Citizen Journalism Ireland: Selection of emails to Government and related. (July to December 2011) by Michelle Clarke

Subject: A martyr to the Cause. When do we face up to those who abuse the vulnerable?
Date: Thursday 21st January 2011 20:26:12 +0100
From: Michelle Clarke
To: Alan Shatter <>, United Left Alliance <>,,, DE BRÚN Bairbre <>,, Contact <>, Constantin Gurdgiev <>, Dearbhail McDonald <>, Dermot Lacey <>, <>, Eamon Gilmore <>,,, O’Shea, Fergus <>,,,, O’Shea, Fergus <>, Geraldine Mahon <>, Paddy Healy <>,, et al

Thursday 21st July 2011

A martyr to the Cause. When do we face up to those who abuse the vulnerable?

 by Michelle Clarke – Concerned citizen


When do we stand up and say ‘We Take Responsibility’. Crimes are still being committed against children, vulnerable people and there is an endorsement of Abuse of Power at every level in society. Moral bankruptcy is the true crisis faced by the people of Ireland today. Markets comprise the news but markets will survive and as they say markets have no memories but our children have. Just look at the desolation that has been caused to people in the Magdalen Laundries, the sexual abuse engaged in by certain members of the Church, and worst of all the recidivism that led to more young men within the last number of years, being prey to the hands of an abuser within the auspices of a local school in Gweedore, Co. Donegal.

They say people “knew”? Of course people knew but did they care or the question is Do we Really Care?

Do we look to our Gardai? Do we look to Parents? Do we look to Children or more importantly do we listen to them? Do we pay heed to those who are vulnerable and crying out for help and possibly engaging in behaviours that make them even more vulnerable? Who is really listening. Who wants Change?

Mr. Donal McAteer from Poland. Thank you for your letter in today’s Irish Times.

Mr. Pearse Doherty, Sinn Fein. Thank you for your honesty today about Mr. Ferry and your lucky escape along with your friends on that camping trip.

Mr. McAteer – I quote as follows:

‘Growing up in Gweedore in the 1980’s, I came in contact with Michael Ferry, as many young people did. He was involved in youth clubs, he went on official school tours, he ran a school tuck shop and became a school caretaker…..
It was widely known among children that he was “Dodgy” and plying children with drink.
There must have been doubts about him in the minds of adults to’

This was the 1980’s. He went on to be charged for abuse and then released back into the community and back to the school where he could use his grooming skills to abuse emotionally/psychologically/socially more young vulnerable children.

Mr. McAteer. I agree if this had been a person shoplifting the heavy hand of the Gardai would have fallen with the greatest of ease and the man would have been charged.

But abuse… what makes us so slow to take it by the throat and deal with it.

Where is the Shame?
by Michelle Clarke

Subject: ‘Inclusiveness of the vulnerable in society & Empowerment: Written October 2009. Nothing has happened!
Date: Wednesday 14th September 2011 19:48:51 +0100
From: Michelle Clarke
To:, Alan Shatter <>,,,,, Vincent Browne <>

Wednesday 14th September 2011

Suicide: Vincent Browne article

by Michelle Clarke

Having written many articles on a Citizen Journalism site since early 2000, the views stated become even more so when one considers Vincent Browne’s article about Suicide in today’s Irish Times and a recent TV3 programme.

Yet another suicide convention has been held, and yes the numbers of suicides have reduced slightly this year, but I am gravely shocked and annoyed to hear that the Minister for Health Dr. James Reilly (formerly connected with St. Ita’s Portrane i.e. mental hospital/asylum) dedicated only 10 minutes out of the half hour slot and then left the conference early. This is shameful and indicates that he too must look upon this as the Cinderella of Professions for the Cinderella’s of society afflicted with neuro-psychiatric diagnoses.

‘Behind the Wall’s’ It takes courage to do so but if you have I plead with people to remove the stigma, include people who are vulnerable in our communities, and to be watchful of those who may need additional support every so often to battle through in this life.

Michelle Clarke


Care Schemes | Praxis Care. Mental Health in Ireland needs direction urgently. Too many quangos and no commitment to vulnerable people. Media soundbites are conning people that we care. Bureaucracy is destroying our potential.


Sunday 16th October 2011 23:18:40 +0100


Michelle Clarke


 Alan Shatter <>,,,,, Contact <>, Grace Smyth <>, <>,, UK INFO – Customer Care Inbox <>

Mental Health has become an industry in Ireland yet the tentacles are no longer connected to those who are in need of services. By chance I visited Starbucks today and noted that they sponsored Praxis for Mental Health Week. I have written a considerable amount about the lack of community services for people with the variety of conditions that Praxis cover, under the one umbrella i.e. Neuro Diversity.

Mental Health/Neuro Diversity is in urgent need of direction in Ireland. Cinderella illnesses such as those covered by Praxis need to be governed as a Centre of Excellence and where best to start but in Dublin 4. The Royal City of Dublin has been allowed to become a facade that is the antithesis of community health care. We need some serious Philanthropists to create momentum. It looks as if the model i.e Praxis is already on our Island. Tap into it. Perhaps Govt should re-classify mental health to Public Health and give serious commitment to helping vulnerable people cope with life.

Michelle Clarke


Subject: Stigma, Ignorance, lack of feedback (a day that is tragic for Ireland; too many children of this era die. Why? Negligence/Neglect. No feedback / simple manners just don’t apply to vulnerable!
Date: Tuesday 18th October 2011 19:18:45 +0100
From: Michelle Clarke
To: <>,  Alan Shatter <>

Tuesday 18th October 2011

I would appreciate if you could tell me why Aware would blacklist my email address.

Charities who raise money for people with depression or who have experience of suicide and in particular those people like me who in fact contributed to their data bank of material in past years, ought not to be entitled to blacklist a person without writing a letter to state the reasons why they blacklist you.

My personal experience as an activist for the rights of people with mental health difficulties is to encounter stigma through deliberate policy by the likes of MHC (Mental Health Commission), HRB Health Research Board, Aware, NDA (National Disabilities Authority et al to ignore correspondence or blacklist.  Is this equitable?  Surely people who are willing to contribute from vast experience of ill-health from TBI (traumatic brain injury), to Bipolar, Anxiety, Chronic Fatigue, Suicide experience ought to deserve some level of feedback and most definitely not to be blacklisted.

Aware Trinity Horizon Programme EU research project 1997…/trinity-horizon-research-programme-1997-3… I was 1 of first 15 women enrolled in 9 month research progormme to examine how to integrate women with depression back into society.  I did actively contribute then but ill-health starting in 2003 left me with no other avenue but to write about the prejudice and Stigma that applies to mental illness.

Charities are too focused on collecting money; people like Angela Kerins CEO Rehab, if you read the Phoenix, are paid inordinate sums (several hundred thousand) and expenses. The question is what about old traditional values of compassion and altruism.  The Presidential campaign members have but jumped on this bandwagon.


Michelle Clarke.

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Subject: Bram Stoker’s notebook offers cryptic clues to Dracula Books
Date: Wednesday 19th October 2011 12:33:48
From: Michelle Clarke
To:,, et al

Wednesday 19th October 2011

Wrote about this some time some ago but where I don’t know. Maybe I wrote to the Irish Architectural Foundation or for that matter if you check out Google Urban abandonments it may be therein.

The Dail:  the houses opposite – Kildare Street. Now a doctors surgery, the tourism plaque used to be at the door but nobody thought sufficient about it and it was removed. What a pity? How do we get it put back because like Agatha Christie writer (whose notebooks are now a book), Bram Stoker (Irish man Trinity College Dublin) notebooks were found last year. What an imagination this man had! Dublin City of Literature – here is some more history. The power of the Book is our life line.

The Irish Times yesterday showed man with his technology but with the bookshelves of his collection of books in the background. Hodges Figgis have a bargain basement in the Bookshop in Nassau Street. Brendan Kennelly, myself and Jim met by co-incidence and yet we shared one thing, we were delighted to see another bookshop and someone said Waterstones may also be re-opened albeit a different name.

Michelle Clarke

Subject: Putting Gabrielle Giffords’ Recovery In Context: Brain Injuries Vary Hugely | CommonHealth Dr. Ross Zafonte of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital & Chair of Harvard Medical School’s rehabilitation department. Reference Gabrielle Gifford
Date: Thursday 17th November 2011 17:51:30
From: Michelle Clarke
To: Michelle Clarke <>,,, Alan Shatter <> et al
Thursday 17th November 2011
Excellent points raised in this short article.  Brain injury affects layers of connections in different ways. This article helps people take a perspective.  Personal experience endorses feedback from Dr. Ross Zafonte of Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Chair of Harvard Medical School’s rehabilitation department. ‘The variability of the injury is one of it essentinel hallmarks’. Early 1990’s young soon to be consultants volunteered their knowledge in my case and in retrospect with wisdom I can say their judgment was both detrimental and ill-diagnosed.

On the contrary, Dr Alice Murnane a General Practitioner who was retired from rural dispensary practice but who continued to work as locum throughout the country, clearly outlined contracoup back in the early 1990s. It is articles like that of Dr Ross Zafonte that explain in 2011 what people within the vast neuro-diversity category experience and it is these people who ultimately create the evidence by virtue of the fact that they beat the system and are alive.  In the 1990’s internet as we know it now and Google were not anticipated to be the adaptive technology that so assists people who have sustained TBI. Convergence is what we are experiencing now.  Neuro diversity & a centre of excellence with the inclusiveness that covers all related matters, (brain determined) is vision that Ireland needs to embrace urgently.


About michelleclarke2015

Life event that changes all: Horse riding accident in Zimbabwe in 1993, a fractured skull et al including bipolar anxiety, chronic fatigue …. co-morbidities (Nietzche 'He who has the reason why can deal with any how' details my health history from 1993 to date). 17th 2017 August operation for breast cancer (no indications just an appointment came from BreastCheck through the Post). Trinity College Dublin Business Economics and Social Studies (but no degree) 1997-2003; UCD 1997/1998 night classes) essays, projects, writings. Trinity Horizon Programme 1997/98 (Centre for Women Studies Trinity College Dublin/St. Patrick's Foundation (Professor McKeon) EU Horizon funded: research study of 15 women (I was one of this group and it became the cornerstone of my journey to now 2017) over 9 mth period diagnosed with depression and their reintegration into society, with special emphasis on work, arts, further education; Notes from time at Trinity Horizon Project 1997/98; Articles written for 2003/2004; St Patricks Foundation monthly lecture notes for a specific period in time; Selection of Poetry including poems written by people I know; Quotations 1998-2017; other writings mainly with theme of social justice under the heading Citizen Journalism Ireland. Letters written to friends about life in Zimbabwe; Family history including Michael Comyn KC, my grandfather, my grandmother's family, the O'Donnellan ffrench Blake-Forsters; Moral wrong: An acrimonious divorce but the real injustice was the Catholic Church granting an annulment – you can read it and make your own judgment, I have mine. Topics I have written about include annual Brain Awareness week, Mashonaland Irish Associataion in Zimbabwe, Suicide (a life sentence to those left behind); Nostalgia: Tara Hill, Co. Meath.
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