|Public Health v integrated private health care service. How do we really get to grips with facilitating the patient to take responsibility and operate with diagnosis Mentally Ill?|
|Date:||Monday 27th February 2012
|To:||James.Reilly@Oireachtas.ie <James.Reilly@Oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Constantin Gurdgiev <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, John Gloster <JGloster@irishpsychiatry.ie>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Vincent Browne <email@example.com>|
Monday 27th February 2012
The answer to the question in Ireland is:
Private medicine is the only efficient method
Private means you attend your psychiatrist say at Charlemont Clinic. You set up appointment. You visit, you exchange details, you agree ‘game plan’ and if appropriate you get bloods in situ and the report is sent to your psychiatrist. The Psychiatrist writes to GP. It works.
You pay: You claim your bloods from VHI. For some stupid reason a consultant psychiatrist is not covered by VHI while other similar appointments in different areas, are.
Go Public to Baggot Street Upper Village Community Hospital (Royal City of Dublin hospital in decay) and it makes a full-time job out of being ill and leading to confusion is central to the whole process of public health psychiatric, addiction, acquired brain injury.
The easy part for me is to outline personal experience but I ask Minister Reilly to find out the logic herein:
No in situ bloods is what I am driving at: Integrated medical attention for the public service user is but a dream. The reality is you can get poisoned by drugs amidst the confusion of being on heavy medications and really if examined nobody cares. Public health to the like of me says no different to what I witnessed as a child in the dispensary practice of my parents….being sick is a full time occupation, the only difference today is that this need not be the case, poverty is not the same as in the 1960’s-70’s. Private healthcare at say the Blackrock clinic ensures that bloods are taken at the location and not via a circumvented way that fails to protect the vulnerable patient.
Sleepy hollow community health care Dublin 4. This is a farce. Just look around you: HRB, NDA, MHC, Doctors, Chemists, Dentists, Nurses, ….. a game plan for the patient should be easy enough and add to this FAS and the new Pathway as a way out in the long run by fostering ‘take responsibility’ by facilitating the patient to achieve same.
Email No 1
|Subject:||Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship http://www.schwabfound.org/ Profiles. FAS Head office is open to such opportunities now with social networking etc|
|Date:||Thursday 22nd March 2012 21:29:36 +0000|
|To:||firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Joy Bradley <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Clare Finglas <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Dermot Lacey <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie <Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie>, UK INFO – Customer Care Inbox <UKInfo@starbucks.com>|
Thursday 22nd March 2012
Baggot Street Upper Village requires the spirit of Community. Two identities are part of the landscape and both represent ‘Sick Buildings’. Add to this the once famous Searsons now owned by Diageo and closed. (Some say the reason being that rates are so high). The two most significant buildings which hold vast potential are:
- The FAS office tells its own narrative, much of which has been highlighted by Senator Shane Ross.
- Then there is the Baggot Street Community Hospital which possibly is beyond redemption as a hospital but surely the architecture could lend to a public-private partnership with a new emphasis.
Jeff Smurfit senior said ‘Opportunity comes to pass not to pause’. Ashoka/changenation.org supplement (Irish Times Wednesday 21/3/12) introduces some interesting ideas from Social Media. The FAS office needs to be a hub of creativity. Transport 21 now dictates outlying areas of Dublin City convene at Burlington Road, the Canal. Surely FAS can become such a centre
Bernard McNamara’s company was involved in the building of Plaza 1 & 2 in Burlington Road. Plaza II opened up to Bank of Ireland staff this week and hopefully this will bring the much needed businesses to all those who are patiently waiting for opportunities and re-growth again in Upper Baggot Street.
Email No 2
|Subject:||Brain Injury Services Praxis Care. Before it is too late, keep communities alive….start local is a good start…Dublin 4 could be exemplary|
|Date:||Wednesday 28th March 2012 18:51:53 +0100|
|To:||firstname.lastname@example.org, Ariana Ball <email@example.com>, ASenkara@amnesty.ie <ASenkara@amnesty.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Contact <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Dermot Lacey <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Wednesday 28th March 2012
Baggot Street Community Health (Royal City of Dublin Hospital http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_City_of_Dublin_Hospital could benefit from this expertise to fruition scenario for neuro diversity. Let us tap into what the North of Ireland can give us from their experience.
Praxis Mental Healthcare et al http://www.praxisprovides.com/ is quite an impressive site. Growth could be through a public/private partnership but to achieve this – a team with vision is essential. Tesco or Boots could be approached perhaps. Boots presently provide the medications and a friendly service including blood pressure checks, flu jabs etc. Likewise Meaghers are equally efficient and competent. Where there is a will there is a way.
I read yesterday that a professor in the US has come up with a patch that will be able to detect vital signs in patients. This could transform medicine as we know it but not brain related neuro-psychiatric and addiction people who need hands on personal care.
Baggot Street Upper Village: comprises two vital buildings which could be condemned as being ‘Sick’ because of lack of funding and a feeling of self worth. Yes, the Community Hospital and the FAS office. It is a shame in such a potentially vibrant area which houses the Mental Health Commission, Health Research Board, NDA, Forfas, IDA, Enterprise Ireland, Bank of Ireland (new to Plaza 1) Burlington Road, et al that this air of futility can be tolerated. Add to this the Universities – there must be potential to grow the hubris into a centre of excellence.
Quotation Jonathan Swift – St. Patricks hospital founder
‘Give Vision to the Visionless’
Email No 3
|Subject:||1940 Census Causes Of Death Then And Now – International Business Times: The lack of initiative in Ireland to become Centre of Excellence for Neuro-diversity|
|Date:||Wednesday 4th April 2012 14:33:47 +0100|
|From:||Michelle Clarke <email@example.com>|
|To:||James.Reilly@Oireachtas.ie <James.Reilly@Oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Brian Lucey <BLUCEY@tcd.ie>, Grace Smyth <GSmyth@irishpsychiatry.ie>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Patricia.REILLY@ec.europa.eu <Patricia.REILLY@ec.europa.eu>, Provost <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Stephen.Donnelly@oireachtas.ie, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com|
Wednesday 4th April 2012
|Subject:||The Irish Times – Monday August 4th, 2008 Legal museum plan for Kilmainham Courthouse|
|Date:||Sunday 8th April 2012 22:50:21 +0100|
Sunday 8th April 2012
Legal museum plan for Kilmainham courthouse
Irish Times 8th August 2008
THE COURTS Service has confirmed its intention to renovate and convert the recently closed Kilmainham courthouse in Dublin into an Irish legal history museum and educational centre. A spokesman for the body said it had talked with the Office of Public Works regarding the proposal and had requested that a feasibility study be carried out to ascertain the suitability of the building for such a purpose and the extent of the works that would be required to complete it. As published Irish Times.
Is this yet another false promise?
We have neither a Medical Museum, nor a Legal Museum and there is so much history in both fields and the potential exists to house both a legal and medical museums within the auspices of our Georgian City, where we have too many unoccupied buildings. It would be a testament to the achievements of this fledgling State history. Just beside Government Buildings at Hume Street is a hospital founded by a woman Dr Kathleen Lynn http://www.ucd.ie/medicine/ourcommunity/ouralumni/…/drkathleenlynn/ who merits a place in history for the work she relentlessly carried out trying to provide health care for women and children particularly and for fighting for the independence of this Nation Republic. This woman, a medical doctor, served time in prison in her beliefs.
Radio this afternoon included certain academics and their view for the Centenary. We approach 1916 commemoration. What about re-focusing on the importance of the legal and medical contribution to the history of the State.
My grandfather featured colourfully in this re-birth of the State but for some unknown reason it is the legal profession in the UK that have brought to light salient pieces of history that are forgotten here.
Two books I refer to are:
Sinn Fein and Crown Courts in Ireland and Britain by David Foxton 1916-1923
The family narratives goes that my grandfather was legal adviser to De Valera et al, (he in fact defended Erskine Childers who was executed while his case was on appeal) and had been promised the position of Attorney General which De Valera (with the influence of Archbishop McQuaid) reneged on. He was appointed the first FF senator in opposition in 1928 and later a Judge. Judge Michael Comyn http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Comyn
Twitter yielded another most interesting dimension. Dr Elaine Byrne has written a book just recently published Political Corruption in Ireland 1923 http://itsapoliticalworld.wordpress.com/…/corruption-in-ireland-1922-2010-a-crooke… Her tweet yielded another connection. For me it is fascinating because of the connection between Mr. Briscoe, TD, Mr. Comyn Senator and Sean Lemass….an Inquiry, if not the first then, one of them. Briscoe and Comyn were the ‘O’Brien’s/Moriarty’s’ of their day. Sadly as far as corruption and tribunals go we have learned nothing from the historic origins of same in our fledgling Republic. Now the period of denial should yield to art of learning and learning from facts accepted and experience.
The internet and more importantly its potential to give feedback yielded the following: I used to write a lot on a Citizen Journalism site going back to 2003. By chance I received an email from man with the name of “Clifford” to tell me that it was my grandfather who saved the life of his Grandfather. The famous case is detailed in David Foxton’s book. The case was taken to the House of Lords and the lives of 38 men were saved. It was my grandfather whose photo as a KC (King’s Counsel) is included in the above mentioned books, took this case to the House of Lords and with the intervention of George V, their sentences were commuted to life. After Independence, they were released from prison.
‘Peace comes dropping still’….too still at present. We need continue to shape our destiny and we need to remove bitterness and embrace learning to combat what good from evil.
I will sign off with a quotation:
M K Gandhi 1869-1948
‘Live as if you were going to die tomorrow
Learn as if you were going to live forever’
Email No 5
|Subject:||What changes? Inverse Debt rises while social conditions reach near rock bottom|
|Date:||Saturday 14th April 2012 21:31:15 +0100|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Brian Lucey <BLUCEY@tcd.ie>, Clare Finglas <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Contact <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Dymphna Moore <D.Moore@ria.ie>, Dermot Lacey <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Grace Smyth <GSmyth@irishpsychiatry.ie> et al|
Saturday 14th April 2012
Email No 6
|Subject:||Discretion, Perception, Understanding – Dogs as companions|
|Date:||Monday 30th April 2012 21:30:01 +0100|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Ariana Ball <email@example.com>, ASenkara@amnesty.ie <ASenkara@amnesty.ie>, denise cox <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Eamon.OCuiv@oireachtas.ie, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Grace Smyth <GSmyth@irishpsychiatry.ie>, email@example.com, Katherine Fitzpatrick <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie <Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie>|
Monday 30th April 2012
Economic growth is what they tell us they want. They say shops are paying inordinate rents and as for rates they are prohibitive and legislation change is needed to stop the upward only clause.
But what about the simple things in life.
What about a little understanding and tolerance?
Last week’s Sunday Times featured the story about one homeless drug addict man and a @bobcat (twitter) who became his friend, guardian, mentor. This ginger cat is now featured in a book and both are to be found signing books (paw prints) at bookshops such as Waterstones.
What is so lovely is that the Cat and his friend can go to cafes and are welcome. You see, the English and the Europeans have a healthy reaction and love for their animals.
Alas Ireland falls behind on this. There is no creativity. A little discretion should allow people who enjoy gathering at coffee shops bring their dogs along too. Stop hiding behind rules and regulations that are so often cited and God alone knows if they even exist. A person who is blind, the dog illustrates the fact but what about the person with mental illness – this is the silent condition but the dog is most probably equally essential to their participation in society.
Be friendly, Be kind. Be creative.
Mexico have paved the way of invention for those who bark so much about Poop. They collect it and in return you get wifi energy!
Michelle Clarke (Beagle) Upper Baggot Street Village in support of his canine friend!
2nd October 2016: Hodges & Figgis. I thought I had no change but luckily I had. Mindy was there watching out as always. His best friend, he told me. I asked if he had a bed and to my surprise he said Yes at a hostel and Mindy too. He then said on October 22nd ‘I get my own flat’ and then he said apartment. 1000 people this weekend were without accommodation; it is a scandal. I wonder about a family who owned a large house in affluent D4 who were evicted just recently; what happens to them? To see foreign heavyweights take over the house sends shudders up my back especially when I know the person, his children. 42,000 are now 3 months in arrears. We need to be awake to what happens to people within our communities. Michelle
|Subject:||eHealth: Too many people smoking these days: Reality is stress, anxiety, patternicity, fears – nothing has really changed!|
|Date:||Wednesday 30th May 2012 12:05:56 +0100|
|To:||email@example.com, Stephen.Donnelly@oireachtas.ie, SMHInfo <smhinfo@MENTALHEALTHSCREENING.ORG>, Simon.Coveney@finegael.ie, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Sean Crudden <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com|
Wednesday 30th May 2012
Young people are choosing to smoke. Just look outside shops, restaurants, pubs.
We are not saying we want a Nanny State but can we use whatever opportunities available to us to highlight the plight and links to cancer that this craving addiction is about.
Worth looking towards the UK newspapers today. There is a strong possibility that people with addictions will be docked % of their unemployment/disability benefit in the UK. If this happens in the UK, it will follow in Europe and without doubt in Ireland.
Time is here to address addiction head on. The plan in the UK is to put pressure on Job Centres to encourage avenues like Drug/Alcohol services to help beat the ‘curse’ and if you don’t comply you lose out financially….
eHealth is about personal responsibility. Collections for cancer are so popular; it is seen as one of the more deserving causes. What if people really took account of contribution of smoking/alcohol to the condition …. would we then move towards stigma related to cancer support? The Irony is that mental health is highly stigmatised and yet the overall problem caused by fear, anxiety, stress emanates in this illness diagnosis so this should mean that Public Health has an obligation to make this a Centre of Excellence based on an assumption that there could be strong links between mental health factors and cancer links.
Education is essential. Minister Reilly may be over stepping the mark about smoking in cars and parks. If only people could take some personal responsibility towards their own health without needing Nanny state laws.
|Date:||Tuesday 28th August 2012 17:15:23 +0100|
|From:||Michelle Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
Tuesday August 28th 2012
First written about in 2009 and thanks to the efforts of a poster who included photos of Dublin in despair at that time – the dereliction, the abandonment; these photos exist no longer and what a pity? However we can build on the theme! 2016 recommend twitter account @ReusingDublin
Now all we hear about is a property tax and the rates charged to businesses. We are destroying what has been achieved albeit at too high a financial and economic cost. However, if there was a system of joined up thinking, a recruitment of ideation/creation from the citizen base of this country (not only those pay income tax/household charge) and a sense of morality restored, maybe we the people of Ireland could halt what is now very possible and that is the degeneration of our cities, our country. Houses boarded up are beginning to appear in Rathmines, Ranelagh, Raglan Road, Elgin Road, Pembroke Road, Mespil Road, Haddington Road, Thomas Street, Ardee Street and all over the City. Do we want this? We need to ask how long does it take for a house that is on the NAMA schedule to devalue to such a degree that one of their executives can buy it at a knock down price and then move to the UK.
Georgian Dublin is heading for decay if property tax becomes penal. Remember slum dwelling (1960’s/70’s) during economic hardship times is still in the mindset of people aged 45+. In the UK, all it took was a man called Rachman to move North of High Street Kensington to create the ‘flat market’ that soon became unrealistic as a source of income/investment for the ordinary punter. What is happening down around Gardiner Street now? Many families are occupying rooms. Do we really care?
Phones these days take photos. It would be great if somebody could take photos of vacant buildings, boarded up houses, offices, development sites, North, South, East and West so that when the so called property tax is introduced in January 2013 the people can express their anger and evidence that the Government is wasteful with its time and resources.
The fact is the system of rental supplement is a farce. It should be paid direct to the Landlord, making housing services organise proper accommodation for tenants. 100,000 people are in need of housing yet NAMA has blocks of apartments sitting empty which could be used, sold and then sold on to tenants via the RAS scheme (ie if it is still in operation).
Peter Mathews on the Vincent Browne TV3 programme last night seems to have a more common sense view than most of his party members about site value, development land values. I personally would like to hear more of what he thinks and recommends.
FG plan to re-invent their head office in Mount Street. At the same time Merrion Square is destined to become the new cultural centre in Dublin 2. What I would like to know is: Will they comply with the rules of the Georgian Society or will they be more dynamic and follow the example set by Ove Arup and the extensive re-development of three properties they own on Wellington Road, Dublin 4.
Cinderella who represents all buildings/sites/localities/houses presently being stripped of their dignity by bureaucratic monsters who really don’t care
|Subject:||Get to grips with the burdens of all people exposed to debt now (published Citizen Journalism site).
|Date:||Sunday 16th September 2012 19:22:55 +0100|
|To:||email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org, Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, email@example.com et al|
Email No 10
|Subject:||Stand down they said, Minister for Health, Dr Reilly. Primary Care provision but not enough|
|Date:||Friday 21st September 2012 18:18:33 +0100|
|To:||Brendan.Howlin@oireachtas.ie, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, James Reilly <firstname.lastname@example.org>, John.Crown@oireachtas.ie, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Vincent Browne <email@example.com>|
|Subject:||Portage Program for Mentally Ill; Chemical Abusers; – Mental illness and substance abuse|
|Date:||Friday 12th October 2012 00:45:13 +0100|
Annual lecture St Patrick’s Foundation Hospital
Portage operates drug addiction rehabilitation centres in Québec, Ontario, and Atlantic Canada, helping youth, adults, mothers, and people with mental illness.
Kathleen Lynch- You spoke with passion and elegance at the Founder’s Day at St. Patrick’s Hospital. I write constantly over the last 10 years mainly on Citizen Journalism site (name on request) about the need for a centre of excellence for Baggot Street Community Hospital.
Fate determined when I responded to Pat Kenny’s questions that there is an urgent need for ‘hope’ and the attached website on Portage is what is required. Transport 21 services this community (linking Dunboyne to UCD) and the potential to create growth within a community is there if only a public private partnership could be established. My belief is to tap the likes of Google, Tesco, Twitter even Boots. They benefit greatly from using our infra-structure and paying minimal tax.
I explained that I am the service user who wants HOPE. 20 years have determined acquired brain injury, bipolar, anxiety, ECT, chronic fatigue et all, a health joyrider most adequately describes me but at 53 I need to know there is hope for me and people like me. My saving grace was meeting a man at a bus-stop who acts as my advocate and has made living in the community a possibility.
10 years on, I know the model of excellence established in St. Patrick’s could be used to create something similar in the community of Upper Baggot Street Village. I sat at a table with psychiatrists and a woman evidently from St. Patricks University Hospital but I do not know her name and she asked what I would like and I answered the St. Patrick’s Hospital model but in Baggot Street Community hospital.
Dermot Lacey, Labour, former Lord Mayor of Dublin and current councillor of Pembroke Rathdown is a complete gentlemen and I am sure he will confirm my ongoing interest in the revival of this hospital established in 1832.
Regards Michelle Clarke http://www.portage.ca/qc/mentally-ill-chemical-abusers-quebec
Email No 14
|Subject:||Citizen journalism Ireland: something for you to consider for Christmas perhaps Regards Michelle Clarke|
|Date:||Saturday 3rd November 2012 12:27:34 +0000|
Email No 16
|Subject:||O’Connell Street, Dublin 1 – throngs of people but little business,|
|Date:||Tuesday 20th November 2012 20:24:57|
|From:||Michelle Clarke (Forster)|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>, Corporate Coleraine <CColeraine@tourismireland.com>, Clare Finglas <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Clare.Daly@oireachtas.ie, email@example.com, Dermot Lacey <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Eamon.OCuiv@oireachtas.ie, Gerry Adams <Gerry.Adams@Oireachtas.ie>, Jimmy Deenihan <email@example.com>, Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie <Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Nigel Dodds <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Bill Martin <email@example.com>, Vincent Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
Tuesday 20th November 2012
We await the budget and the talk is target the middle class who can pay, avoid the tax exiles who pay the best accountants and have the best advise as how to tax avoid or evade, and let’s really hammer those who are in the property market. They are easy to identify, so charge them low first and then when you have them on the radar, then just hammer them. What about all that falls beneath the cracks. The ensuing derelictions, the boarded windows and doors, the empty space especially the upper levels in prominent locations.
What an imposing street – O’Connell Street, Dublin, once known as Sackville Street. Clery’s Department store, the GPO http://www.gpowitnesshistory.ie/visit/ dominate but if you take the time to look upwards you see that many of the buildings were designed to a high standard but have been down trodden by the takeaway gaudy type of ground floor facades. McBirney’s (Aston Quay) http://irishmemory.blogspot.com/2013/01/santa-in-dublin-1908.html is still over the door which is now Supervalu – the history resounds and it is good to read in the daily’s that Mr Varadkar is tuning up and in for 2016 and the anniversary of the 1916 Rising. Foreign travel is yielding benefits and some of our Ministers are being creative with ideas.
In a visit to Boston, Mr. Varadkar was greatly impressed by the ‘Freedom Trail’ http://www.thefreedomtrail.org/ where Paul Revere began his journey to warn that the redcoats were coming. The minister has asked Failte Ireland and the National Tourism Development Authority to put on their thinking hats and create something similar in Ireland called the ‘Independence Trail’. The Citizen Journalism site which started in 2001 has covered the whole area of the properties facing demolition in Moore Street which played a significant role at the time of the Rising for those on the run. They plan an ‘App’ which I think means you can use your phone to follow the ‘Trail’. I hope the property in Moore Street, its history, and the links to certain war heroes becomes a part of the ‘Independence Trail’. http://www.visitdublin.com/echoes-of-war-walking-trail-dublin/
What potential lies in this, especially when the Gathering starts 2013 – the time of brinkmanship from prosperity and William Murphy, his businesses, his newspapers, the trams to pure hardship through strikes unemployment, Jim Larkin and James Connolly. World War II started in 1914 and brought such change in the world.
‘The Independence Trail’ similar to the ‘Freedom Trail’ in Boston has massive potential to inform people about dissent, 700 years occupation, revolution, civil war, independence for 26 counties, the north, the Good Friday Agreement http://www.dfa.ie/our-role-policies/northern…/the-good-friday-agreement-and-today/, the Peace Process, the intervention of former President Bill Clinton, former Prime Ministers John Major and Tony Blair, George Mitchell, Ian Paisley, Martin McGuinness, Gerry Adams, Bertie Ahern. It is taking what is bad and seeking good. It is saying you can ‘Give Peace a Chance’ and it can work.
The 1980’s saw people with vision who have made a significant impact to the city of Dublin and we have been reaping the benefits – the parks, the monuments, Kilmainham prison and so much more. I think however 2013 is the time for more ‘vision for the present incumbents who appear visionless’. Mr. Varadkar – your idea about the ‘Independence Trail’ is a vision and may it be inspirational. However, I would suggest that you encourage Minister Michael Noonan https://www.dfa.ie/our-role-policies/northern…/the-good-friday-agreement-and-today/ to seriously address Georgian Dublin and O’Connell Street, College Green, Grafton Street – there must be a way to stop the upward only rent reviews and reduce rents and stop closing down businesses.
Parnell Square makes a significant contribution to this history. Again Georgian Houses need adaptation to provide utility either as apartments or offices but definitely as locations for people to use. Tax people who own these houses for decades and who are responsible for leaving them empty yes but encourage people to take the risk to invest and encourage them to ‘Green Climate Change’ comply.
Washington the statue of 3 men from the Vietnam War is a photo I keep by my bed. War destroys people and we need to know our history to prevent ever returning to war in our little Island so an Independence Trail sounds to me a really good idea.
Michelle Clarke (Forster)
|Subject:||What chaos associated with owning properties?|
|Date:||Tuesday 27th November 2012 17:15:36|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, email@example.com, Brian Lucey <BLUCEY@tcd.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Clare.Daly@oireachtas.ie, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Dereliction surrounds us. There are vacant retail premises in central locations; but also out of town; there are shopping centres, in town centres bedraggled by vacant units. Upward only rent is the determinant of the contract and the Government drags its heels about changing the legislation. The lack of moral conscience of the landlord who has financially gained from his property over a period of decades goes unchecked as he relies on legislation to change, knowing that it will not, basically penalising the tenants and ultimately pushing them out of business. They say as many as 6 small businesses are closing down each day in Ireland. These landlords are ultimately concerned with asset appreciation. Hence we see so many Georgian houses non utilised, under utilised in Dublin 2, 4, 6 and then there is the North side, Mountjoy Square, Philsboro etc.
Dublin City Council can’t even manage to get people to be diligent in paying their rents and they end up serving notices on people to quit (who possibly in many cases should be in sheltered housing) i.e. eviction. Where do these people go? Do we know and what’s more do we really care? Our city has become a haunting ground for men in particular to beg. They walk up to you and say we have no money, we have had no food for days, have you anything to give? These are the people who fall through the cracks possibly due to mental problems, addiction to drugs and alcohol. Is this the correct way for our social services to treat people who basically have needs. The options are beg to be in hostels.
George Lee’s programme last night brought up a valid point. People don’t communicate enough about the basic government of our country. There are reasons why? Years ago before our homes improved, people used to frequent the pubs – a handy way of keeping warm for a couple of hours and having the chat with people from all walks of life, playing darts, reading the newspapers. Now you just need to look at the property sections of the newspapers and all you see are pubs for sale at a fraction of the price. This is another step down to eliminate community at local level. There are distinct disadvantages here. The culture of the pub has changed to that of loud noise, young only or alcoholic, followed by excessive obliteration; no memory tomorrow is okay. What a pity and what a loss?
February 2013 and the Joe Duffy show. Another belt by Government to the landlord but the crazy part is this is about enforcement and as we know from the property charge, the PRTB www.citizensinformation.ie › Home › Housing › Renting a home, the second home tax, the tax return and USC, how will the Government put this willy nilly legislation into effect? It is a bloated bureaucracy in the making and those who are used to going under the radar and who often have paid no taxes and own many of these properties with their bedsits, will escape yet again. If we add property tax it is in effect penalising the middle income group who are younger, rearing children, who have more than likely bought during the Celtic Tiger and are in negative equity. A young woman spoke last night on the George Lee programme RTE 1 and stated she would not pay the £100 property charge because it is unjust. She had paid £35,000 in stamp duty for her family home in Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath and will continue to pay back on this amount until her mortgage is completed in 25 years time. Her understanding was and is that this was her contribution for services. Personally, it has been said many times before on this site that people in negative equity and who bought their houses at the peak of the market ought to have money returned by the Government – if not the full amount, then that proportion that relates to the negative equity and it should be used to repay the capital amount and lessen their mortgage in the now and over the 25 years.
We have a right to know how efficient our Government is in prescribing law. We can at least expect it not to be bureaucratic, wasteful and invariably non efficient because it is provided by the public service sector who are part of a vested interest ie government bureaucracy. There is a need for transparency.
Buildings like the hospital in Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4 and many more are slipping away towards ultimate dis-use. Is there another way? Surely, there is a need in the area to preserve this architecturally of merit building and can we make it work to provide a public service for a community. Why do we not promote public private partnerships? We have enough multi-national companies in this area benefiting from tax breaks who could work with others to provide a service. To name but a few: Tesco, Google, Sky, IBM, Boots and so many more.
Hotels at least in Dublin 4 are on the route to survival. The Burlington is reportedly purchased for a fraction of what Bernard McNamara company paid. Blackstone is the purchaser and is connected to Waldorf Astoria, Hilton chain of hotels. Reports are they paid £85 m but let us not forget that McNamara is reported to have paid £255m; what a steal it is for them? However for the community it is good news because the new owners will invest further in this hotel and create a market and a business environment.
Transparency would be good way to start in formulating the budget taking account of the most likely way to enforce the commands. Surely the Troika can advise ….. but then EU accounts are not audited for years now which in turn suggests a Gravy Train……
|Subject:||The coming budget …. we hope Chancellor Merkel’s pet parrots Kenny and Gilmore are chirping in their Dail cage|
|Date:||Thursday 29th November 2012 21:27:26 +0000|
|To:||Vincent Browne <email@example.com>, Trust Ireland <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Stephen.Donnelly@oireachtas.ie, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com|
Thursday 29th November 2012
The budget is on next Wednesday. Labour pre-election 2011 stated “No more Pain for the Irish taxpayers”. Have a little read below and could someone explain to me where Gilmore and the rest have lost their way in the dirty game called Irish politics?
Communication by Plain People of Ireland urgently needed
Gale (reply to a person who wrote on Citizen Journalism site)
You speak of the cocktail of emotions but the over-riding image I get is that of Fear of what lies ahead and what is actually being suffered by people in the now as a consequence of this economic depression and onslaught from those greedy lenders of the ECB http://www.ecb.europa.eu/ and Troika http://lexicon.ft.com/Term?term=troika brigade. Their austerity is causing much dissent in our EU aspiration leaving many of our once successful entrepreneurs, our young people, our investors who are badly burnt from investing in the stock market or property, our elderly people mesmerised and in fear of what is to happen to them. Mr O’Regan is the latest example of what taking risk engenders – you appear to succeed but then if the monster of recession takes over – the outcome can be suicide of a father, a husband and in reality a loss that society does not want. Let’s get real. We are all so focused on the cost, the arithmetic, the maths, we have lost out on the importance of quality of lives and this we urgently need to revive to help us trounce this recession effectively.
I agree with your assessment of the present Government. Too many of them are teachers/professionals and entrenched politicians for decades now with pensions, double and even triple which blinkers them to the focus of a horse. Muppets is probably a complement because their bias is real and they have a majority in the Dail and can lead the way or so it seems at present.
Somewhere in the annals of this Citizen Journalism (name on request) Ireland site the details of earlier budgets are written about. It is interesting to see the change from 2007 to now. The time is here and particularly for those of Middle Ireland who are really suffering. Education, Finance, Social Protection, Justice & the big hippopotamus that is eating all round it Health are defining the balance sheet that says we are bailed out from bankruptcy and we need to contain our spending in public sector and achieve budget guidelines as determined by the Troika and EU. The fact is people are really suffering now and in particular the people who are vulnerable, the new power, the old, people with disabilities, people who work as carers, one time entrepreneurs but now in crisis, children, the emerging class of NEETS throughout Europe. What is the message? There is one thing we know and that is Anomie ie suicide is about making people aware.
Each party are working hard to raise an extra £1.75 Billion for the year. The question is how? The next question is what will be the effect? Will those in the higher income bracket or the wealthy just up and leave the country? What about the multinational companies some of whom have an effective tax rate as small as 1 or 2% or the maximum Irish corporation tax allocated to them of 12.5%? Should we examine this and possibly increase our Corporation Tax. The HSE is mammoth. Can we ask the service users to contribute their advice? Maybe a service user should sit on some of the committees and guide them through effective use of funds and possibly they might create the containment necessary in this sick specimen of bureaucracy and inefficiency. We know that failure to keep appointments at St Vincents Hospital for one year amounted to a cost of £3.5 m.
Property has become the defining ‘identity’ that says punishment for home owners. Governments gave the tax incentives for property purchases with the motive of creating employment and giving stimulus. They gave tax advantages for pensions too but also were clever enough to encourage those who did not want to take out a pension an option to buy a property or two instead and then use the asset appreciation as their pension while having the rent in the intervening years. Now this is crisis and people are suffering. According to the Irish Independent today Buy-to-lets is the next crisis upon us. Patrick Honohan, Central Bank urged the banks to act earlier in the year and start closing in and taking over properties of distressed clients. Bank of Ireland are to lead the charge here and if a person in a buy-to-let fails to comply with repayments, they will lose the tracker mortgage and basically their property / properties will be seized……Landlordism removed from Dublin City Council, i.e social housing is the real victim here yet the country according to media is awash with properties that are vacant.
All I know is that before next Wednesday when Minister Noonan stands up to tell us what they propose, it is necessary for the ordinary plain people of Ireland to communicate their message so that we can preempt and avoid undue hardship through ill-advised policies.
The Glimmer Man
Where is the HOPE
by Michelle Clarke
Email No 19
|Subject:||Let the people contribute. Let there be a voice for the vulnerable, the marginalised, people with disabilities – Budget 2012|
|Date:||Friday 30th November 2012 17:17:52 +0000|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Brendan.Howlin@oireachtas.ie, email@example.com|
Friday 30th November 2012
by Michelle Clarke (Comyn) – Budget 2012 Action Plan
Start with Colm McCarthy, Economist – his article in the Sunday Independent
Year 5 and the deficit remains stubbornly high irrespective of the sustained prescribed austerity measures. We have had both taxation increases and extensive cuts to social welfare in real terms. The pace of the contraction in the Irish economy is unprecedented with as many as 300,000 jobs lost. Our gross national income has fallen 20% since the peak in 2007. The heady days of the Celtic Tiger yielded income to Government coffers through payments by purchasers (on excessively over-valued properties) of stamp duty, add to this the VAT on house sales and then of course the capital gains tax which having been reduced from 40% to 20% still meant the revenue netted huge amounts. This has all fallen away dramatically over the past 5 years. The very least we can expect from this Budget is a provision to create a rebate for those caught with property now in negative equity (from the crisis period in 2007). The amount of stamp duty which in some cases is between the range of £30,000 to £80,000+ morally ought to be repaid to reduce the capital amount of debtors/mortgage holders loans. Do not forget that the stamp duty is part of the loan which is repaid at a variable interest rate for the term of the loan be that 20, 25, 30 yrs?
Back to the balance sheet. What can be done about public expenditure? “Contained” was the word constantly used by George Lee last Monday night TV programme on RTE 1. It’s a strong word and it is a good way of tackling the hornets nest of state bureaucracy. There is the solid argument that if we tax these immobile pension driven sectors in the economy the cost will result in a cut back in consumer spending and this in turn causes job losses and thereby a loss in economic growth. There must be a means of stabilising the pendulum extreme position that causes such hardship to the plain people of Ireland. We have the debt but worse again is the fact that we have the interest burden (based on variable albeit low now tax rates) of servicing the debt. It is that old fashioned compound interest scenario and in our case now it cannot work, the debt we owe as a country must be restructured and like a company that goes into liquidation and where the creditors are seeking what is owed to them, the impossibility of repayment becomes what is relevant. The simple logistics of a failed company (or country) are that the priority creditors ie the Revenue and the Banks are paid first and the creditors are lucky if they get say 20 cents per euro after all expenses are paid to the accountants and wind down costs. We need a dose of clean common sense appraisal fed directly to the Troika, the ECB. It is not sufficient for us to be the model student while Greece can be the real renegade and they get the restructured package.
Ireland is scuppered at present. A Government with borrowing power has the option to use it in a normal cyclical downturn. For Ireland, this all collapsed in Autumn 2010 when we had to be rescued by the EU and IMF. I suppose just like a company, the red column took over and the liquidators moved in. The terms are what they dictate and we must not lose sight of this imposition. Germany took 100 years to pay off the reparations from the World Wars but they are not so generous with terms for errant EU members who overspent. They are not keen on extending time or restructuring yet or for that matter of just writing down a %. If only, they could look to the views or Robert Reich and Joseph Stiglitz in the US and their emphasis on the benefit of stimulus to create the economic growth and thus the employment.
Yes “Containment” We can all well accept that cut backs are necessary for efficiency and effectiveness but there are limits. The excessive bank rescue costs are one third of the National Debt.
It is income tax (now significantly reduced by outcome of crisis) is the major source of government revenue. The problem is that the public service payroll and social welfare are 70% of all spending. This humbles the contributions from PAYE/PRSI and the latest tax called universal social charge. Hence we stand nearly naked in the context of the EU the ECB the IMF and Troika hence we are vulnerable to their power and we all know about absolute power and its capacity to corrupt and let this include moral corruption too. What we have now in Ireland is a moral corruption from our EU neighbours. There are swings and roundabouts in life. Germany drove policy towards low interest rates to empower it to merge with East Germany. These low interest rate returns inflated house prices as people who had money could buy and where banks were deregulated could engage in over lend created, the bubble that burst into catastrophe. Yes I think Ireland deserves a restructuring of its debt especially if we make significant efforts to contain our bloated bureaucracy where necessary. Common sense:
Our elderly, people with disabilities. Carers are being cut back. They cost a paltry amount and the savings made are insignificant.
To be a long term patient in the St Mary’s in the Phoenix Park costs £1700 per week. Common sense must dictate rationality about the important role of carers.
Michelle Clarke (Comyn)
Email No 20
|Date:||Monday 3rd December 2012 19:12:59 +0000|
|To:||Address List on request|
Monday 3rd December 2012
|Subject:||When will the Government stop kicking the can down the road?|
|Date:||Tuesday 11th December 2012 23:01:00|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, Brian Lucey <BLUCEY@tcd.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Clare Finglas <email@example.com>, Eoghan Murphy <Eoghan.Murphy@Oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, John Corrigan <JCorrigan@ntma.ie>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Vincent Browne <email@example.com>|
Tuesday 11th December 2012
|Subject:||Photos that cover a thousand haunted words – Urban abandonment|
|Date:||Friday 14th December 2012 16:51:41 +0000|
|To:||KT Hawklett; address list|
Friday 14th December 2012
|Subject:||Is there a move on properties in Dublin 4? Michelle Clarke – Urban Abandonment Sun December 16th 2012 15:24|
|Date:||Sunday 16th December 2012|
|To:||firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com; Address list on request|
Sunday 16th December 2012
by Michelle Clarke – Urban Abandonment
MichaelHasenstab-Franklin (Link is 2016 and what risk-taking and hedge funds are all about http://www.bloomberg.com/…/hasenstab-franklin-templeton-bond-star-wants-to-get-back-o...) Templeton is the optimist for Ireland and the “turn around” circa next year ie 2013, we presume. Let us hope this man who manages a fund of £165 billion is right when he says our bonds “will be one of the best investments of the decade”.
Taking a peek at property in Dublin 4 the For Sale signs are on the down-turn it seems and circa Aylesbury Road, Shrewsbury Road, what had to be sold including the architectural gem which used to be the French Embassy, appear to have been sold, so maybe we see a bottoming out and a new supply demand quotient in place. What is now McManus (wife registered) home appears occupied this Christmas season so who knows what, during the year of EU host Ireland presidency, will unfurl. With some luck we might escape that promissory note in March 2013.
At last there is an element of certainty to the cost financially, economically and socially of the property crisis. The Central Bank have finally come up with a list of properties available based on the length of time people are in arrears. We now know that there are 19,541 people in arrears of over 2 years. The question now is how many of these comprise the family home and that without any other financial assets available, have social housing as their only alternative option. It is this group of people who have built up 2 years arrears and if they choose to give up their property voluntarily, they are expected to apply for a debt deal under the new insolvency process.
Enter into the marketplace another aspect of ‘Namatised’ called ‘new Insolvency Process’. This will ultimately release more properties on the market for sellers like Allsop to fire sale to the hawks waiting in the wings to get bargains on the basis of income and capital appreciation going forward. This Insolvency Process will allow for the formal write-down of debt, over a 5 year period, with the added bonus of not having to go to court to be declared bankrupt. We await this legislation because definitive non profitable forays in property can be defined and debt written down, so properties will come to market. As they say ‘water finds its own level’ and this is what the property market needs right now.
There are supposedly 180,000 residential mortgage holders – some in arrears, others who have restructuring arrangements with their lenders. Central Bank has consistently put pressure on the banks to basically evict where the assessment is that it is impossible to repay. Bank of Ireland are the first to react to Central Bank pressure. Too long now is the period of time for keeping properties in abeyance with no direction. The Banks are not in the game of managing property for the rental market and in particular for what ultimately could be social housing. Closure is needed and now.
The Troika have power but yet their reticence in certain areas, (particularly property, governmental/public service salaries and pensions) at last state that they want “legal clarity to the procedure” for repossession of foreclosures. Justice Elizabeth Dunne has called to fix the lacunae/loop hole as is also cited in the recent Troika updates. 5 years not knowing, unable to pay arrears, unemployed, having emigrated, accruing debt to capital, extending period of debt for some people, makes the dream of owning their home impossible. This definitive line needs to be set and people need to free from debt and provided with social housing if that is what their post Celtic Tiger financial circumstances dictate. This also means the Government must review their social housing obligations particular such small provision has been provided for decades now.
Ireland hosts the EU presidency so let’s market Ireland. The Troika admit we are exemplary. If so let’s take the initiative, come up with the mathematical equation, that sorts out our property mess with some form of assurance to people in the family home that provision of accommodation, and suitable accommodation for families through transfer deals, is an option. Property tax is proving to be unfair. The majority of people live in Dublin. You can buy a house in Offaly for £50,000 (fire sale) and the same house in Dublin is £250,000 and the proposed tax is the same. How is this equitable?
Apartment blocks and estates who pay fees eg some as high as £3,500 a year, surely it is a disincentive for people to downsize to apartments if they are hammered by property tax and maintenance?
Where is the forward thinking? Family homes could become generational based on age/need.
|Subject:||Camelot is what we need before the Gathering kicks into place- Urban Abandonment – Ripe for the Picking|
|Date:||Tuesday 18th December 2012 17:29:47|
|To:||Ariana Ball <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Clare Finglas <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Deirdre Bell <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
Tuesday 18th December 2012 17:29:47
x (response to Citizen Journalism site contributor) you have said it.
Someone said – ‘If the Dutch had invaded Ireland, they would have fed the world’.
Who has heard of Camelot? The story will unfurl. Go to the www to twitter and keep informed.
There is a recent report by Deutsche bank and it claims that Ireland has so many empty houses, including 60,000 vacant holiday homes, representing a vacancy rate of 15%. The report then goes on to state that it will take 43 years to fill them. Demand determines how long the supply will last and add to this population growth! The Deutsche bank report states that based on 2011 figures which showed population growth of 13,000, and the average number of residents per house, the bank estimates that it could take until 2055 to overcome the glut that exists in the market. Mr Haughey, Mr Matt Gallagher, Mr Desmond, Mr O’Brien, Mr O’Leary – we need heads together urgently or else this Island which is presently blighted with the emigration of our young and recently educated will prompt;y re-visit the harsh winter of the 1950’s when we owed the Annuities to our former Colonial master.
We need drivers of Economic Growth, we need people with ideas, we need unemployment offices like FAS as centres of initiative to create opportunities. The time is here for all people who are unemployed to up-skill to digital so that when they take up employment they bring with them initiatives and value added.
Camelot: A Mr Joost Van Gestel (frustrated with corporate life in Kraft in the 1990’s) took a look at potential opportunities that existed to provide him with an alternative to corporate. He founded Camelot in 1993 and it is now the world’s largest manager of vacant properties. The idea is to put temporary tenants at low rents in buildings that otherwise would be vacant. Ireland is already part of his portfolio and that includes Abbeville designed by the famous archictect Gandon which has failed to achieve the £7.5 m asking price. Common sense dictates and Haughey’s ghost that Camelot is about “Protection by Occupation” and waiting for markets to gather steam again.
Van Gestel started with the intention to combat the squatter culture of recession bitten markets. He went contrary to the Netherlands’ anarchist counter-culture. The aim is to prevent urban decay which is caused by vacancy. Dublin can so easily identify with this if you look at what Unesco regards as our culture while we leave it facing dereliction and decay. Van Gestel was not the first in the business but he did establish Camelot with the core value of professionalism.
Tackling bureaucracy is essential. Dearbhail McDonald rightly identifies that the delay by the Banks and the stalling of proceedings leading to families chained to houses that they will never be able to repay, is part of a huge problem in Ireland. The negative equity crisis could be short-term but based on the Deutsche report it could be decades. Add to this the 100,000 people awaiting social housing and the crisis coming down the road in the buy-to let-market and we need some consolidated think tank with an entrepreneurial mindset like Mr VanGestel to put a halt to the blundering City Council ineptitude before it gets into full belt with the bleat we have no funds!.
Camelot tackled the local authorities. It created a model. It tackled the legal structures in each country to establish exemptions to tenancy laws for temporary tenants. They then tackled the Governments and persuaded them that to the advantages of keeping buildings occupied. Certain countries created a tariff system to make owners of buildings liable but this creates its own problems when local authorities begin to count on these tariffs as income for the council, a little like the property tax. Van Gestel promotes occupation not squatting or non utility.
Camelot now operates in 6 countries. The financial crisis is good for the company in that tenants are less fearful about having to leave quickly. The revenues are increasing by 30% a year, hitting Stg£20m 2011 up from £15 m in 2010 – not bad! Their properties include bankrupt bread factories, former convents, abandoned theme parks. Camelot consists of department for database entry, IT department, with software developers in India. His motivation is about keeping his employees challenged.
It is not all bad in Ireland but we have a long way to go. We need vision but it must be motivated by the common good.
Initiatives exist. ‘Come in from the Cold’ is in place by the Simon Community, Focus Ireland and St. Vincent de Paul. It is a tiny step (21 only homes) but let it be the start of something new. The aim in Cork for this Christmas is that every person will have access to a hostel while others will have their own home. As Focus Ireland’s Ger Spillane said “We are guaranteeing landlords a monthly rent, ongoing maintenance of their properties and an assurance that their property will be returned in its original state at the end of the lease. We will support every tenant as long as its necessary”. Its not a bad deal for the landlords. Too many landlords became victims to bad tenancy arrangements during the Celtic Tiger and the dis-interest of estate agencies and the lack of effectiveness of state agencies like the PRTB especially in the area of rent subsidies.
The public private partnerships for the like of O’Devaney Gardens may have failed but this at least is a start of people using their mental capacity to ensure people have the right to a home.
|Subject:||TARA: Unmarried mothers and infanticide in Ireland, 1900-1950. Legislate with a sense of humanity for people who are suicidal; this needs urgent consideration.|
|Date:||Wednesday 19th December 2012 12:13:08|
|From:||Michelle Clarke <email@example.com>|
|To:||Vincent Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, AnneMarie Rafferty <email@example.com>, Clare.Daly@oireachtas.ie, Richard Boyd Barrett <Richard.BoydBarrett@Oireachtas.ie>, Neville Cox <NCOX@tcd.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Gerry Adams <Gerry.Adams@Oireachtas.ie>, Marylou.McDonald@oireachtas.ie, William Binchy <WBINCHY@tcd.ie>, “The Very Revd Dermot Dunne, Dean of Christ Church Cathedral Dublin” <Dean@cccdub.ie>, John.Crown@oireachtas.ie, email@example.com, Sarah Roeder <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
Wednesday 19th December 2012
We walk a way from our history, we make excuses. As a person with Bipolar who sustained a fractured skull and pre-frontal lobe damage (which is known to account for inappropriate behaviours) at the age of 32, I consider suicide, health and pregnancy as a human right of choice ruled upon by the Supreme Court 20 years ago and it ought to be legislated on sooner rather than later. It was suggested on Vincent Browne TV3 programme last night that an Obstetrician suggested 'committal' as an option to ideation about suicide. Having been in that situation ie committal not pregnant, having had lots of ECT, I would suggest this is a most inhumane statement by a so called professional. I do not like to remind people of the Ann Lovett https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ann_Lovett case but this young mother died. If she had lived and her baby died at that grotto in Granard, would she have been charged with infanticide, if not now but in another generation. Vincent, you point was sharp but poignant. A woman raped or for that matter a child or a victim of incest, choice must be an option. What about the Mental Capacity bill and mental health which is being dealt with at present? Surely, it is relevant to this Abortion/Mental Health/Suicide debate? Regards Michelle Clarke Email No 26
|Subject:||SUSI – there must be a way to pay the grants owed to the students|
|Date:||Thursday 20th December 2012 18:29:55 +0000|
|To:||email@example.com, Brian Lucey <BLUCEY@tcd.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Caitriona Curtis <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Frances.Fitzgerald@oireachtas.ie, Geraldine Mahon <Geraldine@nyci.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Provost <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Newstalk Science <firstname.lastname@example.org>, UK INFO – Customer Care Inbox <UKInfo@starbucks.com>, Vincent Browne <email@example.com>|
Thursday 20th December 2012
It may sound crazy but if SUSI centralised, is in bureaucratic chaos and can’t pay students, surely some entity like Google, Starbucks, the banks, can provide a loan to SUSI – after all the money has to be paid to the students in the New Year. We need Corporate Social Responsibility in Ireland and let them start with ensuring our students have no worries for the Christmas.
Yesterday, it was said one of these large MNC entities received £1 billion in Ireland but only paid £3m in tax. Something similar happened in the UK with Starbucks and they were humbled to the degree that they gave the Robin Hood account a large payment. Let them do something similar in Ireland and start with SUSI.
Students deserve support – they are the future of this country
by Michelle Clarke
Email No 27
|Subject:||James Connolly’s Grandson In Fresh Call To Save 16 Moore Street|
|Date:||Saturday 22nd December 2012 19:11:34|
|To:||Michelle Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org>, KT Hawklett <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie <Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie>, jimmy Deenihan <email@example.com>|
Friday 12th August 2005
|Subject:||Ghost estates or displaced by motorways, Urban abandonment and dereliction|
|Date:||Sunday 23rd December 2012 19:53:13 +0000|
|To:||Corporate Admin <CAdmin@tourismireland.com>, Corporate Coleraine <CColeraine@tourismireland.com>, Clare Finglas <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Jimmy Deenihan <email@example.com>, Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie <Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie>, Shane Clarke <SClarke@tourismireland.com>, gatheringireland <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
Sunday 23rd December 2012
by Michelle Clarke
Email No 29
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