Citizen Journalism Ireland: Published articles on different topics 2009 year. Revised 2020. 10 headings 5,500 words Tranche (E)

No. 1
5th December 2009
The Budget. Let us look to our stock in trade and

move on forwards

The Budget and let us imbibe the true meaning and
importance of being inclusive

The Spirit Level book, as highlighted by Vincent Browne on several occasions speaks about the increasing Divide between the Rich and the Poor and it samples first world countries.

We must always accept in a society that there will be the very rich, even Sweden will admit to a 5% quotient approx. but once we earmark this quotient then the focus ought to be on more equal parameters, after all this is core to the EU Treaty and now re-inforced by the Lisbon Treaty.

Ireland has been a major beneficiary of funds from the EU since joining in 1973. Often people fail to recognise the words – Horizon; ESF, NDP, Leader, etc. All of these have been vehicles to deliver funding into various sectors of the Irish community. We perhaps now need to awaken ourselves to what we have received, the benefits therein.

Yes, I agree that there is a vast variety of written information about the EU and its support systems. However, it appears that the Celtic Tiger has somewhat stilted our lateral thought function to information seeking and while we have been sitting on the fence, people coming from Eastern Europe and Europe have been appreciating FAS and its variety of programmes, as a means of seeking work in this country. Likewise, FAS has travelled to countries like Poland to promote employment and training in Ireland. These are hidden cost/benefits that at present we fail to recognise as we feel the pain of the recession beginning to bite hard. For those drafting the budget, maybe it is time to review our Stock in Trade relating to EU contributions (which while in part monetary also provided a social and environment support system) as distinct from Multi-national companies who came to Ireland with profit motive for shareholders and based on purely corporate ideals. We provided the competitive advantage for these MNC’s for a period but now this is no longer so we need to retreat and take stock.

We voted yes second time round to Lisbon so we had a change of heart – when the going got tough and the economy changed direction the mindset of the Irish people followed suit and yes was the vote for Lisbon.

We are the Knowledge Economy of the future. Let us remember we have been the knowledge economy in another time and space. From the Skellig Rocks to Tara Hill to the Monastic Settlements in Killala, to Corcamroe, to the Book of Kells yes Ireland has promoted education and knowledge through its people so the endeavour that faces us is about reactivation of the belief in the power of knowledge and innovation. The key component is that now we have the means of generating knowledge with equality as core to the dynamic.  The age of the internet has Ireland connected thankfully.

While the Celtic Tiger was been spearheaded by our developers, FAS executives, Bankers, Insurers, and their globalised fashioned mindsets, there was another core of people being funded by the EU through our University Faculties, through management in FAS, through Leader programmes, Charities who had access to social funds, etc. These people were involved in dealing with marginalised people and up skilling them, leading them towards higher education and most importantly often away from the mindsets of people who wanted to subjugate them. I refer to the work of the Horizon programme and the promotion of values with mental health problems. We must take sight of the work done here and capitalise on what these people have already contributed to society and their potential. This value is inherently important because these people are driven people but the difference is they are driven for the betterment of their counterparts and not necessarily for money and consumerism.

The EU office has a most interesting publication dated June 2009 concerning ‘MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN LIFE’ the EU investing in people through the European Social Fund.

Note, the word “People”. I would highly recommend looking at this publication.

Ireland has progressed considerably since the the 1980’s when emigration to the US mainly as illegals or the UK and mainly our educated. There are some comparisons that are worth considering here. In the 1980’s, it was Richard Branson, Virgin Airways, who took the chance to undercut Aer Lingus and fly into Dublin at £25 each way substantially lower by several 100%, albeit for a short period of time. Out of this entered Entrepreneur Michael O’Leary and Ryanair which in effect altered all concept of connections in Europe to Ireland. There was an idea, there was a potential market in the Irish of the 1980’s who had to emigrate giving them the option for the first time to commute. This idea tailgated with the growth of the new Europe and the flow of people with Ireland as a major receptor.

O’Leary is not afraid to speak but sometimes people are too prejudiced to listen. Public sector have advantages. They have full time jobs, full pensions, sickness benefits and in the case of teachers the longest holidays in Europe. Why do we feel that their job security makes them a higher value than the teacher assistant who was fostered say by the European horizon programme, a person with say mental health problems or for that matter an ordinary person working as a flight attendant.

We need to promote employment, growth in the economy and most importantly to move on to the next stage of development for the Island of Ireland. Can you imagine O’Leary’s suggestion of making the public service work as private enterprise staff work i.e. 9 to 5 p.m., unpaid overtime, 20 days holiday – just imagine the potential the country could gain. This is real work. Nurses can manipulate how best to get the a pay deal by working weekends etc. but this does not happen if you are working for say a supermarket chain and you have been fostered from a charitable organisation into mainstream employment. Where is the Equality? Just because people don’t complain, there is no need to exclude them. We want our country to prosper surely.

O’Leary says he would promote Tourism – well maybe he has a point. FETAC is a course for guides run by FAS and you get a Diploma. What a country to be a guide in. Apparently quite a number of retired teachers especially those who have taught history have taken the course. O’Leary has always served the people…the fact that he may be wealthy and given that he is prepared to pay his tax here is secondary to his promotion of significant growth to the economy of Ireland via an industry called travel. Promote it and income flows follow.

Michelle Clarke (Gracie)


No. 2

4th July, 2009

Reply to Adline

Implementation of Law – rent allowance

I agree with you Adline …… there is a strong history of landlords in Ireland buying property, letting it out in units and getting paid rent. It is a known to most people that Rathmines properties had a large contingent of owners, who worked in say the Gardai.

However, the time has come for change. The PRTB has been established but as it resembles more as a quango, we must demand a certain standard from it and to do this it must have teeth.

Likewise can be said for the Rent Allowance. Markets are about supply and demand but if bullies exist, they need to be subject to the rigours of the law. This would give the scenario of a rising tide, losing the dross i.e. not the tenants but the landlords who are devoid of scruples.

Presently, people in receipt of rent allowance have been asked by adverts in the papers to approach their landlords for a reduction in their rent. This is not unfair, it only become unfair, if their landlord does not agree and asks their tenant to quit.

I have seen rent allowance paid to people in a room in say the attic of a Victorian House, in D4, when the Community Officer, fails to uphold the rights of their people in need of proper social housing.  Timidity and fear of authority and asking the questions ensures you remain in unacceptable accommodation that is at least until the landlord sees more profit in a new venture and then evicts you.

Michelle Clarke


Now is the time to start change from the bottom up.

Rent Allowance

 by SarahThu Dec 03, 2009


I totally agree with your comment. It is a disgrace in this day and age that people are made to feel like second class citizens.. I am a lone parent and am finding it very difficult getting anywhere to live that is decent. The limit for me is €930, where am i going to find a suitable place for me and my son who is 11 for that kind of money.. Need to get back to training also, can’t do this till i find a home for us.. at my wits end with this crap….. why wasn’t the limit left alone at €1,000 per month.. crazy….

December 5th, 2009
Transparency and Accountability in Housing Administration
by Eleanor – Housing Provision


Well written. I hope by now you have found a place particularly as Christmas is so close. If your rent allowance is Euros 930, I would suggest that given reports about the surplus property particularly the tax incentive property on the market, there ought to be no difficulty getting a home for that amount, particularly when rent allowance would be a guaranteed payment from the Government.

We need greater transparency between the Estate Agents, the Community Welfare Officers, the HSE and the private tenancy groups like HAIL and Church Communities.

There are people homeless on our streets, people with mental health problems living in unacceptable accommodation and unlike the 1980’s, there is the accommodation to provide for them now, it is just in a LIMBO place due to the economic crisis. Similarly private companies and public services too stand in need of Restructuring and root and branch cuts. People fail to talk of the advantages when cuts take place. Many a successful entrepreneur has been casualty of a recession in the past.

Sarah where would you like to live with your child ideally – maybe we can help via the web. or this citizen journalism site.   It might wake up the elephant in the room bureaucracy and stop them thinking about striking for extra pay. We need a little more sharing and caring in this society.


No. 3
6th December 2009
What about the missing children presently or children exploited now?
Child Sexual Abuse:  Redress

Very interesting comment about ‘Re Branding’

The fact that the order stood by the ‘Brother’ whilst he was accused for ‘sexual abuse’ makes one think back to a point by Hubris. Who is responsible? He mentioned about paedophile rings in prisons in a posting (which was placed in the hidden articles).

Law cannot be made retrospectively or so I thought. Yet what appears to have occurred is that once an ‘Order of Sorts’ exists and their function is to educate, rehabilitate, teach …. they become responsible for the behaviour of their “Flock” who then determine if they will admonish them for child sexual abuse, rape, or any criminal charge for that matter.

We now recognise and know that this child sexual abuse culture started with Archbishop McQuaid linked closely to De Valera, the 1937 Constitution, post British Colonialism and the purge of the Monto.

What we must do is take back the power of the State somehow stolen from ‘it’ and seek out all people who have been pilloried by Bullies either in Organisations, in prisons, in mental hospitals, or out on the streets at night and put in place our Criminal Law.

All we can do is learn and ensure that those who have suffered are not scape goated. Personally I do not think money resolution is the solution. Money degrades the person and the person has suffered enough degradation.

People talk about Granada Institute in the UK but are these affiliated to a religious order?  Nexus Institute have an excellent website and they are based in the North of Ireland. My real concern is for the ordinary person on the street who has no access to a ‘hearing’, it could that homeless person you failed to say hello to today.

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Michelle Clarke
No. 4
7th December 2009
International Law.
Amnesty gives a wake call to Government and people


20 years tomorrow is an anniversary date for people interested in their Human Rights to take note of. Our Government have signed up to it so now.  As the “Budget” approaches on Wednesday, let us the plain people of Ireland encourage them to review same before making any harmful cutbacks to the human rights of our people and in particular relating to our children.

As this is an International agreement and as we have just second time round changed tack and voted yes to Lisbon, we must take on board that the “Budget” will be harsh to reflect the global economic crisis experienced. However Fair Play is vital.

What about an assumption re. the forthcoming budget? Things are really bad! NAMA is the Vehicle that is supposed to steer the Developers, the Landed, the Government out of crisis. Too much money was paid over for property and now with the private sector companies facing financial ruin and unable to repay their loans to the banks, it is time yet again for the vulnerable to pay the price.

Constantin Gurdigiev is an economist to watch out for. He makes an interesting point about the private sector pay in a recent article. He reports on the latest data from the central statistics office. Earnings in the public sector (excluding health) have increased from just under 943 euros per week in the 2nd quarter of 2008 to euros 973 for the equiv. period this year i.e. a rise of 3.2% He adjusts this for inflation and sector earnings equate to 8%. He compares the private sector in a similar way. Yes….euros 783 to 789. Think it through and the message is loud and clear when you take into account the advantages of public sector employment and this includes pension, holidays, security etc.

Those who have bought homes and face eviction due to the Global Economic Crisis

Let there be leniency. Let us think of their children and the impact of stress, anxiety on parents, on children. The Head of the EBS encourages us to see our houses as HOMES and not investments in a recent article. The comment reads “The Culture in Ireland” was that buying property makes you money. It got into our DNA. In future, we need to look at property as a Utility.

Now Taoiseach – this is some common sense. How do we re-juggle the figures and factors to equate to this finding.

Well try start from the bottom up this time. Look to the swell of properties vacant and under utilised out there in the market place. Let us look to rentals and rent allowance from Govt, let us reduce rents and think laterally about work structures and social mobility.

We need to look to our Innovators cosied by our Universities and let them expand with the people as distinct from just taking from them as data banks.

FAS is in the news but let us not throw out the baby with the bathwater. There is no harm in going for a complete root and branch approach of these state sponsored bodies and accommodating new blood (even encourage some more of the diaspora home). Let us also acknowledge the good. The market is about waste management these days and how best to achieve it. FAS having provided Fetac certified training for a group involved in clothes recycling in the Liberties – people who have been part of community employment schemes. This has worked since its initiation in the 1990’s as have others. We need to be watchful of cutbacks in these areas.

This year merits another change: a woman won the Nobel Prize for Economics. Professor Ostrom has an interesting argument that societies regularly devise rules that stop the degradation of nature….now here is some serious material for consideration by those drafting the Budget.

Tara and archaelogy. Before it is too late let us review our position here.

Likewise with the Corrib. Do we have to continue to sell off our natural resources with an un-necessary degree of humility masking corruption? I refer to a case in the 1930’s re. mineral resources e.g. gold and phosphate mineral rights!

Human Rights are about people. People do need to be made feel surplus to requirements of the wallowing island of Ireland, the casualty of the Celtic Tiger. Stand Tall each and everyone and let the Divide between rich and poor find a more equal balance.

Michelle Clarke (Blake)



No. 5

8th December 2009

Posting under Inclusion and the Vulnerable
Budget Approaches and diversity becomes scarce and people
less tolerant of mavericks. 
Tapping Talents is so very important, especially now.

Scary article in the Irish Times today about mental health patients and involuntary ECT at the selection of the Medical Team.

You may think mental health is the glitzy part of the medical profession given the upbeat media coverage of groups involved in suicide, mental health for the youth programmes, and all the not for profit organisations representing people with mental health problems.

But let me assure you, there is a darker side and this headline in the Irish Times deeply concerns me.

Private medicine if you have a psychiatric condition has an element of transparency and ethics but the other side, public health system, is not transparent. You may say about Regulation but the fact is that the Regulatory body, if you have been blessed with the lucidity to get that far, is made up of the medical profession only.  Also if you have mental health problems you need to be alert to the motives of your siblings and family members. This will be more apparent for some with experience of being the defined mental patient – the one who is left to fight the uphill battle and yet be lauded and taunted with the label.

The state provides the services of the Mental Health Commission but what can one say about a faceless organisation in Dublin 4 that is only represented by its all encompassing webpage and an inability of its personnel to relate to a visit from one of the ‘Tainted’ – yes the “bothered and bewildered” subset of society ranging from homeless, to former prisoners of either mental hospitals or our prisons, to those in community care and humbled by inadequate housing conditions and fear.

The Maudsley in the UK is a public Facility but then diversity in the UK always provides different dimensions.

The Sunday Times article 6th December in the Appointments Section makes interesting reading for those who differ from the so called Norm in Society.

The title simply reads ‘Make a Maverick your wingman’. and the warning ‘Handle with Care’.

This message is not for the benefit of private only mental health, it ought to equally apply across the board to our public mental health system.

I have written many times of the potential of a now wasted Baggot Street hospital, Upper Baggot Street, Dublin 4.  What about retaining it as it’s function always has been and that is medicine but concentrating on Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Addictions along the lines of John Hopkins in the US or the Maudsley in the UK or for that matter along the lines of successful private hospitals like the Priory. Where is the transparency in Mental Health in Ireland – yes the visibility factor. The research is hidden away in our Universities and basically after that is presented via conference links worldwide and through networks. The fodder is forgotten to easily.

The appointment section is promoting “Vision” in those making appointments in employment. It highlights that talented employees can ‘be hard to control, so give them freedom and let them shine’ The article is written by Frank Dillon. He talks about dealing with these employees and the huge problem they can create for management. They often are referred to as unpredictable and loose cannons but why forsake them! Why distance them out of society, condemning them to a form of mental health institutionalisation, when if given the encouragement and scope, they can link into creativity and create economic growth.

John Lennon spoke of Giving Peace a Chance. The Recession is so bad now, we really need to give these Mavericks a chance and who knows. We are talking about harnessing talent and promoting creativity.  2020 and I highly recommend the excellent Outsider Art and these people are Irish and have experienced mental health complications.  In other countries, outsider art is very expensive and is recognised.  Check out Brent Pope and how he introduced this from Australia/New Zealand to Ireland.

The Budget is this Wednesday. Savage is the word about town. But all I ask is stop the savage onslaught on the needy, look to the well of research done in our Universities over the last 20 years and start using the material more productively and economically. Don’t waste our hidden talent.

Michelle Clarke
No. 6
8th December, 2009
Joe Duffy show p.m.
Failure to pay dog fine leading to imprisonment

Shame to the Minister of Justice

How could this happen?

A ‘shook’ man with deep emotion in his voice was broadcast today to the Nation about his experience having been taken from Dundalk (Minister Ahern’s area) to Mountjoy prison because he forgot to pay a 350 euro fine for a dog licence reminder. This man’s basic right to freedom was taken from him by our State to punish him for failure to pay for a dog licence.

The humility of the man is worth considering. He was not a man shouting about the injustice he suffered but a man telling his story….

This man explained that his Shitzu Dog called NIMO was given to him by the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. His failure to pay was more an oversight that could happen to any human being.

The man spoke about loneliness and the reason he got the dog. He spoke about the dog being his best friend as most dog lovers and cat lovers will empathise with.

Does the Government not grasp the importance of dogs to people who may be vulnerable in Ireland. These dogs often are companion dogs who guide and assist people to cope with their often isolationary lives through illness, old age or otherwise.

Our former Taoiseach Mr. Bertie Ahern has often acknowledged his preference and belief in animal support. He was interviewed recently and he mentioned about the character trait of upholding confidences while at the same time mentioning his cat called Ben. In another interview he spoke of his liking as a young person for the song ‘There once was a doggie in the window”

e12.50 is a token licence fee but surely if you charge for a dog, there must be a charge for a cat, a pet mouse or whatever?

How could a man have been put in a prison? He gave a description of his treatment but I missed the details. I hope somebody can enlighten us before the budget? (Also we should note that Ireland has a high rate of termination of unwanted animals and worse a puppy industry without regulation.  This alters our position in relation to the rest of Europe – shame on us).

Michelle Clarke


No. 7

8th December 2009

WW2 phosphate mines in Co. Clare

Dail Committees 1930’s

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 learned 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 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) in the hope of a fairer package especially with the latest find by a company from the UK.

Lisbon. We need not hang our heads too low. Ireland did foresake her ‘seas’ to the beaches’ for entry to the EU in 1973.

Michelle Clarke (Ballyvaughan)

Also: April 7th, 2009


You wrote in October 2008.

Today is the so-called mini-budget to redress ther Economic Crisis that Ireland has become immersed in. We must at all costs avoid the situation in Iceland i.e. to become bankrupt; to take the lead and follow the Swedes who have experienced near bankruptcy in the 1980’s and have emerged innovative, capable and accepting of a more social orientated democracy, accepting that richer pay higher taxes.

Maura Harrington sentenced to 28 days prison by a Judge in Ireland, is thankfully released. She has served too long in such a sentence. She is passionate about her environment and she and others are entitled under the Constitution, I believe, to express their concerns about the paltry remuneration to be paid to the Irish as distinct to Corporatism……worldwide mode.

Michelle Clarke includes a little family Comyn narrative: Lemass and De Valera engaged in similar exercise in the 1940’s against my grandfather, Judge Michael Comyn, KC, Prospector of Phosphate in Co. Clare. He started in his venture for Gold and phosphate in the 1920’s with another Senator Mr. Briscoe.

World War II and the state needed phosphate for agriculture and imports from North Africa were blocked off. The State took power and seized the mines from him.

In his eighties, he sued the state and he won. As far as I am aware this case remains precdent. The State v. Comyn (Sean McBride and Brendan East provided the legal representation)

There must be some innovative lateral thought function out there that can eek out a case for the Corrib…….out of the Precedent……..i.e. miner resources both…..

We need the funds now, the equitable funds…..oil is worth billions they say and yet our focus is restrained to admonishing the vulnerable.

Michelle Clarke



No. 8

December 9th, 2009

Read the Dublin Report on Line

by Brigid Collins – Manipulated Survivors

For those who cannot get copies of the Dublin Diocesan report you can go to the Clerical Whispers website where you can download all of the abuse reports prior to the Dublin Diocesan Report along with THE CURRENT DUBLIN DIOCESAN REPORT.

It is listed there in 3 parts

Dublin Report (Beginning)
Dublin Report Part 1
Dublin Report Part 2

You can also read responses by the Clergy to all of the reports and their radio interviews etc.

All of these items are listed on the right hand side of the Clerical Whispers Home Page.

There are also polls being taken about resignations of Bishops, should there be an audit in every Diocese;  should the Papal Nuncio be expelled etc.

Do vote while you are on the website.

Related Link:
What have we learnt?
Do we need a little of the ‘Devil’s Advocate’ to regain water level

by Dillon – Clerical Sexual Abuse Wed Dec 09, 2009 17:22


The old adage is that ‘water finds its own level’ but this is much open to interpretation, particularly in the light of the Murphy Tribunal Findings and all the revelations.

Brigid and Kevin. Your writings are poignant and the sense of pain and damage done to people by others rings through loudly, I can only ask what are we the people learning from your experience?

Another adage is ‘opportunity comes to pass and not to pause’. The opportunity is now as your plight harkens the ears of the Vatican and the papal Nuncio this Christmas Time 2009.

Glossy magazines do not usually appeal to me but sometimes a freebie merits ‘the cold eye’. Today, it is the Irish Tatler compliments of Permanent tsb. The page that caught my focus showed a woman sitting on the kitchen floor in her ‘cold’ kitchen amidst the wreckage of broken plates. The title is ‘The Enemy Within’ and the comment reads ‘one in five Irish women will experience a form of a domestic abuse in their lifetime: fact. Irish Tatler gets behind the campaign for change’.

Proviso by the writer: on the basis of the writings of both Brigid and Kevin and so many others, let us not discriminate and perhaps we should speak of abuse to incorporate children, women, men, girls, boys, and even those who perpetrate abuse and the early potential to be a bully and the reasons why.

The article is worth reading to gain a balanced view of the component and different types of abuse and the motivation factors that often govern the abuser.

Emotional Abuse: is about constantly putting the other person down i.e. the person who slags off another; the person who is constantly checking where another person is or the person who is jealous and prevents a perceived vulnerable person from contact with family or friends

Then there is the Physical side of abuse. The people who hit out, who spit, who pinch or kick (much like a temper trantrum in a three year old child), they throw cups and they smash things (only this time imagine the old age pensioner acting in this way). Then add to this the threatening person.

Then there is Sexual Abuse – well there is much written on this.

The heading that caught my eye was Financial Abuse. Now this is really interesting. We talk of a spouse being miserly but do we ever label him/her as being insecure and a financial control freak? This kind of power is not so easy to identify and if identified it isn’t associated with the control freak personality types. Simply, it can be checking up on how much a person spends, preventing them from working, taking all their money from them.

Well done to the Tatler because this has major potential and scope to help people and I would suggest the inclusion of those made vulnerable (through incapacity, ill-health, accident, through childhood abuse, etc) as in the case of the foregoing postings by unpredictable life events that precipitates great pain in some people more than others.

Tatler article describes this form of domestic violence where the abuser uses money as a means of controlling their partner (in the case of child sexual abuse where the priest may select a poor child and give him/her money or attention). This is recognised as a tactic to ‘gain power and dominance over the person/child with the purpose of isolating them’ … and in the case of a relationship to make the person wholly financial dependent on the Abuser.

The interesting point is that like all forms of domestic financial abuse ‘the abuse occurs in all age ranges, ethnic backgrounds, educational and socio economic backgrounds’. Lack of income is but a common reason cited.

Brigid, Kevin and others have a wealth of experience to share with people and with our young people. Bullying is but a new name and we hear daily of children being bullied in schools, bullied in playgrounds, the use of text messages and cause of youth suicide.

The issue is what is to be learnt and how can we stop yet another life-time of misery for a human being? There needs to be a greater understanding of the reasons why the abuse occurred and the time is now, as the Murphy report is circulated to the Papal Nuncio and the Vatican, to grasp the nettle and bring about change.

Michelle Clarke (Dillon)


No. 9

20th December, 2009


Cinema ticket takings: hit due to recession is £1 billion


What is totally beyond me is the prompt value downwards of 85% in the value of the Dublin Glass Bottling site and the fact that is appears to be the first hit made by NAMA?  Is there no scope for the Green’s and bottles or any dream?

Tread carefully is the learning curve ie if one looks to the forerunners e.g. the Gallagher Group and the Stephen’s Green Dream late early 1980s (now developed profitably by others).  Gallagher a young man took the fall and so did many, all the way down to grassroots small builders and even to the people who bought semi detached houses in Castleknock and other areas….do you recall?  Builders bought land and developed for a nominal fee, the balance being paid when the houses were sold on.  The outcome was massive delay for purchasers of property and an inability for the local councils to take in charge the green areas – and again this involved years.


No. 10

18th January 2010
To Nigel Dodds DUP

Former Catholic priest’s bid for new trial rejected – The Boston Globe

Sexual Abuse – Ireland in denial:  What is coming down the line……………………….?  This is about the Island of Ireland, past, present.

We have had the tribunals.  We know children were abused by members of the Roman Catholic Church but going by the Sunday Tribune today in regard to Sinn Fein and the questions that Gerry Adams must now answer, we must halt our moral bankruptcy and stop the denial and with particular emphasis of over the past  25 years. 

This topic like the Church is not going away and I am sure, a prominent journalist like Suzanne Breen and well done to her, a mother of young children, will continue to write about this tragic despicable history of sexual abuse in all sections of Irish Society and I would go as far as Europe and ask another mother and Sinn Fein politician, Bairbre de Brun, where is her moral stand on this issue?  I also would like the view of Mary Lou MacDonald, Deputy Leader of Sinn Fein but the saddest question of all is Caitriona Ruane is the Minister for Education in Stormont (from Castlebar, Co. Mayo) – her views are also needed.  They also have one vital moral humane connection – they are mothers of children.

In trepidation, I believe this abuse is far more widespread than we the plain people of Ireland appear to have been kept abreast of.

What do we do now?

I would suggest reference to the US and the Supreme Court Decision.

It is wake up time:  Repressed memories count.

Michelle Clarke


About michelleclarke2015

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 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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