Frances Fitzgerald – Still no reply

Fr. Niall Molloy

It is now going on 14 months since members of the Molloy family met with Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald. She promised to respond to the meeting after the Summer break. ( Last year’s Summer break ) We still have heard nothing and despite again promising Denis Naughten TD last November that she would be in contact with the family. NOTHING. Also not answering letters from the family over the past year.

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>ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Former Education Ministers ‘not made aware’ of abuse

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>ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Former Education Ministers ‘not made aware’ of abuse: “Gemma Hussey, who was education minister between late 1982 and 1986, noted that the report’s ‘vague’ reference to the ‘early 1980s’ meant it was unclear if she was minister at the time.’?”

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Thought of the Day : Consciousness:

Three poems by Tim Dwyer

The Galway Review

my photoTim Dwyer has recent and upcoming publications in The Stinging Fly, Boyne Berries, Revival and Skylight. He is a psychologist in a correctional facility and lives in the Hudson Valley of New York State. His mother was from Gort and his father was from the farm country near Loughrea. He recently returned to writing after many years.

Three poems by Tim Dwyer


Mary O’Hara
Irish Harpist and Singer

I don’t always know

which memories are imagined.

Her songs were lullabies

rising from the family phonograph.

I hear them now

through a stack of losses,

feel the soothing

as only a child can

from the pure voice

of the beautiful girl

with the flowing hair

playing on her harp

the music of the air

before the tragedy

of her young poet’s death

before joining the sisterhood

and leaving this world

to seek the comfort of God.

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1Yi The Official Launch video*

Machholz's Blog

The Irish political system has failed to address the concerns of a growing number of Irish citizens. This fact has been stated time and time again by our political parties, politicians and others throughout Irish society, to no avail or functioning recourse. As a result, the Irish people are facing crisis after crisis including our health service, our water supply, homelessness and evictions.

A change in Irish politics is therefore necessary. A rebalancing of political power is required in order to rebuild the people’s shattered confidence in government, which has in the past been all too readily abused by politicians, parties, public servants and lobbyists.

We are therefore calling for the implementation of people-initiated referendums; a mechanism that means nationwide petitions can trigger a national referendum. This change will put Irish people at the centre of an inclusive political system and decision-making.

This is a tried and tested mechanism that is enjoyed in other countries around the world. Introducing the…

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This is Ireland for the ordinary Joe ! Who is not equal in the eyes of the LAW ! Compassion missing in Ireland??

Garda treatment of victims of crime described as ‘disconcerting’

Eamonn Cooke archive mentions – shootings, threats and firebomb attacks

Come Here To Me!

It has come to light in the last week that deceased, convicted paedophile and former pirate radio personality Eamon Cooke (1936 – 2016) may have been involved in the disappearance and death of 13-year-old schoolboy Philip Cairns who went missing from Rathfarnham in October 1986.

After reading an excellent post, I thought it would be useful to elaborate on Cooke’s brushes with the law in the 1950s, 1960s and 1980s. It is likely that he had some connections with the republican movement during this time period.

In the book Playing in the Dark (2011) by Rosie Dunn and Siobhan Kennedy-McGuinness (a victim of Cooke’s),  they cited an article (pp. 253-54) that Cooke wrote in which he claimed that his mother was a member of Cumann na mBhan during the Civil War and that he was in an “active service unit” during the 1950s. It also mentioned the following two incidents that…

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Call for prosecution of those behind cover-ups – The Irish Times – Fri, Nov 27, 2009

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Call for prosecution of those behind cover-ups – The Irish Times – Fri, Nov 27, 2009: “She described the extent of collusion by State authorities as “shocking”.”COULD HAVE TOLD YOU THAT IN 1962?

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