5th June 2009
Mental illness is very real to our society. Asylums, the word dates back a century or more and this we share as a common history with our European neighbours. There was Bedlam, in London, where people paid to look at the insane and that is 19th / 20th century. The Horizon Europe – the next research and innovation framework Horizon Europe – the next research and innovation framework .. one of the three pillars has provided funds for research at our universities to do with mental illness. I was a research participant to the Trinity Horizon programme (I stand in debt to this research). Tomorrow, is the big question. Who do you think you will vote for? I will vote for the person I think will be making provisions for people with mental health problems, and I hope that they will align Ireland to practices in Europe and America, who are leaps and bounds ahead of Ireland.
I believe that we have categorised illnesses far too precisely. The scope should be broad and include Neurology, Psychiatry, Addictions, OCD’s with a form of ‘Dr. Patch Adams approach’ using an undertilised hospital. I have in mind that beautiful building of history, that is much neglected in Baggot Street, that stands resplendid. It could be run similar to the Charlemont Clinic (now demolished) but with a shared rehabilitative programme for people who have to recover………we need a multi-disciplinary public system, along the lines of the Priory in England…….the hospital could be under the auspices of the Joint Trinity and UCD initiative to be funded by philantrophy for INNOVATION. Lifelong illness is costly to the State…….there are many people bipolar who are in professions (in fact my grandfather’s nephew rose to the High Court in England) but circumstances and money allow them the opportunity to control their illnesses or addictions within boundaries and support groups.
In the US – Detroit…….they have started a programme called Fresh Start. They targeted women prostitutes in a Sting operation, arrested them, processed them, put them before a Judge who gave them an option of prison or a two year programme dealing with group therapy and anger/rage management as a key component. Ireland needs to drop the stigma, the judgment, the stitch and bitch attitude……We need a more integrated shared knowledge approach. Who, of the representatives tomorrow will provide for this much under-invested in group of our population. We need a diversity….I think if you ask the people who know in academia, say Trinity, they will say that provision for people with disabilities has been of benefit overall.
One more point, the well known lecturer in Oxford University, spoke words of wisdom, that even today would be benefit in the maze of bureaucracy we must deal with – a hostile bureaucracy, if like me with ABI, Anxiety, Bipolar involving intellectual deficits that hamper me. A consultant from the Central Mental hospital said that many people who leave are processed through the legal system again and again so often for minor crimes for example petty theft, then they fall into homelessness due to deficits…They are not properly acknowledged by mental health representatives in ireland. I say what a waste.
We urgently to need to align our thinking and action and take account of Restorative Justice.
Quotation C.S. Lewis, written 1940’s
‘I live in a managerial age, in the world of administration.
The greatest evil is now done in those sordid ‘dens of crime’ that Dickens loved to paint…
…it is conceived and ordered…in clean carpeted, warmed and well lighted offices, by quiet men with white collars and cut finger nails and smooth shaven
cheeks, who do not raise their voice.
Hence naturally enough, my symbol for Hell is something like bureaucracy of a Police State or the offices of a thoroughly nasty business concern’
History ought to tell us that we must pay heed to our ‘wealth’ and that is the wealth contained in our land and seas.
This is about the ‘dream’ that same dream that swept the Irish people in the 1980’s to hunt for Gold and Oil on our shores.
Atlantic resources was in the news back then, in fact people who scarely knew anything about dealing on the Stock Exchange bought into the dream and bought shares.
Tony O’Reilly, as he was known then, was the driver of market forces. The outcome for Atlantic was: …. well we are still waiting!
Did we learn anything? Well, we have learnt that in Norway the Government secured a deal with the oil companies that would reflect fair payment for the people of Norway as a priority.
This is not the case in Ireland. We need to review the oil related deal made in the days of Ray Burke. The law evolves and often retreats. Try looking at Comyn v. the AG 1950 (Sean McBride lead counsel assisted by Brendan East) in the hope of a fairer package especially with the latest find by a company from the UK. We are talking about the Corrib Shell
Lisbon. We need not hang our heads too low. Ireland did foresake her ‘seas’ to the beaches’ for entry to the EU in 1973.
14th July 2009
4th August 08, an article by Steven Carroll in the Irish Times, caught my attention, suffice to retain it. I found it today and I am wondering is the ‘Legal Museum plan for Kilmainhan Courthouse waived’? I have heard nothing further on it. I googled it in and found this Irish Architect, buildings etc site. http://irish-architecture.com/buildings_ireland/dublin/kilmainham/courthouse.html
The Big R* is here but also never more is the time more viable than to revive the concept of community involvement and where better than in areas like Dublin 4. I was in the D4 hotel, formerly Juries yesterday and I must commend Sean Dunne and others for their attempt to meet consumer demands rather than buckle under the planning board decisions. People are there to play chess, to drink, to dance, for competitions and you can even hire our a cinema for as many as 18 guests and in comfort. Also on Burlington Road, Bernard McNamara’s building has gone from start to near finish in a really short space of time. Again fair dues. A company in liquidation not only is about casualties, the workers, the debtors….It is all about trying to stand TALL when things are bad in the Economy. Then we can make it through with some hope.
If Kilmainham can plan for a Legal Museum Courthouse: this would have a huge contribution to legal history especially since the founding of the State – The Republic.
Well, I suggest Baggot Street ought to focus on a Centre for Holistic Psychological, Neurological, Addiction, primary care location, state of the arc health care facility funded by phliantropists with acknowledgement to the medical people who once made this hospital stand proud. Now, it is like a ‘fallen being’ with no esteem or glory. This would be part of the Baggot Street Revival……This hospital must have its 1916 history too. Then there was Parsons bookshop.
J’espere….yes I hope…..
I am delighted with the funding for Moyross in Limerick, from the philantropist Ireland Funds……the website is most informative.
I notice the high level of dereliction which is soul destroying for people living in the environs.
Our Cities ought to learn …… or else we will return to the Dublin of the 1980’s, with abandoned properties, vacant businesses, shopping centres with more than 50% properties with To Let signs. Also, we know what ‘Rent Allowance’ the State will pay for private sector to pay social housing. Let us make sure that estate agents link sufficiently to ensure BER certificates are granted and houses, flats, accommodation is maintained at a standard. Estate agents reaped massive benefits here during the good times. Now, it is time for them to earn their commission and management fees.
NAMA AND NTMA is where the Government has chosen to ‘lay it’s hat’. If this is so, we need to fast start impacting on supply and demand and coming up with values per square metre, to buy, to let, to sell or else, we will be like advertisements tell us what happened to the elderly in Florida, with properties at 50% discount.
There is an interesting citizen journalism site where keen photographers have consciousentiously sought out the urban dereliction and other people have written in scripts.
Perhaps, the Moyross people could operate a similar photography project. It is time to speak to the people, who are likely to act as Mentors and inspire the locals to show, how not to let NAMA/NTMA proceed.
Seek out ‘Urban Dereliction’ – Dublin is under the regional column, and category is Irish Social Forum.
Today, I visited the shopping centre in Rathmines. The warning signs are there. There are either cheap items sold as motivators to get people to buy their products….the anchor store is Dunnes Stores, and there are at least 7 properties to be let……This is not good in an area that is highly populated. We need to lower the rents, I would think! It is better to have premises operating than lying vacant. It is bad for morale too.
I decided to take the taxi home as I live local. The taxi driver re-confirmed what I thought. Business is very bad and has been for nearly 2 years. I said about the number of premises to let in the Rathmines Shopping centre and he suggested I look to the incentivised Business Parks (Enterprise Ireland and IDA), and in particular down at the East Wall. He said computer related industries were closing by the day.
Like a train out of control…..we the people of Ireland must put on the brakes….so let’s start making things integrate and work.
NAMA/NTMA I enclose this quote. We need to hold to the forefront of our minds that these Vehicles are not to become Gravy Trains for the legal professions, as has happened in the case of the Tribunals.
19th July 2009
Urban dereliction: Excellent combination of photos
(Photos no longer available)
Draft Mental Capacity Bill / Personal Guardian Bill:
Some serious thought is required before enactment
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