District Court No 2, Parkgate Street, Dublin 8: a morning visit with a notebook (November 2014) by Michelle Clarke

Pope Francis says of ‘Waste, it is stealing from the poor’. The Sean Fitzpatrick, longest in Irish history case, proves that our system from ODCE to DPP to courts is a shambles. Waste is in abundance and the taxpayer pays … when do we say No. We need to empower the Criminal Assets Bureau to deal with Corruption. President Trump speaks of ‘Draining the Swamp’. Ireland urgently needs to tackle waste and a good place to start is where the Justice system fails dismally and costs inordinate sums of money which inevitably is paid for by vulnerable people, taxpayers and citizens.


Observer reports in astonishment at the waste of citizen’s resources in routine arrests; referrals to the DPP; decisions to prosecute and who pays?
Courts of Justice
November 2014
Defence:        Michael Hanohoe:
Prosecution:  Mr Hamilton:

Notes by Michelle Clarke

The Criminal Courts of Justice http://www.courts.ie  is the principal courts building for the criminal courts in the Republic of Ireland. It is on Parkgate Street, near the Phoenix Park.

You enter this recently constructed imposing building.  All items in bags are diligently checked through monitors. Even the bottle of water had to be thrown in bin if not consumed.

What immediately strikes you is the vast space with groups people in huddles.  We recognised two Gardai, a Garda Hunt and Garda Falvey and we spoke to Brian Purcell solicitor.

At 10.30 am we  entered Court No 2. The area for the witnesses is on the left, the…

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