12th October, 2009
7th November, 2009
Dublin Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals | DSPCA
This is a beautifully constructed site and a real enticement for a Christmas visit to the SPCA….If you live West of the Shannon Madra is worth a thought
A visit at Christmas to see the good works of people who love animals.
I received this today on a day that I feel there is some hope to be borne out of Recession times. Today, there was an article in the Independent about dogs and the elderly. Often old people have had dogs all their lives and the loss of ‘their perceived last dog’ makes them feel it would be unfair and selfish of them to get another ‘carer’ dog. Well now there is an excellent opportunity to put aside that fear and the option exists for dog fostering. This opens up opportunities for others with disabilities, depression, ABI, neurological conditions. I can personally vouch that the warmth of a loving animal helps the medicine ‘go down’ a lot better. I will go one step further and say that I personally believe that there would have been far less sexual abuse if dogs were more prevalent around children in the past! (I must go to the American Scientific site to see if there is any research on this theory).
Inclusion of the vulnerable in society and empowerment
Baggot Street Hospital, Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4. (Royal City of Dublin)
Something for people to consider during a irksome Recession and when vulnerabilities multiply, and people become further ostracised:-
‘Where is the Life we have lost in living?
Where is the wisdom we have lost in Knowledge?
Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?
Ireland is now embracing the status within the EU as an Knowledge Economy, so let us use the Knowledge minus the unwanted information to make proper health provision for the vulnerable and aged.
The Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Restoration of ‘Baggot Street Hospital’ for the people in need.
The Origin of Ireland is the Sinn Fein Constitution drafted in 1905 (a good place to start, I would think to arrive at all the parties that seek to govern Ireland)
In the past I have highlighted my personal experience at the Royal City of Dublin i.e. Baggot Street hospital – yes as a ‘neuro-psychiatric patient’ and my hope of a restoration to former glory of said hospital. In the absence of a response, I am going to use an alternative approach. If you choose to look at this link http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/psychiatry it might give Sinn Fein the ‘vision’ for the decrepid, under utilised Baggot Street hospital. St. Patrick’s Hospital, Dublin 8, is presently developing additional mental health accommodation and a centre of Wellness. This is needed in Dublin 4 with the same motivational resources or even better.
By chance, I noticed that somebody (at some level, maybe spiritual) decided to pay heed and rather than convene those with drug addiction problems to a ‘dirty’ side entrance, it was deemed more appropriate to put a note on the door that now advises people to use the ‘Main Entrance’. Yes, somebody has taken note of the word ‘Equality’.
Space utilisation in the area of Dublin 4 merits some incentivised thinking! We need to always remember that Dublin 4 had people from all backgrounds, the rich, the poor – the first buildings of local authority houses, and flats in Ringsend after the Civil War. The place is ‘History’ but veiled and masked in shame.
The time for Revival is here. There was an interesting article concerning the views of Constantin Gurdgiev, Economist, Trinity College which embibes a glimmer of hope about ‘potential’, in the free paper PORTfolio for the Dublin 2, 4, 6 areas, which I suggest is well worth reading. Creativity at a central location, near the Canal, near the Sea, several available modes of transport to the airports, hotels, and under utilised, as we head full belt into recession, merits Vision and some piggy backing of ideas from say John Hopkins University and its psychiatric provision. Add to this Neurological capacity, Addictions, talent seeking capacity from those categorised as homeless/troublesome, a sanctuary for those not catered for by our restricted education system and other ideas from sociologists, community workers and all sources.
One point we can establish is that during the Celtic Tiger the infrastructure of Dublin 4 was enhanced. The inroads were created as the ‘Dreams’ of Sean Dunne, Bernard McNamara, Ronan and Barrett, inspired the architects to create locations that would bear resemblance to say Knightsbridge, Chelsea, Kings Road. Well, it hasn’t happened. Fate has determined otherwise. Sinn Fein stands challenged to find its soul and to have the vision that many of its forefathers had, back then in 1905 when the first Constitution of Sinn Fein was drafted.
Atlantic Philantropics are based in 32 Lower Leeson Street and I consistently write to them with ideas. I have received the occasional favourable reply but alas (I am only me – an idea mind with experience of illness). There is a great need for integration, community and working together. The ‘degenerate’ Baggot Street hospital stands there with open arms begging to be able to give to the people of Dublin, the people who are in need, those in the area that includes Ringsend and the opulent roads of Waterloo, Pembroke and Wellington. People in this area have to travel to St Vincent’s University Hospital now for their bloods. I know you say ‘take the bus’ but I will reply ‘you make being ill, like a full time job’. One task one day, another task another day, get medications another day. The pharmacies, the hospital, the general practice service, the nurses, a place where carers can assist and empower some of the homeless people on the streets, (if that is their choice….it is winter and if you talk to the homeless around here), you quickly learn there are no facilities. They are beholden to people who own coffee shops to use the facilities. If they go to the hostels, they need to be out the next morning by 9.00 a.m. This is sinister and people have died in this area from the cold. By sheer coincidence the Disgraced Head Office of FAS is across the road. There is most definitely another opporturnity for this state body that has been so susceptible to corruption.
The Constitution of Sinn Fein Point No 4. 1905:
‘Whereas no law made without the authority and consent of the Irish people is or ever can be binding on their conscience
Therefore in accordance with the Resolution of Sinn Fein adopted in Convention, 1905, a Constituent Assembly shall be convoked, comprising persons chosen by the Irish Constituencies as the supreme national authority to speak and act in the name of the Irish people and to devise and formulate measures for the welfare of the people of Ireland’
Sinn Fein needs to acknowledge its ‘birthplace’ by location. It needs to step aside from ‘Class orientation and opinion’ and review history. The real history is the people and let us acknowledge the people, from all backgrounds, by invigorating a vision and where best but with a Hospital that stands dishevelled yet resplendent on Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4. Do people realise that it was at Beggars Bush where so many men were shot i.e. executed or that the James Connolly library was situated on Pemborke Road (No 37.) The Developers did but then I don’t think they would have been interested in the history. That is up to Sinn Fein
The Website: It is worth looking at the original Sinn Fein Constitution and the emphasis on the welfare and this means the health of the people of the Island of Ireland. The website is a good place to start:
Written by: Michelle Clarke
9th November, 2009
The Clergy of all ranks think they are above the law of the land and immune to prosecution and therefore they look down their noses at the laity and those they abuse feeling they have the right to do as they please with impunity.
The Gardai and the State over the years aided and abetted their crimes against the abused by turning a blind eye and deaf ear and not following up appeals for help or investigating complaints.
There is a lot of rot in the Catholic Church and in the Gardai and many State services who have hidden these unspeakable crimes by Priests, Bishops and Archbishops for over the last 50 years.
It is time the laity marched on the Churches and forced the Church to account for its wrongdoings.
It is also time to stop donating money to the Catholic Church. They have their properties, lands and Churches and are sitting on it in Banks and not paying it out to the survivors of abuse in any large amount so why do we continue to fund them to hoard more money away while being so mean with their compensation payments.
Think about it. DO NOT SUPPORT THE CATHOLIC CHURCH. They do not pay their debts to the victims.
8th November 2009