Lovin’ The Gardai? A reply to Niall Harbison by Eoin Ó Faogáin

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Niall Harbison. Founder of Lovin’Dublin and its longstanding Director of Bad Opinions. Purveyor extraordinaire of a Dublin divided based on its appetite for gentrification.

Ostensibly, the topic of Harbo’s latest opinion piece appeared somewhat agreeable. Its title? ‘Why the Guards should get whatever pay rise they ask for’. At face value, the argument is that they should be supported in their support of better pay and conditions. And I’d largely agree with that.

I agree because it’s consistent with my feeling that all ordinary workers have been pushed to their limit over the last decade as expectations upon them have soared, concurrent with plummeting pay, conditions and resources. LUAS workers, Dublin Bus workers, teachers, SNAs, nurses, junior doctors as a small sample of those affected.

There are two problems with this piece, however.

Firstly, the overwhelming inconsistency from its author. This is a man who has consistently utilised both his…

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Juveniles In Portlaoise Prison In The 1960s.

TDs Wallace and Daly in court to support criminal Leon Wright who was cleared of assaulting a prison officer
Leon Wright

Tom Tuite
19/10/2016 | 18:44
A violent criminal has been cleared of assaulting a prison officer when he was searched for weapons.

Leon Wright (28) of Donore Avenue in Dublin 8 remained handcuffed and flanked by five prison staff wearing riot gear for his district court trial on Wednesday.

Wright, who claimed he was beaten by prison officers, was supported in court by Independent TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly who took notes of the proceedings from the public gallery.

After the defence raised questions over the credibility of prosecution witnesses and evidence, Judge Alan Mitchell said that having viewed the CCTV evidence in particular he was dismissing the case.

He also said that he was going to direct that the Court Service would prepare a copy of the digital audio recording of the hearing and that it would be offered to Inspector of Prisons Judge Michael Reilly in the event he would like to “take further action”.

No political cover-up in Fr Molloy case – Leyden

Fr. Niall Molloy

ROSCOMMON HERALD – Maresa Fagan 15/10/2013
No political cover-up in Fr Molloy case – Leyden

– Lenihan’s were not present at party

Senior Fianna Fail politicians were not present at an after-wedding party at Kilcoursey House on the night that Fr Niall Molloy was killed in July 1985, Senator Terry Leyden has said.

Senator Leyden was speaking at a public meeting in Castlecoote last week, where renewed calls were made for an independent commission of investigation into the circumstances surrounding Fr Molloy’s death.

The Castlecoote-based senator and parishioner dismissed ‘allegations’ that the late Brian Lenihan, then a senior party figure, and his wife Ann, had been present at Kilcoursey House on the night of Fr Molloy’s death.

“Minister Brian Lenihan and his wife Ann were present at the wedding; that is true. … They left on Saturday evening at six or seven o’clock and I checked this today with Ann…

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A lucky escape for a priceless archive.

Come Here To Me!

In January 2012, we had the privilege of sitting down and chatting with Terry Fagan, the driving force behind the North Inner-City Folklore Project. The Project has been responsible for a number of oral history publications, most recently a study of Dublin tenement life. The project have also put up several plaques in the north inner-city in recent years, marking the valuable contribution of the area to the struggle for independence.

Quite frankly, what Terry and the NICFP have gathered over time is one of the most important collections of artifacts of working class life and struggle on the island of Ireland.  For several years now, the material has been kept in a vacant flat at St. Mary’s Mansions on Railway Street. In recent days, the collection had a very lucky escape:

14524535_1152072841525613_59534324486108590_o (Image Credit: Terry Fagan)

14480526_1152073478192216_8330196585244871458_o.jpg (Image Credit: Terry Fagan)

Terry notes that:

The residents of St Marys Mansions…

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Irish Leaders Castigated As Greatest Traitors Of All Time

Fools Crow's Blog

by Gabriel Donohoe

The Irish Government has recently passed the harshest budget in the history of the State with further austerity promised for the next three years and perhaps for decades. Prime Minister Brian Cowen and Finance Minister Brian Lenihan have steered Ireland from the booming prosperity of a Celtic Tiger to a ruined shell of a country where unemployment, poverty, emigration, and despair are proceeding to destroy a once proud, industrious people.

Cowen and Lenihan also bear the ignominy of having brought in the International Monetary Fund who, along with EU banksters, are now dictating Irish fiscal policy. The IMF has long had a vulturish reputation for plundering weaker countries by stripping the flesh of its victims down to the bare bones. This repulsive scavenger is well known for promoting austerity and misery, grabbing national assets for its bankster and corporate friends, and leaving the skeleton of a country’s…

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Apple won’t pay the €13bn unpaid tax to Ireland – Max Keiser — Machholz’s Blog

Finally a response on behalf of the Minister ( after 14 months )

Fr. Niall Molloy

Friday afternoon this is an email My cousin Henry and myself were sent from the Department of Justice. We had a meeting with the Minister last year and she promised to get back to us after the summer break. We heard nothing and both of us wrote to the Minister and got not reply. On the 8th of August a letter was sent to the  Ombudsman complaining about the Minister’s non response to our meeting and letters. As a result of which the following was received by email. Interesting to see if hard copies will follow

Minister’s Reference: 0718095057

26  August, 2016

Dear Mr. McCourt,

I  have  been  asked by the Tánaiste and Minister for Justice and Equality,
Ms.  Frances Fitzgerald T.D., to refer to her meeting with you and Mr. Bill
Maher  on 1 July 2015, the matters outlined in the documents which you gave
to her at the…

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Irish Red Cross whistleblower Noel Wardick to appeal decision to sack him

THE Irish Red Cross whistleblower whose anonymous blog made allegations about financial irregularities at the charity has been sacked. Noel Wardick, who was forced to out himself as the author of t…

Source: Irish Red Cross whistleblower Noel Wardick to appeal decision to sack him

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

Oconnellpadd13's Blog

>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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