either ordered to or chose to use batons last night. Shame to our Nation that we felt we had to reduce ourselves to violence for a peaceful protest by people who feel justifiably wronged by this financial crisis and Eurozone disaster. Our proclamation is about Freedom and we must observe and ensure these basic human rights. We became part of the Euro and forfeited two major control features that operate to protect a Nation and its currency. In the days of the Irish Punt, we could devalue it to make it more competitive and in relation to money deposited we via our Central Bank had power to raise or lower interest rates as necessary.
It is not so very long ago that we had three major banks (AIB, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank) leaving it quite an non competitive market for people who had funds to be retained in Ireland on deposit. This is where the speculative Anglo Irish Bank found its core market. It pushed up the interest rates and encouraged people to take a chance and move from the major banks to their bank. What went wrong! Greed, Envy, Sloth, Pride – there are a myriad of interpretations but the fact of the matter is that we the people of Ireland are now in a serious financial crisis that is pushing our unemployment levels beyond acceptable levels.
The people marched last night and it is said they plan to march next week and going forward. There needs to be a focus and also knowledge of where we are at, the reasons why, the fact that there is an international level, that as a country we are not on our own – we are, like Iceland, and we also comprise what is called ‘PIIGs’ (Portugal Italy Ireland Greece Spain).
Austerity is the big word these days and as always it is those at the grassroots that have to pay the price or do they? Here is where a little knowledge can help people enlist changes and learn from past experience.
The crisis of the 1980’s, the 1950’s, the 1930’s is to be repeated and if so, this crisis may be worse. Ireland has had a boom time if one goes down the Celtic Tiger route. Well we do know that in line with the Celtic Tiger, government policy ran a parallel to the property and financial service centre ideation. We forget so easy about how the Tribunals came about and the distinct benefits to the economy at that time.
In 2003 the Revenue celebrated its 80th year serving the state. The 2003 annual report states that there were two major developments:-
a) wide ranging investigation into tax evasion involving offshore accounts and investments. Initially there was a voluntary disclosure which was hugely successful. The success related to increased powers granted to the Revenue and international co-operation to combat tax evasion.
b) the major restructuring of the organisation of the Revenue to attain greater flexibility from the staff. Part of this was to punish those who were non compliant with their taxes.
Lest we forget, we must acknowledge that by 2003 net tax and duty receipts to the Revenue in 2003 amounted to just over 32 billion euros. This was some 400 million euros over the budgeted amount and nearly 3 billion above the corresponding figure for 2002.
Now let us put into perspective the crisis of today. While the Revenue focused on catching all the tax evaders of the 1990’s, a new breed were replacing them and now the Revenue and the Government have the option to do a replay and catch these funds. Worldwide there is pressure being brought to bear on the like of the Swiss Banks to release details of people who hold accounts. Countries like Germany, the US, the UK are legislating against Bribery and Corruption and Insider Dealing has resulted in people found guilty being put in prison for the first time.
In 2003 tax collection performance resulted in the collection of 32 billion euros but then one must add to this the powers the Revenue have with regard to protecting society. In 2003 illegal drugs with a street value of 600,000 euros were seized. In this case, the Revenue worked closely with the Criminal Assets Bureau. Add to this other seizures like illegal cigarettes, illegal proceeds from oil laundry plants and counterfeit goods and this should reiterate to the people of Ireland that with the right attitude and will, we can adjust ourselves to the Stabilisation and Austerity pact regime enforced upon us by the Eurozone.
Housekeeping can be discussed within the home or by the powers that be in Government. The key factor is that with the power of the internet we can all contribute and we know, as we did in the 1990’s via our Revenue machine, that we can target people who negligently, recklessly and wilfully defrauded the citizens of Ireland, by using the Revenue, the Criminal Assets Bureau, the Fraud Detection unit, the ECB, the IMF and organisations like Transparency International.
A society can be judged by how it treats its vulnerable people. The Austerity programme and NAMA are the nominated route as per Minister Brian Lenihan. We need to re-adjust our thinking and focus on our vulnerable, the young population, and those who have retired and start looking for the money to pay of our excess debt in a prompt way. We need to consider Debt Forgiveness for people who bought homes at the height of the Celtic tiger and this can be done by planning, policies, reducing social welfare fraud, and shaming the people who are tax exiles into supporting the Irish economy that has enabled them to become so wealthy in the first place e.g. the horse racing contigent.
Scruples says that if the people march they are expressing their feelings…their anger to what they perceive to be injustice
|Subject:||March by all means but peacefully. Always open your mind to the facts|
|Date:||Sunday 16th May 2010 22:11:50 +0100|
|To:||Amy.Mahon@Taoiseach.Gov.IE <Amy.Mahon@Taoiseach.Gov.IE>, Angela_McGrory@health.irlgov.ie <Angela_McGrory@health.irlgov.ie>, Anne Lee <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Anne M. O’Gorman <email@example.com>, et al|
16th May 2010
by Michelle Clarke
J (a response on Citizen Journalism site)
A really good photo (not available) that sums up what happened at 3.30 p.m. on Saturday outside the offices of Anglo Irish at St. Stephen’s Green. To see the Effigy of the one time hailed banker in cinders puts pay to the man in the emperors clothes, provided the law in Ireland, the DPP, the Attorney General act in accordance with the Rule of Law.
You promote further action. Yes, the people need to know the extent of the abyss caused by the new elite, the privileged, those who were part of the esteemed political and economic elite, who we now know acted not in the best interests of the citizens but in a fraudulent way.
On the bus today, someone left behind a magazine. Feeling a bit bored I decided to have a look at it and am I glad I did, It was the FT weekend magazine 15th/16th May and guess what – this elitist English newspaper supplement lead article is about Ireland. (‘a plague on all their houses. How the bankers, builders and politicians brought Ireland to its knees’).
Before the next March – this is a good read with the facts neatly assembled in such a way that would support the people protesting peacefully based on the breach of their human rights by people and politicians acting negligently, recklessly and in some cases criminally on their behalf.
Reviewed: 31st May 2017