Trade Unions: Transparency, Accountability and Ethics?
Tuesday 2nd April 2013
|Subject:||People have said No to Croke Park II but is No justified?|
|Date:||Thursday 18th April 2013 21:34:31 +0100|
|To:||email@example.com and undisclosed address list|
Thursday 18th April 2013
Disillusionment for the public service workers and no easy cash collection of £300 m plus, needed this year, more next year and for years going forward, to pay our debts forever compounding the interest daily, weekly, monthly annually. Let’s keep a reality check on the National Debt Clock http://www.nationaldebtclocks.org/debtclock/irelandThere is what is known as ‘compassion fatigue’. It appears that we are neatly within the category i.e. those in the public service who see themselves as ‘privileged’ and ‘entitled’ and who have no empathy for those battered and beaten in the private sector, for over 6 years now. Will there be a Croke Park III? Maybe not. Why? The option is mooted for a 7% across the board deduction in public sector pay. What if this occurs? Then, the indications are ultimately strikes. However, the reality is we must meet the debts and take responsibility as a country because we have pledged to do so. Compassion fatigue must be challenged and it is time for people to look at a broader picture, to study alternatives, the vision is tunnel focus by leaders in the Irish Trade Unions that have their own vested interests, which we need to know a lot more about.
Intrinsic to the Trade Union mindset and its interconnectivity with employers, there is a “two tierism” that creates bias, it is the union management and what is acceptable in pay, expenses, pensions, trips abroad, even Harvard courses for them versus those who pay their union dues and what the leaders deem suffice for them. Citizen Journalism is about the kernel of freedom of expression and it is quite unbelievable that the privileges of McNeice as highlighted in the previous postings is not creating impetus to inquire into what is really happening with Trade Union management in Ireland. What we do know is that if you work in the hotel industry, in retail, in lower echelons of the Civil service, redundancy means no more subscriptions with immediate effect to the Trade Union coffers but most importantly no further support from the Trade Unions to help you back on the road to employment. What does this really say? Dead in the water is what comes to mind. Trade Unions are saying, keep us secure in our positions but forget about the concept of workers going forward – how stupid and self seeking they really are, there is no vision and this is disturbing.
Nearly 500,000 people are out of work, many of these are in mortgage arrears, studies now reveal that where people encounter long periods of being unemployed in their twenties/early thirties that this has negative mental health outcomes when they get older. We have a significantly higher level of youth unemployment and we are doing nothing about it. What is worse is that our Trade Unions don’t seem to care about the unemployed and in particular our young people. We need to voice this. Enterprise can be fostered and ideas can be created to nurture enterprise (just look to Silicon Valley or Singapore for that matter) but in the absence of encouragement we are talking about dissent, apathy and anomie.
The Village – Constantin Gurdgiev is worth reading. The challenge is there for the people who are excluded by the Trade Union elites to establish their case. His challenge:
‘Liberty Hall must shake off the ethos of its corrupting proximity to state power and re-discover its grass roots’.
It is not fair to the young people of our Island of Ireland that ‘non-meritocratic employment in the public sector will also mean continued emigration of younger workers with internationally marketable skills’
He goes on to say: ‘Marking the centenary of the 1913 lockout, the Irish Trade Union movement needs a serious and deep rethink of both its raison d’etre and its modus operandi. Otherwise the movement risks being locked out of society itself as the irrelevant and atavistic remnant of the Celtic Tiger and Social Partnership’.
Time for the public sector who fail to acknowledge the plight of the private sector over the last 6 years to wake up and smell the coffee. We need to make savings, we need to cut expenditure and the time is now.
|Date:||Sunday 21st April 2013 12:33:29 +0100|
|To:||Published Citizen Journalism; undisclosed address list|
Nearly 500,000 people are out of work; yet the local property tax implementation May 8th & 28th (online submissions) are receiving scant attention in the media. Talking to people in the local urban village, the word Revenue is the effective enforcer as distinct from the exercise of what is morally just and fair in what will determine who pays and who does not? It is time for people to start listening to ‘what is not said’ to hear and to identify just how intrusive this tax proves to be, particularly now when Ireland Inc is still in such economic turmoil.
The lack of community is causing us to be disparate and there is no alignment of people to make representation to Government to postpone for several years this property tax which is penal on house/apartment owners. Behind closed doors, is another kind of story in the Ireland of today. You have the family who are in mortgage arrears and other debts knowing that PIP (the Personal Insolvency Practitioner – let’s call him/her “The Fixer”) is their only option but yet it is not a definitive guarantee of relief/release, because the banks still have the power of veto. What if both people are out of work? Do people realise that if these overly indebted people subject to the ‘PIP process’ are to have any opportunities of getting work in the private sector, they must pay this LPT otherwise they are hampered from getting work, the reason being, they will need a tax clearance certificate to obtain work and will not qualify for same if the don’t submit their self assessed valuation of their, most probably, heavily mortgaged, negative equity property. Is this common sense? Is it equitable? This involves ordinary people for example a taxi driver, an architect, people working on contract.
The Irish Independent today reports that there is a need to stimulate rental supply. The demand for rental property is rising, the trend in ownership is changing. The census 2011 showed that the figure renting property rose 47% from 323,000 to 475,000. The census also reports that ‘32% of Dublin residents are now in rental accommodation’. What this says in effect: is that social housing supply was provided in a different way than previously. ‘The private sector, with a combination of the construction industry and private investors, over the last 30 years modernised our national stock of rental accommodation and provided a steady supply of good quality accommodation in key employment areas at relatively modest rents’. We need to take stock because many of the people who created this market are the people who are in negative equity and who are liable to pay the LPT, surely they have given enough and need to be encouraged rather than be forced to pay this LPT on their homes or for that matter their investment choices.
Does anyone ask the question why Ireland differs from other countries eg the UK where it is the users/beneficiaries pay for their local services? If we want people to be accountable at a local level, and work within communities, surely once you live in a property, it makes sense you pay the bills not some owner/speculator/indebted person. Residential property owners have been targeted unjustly it seems, and there is no debate about the matter.
Rents are rising. Social housing/Public Private Partnerships are adrift without policy direction. Yet more debt is to be heaped upon an already over-burdened group of people known as the residential sector. What will happen is that as the bank drive home their obligation to meeting targets set by the Troika/Central bank, the property market will be enmeshed in uncertainty with valuations possibly reducing making the LPT valuations much lower than the self-assessed commitment submitted by people as at due day for 6 months 2014; 2015; 2016. If this happens, there appears to be no provision.
Again it is worth considering this comment from David Cantwell in todays Irish Independent: “The latest official onslaught on the residential sector, combined with the downturn in new construction and the mortgage debt problems of numerous private investors, is leading to a stifling of supply and consequent rise in residential rents’.
REITS (Real Estate Investment Trusts) is the new game in town. Who owns the block of apartments? Investors are looking out for ‘blocked’ apartment complexes. Will they pay the assessed LPT (which will be below the average market value because it is a partly blocked booking) for each apartment or will time dictate a switch to tenants taking responsibility for paying local charges?
The new charge for ‘tech’ in the home is reported to be £180. Nobody is deemed to be able to escape because all the databases will reveal names. The question is about equity at this present time when a quotient of people are particularly vulnerable to rash lending policies by our ECB, Banks and lending sources and of course their own share of responsibility.
|ate:||Monday 22nd April 2013 17:07:19 +0100|
|To:||Published Citizen Journalism site; undisclosed address list|
Monday 22nd April 2013
NoMoreAusterity but let’s tackle WASTE too
This posting is about the Homeless but it is also about the wider picture and the needs, from the ground up, for citizen journalism to speak the views of people who are not those corrupt white collar crime brigade but those who continue to live in Ireland, those who emigrate because they can find no work here, those who will be forced to pay the local property tax, those who are underemployed, those who have been exploited by the likes of FAS http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/fas-board-for-chop-over-cronyism-26541214.html and its near £1 billion annual budget and is now replaced by Solas and all who want to see a just society emerge. It is time to take the rough with the smooth, to create our own grassroots adversarial based discourse to highlight how we can step by step, in a combined way, ensure that when those white collar ‘criminals to be’ are making their way through the Courts of Justice that we know exactly the wrongs perpetrated and by whom, and in an informed manner. Knowledge is no load and as Ireland embraces it worst economic crisis in its history, we need to engage with the common sense that rests in the consensus of the people of Ireland. As an aside and maybe someone else would care to comment I mention the 1930’s. Fianna Fail when De Valera was in power for the first time. Self-sufficiency determined the policies of this new Government in a fledgling state. Socialist was the theory but the practicalities are up for debate. It was at this time that a decision was made. Ireland owed millions in Annuities to the British Government and on legal advice it was decided that the new Republic called Ireland and that the Republic was not going to pay their dues and the Republic did not. Was this a right decision or a wrong one? Who knows but it is a damn good argument for our Government to make now in the light of the write-down of debts to the ECB. It is for this reason, that George Soros as a hedge fund investor who made billions, makes interesting reading. Perhaps Ireland is seeking too much adulation from the main Creditor Germany who faces elections in September 2013. We need to take courage from those who refused to pay the Annuities in the 1930’s and stand firm and negotiate the debt down. The annuities, equated in value perhaps to the amounts we now owe!
Gale (a Citizen Journalism contributor): Let us not forget what you wrote and let us add that a country is judged by how it treats its vulnerable and “Boots in my Pillow” are all about this pledge but alas we need to tackle corruption, fraud, deceit at every level so that we can stamp out that word “Corruption and Cronyism” and make our way back up the scale on the Transparency International list. 2016 approaches and yet Ireland is but a young Nation, a country that paves the way for others who detached themselves from their colonial masters.
No More Austerity
Totally agree with what you say but before the big decision is made for write-down of debt we need to clean up Ireland Inc’s balance sheet. So you review (Gale) corporates and let me be the devil’s advocate, based on what is reported in the media. Citizen journalism can inform; its core value is its morality which is about ‘Value’ as distinct from ‘Cost’. Data and information are the digital revolution but the key will be the technology that creates the analytics and it is this that will change healthcare, education, revenue to name but a few making enormous cost reductions to services which are so costly now. Boots on the ground are given their chance now to voice their opinions – it is different times, different values, a young population.
Sir Gerry Robinson says ‘Fear is a lousy mechanism for running a business’. I would add for running a country too. He is the man who was set the task of tackling the NHS in the UK and comments on the Irish situation, presumably because he now lives here. He cuts through the nonsense and recognises the need for whistleblowers and in particular those who get things right because then there is the means to an end to correct the problems. He promotes the centralised system of reporting into an executive committee, and recognises the need for feeding of information into a data system. He also recognised you pay the market rate for the Chief Executive (eg £1m). This is the way towards solutions. However, key to systems management is effectiveness, efficiency and removing those who cannot do their jobs and removing waste. He promotes taking views from all, from the doorman to the surgeon. It is about a combined effort to make something work for all concerned.
A humble example about the HSE from a ‘patient’ goes as follows: You take medications that require bloods 5 times pa. The system used to be visit hospital on certain day at certain time and queue. Efficiently bloods taken. Then the powers that be say – no longer is the local hospital eligible. Now you go to say St Vincents University hospital. Now you pay premium rate to phone and make an appointment; the reality is now you need the travel pass yet the news says it will be removed. Is this common sense? Ask the people who are the life’s blood of medicine for their suggestions, don’t make long-term sickness a job of work based on non-informed systems analysis ie bloated bureaucracy mentality. It is this system that leaves so many of our people homeless on the streets, their needs not catered for. Too many are the people released from mental hospitals without the capacity to negotiate a system so hostile because supporting the public sector credo prevails.
Fraud is the strong word so seldom used. We hear Welfare Fraud but we seldom here Health Service fraud – they talk lots about this in America and Canada but we for some unknown reason just cannot verbalise it. Welfare fraud is the buzz word today. Just check today’s Irish Independent. We can say no to Austerity and now but is it not basic common sense to first say tackle WASTE in our public sector first.
Approaching 500,000 people are out of work in Ireland now, with the young population being hardly hit, their reality is that they are not even getting the experience of real job experience which is a basic human right. FAS is an organisation that recklessly operated with no sense of corporate governance to its customers who were people wanting to find work particularly during the Celtic Tiger years (this was not so in the early days when ANCO was established). 2 years this government are in and yet only now is the new model of FAS gaining a status. The new legislation is about to be enacted. Why has it taken so long? Shane Ross, has long flagged down the chaos that reined therein so the system should be well up and running a year ago?
Solas http://www.solas.ie/ promises, so let’s ensure that it does WORK, a new further education and training authority. Minister for Education and Skills, Mr Ruairi Quinn, has personally written to the board of education and training authority FAS thanking them for their work to date – is this hypocrisy? He states that as FAS is dissolved so will the Board be disbanded. Let us wait and see what follows on in sweeping out its over indulged culture to one of initiative, potential, growth going forward. Public appointments will post jobs shortly and the aim is to establish the Solas board. Let us hope cronyism is not the main determinant. We need drivers and non wasters, this time round. Not all FAS staff failed on the governance stakes. About 50% of the staff have been transferred to the Department of Social Protection, while others move to 16 education and training boards that are due to be established by the legislation referred to above. What is a need to know for people is that the new appointments to Solas (who can commission private provision for services) are both invigorated and motivated to ensure that the many people presently out of work are provided with education, training and employment, in as efficient, timely, way possible.
Gale, I end with a quote from you. From top to bottom and bottom to top we need to make changes; we need to take responsibility and most importantly we must always ensure those who are vulnerable are not exploited. Hostels, B&B’s become easy options but let them not be cash cows at the cost of taxpayers.
‘As if the pain were not enough, each hostel place is subsidised by the state, that is in addition to the €4.50 sought. I’m informed that the state pays €35 per bed space per night. There are hotels in Dublin that charge less than the €39.50 for bed spaces, with en-suite showers and full hot breakfasts included. Holiday hostels are cheaper again. How can the dire level of accommodation offered to these vulnerable people be so expensive?
by Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||Ripe Pickings! Whad do we want?|
|Date:||Tuesday 23rd April 2013
|To:||Vincent Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Cahill Gavin <Gavin.Cahill@centralbank.ie> et al|
|Subject:||X case needs more perspective concerning abuse. Girl only 14 years old forced to become pregnant with donor sperm bought by her mother | UK news | The Guardian. This is the sexual abuse of now perpetrated by a mother. Abortion & abuse of power. This child if suicidal surely would not be deprived her right of choice or any woman http://www.guardian.co.uk/uk/2013/apr/28/girl-forced-pregnant-donor-semen?CMP=EMCNEWEML6619I2
|Date:||Monday 29th April 12:07:18 +0100|
|From:||Michelle Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, email@example.com, Clare Daly <Clare.Daly@Oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Clinical Governance <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Dearbhail McDonald <email@example.com>, Vincent Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org>, vincent Browne <email@example.com>|
Monday 29th April 2013
Personal view Nobody talks about the recklessness which can so often be a feature of a bipolar high, prior to voluntary containment in hospital, the loss of the sense of reality and the risks taken which can mean pregnancy. Most women who experience bipolar know that they are about the highs, the depressions and suicidal thoughts. Why impose Fear? Savita: the doctors needed clarification and it was 'justice delayed' that invoked the denial that a choice had to be made; the fall back was the excuse that Ireland has no legislation, only a Supreme Court decision and the medical team unable to take the 'risk' because the legislation made such a risk illegal. Clarification is essential. We need to recognise that many Irish women for decades now go to the UK and prior to this, we need to contextualise back to the court case of Mamie Cadden http://www.mercierpress.ie/irish-books/mamie_cadden/ and the realities of what certain private nursing homes involved. We also need to note the cases of infanticide in the early 19th and 20th century, the plight of those confined to the laundries. Choice within legal parameters is essential and a human right for the women often children involved. Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||May Day is valuation day for property owners in Ireland Inc. – Urban abandonments and dereliction|
|Date:||Tuesday 30th April 2013 17:20:31 +0100|
|To:||Vincent Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie <Shane.Ross@oireachtas.ie>; undisclosed address list|
Tuesday 30th April 2013
First and foremost we need to be aware that the Revenue are linked at the hip with this Local Property Tax, so it is advisable to adhere rigidly to the demand, otherwise your file with Revenue will be marked for review and you may be subject to the scrutiny of same.To those concerned about what to do and who have not received notice from the Revenue, the Sunday Business Post answers most questions and is worth buying. There are a few points worth noting in the context of urging people to make a LPT return within the context of the importance of Ireland Inc (Troika ruled) taking stock of its urban spaces and the desire to stop dereliction in this harsh economic down-turn in our economy.Letters or ROS emails in respect of 1.66 million properties have issued from the Revenue and as many as 300,000 people have already made their LPT returns (as written in the Sunday Business Post April 28th 2013).”Key steps to comply are: YOU assess the valuation band, YOU pick your payment option and YOU file the LPT return”. Clear instructions with the emphasis plainly on “YOU”.Points to understand. The LPT is a self assessment of the valuation of your property which will be accepted by the Revenue provided it is “reasonable”. It is important to note that the valuation you make on May 1st 2013 will be the value that applies up until and including 2016. “This value will hold regardless of improvements, extensions or repairs to your property, or any general increase in property prices during this period”. Exemptions and deferrals are explained on www.revenue.ie.Some will have received “the Letter/Email” but for those who have not, you continue to be liable for the tax and the onus is on you to file your return. Again go to www.revenue.ie and go to the “I have not received a Property pin” tab; or go direct to file online by phoning 1890 200 255. The procedure is really simplified and the message is go digital now especially to those in the greying population because this is your future too.Something that is easy to overlook concerns those who are already on ROS (Revenue Online Serivce) to file your annual tax returns. If this is the case, then your LPT notification has been sent to your “IN” box and you will not receive a letter. Check it out because this is no excuse.What does “self-assessment” really mean? YOU must decide the value of your property, it is not the Revenue who make this valuation. The revenue is not expected to know the details of your house but they do make recommendations as to who you can contact to help you assess the value.
(revenue.ie; local Citizens Information centres; property websites; actual sale prices of properties on the priceregister.ie, local newspapers, and estate agents). If you know an apartment, for example near you has sold for say £200,000 in the last 2 years, check it out on priceregister.ie, the sale price should be recorded. These sources help the owner of the property(s) to make a valid self assessment of the value. But, if your property has distinct features eg a balcony; an extension; attic conversion; OR is in ‘a significantly poor state of repair, then you must factor these in when arriving at the self assessed valuation.The crucible is ‘that once you assess the value of your property, your valuation will be accepted. That’s the way self-assessment works for other taxes and LPT is no different’. Please note: You are not to attach any documents to your self assessment form. The Revenue will make contact with you if there is need to do so. You don’t include correspondence when you claim medical expenses so the same applies for LPT. It is like the times when the motto of the Stockbroker was ‘My word is my bond’. Those who have property must adopt the motto, make the valuation with honour and submit. You pay the assessment amount. The ‘estimate’ amount will only arise when you fail to make the assessment and the Revenue intervene.Two options to pay: Paper (May 7th) or electronically (May 28th). You select your own payment option. It is important to note that if you have more than one property, then you have no alternative but to go digital and now so May 28th is the day to register the valuations on all your properties and it is electronically. Payment methods (presumably) by now you will have access to.Compliance: There are no real options apart from limited criteria that apply to deferral. The Revenue “Estimate” will be pursued ‘using the usual range of Revenue powers and mandatory deduction at source from salaries. A surcharge will apply. For those in mortgage arrears and who are considering not making the LPT payment, think hard, because you may not receive the tax clearance certificate you need to continue in employment eg a person with a taxi for instance. ‘The impact of our compliance programme will be begin to be felt in JULY when deduction at source begins. Also at this time a risk-based compliance programme relating to valuations will be in place.And one more point, for those who have not paid the household charge arrears SNAP. They have you.For all property owners and so many categories as mentioned on this Urban Abandonments and derelictions site, tomorrow is the day for valuation. We have apartment owners who question whether they should pay because they are effectively leaseholders and pay excessive management fees, we have people displaced from Priory Hall because of non compliance by the builders, we have many owners of pre-63 units in Georgian/Victorian houses who may be completely outside the tax net but who are now forced to be compliant with regulations; we have those in Buy-to-lets and facing the Banks termination clauses; we have those in negative equity and in mortgage arrears who are self-employed but need the tax cert; then we have the new landlords like Kennedy Wilson and others who are buying up blocks of apartments; presumably these then become commercial enterprises so a tax of a different nature applies. The undertaking by Government and Revenue is of mammoth proportions to make people in Ireland tax compliant via digital going forward.If as suggested in earlier postings that this is in effect a data mining process, it could be that payment date of July provides an option for people in genuine financial hardship to be allowed more reasonable grounds for deferred payment eg on sale of property.Spare a thought for all who own property tomorrow and give recognition to those who are in the lucky position that they can and are willing to pay this property tax but also spare a thought for those who are that new generation suffocated by negative equity and mortgage arrears outcome of the post Celtic Tiger.For those still in limbo, these exemptions may apply!Residential properties owned by charities and public bodies
Mobile homes or vessels
Properties fully subject to commercial rates
Diplomatic propertiesA deferral is not a waiver, tax is payable eventually.
|Subject:||Most Irish people wish the Germans would stop funding overpaid Irish Public Sector by Michelle Clarke (Comyn) – Trade Unions and Integrity: Waste in public sector needs attention rather than STRIKES|
|Date:||Saturday 11th May 2013 17:48:55 +0100|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, email@example.com, Eoghan Murphy <Eoghan.Murphy@Oireachtas.ie>, Frances.Fitzgerald@oireachtas.ie, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> et al|
Saturday 11th May 2013
‘Most Irish people wish the Germans would stop funding overpaid Irish Public Sector. Parasites’ by Unemployed, (Citizen Journalism site contributor) raises many questions. What really initially comes to mind is Bus Eireann and the strike tomorrow Sunday and the fact that the powers that be have facilitated the main executive of the company to move between Ireland and Dubai? How? Why? When? It is supposed to be one year ago? Why have the trade unions not tackled management about this absolute farce? How could a company be expected to cover the huge deficits, let alone be on a potential path to profitability? Unemployed, you are right about the public sector but the trade unions are their allies and are busy playing the game of running with hounds and hunting with the elites. We cannot expect the Troika to facilitate us further until they become satisfied that our public sector is streamlined and effective in accordance with Germany, the lead player. Over £1 billion excess a month is the debt to Ireland Inc and rising fast ie in real terms when interest is basically compounding on existing debt http://www.nationaldebtclocks.org/debtclock/ireland. The balance sheet on the income side is drawing from all initiatives especially the 2013 Gathering and yet the “short-termism” prevails and the trade unions are to the fore with their sabotage tactics of ‘hit the tourists’ and that will make the Government respond! So simple yet so complex. The fact is the waste factor in public sector must be identified and expunged because if this does not happen, income, earnings, investments contributed by potential ‘Robin Hoods’ will only be paid into a big black hole with little or no value to Ireland. Tax evasion or the milder form of tax avoidance will be up for mention at the G8 summit in Lough Erne, Co. Fermanagh. Well done Minister for Social Protection (a Chartered Accountant, by profession) for being the first Cabinet Minister in Ireland to have the courage, the ethics, the morality and integrity to highlight U2’s decision to move its ‘publishing arm to the Netherlands – as part of an attack on the “scandal” of tax avoidance’. This took place in 2006 and yet the plain people of Ireland fail to ask if there is not an element of hipocrisy that U2 and so many others could reduce their level of loyalty to Ireland for a few ‘lousy bucks’? What arguments can they put forward? These ‘Artists’ are not the like of Starbucks or Google who are attracted to Ireland specifically related to tax breaks but who create jobs, because mainly we speak English, we are members of the EU and our population are educated (at least to date anyway). U2 like so many other artists were cushioned to their Fame Status by the infrastructure of Ireland Inc and the tax breaks introduced by Charles J Haughey RIP – former Fianna Fail Taoiseach and minister to several portfolios. The later decision to cap the exemption at £250,000 saw the decision by U2 to move to the Netherlands and since this deep economic crisis in Ireland, they have not sought to return to our Exchequer! Shame on all who flew the coup. Redeem yourselves and pay tax in Ireland. Ireland is in dire need of some ‘Robin Hood’ characters who will willingly contribute but we cannot expect this to happen unless our ‘cloth is cut to measure’ and our home grown artists, entrepreneurs, Forbes Wealth list people, have the integrity to contribute to the Irish exchequer and not some foreign tax haven which ensures that they have effective tax rates ranging from nil to 4%. This is where our overly indulged trade unions need to interact. These tax exiles, like the Troika, want to see value for money in the public sector and particularly the HSE and this is about making the parasites pro-active in the recovery of Ireland Inc. It is time for transparency and a moral compass. Well said Minister Burton. It is time that the agenda of the G8 summit to be held in Co. Fermanagh next month will be focusing on ‘considering the issue of “exceptionally aggressive” tax avoidance and tax planning’. Michelle Clarke (Comyn)
|Subject:||Game of Chess|
|Date:||Monday 13th May 2013 18:00:23 +0100|
|To:||Vincent Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Provost <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Charles Normand <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, Micheline Egan <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com <firstname.lastname@example.org>, James Reilly <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com et al|
Monday 13th May 2013
It is the Government that is the main player. They now determine what the urban community is about, that office space that is now delinquent and lying idle while the businesses which established themselves based on the customers, are now thrown to the wind and are going to the wall financially. People need to become cogniscent of their towns, villages, cities and sub-divide them into the communities that make people interested from within. Take the example of Upper Baggot Street Village. The Royal City of Dublin https://canisgallicus.wordpress.com/…/royal-city-of-dublin-hospital-for-sale-war-mem… hospital established in the 19th century was a major employer at one time but now stands basically stripped and uncared for. The potential is massive. What it really needs is a person in private enterprise to see its potential and then for them to enter into a public private partnership with the State and make it a hub again. I would suggest the like of Boots (Pharmaceutical) or for that matter, a local called Mr Denis O’Brien, and ask them to team up with those assigned to the proposed project to make the portion of the hospital on Haddington Road a primary care centre. There is an urgent need to enter a more creative realm of medicine to help people with mental health problems, drug addiction, ageing, even ABI’s and early dementias and restore this hospital into a museum attributed to medicine in a way that provides an alternative healthcare facility for the more vulnerable members of society, especially those affected by ill-health. We need to look at the history here and the centenary of the Rising now just over two years away. Upper Baggot Street Village has recently lost the offices of IBM, many of the staff at FAS have moved on, staff at Baggot Street Community hospital as well as many residents especially those who have lived for decades in the pre-1963 Georgian bedsits which must comply with the new legislation – our businesses in this historic location, are suffering and change must be fostered now. Who is prepared to intervene? This is a proto-type that can be nurtured and inspire similar communities throughout Ireland. We need to look at what we have, the history, the advantages, and remove a lot of the pessimism and fear. Brian Hayes, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works in his article in the Independent on 9th May 2013 about the OPW undertaking major rationalisation of its ‘large and diverse portfolio of properties across the country in order to reduce Government spending on office accommodation, could perhaps intervene. This is indeed much needed in the battle against waste and surplus to requirement. However, while optimising space to help staff deliver services, there is a need to be creative to make available the vacant space that will in time become an eyesore. These buildings left vacant are not a source of rates to the local community, they are a cost that increases over time. The time is now to be pro-active and not allow urban decay to embed itself. Create urban villages. Get people focused and neighbourly. Let the day workers interact with the residents (it is time to return to the culture of the pubs) and lets tackle this ever deepening recession from the grassroots up. If we do this, we can put pressure on the Troika to ‘write down’ a portion of the debt. The truth is that It is denial and dissociation that has set in and people aren’t grasping that ‘write down of debt’ becomes a necessity at times.
|Subject:||200 ghost estates to be knocked to the ground|
|Date:||Wednesday 15th May 2013 18:17:17 +0100|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, Clare Finglas <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Dymphna Moore <D.Moore@ria.ie>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>, Vincent Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com|
Wednesday 15th May 2013
|Subject:||No Fixity of Tenure because commercial rents are unfair|
|Date:||Saturday 18th May 2013 22:25:52 +0100|
|To:||Undisclosed address list|
Saturday 18th May 2013
‘It is worth taking a visual appraisal of what the experts for Dunnes Stores valued at £225,600 as the rent per year BUT the Landlord’s experts claimed it should be £717,000 per annum. It is time to say NO …. it is time for FAIR RENTS’
….but what we really need to recall here is that this is about the people who can afford to resort to the courts (for civil related matters); what about the small business person to be found throughout this country who are stand alone’s and struggling day to day with a question whether their business will survive another week of this damning economic depression. People remain apathetic in Ireland – Why? Segregation used to apply to religion in this country – you were either Catholic or Protestant but now we have a new kind of segregation and that is individualism and this is the rock on which small businesses will perish.
We have to return to community/neighbourhood involvement. Hard times can only be overcome by people forming into collectives and communities. Upper Baggot Street Village is often referred to in these postings so just let’s take its character and add to it the individiuals who must be struggling to remain in business. We need to take account that a variety of rents apply to such businesses but by standing alone there is no real impetus that can be placed on Government or by the courts as in the Dunnes Stores successful case for the ordinary punter trying to make a living. Who cares about them? We know at gut level that the rents that apply to these small businesses are grossly unfair and we know that they pay penal rates also. We are facilitating an Exchequer to attempt to get blood from a stone. We need urgent common sense.
Next time you visit your local village; engage with a little curiosity. If as has happened in Upper Baggot Street Village, buildings have been vacated like the FAS Office, Baggot Street Community Hospital, the Golden Pages, and then reduced staff in say the banks, and other businesses, it is time to ask if these people are being punished by the rent they have to pay, the rates they have to pay, the water rates, the insurance. The fixed costs of each business compares to what income is to the home. These people need to make cut-backs but they can’t because power in entities, be they landlords or Government via commercial rates are fixed until they can no longer make ends meet.
FAIR RENTS – FAIR RATES ensures Fixity of Tenure and creation of local market spaces which in turn leads to community and it is collectivism not individualism that will help Ireland return to economic growth.
|Subject:||Another media source ‘cup runs dry’, Freedom of speech/expression|
|Date:||Tuesday 21st May 2013 17:07:06 +0100|
|To:||Undisclosed address list|
|Subject:||Confusion and too much discussion Abortion & legislation of X case|
|Date:||Wednesday 22nd May 2013 17:13:31 +0100|
|To:||Citizen journalism site; undisclosed address list|
Wednesday 22nd May 2013
Take a position – you hold with the decision of the X case or you do not but at all times please exercise humanity for the mother who carries the child and if mental health issues apply, please acknowledge Mother’s right to decide.
Consider today’s Irish Times article. ‘Suicidal woman allowed to get abortion’
In the UK, the Judge says that ‘a woman cannot be barred from abortion even “if mentally unwell”‘ As the Irish bill on mental capacity is yet to be introduced, it greatly surprises me that in the constant debate about suicide in Ireland presently, that not much attention is given to the issue of ‘mental capacity’ and the person’s right to have or not have a child.
Mark Hennessy, the London Editor of the Irish Times reports:-
A woman who is mentally ill and who states ‘she will commit suicide if forced to continue with a pregnancy, CANNOT BE BARRED FROM HAVING AN ABORTION…..’ A judge in London has ruled.
Let us take perspective urgently here in Ireland based on this…..’the woman, who is mentally ill, cannot be prevented from making the choice to have an abortion….’ Surely, this is a basic human right that people in Ireland need to grasp before this legislation is passed. The X case has existed for 20 years now and should be enacted in legislation. The Church ought to stand ashamed for their threats to excommunicate members of our Government who fail to adhere to their CREDO. Times thankfully have changed.
The Judgment (9 pm last night) was granted quickly taking account of the 24 week bar to abortion limits on pregnancy. Mr. Justice Holman said ‘It had to be established that the woman, who suffers from bipolar disorder, lacks the mental capacity before she could be stopped by the courts, even though he accepted that she is “mentally unwell”. In Ireland we need to note this Judgment on behalf of the many women with neuro-psychiatric implications who may become pregnant and need to make choices based on their life circumstances. Judge Holman went on to say that “Under the law, the woman is entitled to make a decision “WHICH MAY BE UNWISE” OR WITH WHICH OTHERS DISAGREE “INCLUDING MYSELF” if she is shown to have enough capacity to know her own mind……’
The psychiatrists in this case tried to state that the woman did not have the mental capacity because of her mental health problems eg bipolar, with paranoia and other problems. The psychiatrists put forward that in time the woman could regret the choice of abortion and would prefer to have sent the child forward for adoption but the Judge listened to the woman and acknowledged her capacity and right to choose in the circumstances.
The woman spoke and she said “I want it (the abortion as many with mental health problems can and will say) more than ever. In the situation that I am in, (8 years with bipolar and complications informs you of your circumstances), the idea of me having a baby is crazy’, she said, before insisting she wanted to part from her husband and her mother and “start a new life”. The woman acknowledged that choosing an abortion was not taken lightly but also said that she had no regrets relating to an abortion she had chosen to have 18 months earlier. Her regrets were that she became pregnant. The other point to note is that the father was not her husband.
This case is worth reading.
Mental health and anxiety are stigmatised and it is an elite group of people who make judgments in Ireland to intervene and bully vulnerable people. We need to first deal with the stigma and mental health before we start threatening to imprison our medical profession to 14 years for making a decision to facilitate an abortion in Ireland in line with the X Case
Hippocrates says: ‘Do No Harm’. Remember this is a paradox. For a woman making a decision to have an abortion because she lives with neuro-psychiatric complications…the doctor who understands her situation making a decision to carry out an abortion is alleviating harm to the woman who basically feels she would not be able to cope. Mental health is a life long sentence and choice is essential – it does not take those self-made God-like psychiatrists and the likes of the Iona Institute or Opus Dei for that matter to make the decision that the woman has no right to choose.
|Subject:||Lobby your TDs on the immediate need for legislation to give effect to the X case, by Excerpt: citizen journalism source on request|
|Date:||Friday 24th May 2013 17:38:33 +0100|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, ASenkara@amnesty.ie <ASenkara@amnesty.ie>, Clinical Governance <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>|
“Lobby your TDs on the immediate need for legislation to give effect to the X case”
Where are the people? What have they to say to Elric who wrote in November 2012 and those who wrote the recent posting on a citizen journalism site? The hot potato called Abortion is causing dissent and anger but the realities of those who should have a right to make a decision, especially when it concerns mental health and a potential suicide is blatantly ignored. Certain politicians are being sent hate mail by diehards and yet too many people lack the moral compass to participate in the debate especially in the light of the “Savita” travesty of justice. Legislate the X case into law is the nub. Google the recent article by Dearbhail McDonald, legal editor, the Independent. Retired Judge Catherine McGuinness, said on the final days of the Oireachtas committee hearing ‘that most women will travel abroad for a termination rather than apply to secure a termination under the Protection of Life Pregnancy bill’. Shame on us. Why the silence in the Irish Media about the recent decision in the UK, as stated in my earlier posting?
Mrs Justice McGuinness also said that it was “disappointing” that the proposed definition of the unborn does not cover the foetus incapable of independent life. Add to this that Dr Ruth Fletcher, Director of the Research Centre for Law Ethics and Society at the Keele university in the UK who said that ‘the legislature needed to exclude from the proposed definition of the unborn, foetuses with lethal abnormalities that would not have an independent life’. She further emphasised this point by saying “Foetuses are the bearers of biological life and future persons, but this is not the same kind of life as that of a breathing, feeling, thinking women”.
Are people aware that the Pro Life campaign have significant media clout and people like Barrister William Binchy hold the view that ‘there was no obligation on the Oireachtas to legislate for the X case, when he described it as a “wrong decision”. This is a barrister saying that the Supreme Court decision is basically wrong! It is necessary for us to consider the suicides which have happened in Ireland where a mother can cope no longer and not only takes her life but is often so depressed that she sees no option worthwhile in leaving her children alive, so makes the decision to end all lives.
Raped or incest. Check out Cardinal Meisner for his view. http://www.reuters.com/article/us-germany-catholic-rape-idUSBRE9130MP20130204
|Subject:||Hatch Street, D2, once an exclusive private nursing home now for Asylum seekers|
|Date:||Saturday 25th May 2013 18:51:58 +0100|
|To:||Undisclosed list and citizen journalism site|
But what about buildings that are both architecturally splendid, in prime locations, close by to the National concert hall that are now home to asylum seekers, men, women, children who have become teenagers and older. They are positioned like an oasis but in a desert because these people are housed here and forgotten about. The Irish Times article written by Patrick Freyne titled ‘Refugees endure mind-numbing tedium, insecurity and over-crowding’ needs to be read and merits the attention of the contributors to the citizen journalism site writing about Urban abandonments and dereliction to record how a ‘forgotten people’ can be housed on our shores with many questions unanswered.
Hatch Street private nursing home 1958 was often accompanied by a notice in the Irish Times to say a child was born to a family. Shamefully now it is another kind of home to young asylum children and from the article many of them live in an environment of fear – fear to go to the bathroom at night thereby necessitating a ‘pot’ for their needs. For the people of Ireland, we need to be asking questions now about these ‘behind the walls’ architectural significant buildings, in prime locations?. Who owns them? What rent do our Government agencies pay to the owners/landlords each year? Is it upward only rental that applies? Does the Government authority pay way above the odds for the provision of this accommodation for asylum seeker families with the attitude of who cares about refurbishment, just keep them quiet and hidden? The Irish Times article shows pictures of near squalid conditions behind the walls. Is this acceptable at a time that our religious orders are being made stand accountable and transparent for the shameful practices of the Magdalen Laundries and other such horror stories relating to poor peoples’ lives?
Hatch Street is neither abandoned or derelict but the lives of the asylum seekers housed here is both about abandonment and dereliction but in this case it is the dereliction of duty by the State. Destitution and forgotten about at a time that our unemployment rate soars and people are faced with eviction from their homes due to the economic crisis, does not mean that we should forget the people who seek asylum in Ireland. Africa Day is near. These people are asked to live in one of the most elitist areas in Dublin in a property that from the outside is outstanding on £19.10 per week (£9.60 for children) – they are not allowed either to work or study. They are subject to be moved or even be deported at short notice. These people come from the Congo (war at its worst prevails eg Kony), Cameroon, Afghanistan. People share rooms. Many are educated.
The structure on the outside far from what resembles within. Money is the strong determinant of keeping vulnerable people like asylum seekers hidden away. The money is the rent paid most probably at the height of the Celtic Tiger to often absentee landlords, moving upwards only, with no obligations to improve the conditions in which people live.
If this applies to asylum seekers, it also applies to the homeless. Beware of the creation of industries that pay landlords at the expense of those made vulnerable by a society without a moral compass.
Michelle Clarke (Comyn)
|Subject:||Eviction (source on request)|
|Date:||Sunday 26th May 2013 18:23:18 +0100|
|To:||Undisclosed list; citizen journalism response|
We need more postings like this one from Joe. Apathy perplexes our population and the haze needs clarity if people are to understand their basic legal rights in relation to their family home, in the wake of more changes in the law going forward.
The law of the land today so easily states remedies supposedly for the common good. If you fail to pay your property tax on a self assessment value basis, a fine of £5,000 applies or prison. If you fail to comply with law brought in February relating to mainly pre-1963 bedsit type houses, the landlord will be fined, or sent to prison. Clarity in the law exists as the data mining http://watson.analytics.ibmcloud.com/ exercise is enriched by the registration of all people connected in anyway to owning a property in Ireland. This is modern day cartography http://www.britannica.com/science/cartography and for those who aim to remain outside the net, it looks as if you are on the losing side because the Revenue is the enforcer and we all know the power that exists there. Meantime instead of selling off apartments as independent units, we have a new marketing mantra – Multi-family investment opportunities. http://www.kennedywilson.com › Investments. International buyers are attracted to these developments, so much discounted from Celtic Tiger prices, that they are being bought up swiftly. However, what about the cross over. First do these new owners pay a once off property tax charge (significantly discounted) in respect of the people who will take leases out and occupy these buildings?
More importantly, what about the people who live throughout the city of Dublin and Ireland in the antiquated houses which since February this year are no longer compliant with the law and will need to be vacated for the landlords/owners to carry out the necessary renovations to comply with the law. Many of these people have lived in these homes for decades, are often in receipt of rent allowance and are now shivering in their shoes as the landlords tell them – Goodbye – you own nothing and we don’t have to make any provisions for you. Who cares for these people? Where will they be on the housing list? These are a needy group of people very close indeed to the bottom rung of the ladder. Will the Government speak up for them and ask these new landlords of apartment complexes to give them first call. I hope so – there are stories of heartbreak all over Dublin in particular where people do not know if they will have a home by next week. We hear nothing about compensation being made to these people or services provided to ensure their transition to their new apartments!
Then as detailed above we have over 100,000 people in mortgage arrears with properties discounted by near 70% in some cases. In Spain, Greece, Portugal, there is a change in family structure as the banks exercise their rights and evict people and those who do not commit suicide or become homeless, return to the homes of their parents with all the distress that goes with making such a move.
Quite rightly, the originator of this topic states that the ‘Land League founder Michael Davitt wrote about how in the 19th century “eviction was the law of the land”. Today the parasitic landlord class has been replaced by the equally parasitic banking class, whose members act according to actual rather than “moral law” . They consider properties occupied by defaulting mortgage holders to belong to lenders by right of law . From a legal standpoint they are correct. Under such circumstances successful resistance to evictions must inevitably mean defiance of the law.
Ireland is on the brink of being totally morally bankrupt in relation to people and their property entitlements – all because in a snapshot of time when the elites await a little ‘controlled inflation’ to devalue property or that ‘write-down in the value of debt’ we surely deserve by now so that they can once more swoop in and create their wealth portfolios. Markets are markets but morality is a choice and the time for introspection and correction is now.
Eviction has always occurred but now the loophole is closed to many more people, particularly those 2 years and over 90 days in arrears are daily awaiting phone calls, the post, or even the judgment and its fear at its worst that will cripple this economy.
A warning ….. many people face the Spanish Inquisition of the Personal Insolvency Practitioner (‘PIP’) with the guidelines as documented by the Department of Justice team. Again the law states £10,000 fine or prison but be warned about what happens if you opt to become a bankrupt in the UK and your breach the law:
‘UK punishes Irish bankruptcy cheats’. Check up the cases of Patrick Gerard Byrne and Martin Doran ‘who have been told they must spend nine and seven years in bankruptcy – instead of the usual 12 months – after they were found to have been trying to “put the money beyond the reach of the creditors”.
|Subject:||Metro Herald. You might be interested in this connection. The article by Lainey Quinn was excellent. Regards Michelle Clarke|
|Date:||Monday 27th May 2013 21:18:21 +0100|
|To:||Metro Herald http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Metro_Herald|
We need a little cross fertilisation on this site. Well done Lainey Quinn, a 23 year old Dubliner who has written a gem about our City’s derelict landmarks in firstname.lastname@example.org.
Apathy creeps up slowly and suddenly a building fades into the landscape and becomes derelict. How do we stop the process, in particular, where the buildings represent the soul of our society and deserve saving? This can include the boarding up of houses in Moyross in Limerick to the neglect of the former landmark Baggot Street Community hospital once known as the (Royal City of Dublin) hospital. Too easy it is to blame the recession and allow this potential dereliction take over.
Lainey Quinn started off just taking photos, as so many tourists do when they visit Ireland, and she began to value the historical nuances and as often is the case, their historical architectural attributes of the City’s many historical but derelict landmarks.
Shame on us this year of the Gathering 2013. How many emigrants took the boats from Dun Laoghaire decades ago, who now will once more visit. Well done to Lainey’s photo in Monday’s Metro Herald (May 27th 2013) because we now know what they will see and shame on us, (especially at a time when endeavour should create markets), is a shameful grafitti covered Dun Laoghaire baths …. these baths were built over 170 years ago. They offered then what people would want now if it was properly marketed to them, the sea, with fresh water, a choice of hot or cold water, sulphur and seaweed baths. They say Dun Laoghaire and Rathdown Co Council are trying to re-develop this remnants of historical times but excuses prevail and opportunities of retaining infra-structure with potential to create employment, tourism promotion, facilities for Dublin in its entirety, are snarled up in the red tape of pure bureaucracy and non decision. Where is the momentum? The opportunity exists because the labour is cheap and abundant so time to upskill in a positive way by using state funds overpaid to entities like the Office of Public works and the other relevant semi-state over pampered bodies.
2016 and the anniversary of the Rising is imminent. The photo of the wheels to Bolands Mill which was built in the 1830’s and which operated as a commercial mill for over 100 years, forms a significant part of the history that changed Ireland into a Republic. It is now that these near derelict locations written into our history can be preserved and used to promote peace instead of war, as they stand as monuments to the origins of our Republic. Lainey’s photo of the Been and Gun: the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park http://www.phoenixpark.ie › Visitor Information, was built in 1735 and it combines the history of colonial Ireland and potential Republic Ireland. Why, because it was used as a store of the Irish Army’s guns during the 1916 Rising. What an opportunity to upskill young people who are on the dole queues or in St. Patrick’s Institution for young offenders.
Richmond Mental Asylum or Grangegorman http://www.grangegorman.ie/Archive.html which was opened in 1814 is the source of another kind of history that we need a reminder of. It is about the lunacy act, mental health and vulnerable people then and now. We need to be reminded because we need to remain learned about mental health and why the stigma applies. The photo taken by Lainey of the grate impinges sharply about hardship and abandonment of people who were different. The unkempt pile of blankets in the rooms is a record of what happened to people, all over Europe, as well as Ireland in these asylums. The teddy bear covered in moss from Grangegorman is poignant and should find its way to a museum. Baggot Street Hospital is in need of a make-over, maybe we could have a proper medical museum which would aim to de-stigmatise mental health. Soon Grangegorman will be subsumed into a new identity and creation with third level education being the major provider.
Lainey’s article is worth reading. The photos should be added to this posting but how is up to someone else!. Awareness will create motivation and the time is now to be creative.
|Subject:||Vacant “NAMATISED” properties & Waste Citizen journalism source on request|
|Date:||Friday 31st May 2013 18:37:17 +0100|
|From:||Michelle Clarke (Blake)|
|To:||Undisclosed address list; citizen journalism site|
Friday 31st May 2013
Remittances from America and UK in the 1930’s time of near economic devastation in the newly formed Republic of Ireland gave Ireland the opportunity to be a competitor in world markets and ultimately enabled it to join the EEC in 1973. The remittances, previously referred to, of £500 million by Nigerians in 2012 to Nigeria, is a similar process. In most cases, we can presume that the “Bilderbergers” and Shell oil company magnets are the wealth owners, and the remittances that emanate from Ireland create enterprise for those who live in absolute poverty in Nigeria and in so many African countries. Sadly, the timing for the sending of such remittances and those we are not informed about is disturbing because we are experiencing poverty of different parameters, but poverty all the same. NAMA is our State toxic assets agency and we have plenty of property for sale. Recently NAMA has been successful with its holding of distressed property stock in the UK and gains have been made. They are less successful in Ireland. We know that more people than ever exist on the social housing list, we know that the banks will be foreclosing soon on delinquent borrowers, we know that the sanitary standards of most pre-63 Georgian/Victorian houses in bedsits no longer comply with legislation, so it is not unreal to assume that the housing stock in NAMA is needed not in the future but yesterday. What has happened? Its those awful words again ‘managerial and bureaucracy’ that President Michael D. Higgins used in his recent speech in Kilkenny.
Apparently as many as 2,000 properties offered by the State’s toxic assets agency are not suitable and have been turned down! They say NAMA ‘is dragging its feet’ to hand over houses for social housing. However, Brendan McDonagh, Chief Executive in NAMA refutes this and claims that as many as 4,200 homes were offered to local authorities and homeless charities and half of these were rejected. 2008 was the time of the financial crisis; by 2010 NAMA was in place and the blatant need of property for people without access to homes is rising rapidly so why is it that NAMA and the local authorities/charities are prancing around, basically leaving properties vacant while there are people in real need.
Surely the local authorities and charities need the stock, full stop. The excuse is they are looking mainly for one bedroom apartments but Focus Ireland and other co-operatives are ahead of the posse and have taken up this stock and well done to them. Mr McDonagh, Chief Executive, at the launch of NAMA’s annual report recently said that ‘properties they had offered had been frequently turned down because authorities said they were unsuitable and in the wrong areas – “We can bring a horse to water, we can make the units available and say this is what we have, but the local authorities and the approved housing bodies have to decide what they want’. McDonagh added that NAMA were not in the position to commit money to finish off certain developments and there is an urgent need for local authorities or housing bodies to sign the necessary agreements to lease them. This delay is unforgiveable. Finishing off estates, apartment complexes should be well completed by now and people living in homes provided by the State. Waste not should be want not and bureaucracy is not acceptable. NAMA will be the winner here and you may ask why because the private equity bidders are circling and they are purchasing blocks of apartments and it will be their decision who to let apartments to.
Don’t forget the lost generation of people who worked in the civil service or worked in the large department stores who came to Dublin and lived in flats in Rathmines, Ranelagh, Phibsboro, Ballybough. Take a look at these shabby houses that have been homes for many for decades now and ask who is going to help them live out their retirement? These people are not yet on the social housing list and probably know little about same but they exist often getting housing allowance for sub-standard unregulated shameful accommodation and live a meagre existence on disability or pensions. These people following the legislation in February 2013 to upgrade sanitary provisions for bedsits/rooms will be without homes and it is these people who become one step away from homelessness.
We need housing stock assessed and occupied because ghost estates, empty apartment blocks will ultimately have to be destroyed or will be bought at knock down prices by private equity companies from abroad with an eye for investment returns ie asset value and income.
For people interested in the history of Ireland over the decade 1913 to 2013 should look at http://www.rte.ie/centuryireland Slums, infanticide, poverty…. let us not lose what we have gathered.
By Michelle Clarke
|Date:||Thursday 6th June 2013 18:50:01 +0100|
|To:||Undisclosed address list; Citizen Journalism site|
|ubject:||Slum landlord David McCabe, who left tenants in ‘Dickensian squalor’, faces letting ban under Britain’s first property rental ASBO | Mail Online. We sincerely hope the LPT & legislation in February re our bedsits ensures that this is not the Ireland we are creating.|
|Date:||Monday 10th June 2013 12:45:52 +0100|
|To:||email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>, Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Cathal Morgan <email@example.com>|
Look at the homeless, look at Hatch Hall and Asylum seekers, talk to the children and people begging on our streets, read the poor standard of English and spelling. We are creating an underclass and we don’t have to. The MNC’s only need to be asked and encouraged to be involved in public private partnerships for the social good. It worked with Guinness in the 1800’s and others, so why not now?
By Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||e55 m City Quarter Parnell Square, Dublin 1, formerly Colaiste Mhuire school|
|Date:||Monday 10th June 2013 17:48:18 +0100|
|From:||Michelle Clarke <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, Joy Bradley <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie <Leo.Varadkar@Oireachtas.ie>|
Monday 10th June 2013
Philanthropists, social engineers, private equity groups, groups like Cluid, Habitat, SVP, Peter McVerry foundation; Trust and Alice Leahy, are todays business and charity entities who in times of economic recession are there to chase opportunities and make investments.
The name this time is Kennedy Wilson, the location is Parnell Square, the objective is a new e55 million cultural quarter. The development will operate through a charitable trust or foundation which is to be put in place by Kennedy Wilson. The details can be found in Dublin City Council report.
Readers of Urban abandonments – here is your chance to interact with Dublin City Council; it has advertised for ‘expressions of interest from companies capable of devising plans for a new city library and civic plaza at the location’. We need this urban regeneration especially in the tardy environs of a once quite historic Sackville Street, later named O’Connell Street. The opportunity is now for the people of this part of Dublin to become involved in the potential to make us proud of the main thoroughfare of our capital City, Dublin. Gordon Brothers have bought Clery’s that renowned Department store with its own narrative of events and we await their plans albeit being a private equity firm, they could sell it on to another ie ‘Flip it’. The GPO awaits a decision, likewise the Abbey Theatre is seeking an alternative setting. We seem to still be awaiting a decision on the house in Moore Street so intimately connected with the 1916 Rising. We need to ask what is the theme that underlies the re-generation of this area of our City. The Spire is modernity but what can we do to regenerate and revive this exceptionally wide street, it is time now to plan, raise funds, create and most importantly imbibe a cultural sense of awareness.
The Duke of Leinster in the 1800’s said words to the affect “wherever I go fashion will follow” so there is a challenge for Merrion Square, Fitzwilliam Square, Dartmouth Square, Ranelagh, the Canal and so on. All are about creating a nucleus for people to gather so let’s hope investors will be provided with tax incentives to revive those Georgian homes, so often in outmoded offices, or worse bedsits that create our City. The City is a living breathing space and a far better alternative for the social and cultural needs of people to that ribbon development that has destroyed a lot of our countryside.
Amazing to read a sign over a shop in Dublin 8 – Dolphin’s barn advertising facilities for sending money to Nigeria. An earlier posting reported that £500 m was sent by remittances to Nigeria in 2012. We don’t need this money leaving our shores especially now. We need people investing in our economy and creating work. The area is marked by houses that are inhabitable or should be and we need to stop this before the dereliction starts. This is cultural and historical.
Kennedy Wilson involvement and the need for a design team is a positive move forward. Facilitation of the consultancy programme is quite a novel idea. They are called ‘conversation cafe events’. Two have already taken place but only 35 people attended. Two more are to be carried out on June 12 at the Dublin City Library and archive, Pearse Street, and on June 14 at the Teachers’ Club in Parnell Square. They also plan a mini-street festival on June 14th in the north city centre to highlight the project.
The IFSC started out as an idea in the minds of two people; they created a market; it worked for a period; people got greedy but the key point is Dublin as a City and Ireland as a country made a significant leap of faith and progress to the next stage.
|Subject:||‘MOOC’ Massive Open Online Learning Courses and Trinity College Dublin. Excerpt & follow up Citizen Journalism. Source on request|
|Date:||Wednesday 19th June 2013 17:29:57 +0100|
|To:||Ariana Ball <email@example.com>, Catherine M. Joyce <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Prison Library Office <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Subject:||Protection on Life in Pregnancy Bill. The Bill is a move forward, but not far enough. Excerpt citizen journalism. Source on request|
|Date:||Thursday 20th Jun e2013 19:21:45 +0100|
|To:||Vincent Browne <email@example.com>, Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Vincent Browne <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com|
Thursday June 20th 2013
Conscience. Let people vote according to their conscience in the DailC
Abortion is about a woman’s personal choice. Mental health provision is the cinderella of our society. It is about being vulnerable and unwanted. It is about being stigmatised. Yesterday yet again a mother of twins who sought help was neglected. This woman is now dead. These children are without a mother. It is suicide. Why do the Pro-Life people and the Catholic Church act in such a self righteous way by harassing those who promote the bill in a most ignorant way. Debate is about each side putting forward their views. The conclusion surely must be in the best interests of the people who it applies to. The X case legislates to make provision for suicide. The learned Judges made their decision, we have had 20 years to debate it and remove the provision, but we have not. Our mental health provision has deteriorated significantly since then and the lack of community provision at primary health care is inadequate to meet demand. This leaves it (community mental health provision) intrinsically linked to the Bill and the right to suicide. Ireland is sheltered or we can choose to be because we export those who choose to have an abortion to England or elsewhere. We have heard no discussion about the legislation that applies in the UK, Israel, the US and other countries where children who are born with certain abnormalities and who actually sue their parents for making the choice to carry the pregnancy to full term? We need to be diverse in our attitudes to making decisions about the choice women make when they decide to have an abortion. For instance, a psychiatric case history may often be the outcome of a ‘precipitating event’. Nobody seems to consider that for some women, the precipitating event could be caused by the anxiety of being pregnant. The woman may choose to have the abortion but also the precipitating event may mean a psychiatric health history going forward also.
|Date:||Friday 21st June 2013 16:41:05 +0100|
by Michelle Clarke (Comyn)- Trade Unions and Integrity
The Troika are reported to have honed in on the Department of Social Protection and lack of performance. We approach a figure of 500,000 people out of work, not to mention the part-timers whose hours are slashed, pay reduced, and rights obliterated. FAS, once a successful model named ANCO, became so smug in their own narcissism that they lost the ability, the morals, the principles and integrity to create opportunities for people in the workplace. The community employment initiative worked well at the beginning but as we know when elitist privileged cultures emerge, over time it affects all and always to the detriment of those most vulnerable. We await, 5 years on from the crisis and from the hands-on investigative initiative of Senator Shane Ross into the totally unacceptable behaviour of the ruling elites in FAS, the new lean machine called Solus. We are waiting and meantime the list of unemployed is rising.
The unemployment problem doesn’t just rest with the inadequacies of Social Protection under the auspices of Minister Joan Burton. What are the trade unions doing for those who were once employed; those who monthly paid their union dues and who are the contributors of the 30 million euros plus that SIPTU have rolling over in the bank. Did their rights die the day they were forced by the economic crisis into unemployment? The construction sector is decimated, many have emigrated, as they have generation after generation in times unemployment. What about those in the retail sector who have been ‘fired’ in order to create positions based on the part-time model and no employer obligations model? The unions and their elites are shy to refer to these people as they negotiate with Government to feather their own existing working members and in particular those in the public sector.
Trade Unions: the construction sector was your bread and butter for decades. Before the Celtic Tiger, the unions benefited because Ireland had to cater for social housing provision, which now is replaced by people on the social housing list with basically no or little access to homes. What have you done to recompense these people who are your creditors? Where are the job programmes to upskill, re-skill. Their contributions are the same kind of investments as the union dues paid by present day members. It is your duty to represent these people now. Experience shows me that you dismiss these people the day they lose their jobs. Shame on you.
This year of 2013, the anniversary of the Trade Union movement, it would be beneficial for you to consider what the ITGWU did for their workers in 1913 and going forward.
Slush Funds: Wow. What are these? Could they be ‘savings for a rainy day’. Slush funds used to conjure up images of greedy private sector executives making provision, for privileges they deemed necessary for their own luxuries, but would allude the keen eye of the young auditors whose job was to audit the books of these private companies. We know now based on the tribunals, the media, programmes like TV3 Vincent Browne and many other sources that the auditors too became immersed in the fraudulent culture that consumed Celtic Tiger Ireland and they failed dismally to put the breaks on massive amounts of now alleged and actual corruption. The issue now, is what have we learned? It appears not a lot because Slush funds are in the news again, only this time, it is SIPTU and the HSE.
Do we have a Fraud office in Ireland? We definitely have the CAB. Are they so over worked that their services are not required and cases that could be routed to the DPP for assessment are waived?
The IMO and George McNeice surely merits more attention. Based on the foregoing postings, the pension pot for this man, aged 50, is beyond reason for a man who is basically a union official. The inequalities created by such an enormous pay-out has to reflect on the inequalities that create two tier payment for consultants resulting in the many young people educated for medicine in Ireland, (costing at least £90,000 a year) emigrating while the waiting lists for certain posts remain vacant, particularly for that cinderella profession of psychiatry. Morality and ethics would suggest the IMO funding would be better used towards ensuring our students worked in our hospitals and are given a fair opportunity to progress. Since when is the sole function of the union to focus on ‘pay’ without the creation of a core value part of the equation.
Today’s Independent headline states ‘SIPTU says it could not sack ‘Slush Fund’ official’. Siptu pledges to have known nothing about the ‘slush fund’. Is this credulous? They say that the fomer national industrial secretary, Matt Merrigan, set up a bank account and collected 4 million euros from the taxpayer over a 7 year period. ‘Study trips’ – the USA, Canada and even Australia for Mr Merrigan, trade union representatives and public sector members was the priority. What is most surprising is the fact that instead of notifying the fraud squad, the inquiry is internal and the only advice sought is from a Senior Counsel and his advice was that they could not dismiss Mr Merrigan. The reprimand was that he was demoted and his salary and pension reduced accordingly.
Wining and dining, studying abroad, wives on junkets. A trifle of £4 m squirreled away in a “Slush Fund” and nobody cares. Trade unions are about their members. The Slush Fund here tells another story. Minister Shatter for Justice – are we naive? Is there one law for the person who steals a bottle of wine from TESCO and is caught on the cameras and another for these elites because evidence is massaged?
|Subject:||Breakers ahead as Banks Code of Practice enables them to pursue Evictions, by Michelle Clarke – Urban abandonments and dereliction Excerpt: citizen journalism. Source on request|
|Date:||Saturday 22nd June 2013 18:14:16 +0100|
|To:||firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, June <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Subject:||Consider: Young woman with disabilities “raped” Source citizen journalism. Details on request|
|Date:||Sunday 23rd June 2013 18:55:04 +0100|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, James Reilly <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Vincent Browne <email@example.com>|
|Subject:||Sunday Business Post: IMO (Irish Medical Organisation) http://www.imo.ie/ under scrutiny from Revenue, by Michelle Clarke – Trade Unions and Integrity. Excerpt: ex citizen journalism site. Source on request|
|Date:||Tuesday 25th June 2013 08:58:00 +0100|
|To:||Vincent Browne <firstname.lastname@example.org>; undisclosed address list|
|Subject:||Recall Ansbacher. What did they learn? So many hoarded while others were forced to emigrated for work – 1980’s. Citizen journalism site dated 2002 lists all people with Ansbacher a/cs.|
|Date:||Wednesday 26th Jun 2013 12:51:11 +0100|
|To:||email@example.com, Liam-IPRT <LHerrick@iprt.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, John.Crown@oireachtas.ie, John Corrigan <JCorrigan@ntma.ie>; et al|
Maple 10, contracts for difference pale into insignificance when we listen to the conversation between two people who represented their employer Anglo Irish Bank. Men like Drumm were allowed to escape the sinking shop and allowed to sully the word emigrant. Reports today state that the emigration of people from Ireland is at the highest level since the famine and yet five years on we fail to counter that reckless behaviour of bankers who are responsible for the droves of emigrants leaving our shores due to the reckless abandon particularly of certain elite narcissistic and pathological bankers who drove our country into the mire of debt burden that generations going forward will have to repay. http://www.nationaldebtclocks.org/debtclock/irelandThe call is for a tribunal or an inquiry but if we take the time to look at the foregoing posting albeit from 2003 and the tribunals of inquiry that arose and which feathered the accounts of the legal profession in particular, surely it is time to learn from experience and to appoint the appropriate staff to the Criminal Assets Bureau and ensure that like the US these “Neuro Criminals” are brought before our courts and if proven guilty, send them to prison.
|Subject:||Fr McVerry/Alice Leahy – Trust ‘Nobody should ever be homeless’ in Ireland, by Michelle Clarke Evictions loom|
|Date:||Wednesday 26th June 2013 19:28:19 +0100|
|To:||Stephen.Donnelly@oireachtas.ie, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com et al|
Wednesday 26th June 2013
Fr McVerry spoke on the radio this morning about the homeless and his 30 years of dedication to their cause without the support of a board of directors. He went on to endorse the now necessary new approach with the appointment of dedicated people to ensure provision for the homeless.
What caught my attention: He clearly conveyed that his motivation is for Homelessness not to exist. I wholly endorse this. For me today, a young woman sitting outside the Spar shop looked tired and why wouldn’t she? Camden Hall for women is closed down and last night she had to sleep out. This woman is off hard drugs and making the effort to stick to methadone. No woman, in a country, so replenished with vacant, under utilised property, should have to sleep on the streets.
To the Politicians: Bedsit land was Dublin 4, 6, 8, Phibsboro and so forth. We endorse completely that landlords must adhere to the legislation introduced in February 2013 (after all, they had 4 years to comply) but who enabled them to be so neglectful not to include provision to ensure that those living in such accommodation would not be serviced with notices of eviction dates and instructions to find alternative accommodation without some form of statutory protection. Imagine receiving a letter from a solicitor telling you that after 12 or 27 years in a house, you have say 112 days to find a new home, without supports from Dublin City Council or elsewhere for that matter, and if you have not found a place, the EVICTION will occur in this case in October 2013.
Speak out. Too many people often with disabilities, single men back from working in construction abroad in the 1980’s, and people who have worked and remained as tenants for decades are struggling with no supports to achieve the basic right of having a home, without the threat of being made homeless.
Rents are rising and although the PRTB web page is comprehensive, many of these people are not computer literate and are excluded. The goose chase to find a home is enabled and facilitated by the most elaborate of web pages but the fact is we have people excluded and facing the homeless rung of the ladder and imminently while the former landlords of these houses use the legislation to sell on and make serious capital gains on these properties. Surely, a contribution of money should be sought from the landlord to pay the local authority to prioritise the tenant on the housing list.
by Michelle Clarke
|Subject:||One man’s loss is another man’s opportunity|
|Date:||Sunday 30th June 2013 17:14:59 +0100|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com et al|
Sunday 30th June 2013
Eviction is the word. The Code of Conduct has been altered. The banks are forced to act now. The Personal Insolvency bill is about to be released and things are changing in Ireland. The Banks are tasked now to seek out the difference between the ‘Mortgage Delinquents and the Strategic Defaulters’ and the implication here is surveillance and private investigators. On the Vincent Browne TV3 show the other night a man from Maynooth University referred to the US and the forensic studies that reveal that as many as 35-40% are strategic defaulters. Others on the panel said No. What we do know is that there is an endgame in sight and there will ultimately be those hopeless cases who got trapped into mortgages when in another decade they would have been on the social housing list. The banks will have to take responsibility here. These people must receive write-downs in debt and it should be sooner rather than later, because these people have suffered enough.Social housing is in chaos. The truth is that public private partnerships, affordable housing provision ousted the traditional modus operandi of the State which built houses annually to provide for people in need. Now we know that this list for social housing is in excess of 100,000 and people are struggling either living in the rental sector on rent allowance in a rising rent market limited by adequate property supply or living with their parents which if we follow the patterns in Greece, Italy and Spain, will become the norm here in Ireland.The ‘Mortgage Delinquents’ need to escape the chains that bind them. The Banks need to give them debt forgiveness and if possible some compensation that will make the housing authorities do a deal that transfers the ownership of the house to them without the family having to transfer into the rental sector. We need to identify these people to ensure they have proper representation and equitable outcomes. We can call them “Namatised”.Vision and Dublin: 5 years on from the Celtic Tiger and NAMA has wisely sold its near profitable properties particularly those in the UK first and foremost. Now it is time to take a look at the home front. Take a look at those apartments on Merrion Road, part of the McNamara dream and ask what happens now.?Then take a look at Dublin 8 and ask what are the plans here? Then there is the Gasworks – change is already in place here. It is worth taking a look at the rental costs in excess of £2,000 per month. Apartment blocks will no longer be individual units owned by people but the block owned by a company ie Ireland’s new breed of Landlord with motives similar to Famine times.26th June 2013, Bill Nowlan www.wkn.ie/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/governments_role_property_market.pdf wrote a most informative article in the Irish Times. He writes about the changes that are happening in Ireland and now. The properties are built, vacant, and marketable. The private equity groups are circling and they are buying and they are changing how property ownership will be determined in the future. These people are looking for the asset valuation appreciation and the rent roll that moves upwards.According to Nowlan “The new way of property has arrived which is short leases, multi-tenanting, active management, uneven valuations and ongoing refurbishment’.We need to sell our stock but we also need to be aware that some of this stock should be part of provision for the social housing need and that we don’t necessarily want the private equity moguls taking over our social housing provision.
|Subject:||Benchmarking & cosy cartels. Who cares about rampant abuse of power. Source of citizen journalism on request:|
|Date:||Sunday 30th June 2013 19:10:46 +0100|
The media and hush hush – we have the tapes that can be played and replayed, printed and re-printed and these are the capitalists who brought Ireland to its knees and providing we don’t prejudice these people and their right to a fair trial, there is no need to examine root and branch of other entities in particular our trade unions, our semi-state sector in search of the same ‘rot’ borne out of lack of integrity, morality and ethics.So certain people are called before the Public Accounts Committee http://www.oireachtas.ie/parliament/oireachtasbusiness/committees…/public-accounts/, when the matter most likely should have been dealt with years ago by the Gardai and the fraud squad. In Ireland it is simple, be a vulnerable person and steal some food from the like of Tesco and the process is clear. The security guard tackles you, the surveillance camera is the evidence, the Gardai are called and you are express delivery file for the DPP, onward moving towards the courts and inevitably prison.
|Subject:||Not too late to petition: Committee Stage now.|
|Date:||Thursday 4th July 2013 18:51:48 +0100|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, Andrea Ryder <AMcCann@irishpsychiatry.onmicrosoft.com>, Andrea Ryder <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Clare Daly <Clare.Daly@Oireachtas.ie>, Clinical Governance <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, James Reilly <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, Vincent Browne <email@example.com>|
Stand ashamed those psychiatrists who lack the humanity, conscience, compassion and understanding and who are opposing the inclusion of suicide as grounds for abortion in the new legislation. A group of psychiatrists, including the Mater Hospital’s Professor Patricia Casey are calling for an EGM of the College of Psychiatrists relating to the submission to the Oireachtas committee hearings on abortion that supported the proposed legislation. These elites of our society claim that the views of all its members were not taken account of by the College of Psychiatrists. What are they saying – unanimity is what they want? If the majority decided, why is this not enough? Perhaps there is too much peer pressure from the Church via the Iona Institute and for that matter Opus Dei. The arrogance is astounding. These privileged cohorts in our society have written a letter to the other members of the College of Psychiatrists and stated that:
‘The submission presented at the oral hearings made no mention of the concerns of 34 members who responded to the call for views. Instead, it supported the legislation, saying abortion may be necessary in rare cases’…..
What do they not grasp about a majority decision? The College of Psychiatrists emailed all 684 members of the Oireachtas committee hearings…they received only 34 responses. The decision following the council meeting was a “unanimous submission”.
A feud among psychiatrists makes the plight of the women who are seeking the protection of the State and the medical profession who administer to these women a further contrivance between the Church and State, for the Church to superimpose their excommunication doctrine as a threat to those who according to our proposed legislation should have the option to make a choice particularly if suicidal to have an abortion without having the trauma of travelling to the UK.
In my view, the legislation should go a stage further and allow for foetal abnormality where the baby is deceased, having known a woman in this situation, it is inhumane, if not quite barbaric. Also in the case of rape or incest, the legislation should provide for these women on the basis of human rights. No-one has tackled the question where the woman with down’s syndrome who was raped recently and if it were the case that she became pregnant. If it was her choice, surely it would only be humane to allow her to have an abortion in this country.
Theocracy is rigid and the fact that it has undue influence on the medical profession still for a country that has become secular is most disturbing. What have we learned from the Savita tragedy and the report?
|ubject:||Pre-63 bedsits & New Laws|
|Date:||Thursday 4th July 2013 22:56:56 +0100|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Clare Finglas <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, Mike Allen <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Subject:||Empathy; not judgment and control|
|Date:||Wednesday 10th July 2013 18:21:13 +0100|
|To:||Vincent Browne <email@example.com>, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, James Reilly <email@example.com>, Clare Daly <Clare.Daly@Oireachtas.ie>, firstname.lastname@example.org, Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>|
|Subject:||The Troika are in town. FAS; Trade Unions. Beware of the Vested Interests|
|Date:||Friday 12th July 2013 17:03:43 +0100|
|To:||Citizen journalism site; undisclosed email address list|
|Subject:||Grassroots need to say No to this Culture that fosters waste of human resources Jhakas: a must read for people in Social Protection and FAS in transition to Solus. If interested – source re JobBridge on request|
|Date:||Sunday, 14th July 2013 17:32:56 +0100|
|To:||Alan Shatter <Alan.Shatter@oireachtas.ie>, Averil Power <Averil.Power@Oireachtas.ie>, Clare Daly <Clare.Daly@Oireachtas.ie>, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org et al|