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Thursday, December 22, 2011

Gender, Sexuality and the Law « Human Rights in Ireland

Gender, Sexuality and the Law « Human Rights in Ireland: Under the Act where it is proven that an offence was motivated by malice or ill will?

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?: The Irish Times has learned that Donncha O’Connell, former dean of the law faculty in NUI Galway and former director of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties, has been chosen as the lead contender for the position by the human rights subcommittee of the Council of Europe’s committee on legal affairs and human rights, with Mr Aylward in second place.?

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?: I call for a debate on appointments. An issue was raised by a number of colleagues last week concerning the appointment of the Irish representative to the Council of Europe’s Committee on the Prevention of Torture. The person appointed from Ireland last week was the former Secretary General of the Department of Justice and Equality. "Valid concerns were raised by colleagues about the outcome of the appointment process". It was understood somebody else would be appointed. I have asked the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Justice, Defence and Equality to investigate the matter in the new year as it is something it should do. The Minister for Justice and Equality should appear before the committee to explain the process by which the former Secretary General was appointed against what appears to have been the expressed preference of a sub-committee of the Council of Europe for one of the two academics also nominated by Ireland.?

CLASS BIAS IN HIGHER EDUCATION

CLASS BIAS IN HIGHER EDUCATION: If you have been following the law school news you know about the events at UT Law School leading to the "resignation" of the dean. Seems he was paying some people more than others and then "not exactly being direct" about what was up. My particular favorite is the forgivable loans. Yes, a loan that you do not have to pay back?

The Department of Justice and Equality: 'The Community and the Criminal Justice System' – IPA Report of Proceedings of Regional Consultation Meetings

The Department of Justice and Equality: 'The Community and the Criminal Justice System' – IPA Report of Proceedings of Regional Consultation Meetings: A number of audience members commented on the lack of effective policing/prosecution of white collar criminals. It was argued that there is a perception amongst the public that because there had been no key cases yet taken against any of the people at the heart of the financial collapse that people had gotten away with these crimes and that white collar crime isn’t taken seriously enough.?

The Department of Justice and Equality: 'The Community and the Criminal Justice System' – IPA Report of Proceedings of Regional Consultation Meetings

The Department of Justice and Equality: 'The Community and the Criminal Justice System' – IPA Report of Proceedings of Regional Consultation Meetings: Generally, confidence was expressed in An Garda Síochána but not in the criminal justice system as a whole.?

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?: They point out that another review by Assistant Commissioner Ray McAndrew in 2005, after a key witness, Marie Farrell, retracted a statement implicating Mr Bailey did not result in any gardaí being prosecuted or disciplined over their handling of the original investigation?

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?: This follows revelations in newly released court documents that state solicitor for west Cork, Malachy Boohig, informed retired Director of Public Prosecutions Eamonn Barnes that he had been asked to "use his influence" to secure a conviction against Sophie Toscan du Plantier murder suspect Mr Bailey in 1998.?

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?: According to Mr Barnes in his email, Mr Boohig told him that after he left the meeting one of the three senior officers approached him and asked him to ask then minister for justice John O’Donoghue, with whom he had been at UCC, to get the DPP to bring a charge.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Rate-Your-Solicitor.com Forum / The Judge, The Lawyer and The DPP

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Rate-Your-Solicitor.com Forum / The Judge, The Lawyer and The DPP: The first hand-written letter was written by Roe to Eamon Barnes, Director of Public Prosecutions before any charges had been brought. In the letter Roe stated that he knew both Fr. Molloy and the Flynns.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Lies in a Mirror: An Essay on Evil and Deceit by Peter Charleton

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Lies in a Mirror: An Essay on Evil and Deceit by Peter Charleton: "Call this condition ‘deceit’ - a condition when taken to its ultimate results in the destruction of the ‘victim’."?THE VICTIM BEEN THE CITIZENS OF IRELAND AND THEIR IRISH SOVEREIGNTY?

Howlin’s compromise on pay rejected by the Taoiseach – The Story

Howlin’s compromise on pay rejected by the Taoiseach – The Story: He also said it would set a poor example and would provoke other Ministers into seeking higher pay for their advisers, or ask for salaries – that were already agreed – to be renegotiated.?AS EAMON GILMORE SAID"WE CANT HAVE A SOCIETY WHERE TD'S ONLY OBEY THE LAWS THEY AGREE WITH AND DISOBEY THE ONES THEY DONT AGREE WITH?UNQUOTE.AND THE PRIORY HALL RESIDENTS SAY IN RELATION TO THEIR"DILEMMA"THIS IS A CLEAR INDICATION OF THE EXTENT OF THE FAILURES OF GOVERNMENT LEGISLATION AND DUBLIN CITY COUNCILS INABILITY TO CARRY OUT THEIR DUTIES AS A BUILDING "CONTROL"AUTHORITY?AND WHO MAKES AND PASSES THESE SAME LAWS?

Monday, November 21, 2011

Mystery of priest's violent end casts shadow over time - National News - Independent.ie

Mystery of priest's violent end casts shadow over time - National News - Independent.ie: "It's eating us up because we don't know what happened that night," Ian Maher said after the trial in the Four Courts, Dublin. "We want to know what went on. The whole thing has been very frustrating, it's destroying everything we ever believed in, the legal system, and the church and the law and the politicians and our faith in democracy. We would like to find out what exactly happened to Niall and why he was left to die for so long."?

Cold case draws a blank: Fr Niall Molloy’s family disappointed - National News - Independent.ie

Cold case draws a blank: Fr Niall Molloy’s family disappointed - National News - Independent.ie: Retired Gda Sgt Kevin Forde, who was first on the crime scene in 1985, said he is equally dismayed.
"I am very, very disappointed with this outcome and the fact that it appears the gardai are taking no further action.
"The gardai were given substantial new evidence. The killer is still out there and must be brought to justice," he said.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Denis Casey - "There's Been No Anglo investigation" "Extensive Patronage of Anglo Irish Bank" - Page 2 - Political World Irish Political Forums & International Political Forums

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Denis Casey - "There's Been No Anglo investigation" "Extensive Patronage of Anglo Irish Bank" - Page 2 - Political World Irish Political Forums & International Political Forums: Denis Casey - "There's Been No Anglo investigation" "Extensive Patronage of Anglo Irish Bank?

Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Ltd -v- Collins & Anor

Anglo Irish Bank Corporation Ltd -v- Collins & Anor: The issue raised related to the admitted alteration by the solicitor for Anglo of the guarantees signed by the defendants and as such whether the alterations made to the guarantees amount to a forgery such that Anglo cannot rely on the documents to recover the sum claimed on foot thereof against the defendants. Further, it as claimed that by virtue of the principle of ex turpi causa non oritur actio, the Bank could not rely on previous guarantees signed by the defendants?

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Memo: Proper Journalists Ought to be Subservient to Power « Antiwar.com Blog

Memo: Proper Journalists Ought to be Subservient to Power « Antiwar.com Blog: What legitimacy does you regime have — other than billions of dollars and weapons?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: DPP out of step with abuse victims | Irish Examiner

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: DPP out of step with abuse victims Irish Examiner: Top ranking gardaí who viewed the files before they went to Dublin all thought they were 'rock solid', as did any lawyers involved with the cases. Yet, time after time, the same conclusion is flung at them and still Father B walks around his local town, sniggering at their hurt and anger."?

dare to dream: Rachel Denning: The Don Quixote Guide to Pursuing Your 'Mad' Dreams

dare to dream: Rachel Denning: The Don Quixote Guide to Pursuing Your 'Mad' Dreams: Doesn't our life lose meaning when we've lost our dream? We become one of the 'walking dead', living a life of 'quiet desperation.'?

Meredith Eaton

Meredith Eaton: Actress Meredith Eaton has been in a number of shows with roots in the law:?WHEN"BEAUTY"VS. DETERMINATION?RACHEL DENNING?

The Growth Illusion: How Economic Growth Has Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet: Amazon.co.uk: Richard Douthwaite: Books

The Growth Illusion: How Economic Growth Has Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet: Amazon.co.uk: Richard Douthwaite: Books: The Growth Illusion: How Economic Growth Has Enriched the Few, Impoverished the Many and Endangered the Planet?

Friday, November 18, 2011

BBC News - Finucane and A5 dominate North South Ministerial Council talks

BBC News - Finucane and A5 dominate North South Ministerial Council talks: Unionist ministers are thought to be angry over Mr Kenny's comments backing a full public enquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane.?

Confusion in court over whereabouts of McFeely ahead of stay application - The Irish Times - Fri, Nov 18, 2011

Confusion in court over whereabouts of McFeely ahead of stay application - The Irish Times - Fri, Nov 18, 2011: The Chief Justice ordered Mr McFeely be produced “forthwith” but, when the court sat again 10 minutes later, Mr O’Connor said there was confusion among gardaí but he believed Mr McFeely was being brought to court. The court sat again a few minutes later when a garda from the Bridewell attended alone and said he was instructed there was an order for the committal of Mr McFeely.?SUPREME COURT JUDGE SUSAN DENHAM WANTS AN IMMEDIATE INQUIRY INTO WHY MR.MC FEELY WAS LOCKED UP AT ONE P.M.WHEN HE WAS DUE TO ENTER CUSTODY AT FOUR P.M.SHE GAVETHE GARDI AN MR.MC FEELY A WEEK TO SUBMIT WRITTEN STATMENTS TO THE COURT EXPLAINING WHAT HAD HAPPENED IN THOSE FOUR HOURS?

Solicitor seeks injunction against RateYourSolicitor website - The Irish Times - Fri, Nov 18, 2011

Solicitor seeks injunction against RateYourSolicitor website - The Irish Times - Fri, Nov 18, 2011: Dotster Inc had chosen not to appear or respond to the claims, he said. Mr Gill, who was present in court as a "lay litigant" with a dozen supporters, said he had been asked by “victims of Mr Tansey” to help them. He named some individuals whom he said would be willing to be summoned to court to give evidence against the solicitor.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Public Inquiry · Unanswered questions

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Public Inquiry · Unanswered questions: "SO HERES A SPECIFIC CASE OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSE THAT WAS BRUSHED UNDER THE CARPET,”you must rember that Susan Denem now supreme court judge once sat on the garda complaints board”A YOUNG PROFOUNDLY DEAF MAN WAS BEATEN TO A PULP WHILE IN GARDA CUSTODY,TO ADD INSULT TO INJURY HE WAS GIVEN HIS RIGHT TO A PHONE CALL}now i dont know how many members of the public who ever heard a profoundly deaf person on a phone”BUT A PERSON DEAF FROM BIRTH FROM RUBELLA”who is in a high state of distress is not a very nice thing to listen too on the other end of the phone or anywhere else for that matter,he still suffers to this day from that beating one of a few he recived,from the so called few bad apples in the gardi.there is good and bad everywhere but those with arbitary powers are the worse espically if they are not checked.CLOSED RANKS ATTITUDE,"?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: accused of kidnapping paddoconnell public inquiry - Google Search

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: accused of kidnapping paddoconnell public inquiry - Google Search: THE PEOPLE WHO IT IS SAID KIDNAPPED JIM LACEY WERE SENT BEFORE THE SPECIAL CRIMINAL COURTS.OTHERS WHO WERE "ACCUSED IN THE WRONG" WERE LEFT TO SWING,JUST LIKE ALL THOSE MENTIONED IN THE RYAN REPORT.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: "ENCOURAGECHANGE"paddoconnell8@gmail.com

http://paddoconnell.blogspot.com/2009/12/encouragechangepaddoconnell8gmailcom_13.html: "CERTAIN PEOPLE BEEN SENT TO PRISON FOR CONTEMPT.WHEN EAMONN BARNES WAS THE DPP HE HAD TO APPEAR IN THE HIGH COURT ON 15th APRIL 1991, IT IS ALLEGED FOR FAILING TO COMPLY WITH COURT INSTRUCTIONS[CONTEMPT]THEN ON THE 19th OCT.1992 THE 'STATE'[THE PEOPLE]IN A CASE OF 'ESTOPPEL'PROCEEDINGS WHERE IT WAS ALSO ALLEGED THE STATE DISOBYED A HIGH COURT ORDER FOR DISCOVERY OF DOCUMENTS THAT WAS CRUCIAL TO A PERSONS DEFENCE[CONTEMPT]?ARE THE COURTS SELECTIVE IN WHO THEY HOLD IN CONTEMPT OF COURT?YOU ALSO HAD THE GARDA FERGAL FOLEY CASE?GARDA CHURCH AND RAY MURRAY CASE?THEIR CASE RESULTED IN THE THEN COMMISSIONER PATRICK CULLIGAN MAKING A DIRECTIVE IN A SECRET MEMO 'IN THE INTERESTS OF'JUSTICE',OR GOOD ORDER AND DISIPLINE WITHIN THE GARDI IT 'MAY'BECOME NECESSARY THAT AN'INFORMANTS'IDENTITY BE DISCLOSED?[22/12/1993]KYRON FITZGERALD SUNDAY INDEPENDENT"?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Ministers Shatter and Fitzgerald – statement on the Cloyne Report « MerrionStreet.ie Irish Government News Service

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Ministers Shatter and Fitzgerald – statement on the Cloyne Report « MerrionStreet.ie Irish Government News Service: GARDI LIED TO VICTIM,CLAIMING A NON-EXISTENT FILE HAD GONE TO THE DPP.WHAT PRICE ABUSE, SUICIDE,ANGER,SELF-DESTRUCTIVE BEHAVIOUR,POOR SELF-ESTEEM,DEPRESSION,"ISOLATION"STRESS,EXHAUSTION.BECAUSE OF"CHARISMATIC" EVIL SCUM IN POSITIONS OF POWER AND TRUST WHO'S SOLE CONCERN IS TO PROTECT THE REPUTATION OF AN INSTITUTION AND THEIR OWN PERSONAL AMBITIONS?THE REAL REASONS PROJECT?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Garda spoke of man 'deserving a slap', court hears | BreakingNews.ie

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Garda spoke of man 'deserving a slap', court hears BreakingNews.ie: "Gda Lynch told Mr Tom O’Connell SC, prosecuting, that Gda Conlon rang him almost a week after the alleged incident and in that conversation told him: “It was nothing to do with you, but as far as you’re concerned we were there to arrest him.”"?HOW MANY OTHER CASES ARE THERE WHERE GARDI HADENT THE "CONSCIENCE"TO TELL THE TRUTH FOR FEAR OF THEIR FUTURE PROSPECTS?THE CLOCK PUBLIC HOUSE THOMAS ST.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Family legal move over mum's garda car death - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Family legal move over mum's garda car death - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie: "The family will now take legal advice on the possibility of taking a civil case against the gardai. Mr Seavers was further critical of the garda investigation into the death,saying it was 'unacceptable' that it was done by patrol car driver Niamh Seberry's colleagues at Donnybrook station"?

Garda Síochána apologises to family for raid mistake | Irish Examiner

Garda Síochána apologises to family for raid mistake Irish Examiner: AN Garda Síochána has apologised to five members of a Galway family who claimed they were assaulted and imprisoned in their own home after their house was raided by mistake in a search for drugs.?

Family gets apology over mistaken drug raid on home - National News - Independent.ie

Family gets apology over mistaken drug raid on home - National News - Independent.ie: The action arose out of what they claimed was the unlawful entry by gardai to their home on March 4, 2008. They sought damages for false imprisonment, trespass, invasion of privacy, negligence, breach of duty, assault, intentional and reckless infliction of emotional suffering. They also sought aggravated and exemplary damages.?IS THIS A WORKING-CLASS FAMILY?

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Public Inquiry · Examining corruption in Ireland

Public Inquiry · Examining corruption in Ireland: As I have said on many previous occasions – it is long past time that the people of Ireland united to bring our corrupt political system crashing down.?

The Department of Justice and Equality: CONSULTATION PROCESS ON NEW HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUALITY BODY

The Department of Justice and Equality: CONSULTATION PROCESS ON NEW HUMAN RIGHTS AND EQUALITY BODY: The Working Group on the establishment of the new, enhanced Human Rights and Equality Commission is seeking input and ideas from civil society, members of the public and those interested in the future of human rights and equality in Ireland, on key questions arising from their Terms of Reference. This consultation process will help to inform the Working Group’s consideration of the functions, features and priorities of the new Human Rights and Equality Commission.?

The Department of Justice and Equality: Statement by Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence relating to Referendum on Judicial Salaries

The Department of Justice and Equality: Statement by Alan Shatter TD, Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence relating to Referendum on Judicial Salaries: The roles of each also on occasion interact, in that the Government is accountable to Parliament and laws enacted by Parliament can be struck down by our courts where they violate constitutional principle.?

The Truth About The Holocaust

The Truth About The Holocaust: The rights of Jews were restricted by "laws"?

Barrett Values Centre

Barrett Values Centre: The principal value that governs the quality of democracy is Trust. There are seven other values that must be in place before people will trust each other and their government. Each value is dependent on the adoption and practice of the previous value. The sequence of values that dictate the quality of democracy are as follows: freedom, Equality, Accountability, justice, fairness, Openness and Transparency. Once all these values are in place then trust can be found. Trust is the value that enables nations to become internally cohesive.?

Irish leader denies leaking budget to Germany < German news | Expatica Germany

Irish leader denies leaking budget to Germany < German news Expatica Germany: Irish opposition parties said if reports were true that the document was seen in the German parliament, it would represent a "staggering breach of faith" which suggested Germany was "now pulling the strings," the Irish Times reported.?

Regulator knew of loans, says Drumm - The Irish Times - Thu, Nov 17, 2011

Regulator knew of loans, says Drumm - The Irish Times - Thu, Nov 17, 2011: FORMER ANGLO Irish Bank chief executive David Drumm has challenged the bank’s lawsuit against him in his US bankruptcy case, arguing the Financial Regulator was “fully aware” of the transferring of Seán FitzPatrick’s multimillion euro loans off the books of the bank.?THE"REAL"REASONS PROJECT?

The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order | Before It's News

The Global Political Awakening and the New World Order Before It's News: There is a new and unique development in human history that is taking place around the world; it is unprecedented in reach and volume, and it is also the greatest threat to all global power structures: the ‘global political awakening.’ The term was coined by Zbigniew Brzezinski, and refers to the fact that, as Brzezinski wrote:?

#uds-search-results

#uds-search-results: "This massive ‘global political awakening’ which presents the gravest and greatest challenge to the organized powers of globalization"?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Inside Job « FreeView Documentaries

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Inside Job « FreeView Documentaries: ‘Inside Job’ provides a comprehensive analysis of the global financial crisis of 2008, which at a cost over $20 trillion, caused millions of people to lose their jobs and homes in the worst recession since the Great Depression, and nearly resulted in a global financial collapse. Through exhaustive research and extensive interviews with key financial insiders, politicians, "journalists", and academics, the film traces the rise of a rogue industry which has corrupted politics, regulation, and academia?THE LAW?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: God's Wheat Field

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: God's Wheat Field: "'There will be a great 'time of trouble' for all nations, society, governments, financial institutions, etc. The wheat class will be saved from that 'time of trouble' by the resurrection change. But the tares will not be saved from it; they will be cast into the trouble and have their portion with the hypocrites.'SO LOOKING AROUND THE WORLD TODAY WHO OR WHERE ARE THESE HYPOCRITES?DONT GIVE UP ARCHBISHOP DIARMUID MARTIN GOD IS TRUELY ON YOUR SIDE."?

Social Mobility and Social Class in Ireland: Richard Breen: 0717120554

Social Mobility and Social Class in Ireland: Richard Breen: 0717120554: Based on original research by the Economic and Social Research Institute, the authors show that class barriers in Ireland are substantially more rigid than in other countries. They go on to argue that the introduction of free education has not reduced educational inequalities. Rather than observing a movement towards equality of opportunity, research has shown a continued capacity of those in privileged positions to maintain their relative advantages against the encroachment of outsiders. The findings set out in this book provide compelling evidence of the continuing significance in Ireland of class differences in income, standards of living, poverty, economic stress and physical and mental health?TO PUT IT IN PERSPECTIVE, I WILL QUOTE FROM TWO LETTERS IN TODAYS IRISH DAILY MAIL(17/11/2011) "WHERE IS THE OUTRAGE"BY MICHAEL HYDE FERMOY CO.CORK THE GIST OF THE LETTER IS THOSE FROM PRIVILEGED BACKGROUNDS AND THE WELL CONNECTED ARE REWARDED FOR FAILURE:AND THOSE FROM A WORKING-CLASS BACKGROUND ARE NOT THE BENEFACTORS OF "CLERICAL ERRORS".AS HE ALSO SAYS HOW MANY CLERICAL ERRORS ARE MADE IN FAVOUR OF THE POLITICAL ELITE?UNQUOTE.HARRY STEPHENSON KIRCUBBIN,CO.DOWN LETTER"THE RIGHT WAY TO LEND"ALSO SHOWS THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WAY AN ORDINARY JOE SOAP IS TREATED BY THOSE WITH POWER,IT IS AS HE STATED THE SAME KIND OF"INEQUALITY"THAT HAS THE COUNTRY AND THE WORLD IN THE FINANCIAL MESS THAT IT IS IN TODAY?THE MORAL OF THE STORY IS SOCIAL-INEQUALITY BY THE DEGENERATES WHO RULE THE WORLD WILL CAUSE ARMAGEDDON?

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - COMMENT: Deepening inequality traps —Jamil Nasir

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - COMMENT: Deepening inequality traps —Jamil Nasir: "Due to state capture by the elite, institutions have become their handmaidens. Institutions treat people differently based on their social and economic class. The role of these institutions has generally remained reactive. Instead of becoming agents of change, they have perpetuated and reinforced social and economic inequalities"?

New Irish Constitution for a New Republic - Brian's Blog

New Irish Constitution for a New Republic - Brian's Blog: Lots of changes to the Constitution are needed. For example, it would be appropriate to ensure that "cherishing all the children of the nation equally" in the 1916 Proclamation is transposed into a new Constitution?

WE ARE IN EPIDEMIC WARNS EXPERT; IRISH DAILY MIRROR PROBE REVEALS DRUG GANGS HIJACKING DEBS BALLS. - Free Online Library

WE ARE IN EPIDEMIC WARNS EXPERT; IRISH DAILY MIRROR PROBE REVEALS DRUG GANGS HIJACKING DEBS BALLS. - Free Online Library: Ms Kenny called for the Government to allocate money to schools to help educate children against drugs.?SHE ALSO SAID:WHILE VOLUNTARY BODIES ARE BEING CUT-THOSE WHO COULD ACTUALLY HELP PREVENT THE PROBLEM FROM WORSENING-THE GOVERNMENT IS SOMEHOW ABLE TO FIND MONEY FOR ITSELF,TO GIVE ITSELF RAISES AND LOOK AFTER ITS OWN INTERESTS.?

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

New Era, Same Old Gang « Shane Ross

New Era, Same Old Gang « Shane Ross: State plutocrats pay outside voices to protect them.?

Irish Politics, Current Affairs and Magazine Archive - Politico.ie | The neoliberal assault on democracy

Irish Politics, Current Affairs and Magazine Archive - Politico.ie The neoliberal assault on democracy: It Decimates Long-Standing Institutions Of Social Democracy?

PAC banking inquiry will fill gap left by defeated referendum – Murphy | Fine Gael

PAC banking inquiry will fill gap left by defeated referendum – Murphy Fine Gael: “In the absence of stronger investigative powers, the PAC has agreed to examine how it can conduct an inquiry, while adhering to the Constitutional provisions as outlined in the Abbeylara judgement. Legal advice suggests that the PAC can examine issues and make findings showing culpability in certain areas, such as the waste of public money.?

Council threatens 626 households with eviction - The Irish Times - Thu, Jul 21, 2011

Council threatens 626 households with eviction - The Irish Times - Thu, Jul 21, 2011: He has since sought an explanation of what is happening with the 287 households who are more than a year behind in their rent and who are neither on repayment plans nor facing evictions.?No.3 MARROWBONE LANE CLOSE?

Councillor denies conflict of interest in eviction case | Irish Examiner

Councillor denies conflict of interest in eviction case Irish Examiner: A DUBLIN City Councillor has denied a conflict of interest where he is acting as solicitor in a case where a local community association is seeking to evict a drug treatment programme from a building.?

Easons - Bailiffs: The Law and Your Rights by John Kruse

Easons - Bailiffs: The Law and Your Rights by John Kruse: Bailiffs: The Law and Your Rights ?
John Kruse

Ireland's Fate Tied to Doomed Banks - WSJ.com

Ireland's Fate Tied to Doomed Banks - WSJ.com: "Liquidity, not capital, is the main issue in the current crisis," financial regulator Patrick Neary wrote to Kevin Cardiff, a top finance-department official, on Sept. 10. A week later, Anglo executives told government officials that the bank's core business, despite the cash crunch, was healthy: "Loan book remains strong," they said. And Merrill Lynch bankers working for the government advised that another lender, Irish Nationwide Building Society, could absorb any bad loans. (It has since needed €5.4 billion in bailout money.) Merrill and INBS declined to comment. Mr. Neary couldn't be reached for comment.?

Dr. Bill Tormey, Dublin North West Fine Gael; Glasnevin; Finglas; Ballymun; Councillor; DCC » Simon Carswell on how the bank guarantee happened

Dr. Bill Tormey, Dublin North West Fine Gael; Glasnevin; Finglas; Ballymun; Councillor; DCC » Simon Carswell on how the bank guarantee happened: IT WAS THE biggest financial gamble, and arguably the biggest policy
decision, ever taken by an Irish government. The move in September 2008 to
guarantee the banking system, covering customer deposits and banks’ own
borrowings to a total of €440 billion, tied the future of the country and
its finances to the survival of its banks.?WAS IT LEGAL?WAS IT CONSTITUTIONAL?WAS IT ALL DONE OVER THE PHONE?

Public Inquiry · Mr. Cardiff’s powerful friends

Public Inquiry · Mr. Cardiff’s powerful friends: She was also warned that she could be sued for Mr. Cardiff’s loss of income?MUST BE GREAT TO OWN A CLOSET FULL OF SKELETONS? THE GHOST OF XMAS PAST 2008?

Harvard Students Join the Movement | Truthout

Harvard Students Join the Movement Truthout: Over the last ten days, Harvard students twice stopped business as usual at this richest of all US private universities. An Occupy Harvard encampment of tents followed a large march of many hundreds through the campus protesting Harvard's complicity in the nation's extreme inequality of income and wealth?

Gilmore denies Childers was warned over views - RTÉ News

Gilmore denies Childers was warned over views - RTÉ News: The Ireland East MEP said that she was also warned not to give any interviews to the media on the subject?

Bail Out the People-Not the Banks!

Bail Out the People-Not the Banks!: Bail Out the People, Not the Banks!?

Childers: Labour threatened to expel me over Cardiff row | Irish Examiner

Childers: Labour threatened to expel me over Cardiff row Irish Examiner: Labour MEP Nessa Childers has said she has been threatened with expulsion from the party because of her strong opposition to Kevin Cardiff's proposed appointment to the European Court of Auditors.?"CHANGE" IRISH STYLE?

Monday, November 14, 2011

Ending political cronyism - The Irish Times - Tue, Nov 15, 2011

Ending political cronyism - The Irish Times - Tue, Nov 15, 2011: Details of this unhealthy development have been outlined in this newspaper by Paul Cullen of our political staff. The articles should cause concern in Government. If Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore wish to retain the confidence of the electorate at a time of transition, when the economy is under great pressure and job prospects are poor, they should consider this issue a priority. Their pre-election promises to advertise posts in advance; to invite suitable applicants to apply for positions and to grant Oireachtas committees a role in approving nominations contributed to their eventual success. And while these undertakings disappeared in the programme for government, their effect has lingered on?

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Public Inquiry · Note to Marian Finucane: Flirting with reality can be embarrassing

Public Inquiry · Note to Marian Finucane: Flirting with reality can be embarrassing: You will not find many people in Ireland, and not one person in the media, willing to criticise this icon of the Irish state and yet he’s obviously a complete ignoramus on the subject of Fianna Fail and the major part played by that party in the destruction of Ireland?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Fr Brian D’Arcy and his Critics: How Should Christians Talk about each Other? | Gladys Ganiel

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Fr Brian D’Arcy and his Critics: How Should Christians Talk about each Other? Gladys Ganiel: "The internet changed that, and we are now beginning to see the effects. Blogs provide a venue for the release of compressed anger and, yes, it can get quite ugly."?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: How close to the truth is Michael Noonan's TV villain?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: How close to the truth is Michael Noonan's TV villain?: But in the wake of acres of newsprint, over 35 Dáil debates, an expert group report, an official judicial inquiry (partially retracted subsequently), a weighty analysis of the legal files and now, a major drama, how accurate is the public perception that, in shorthand, links Noonan to the scandal?"

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS: Áras an Uachtaráin - Speeches

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS: Áras an Uachtaráin - Speeches: I will "seek" to achieve an inclusive citizenship where every citizen participates and everyone is treated with respect.?AS JOHN WATERS SAYS IN TODAYS IRISH MAIL ON SUNDAY(13/11/2o011)DOE'S THAT INCLUDE THE MAN HE MET OUTSIDE LEINSTER HOUSE WHO HAS HAD HIS LIFE TURNED UPSIDE DOWN BECAUSE HE CAME INTO CONFLICT WITH A SENIOR MEMBER OF THE ESTABLISHMENT?

Friday, November 11, 2011

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: IPRT welcomes landmark report on prison accountability | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT)

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: IPRT welcomes landmark report on prison accountability Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT): "Some of the most disturbing findings of this report and of the Irish Prison Service report which it refers to were that a significant number of incidents where prisoners suffered serious injuries "did not lead to effective investigations" within the prison or by the Garda, and that the failure to address this problem was leading to “the beginning of a culture of impunity, advantage of which is being taken by a group of staff”"?

Blogger: Blogger Dashboard

Blogger: Blogger Dashboard: Lord Woolf concluded that
the absence of a grievance procedure meant that there was a lack of justice
within prisons.?

Seanad Éireann - 28/Sep/2011 Address by President of the Irish Human Rights Commission

Seanad Éireann - 28/Sep/2011 Address by President of the Irish Human Rights Commission: Sometimes “human rights speak” can almost be a foreign language, designed to exclude rather than include people.?ESPECIALLY THOSE IN DISADVANTAGED AREAS WHERE TALK IS CHEAP, AS IS POETRY, AND RHETORIC STINKS.AS JN MACKEY SAID"SPEECHES ALONE WILL NOT TRANSFORM SOCIETY"?

In re Custom House Capital Ltd – HC – Appointment of liquidator, abuse of client funds « Stare Decisis Hibernia

In re Custom House Capital Ltd – HC – Appointment of liquidator, abuse of client funds « Stare Decisis Hibernia: Application to wind up investment company – application by Central Bank of Ireland – appointment of inspectors – preparation of report – publication of redacted report – circulation of full report to certain authorities – conclusion of systematic abuse of client funds – insolvency of company – appointment of liquidator – whether to adjourn to allow investors to consider report – Article 172(1), European Communities (Market in Financial Instruments) Regulations 2007 – Ponzi scheme – false accounting?

Central Bank of Ireland investigation into ‘unfounded’ European Bank Authority stress test claims | Random Irish News

Central Bank of Ireland investigation into ‘unfounded’ European Bank Authority stress test claims Random Irish News: THE Central Bank has received allegations from one of its own officials that Irish bank stress test data it processed was ‘doctored’ before being passed on to Europe.?

The Press Association: New president seeks inclusive state

The Press Association: New president seeks inclusive state: The newly sworn in President said his term in office would be one of creativity and ideas and he would work towards transforming Irish society until it was profoundly ethical and inclusive?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Edit Comments ‹ Oconnellpadd13's Blog — WordPress

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Edit Comments ‹ Oconnellpadd13's Blog — WordPress: "'It appears that Brian Cowen wants his party f.f.to change their old ways and become more socially inclusive in order to “ENCOURAGE”community support,activism and move away from selfish materialism.(so says John Lee of the irish mail on sunday)he also says that Mr Cowen is anxious to conduct a rapid overhaul of his partys "IMAGE".Mr Cowen will outline his homespun vision of a socially inclusive Ireland where communities care for the most vulnerable in society.'?"AND NOW THAT THERE IS AN ELECTION EVERYONE ELSE IS SAYING THE SAME,BUT ITS TOO LATE FOR RACHEL PEAVOY?BUT PRESIDENT MICHAEL D HIGGINS IS GOING TO "TRY"AND CHANGE THAT TO A MORE"INCLUSIVE"REPUBLIC?1964?11/11/11.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Justice Louis D. Brandeis Quote/Quotation

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Justice Louis D. Brandeis Quote/Quotation: "'The government is the potent omnipresent teacher. For good or ill it teaches the "whole people by its example"?. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that the end justifies the means -- to declare that the government may commit crimes -- would bring terrible retribution"?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: excerpts from the book A Farewell To Justice - Jim Garrison, JFK's assassination, and the case that should have changed history by Joan Mellen

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: excerpts from the book A Farewell To Justice - Jim Garrison, JFK's assassination, and the case that should have changed history by Joan Mellen: WHAT SOME PEOPLE WILL DO FOR POWER AND MONEY?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: SSRN-Anxious Scrutiny in the Irish Courts: Too Little, Too Late? by Paul O'Connell

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: SSRN-Anxious Scrutiny in the Irish Courts: Too Little, Too Late? by Paul O'Connell: "'This article also considers whether or not this departure from rigid reasonableness has come too late to make any real difference, given the potential supplanting of reasonableness with proportionality review'?POLITICAL AND LEGAL REFORM?'"

Council wants Priory Hall orders set aside - RTÉ News

Council wants Priory Hall orders set aside - RTÉ News: Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said the city council had put a torpedo into Priory Hall and the collateral damage was the dislocation of 250 people who lived there. He said he did not understand how the city council could say they had no responsibility for them.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Ian Bailey’s bid to get Garda files adjourned | Irish Examiner

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Ian Bailey’s bid to get Garda files adjourned Irish Examiner: Frank Buttimer, expressed concern that Mr Bailey was arrested on foot of a statement made by a shopkeeper Marie Farrell, which she later withdrew.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Ian Bailey’s bid to get Garda files adjourned | Irish Examiner

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Ian Bailey’s bid to get Garda files adjourned Irish Examiner: "Mr Bailey wants the state to provide discovery of all documents, reports, records, statements, notes and memoranda of interviews generated by gardaí in their investigation'"?AND RIGHTLY SO?

Ian Bailey lawyers claim 'breathtaking' wrongdoing by state officers | Irish Examiner

Ian Bailey lawyers claim 'breathtaking' wrongdoing by state officers Irish Examiner: He said the information revealed garda misbehaviour and added the extent of wrongdoing by state officers was "breathtaking, even by the lowest standards encountered by the courts" in past cases.?

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Disgraced sergeant had station bust-up with Fair City actor - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie

Disgraced sergeant had station bust-up with Fair City actor - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie: The court heard how Ms O'Neill had gone to Dun Laoghaire Garda Station on July 11, 2002, to wait for a friend in custody.?

Opinions within the force about Garda watchdog body remain mixed - The Irish Times - Wed, Nov 09, 2011

Opinions within the force about Garda watchdog body remain mixed - The Irish Times - Wed, Nov 09, 2011: THE SENTENCING in Waterford on Monday of a serving Garda sergeant and two former gardaí represented "the first time" in the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission’s six years that Garda members it brought to trial were convicted and imprisoned.?

Shamed assault garda will fight to keep her dream job - National News - Independent.ie

Shamed assault garda will fight to keep her dream job - National News - Independent.ie: Sgt Martha McEnery (42) has been suspended from the force for the past 22 months but she continues to receive 75pc of her pay.?

Public Inquiry · Update on complaint against Fine Gael Cllr. Pat Kennedy

Public Inquiry · Update on complaint against Fine Gael Cllr. Pat Kennedy: On 20th Oct last I received a letter from Limerick City Council informing me that Cllr. Kennedy (Fine Gael) had been requested to submit a report by 1st November to the Council regarding allegations that he cheated on his expenses.
This arose from my formal complaint regarding Cllr. Kennedy’s activities.
The Council assured me that they would contact me after reviewing Cllr. Kennedy’s report.
Having heard nothing since I rang the Council today and was informed that Cllr. Kennedy’s report was to hand and would be forwarded to me very shortly?

billmaherdub's Channel - YouTube

billmaherdub's Channel - YouTube: Corruption knows no bounds in Ireland at any level of society. ?

Hacked account – bogus message « Stare Decisis Hibernia

Hacked account – bogus message « Stare Decisis Hibernia: A hacked message was posted this morning onto the Stare Decisis Hibernia site, which was e-mailed to all the subscribers. This was sent from my Gmail account, which I sometimes use to update the web site. The Gmail account has been hacked and the password changed. I am trying to sort it out at the moment.
Thank you to everybody who telephoned me arising from the message. Many apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Mark Tottenham

Sunday, November 6, 2011

"ENCOURAGECHANGE"paddoconnell8@gmail.com: False Consciousness About Law's Legitimacy

http://encouragechange.blogspot.com/2009/08/false-consciousness-about-laws.html: "A capitalist economic system is justified by the insistence that human beings are inherently selfish, competitive, and accumulative and that people who fall behind have only themselves to blame; people learn to expect the worst from others and from themselves"?

Bennett -v- Egan & Ors

Bennett -v- Egan & Ors: “No matter that the judge was under some gross error or ignorance or was actuated by envy, hatred and malice, and all uncharitableness, he is not liable to an action. The remedy of the party aggrieved is to appeal to a court of appeal or to apply for habeas corpus, or a writ of error or certiorari, or to take such step to reverse his ruling. Of course if the judge has accepted bribes or been in the least degree corrupt, or has perverted the course of justice, he can be punished in the criminal courts. That apart, however, a judge is not liable to an action for damages. The reason is not because the judge has any privilege to make mistakes or to do wrong. It is so that he should be able to do his duty with complete independence and free from fear.”?

At G20 Summit, Civil Society Demands "People First, Not Finances" | Truthout

At G20 Summit, Civil Society Demands "People First, Not Finances" Truthout: Peter Bosshard, policy director of International Rivers, told IPS, "Civil society groups want to have access to G20 meetings so we can ensure that social justice, environmental protection and the fight against climate change remain part of the official agenda and that the deals agreed upon at these exclusive meetings don't just benefit the richest one percent."?

With People in the Streets, 1 Percent Congress Continues to Push Austerity | Truthout

With People in the Streets, 1 Percent Congress Continues to Push Austerity Truthout: This situation of crony government protecting the connected rich while people are in the streets demanding change is more and more reminiscent of Egypt under Mubarak.?

Justice Minister Alan Shatter blames AGs' 'grenade' for poll loss - National News - Independent.ie

Justice Minister Alan Shatter blames AGs' 'grenade' for poll loss - National News - Independent.ie: "And it might have been helpful if some of those who signed the declaration of the eight attorneys perhaps made some "declaration of interest."?

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cardinal Sean Brady | Colm O'Gorman

Cardinal Sean Brady Colm O'Gorman: Readers might recall Cardinal Sean Brady being the subject of widespread anger when it was revealed that he swore two child victims of the serial abuser Fr Brendan Smith to secrecy when he played a role in a church investigation into allegations made by the children against Smith.?

Catholic bishops' publisher accused of porn says its only erotica

Catholic bishops' publisher accused of porn says its only erotica: The New American reports lay Catholics in Germany have been aware of the episcopacy's ownership of the publishing company for decades and have tried unsuccessfully to stop the bishops, but when the Catholic laity tried to intervene, the bishops ignored them. Catholic activist Gabriele Kuby, according to The New American, sent a 70-page file to German bishops detailing the facts of their ownership of WELTBILD and the problems involved:?
With Liberty and Justice for Some: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful?
Greenwald is a constitutional lawyer who has become perhaps the most vigilant watchdog columnist on behalf of civil liberties and our rights under the Constitution. Beholden to neither party, his defining standards are the law, honesty, and universal principles of justice. In this book, Greenwald offers another informed, scathing indictment of an American legal system that prosecutes the powerless while providing immunity to the ruling elite.?

Too Big to Jail | Truthout

Too Big to Jail Truthout: So why has Robert Rubin, the onetime treasury secretary who went on to become Citigroup chairman during the time of the corporation’s financial shenanigans, never been held accountable for this and other deep damage done to the U.S. economy on his watch?

Friday, November 4, 2011

Bill Moyers: "Our Politicians Are Money Launderers in the Trafficking of Power and Policy" | Truthout

Bill Moyers: "Our Politicians Are Money Launderers in the Trafficking of Power and Policy" Truthout: “News is what people want to keep hidden; everything else is publicity.”?

Former solicitor charged with theft and fraud offences to value of €1m - The Irish Times - Fri, Nov 04, 2011

Former solicitor charged with theft and fraud offences to value of €1m - The Irish Times - Fri, Nov 04, 2011: Mary Miley (54), Duncairn Avenue, Bray, Co Wicklow, was arrested yesterday morning by detectives from the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Watchdog’s Wasted Efforts « Shane Ross

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Watchdog’s Wasted Efforts « Shane Ross: "Plenty of vultures are enjoying the feast served up by the rotting economy. The Department of Finance — or other equally generous organs of the State — have paid more than €11m to solicitors Arthur Cox, over €6m to accountants PwC and over €7m to investment bankers Merrill Lynch, supposedly to plot a route out of our banking catastrophe."?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Lies in a Mirror: An Essay on Evil and Deceit by Peter Charleton

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Lies in a Mirror: An Essay on Evil and Deceit by Peter Charleton: "'Call this condition ‘deceit’ - a condition when taken to its ultimate results in the destruction of the ‘victim’.'?THE VICTIM BEEN THE CITIZENS OF IRELAND AND THEIR IRISH SOVEREIGNTY?"

Nicolas Sarkozy: Will Emperor of Excess bankrupt France? | Mail Online

Nicolas Sarkozy: Will Emperor of Excess bankrupt France? Mail Online: To Sarkozy’s fury, the scale of the waste has been laid bare by a woman called "Aurélie Boullet", an articulate, well-educated 30-year-old civil servant, who produced a workplace diary called, sarcastically, Absolument Dé-bor-dée (Absolutely Snowed Under), which promptly earned her the sack.?THIS LADY IS MY IDOL?

Thursday, November 3, 2011

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Anglo, INBS restructuring threatened as “cute hoor” economics meets Wall Street savvy « NAMA Wine Lake

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Anglo, INBS restructuring threatened as “cute hoor” economics meets Wall Street savvy « NAMA Wine Lake: "The complaint appears not yet to be online in the US courts system (and it is hoped that more detail can be attached here later today) but it seems that this action has the potential to stall, if not scupper, the government’s plans for the wind-down of Anglo. UPDATE (1): 15th February, 2011 According to Bloomberg (and credit to Gerard Sheehy for pointing it out), the case is Fir Tree Capital Opportunity Master Fund LP v. Anglo Irish Bank Corp., 11-CV-0955, Southern District of New York Manhattan and we hope to have the application details later today. UPDATE (2): 15th February, 2011."?POLITICAL PROMISES?

Latest EU Summit Leaders deal will not prevent a further deepening of the crisis | Joe Higgins.ie

Latest EU Summit Leaders deal will not prevent a further deepening of the crisis Joe Higgins.ie: It is said that the German Government was looking for a mandatory 60% write down by European banks on the money lent by them to Greece. The banks vehemently resisted and in the end they got substantially less burden to bear. The 50% write down that has been announced after the Summit is in fact ‘voluntary’ and there is already much speculation that many of the banks involved will not accept this.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Hypothermia death: Calls to switch on heat ‘ignored’ | Irish Examiner

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Hypothermia death: Calls to switch on heat ‘ignored’ Irish Examiner: "It will be interesting to see what kind of change they propose to bring about in relation to the questions put to the political leaders by the irish daily mail on my behalf about Rachael's case.Our new leader Enda Kenny said'I was shocked at what happened and will be raising it with members of the council.It is not acceptable that a young mother can die in that way this year.Eamon Gilmore said the case of Rachel Peavoy was truly shocking ,labour has been campaigning for years for a proper fuel poverty strategy.Gerry Adams said it is an absolute outrage that a woman found dead in ballymun last year died of hypothermia because she had no heating.There are many people and communities who have already been so badly served by the political elite."?I WAS AT A PEACEFUL PROTEST TODAY "JUSTICE FOR RACHEL PEAVOY"OUTSIDE DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL OFFICE IN BALLYMUN,AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW WHAT ENDA KENNY HAS DONE SINCE HE TOLD THE IRISH DAILY MAIL HE WOULD BE RAISING THE ISSUE WITH MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL?

Public Inquiry · Enda’s judge

Public Inquiry · Enda’s judge: I see the Taoiseach’s friend, Patrick Durcan, has been appointed a District Court judge.
Here’s what Durcan had to say last February after Enda Kenny’s election victory.
It is a great day for Ireland, as Ireland is now led by a Taoiseach who is incorruptible, honest and who has a vision for the country.
And in case any of you cynical people out there think that Enda the incorruptible had any influence on this appointment.
Mr Kenny’s spokesman dismissed any suggestion the Taoiseach would have influenced the decision.
So there – it’s all transparent and above board.?

Appointing Judges - Journalist.ie

Appointing Judges - Journalist.ie: From Newspaper Man: In the last month the Fine Gael/Labour government has appointed its first five judges; two to the High Court, three to the District Court.All five had strong links with either Fine Gael or Labour.Despite Alan Shatter, the Minister for Justice, previously attacking Fianna Fail for appointing its supporters to the bench the government seems happy to carry on in similar fashion. (See this Dail
This post first appeared on Mark Tighe\\\’s blog?

Senators Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United | Truthout

Senators Introduce Constitutional Amendment to Overturn Citizens United Truthout: One of the overarching themes of the 99 Percent Movement is that our democracy is too corrupted by corporate special interests. This corruption was worsened last year by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allowed for huge new unregulated flows of corporate political spending.?

Why The Haves Have So Much : NPR

Why The Haves Have So Much : NPR: Economist Jared Bernstein, who used to staff the Middle Class Task Force at the White House, argues the Republican budget drafted by Ryan would worsen inequality, because it would cut government programs that benefit the poor and middle class, while cutting taxes for the wealthy.
"I think it was Warren Buffett who said, 'If there's class warfare out there, my class is winning,'" Bernstein says. "It's not that you want your tax system to totally offset the inequality in market outcomes. I don't. But you certainly don't want them to make it worse. And plans like those of Paul Ryan do. And that to me sounds a lot like class warfare."?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: July 2010

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: July 2010: 'SOCIAL ENGINEERING?"

International Bankers and War [Archive] - David Icke's Official Forums

International Bankers and War [Archive] - David Icke's Official Forums: “Give me control of a nations money and I care not who writes its laws”
-Amschel Bauer (Rothschild)?

DEFAULT OPTION IS BACK ON THE TABLE IN GREECE - Max Keiser

DEFAULT OPTION IS BACK ON THE TABLE IN GREECE - Max Keiser: At the same time Vatican spokesman, Apostolic Delegate Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli (later Pope John XXIII) after personal surveys, found that deaths in the cities of Athens and Piraeus had tripled due to the famine during the winter of 1941-42 (300,000 deaths). Even Goebbels noted in his diary, “…. starvation (in Greece) has become an endemic disease. On the streets of Athens, people are dying by thousands from starvation “.?

Greece debt crisis: Greeks believe Germans owe them £60bn | Mail Online

Greece debt crisis: Greeks believe Germans owe them £60bn Mail Online: Festering anger, Nazi war crimes and the £60bn the Greeks believe the Germans owe them?

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Call for new laws to protect whistleblowers | Irish Examiner

Call for new laws to protect whistleblowers Irish Examiner: "We must not see human rights as legalistic concepts but a very practical way of ensuring that everyone is treated with dignity and respect," said Ms Leahy.?

"ENCOURAGECHANGE"paddoconnell8@gmail.com: July 2009

http://encouragechange.blogspot.com/2009_07_01_archive.html: .SOCIAL CLASS
APARTHEID IS ALIVE AND KICKING.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Gardaí want job restrictions lifted - The Irish Times - Mon, Apr 26, 2010

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Gardaí want job restrictions lifted - The Irish Times - Mon, Apr 26, 2010: "Rank and file gardaí want the Minister for Justice Dermot Ahern to relax rules that ban them from taking part time paid work outside their duties"HOW LONG HAS THIS ALLEGED "BAN"BEEN IN FORCE?(CLOCK PUBLIC HOUSE THOMAS STREET)?WHO'S WATCHING THE WATCHERS?

Ministers » agenda.ie

Ministers » agenda.ie: Receiving many emails today on Student Fees, Bondholder Payments & Irish Aid 2015 Commitment. I read them all & take them very seriously.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Healy-Rae 'not behind' calls - The Irish Times - Tue, Jun 28, 2011

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Healy-Rae 'not behind' calls - The Irish Times - Tue, Jun 28, 2011: BRENDAN HOWLIN IS LOOKING FOR IDEAS TO SAVE MONEY?"SO HOW MANY CALLS WERE REALLY MADE FROM OUR HOUSES OF PARLIAMENT,3,000,30,000?

Top Stories | FAIR

Top Stories FAIR: Protecting Whistleblowers Who Protect The Public Interest
FAIR (Federal Accountability Initiative for Reform) promotes integrity and accountability within government by empowering employees to speak out without fear of reprisal when they encounter wrongdoing. Our aim is to support legislation and management practices that will provide effective protection for whistleblowers and hence occupational free speech in the workplace.?

Governments must address corporate corruption, says report | FAIR

Governments must address corporate corruption, says report FAIR: "We need to put corporate transparency back on the national and international agenda," says Emile van der Does de Willebois, a World Bank financial expert, leader of the Star research team behind the report on the corrupt use of legal structures. "It is important for governments to increase the transparency of their legal entities and arrangements, and at the same time improve the capacity of law enforcement."?

Public Accounts Committees Shouldn’t Go In-Camera. It’s Not Right. | FAIR

Public Accounts Committees Shouldn’t Go In-Camera. It’s Not Right. FAIR: That is certainly the case in other prominent legislatures. In the U.K., government and opposition members often collaborate in questioning accounting officers appearing before the Public Accounts Committee; in the Quebec National Assembly, federalists and separatists put aside their varying political viewpoints and work almost entirely by consensus.?

Government Guts Its Own Anti-Corruption Law | FAIR

Government Guts Its Own Anti-Corruption Law FAIR: The government has recently taken steps to ensure that the only wrongdoer ever exposed by its five-year old whistleblower law will never be punished. By doing so it has in effect gutted its own anti-corruption legislation, the whistleblower protection that was the centrepiece of its vaunted Federal Accountability Act.?

Public Inquiry · Exactly what you would expect in your typical banana republic

Public Inquiry · Exactly what you would expect in your typical banana republic: The Committee, which has no power whatsoever to make anybody accountable, will ask stupid, pointless questions.
The civil servants will respond with stupid, pointless answers before everybody heads off for lunch – at the taxpayer’s expense.?

Justice Breyer Reviews History, Skirts Clarence Thomas Corruption | War Is A Crime .org

Justice Breyer Reviews History, Skirts Clarence Thomas Corruption War Is A Crime .org: The lecture did not address the revelations by Common Cause and others this year of false statements by Thomas in his sworn annual disclosure statements to hide an estimated $1.6 million in reportable income and gifts for him and his wife, Virginia. Forty-six House Democrats have called for a House impeachment probe?THE ELITE'S"INAPPROPRIATE"BEHAVIOUR?IF YOUR WORKING-CLASS IT'S CALLED"CRIMINAL"BEHAVIOUR?

Occupy the Future | Truthout

Occupy the Future Truthout: Now there's a sense of hopelessness, sometimes despair. This is quite new in our history?

Department of Environment fixed assets registry – The Story

Department of Environment fixed assets registry – The Story: Of note was the €29,766.00 and €14,915.79 spent on carpet for Minister Gormley’s corridor at Custom House Quay, though as an old building it probably would have required expensive carpet.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: SSRN-On Reconciling Irreconcilables: Neo-Liberal Globalisation and Human Rights by Paul O'Connell

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: SSRN-On Reconciling Irreconcilables: Neo-Liberal Globalisation and Human Rights by Paul O'Connell: "My argument is that advocates for human rights, be they grassroots campaigners, academics or members of the global human rights officialdom, must take a strong stance against prevailing orthodoxies in order to genuinely advance and entrench a culture of human rights protection."THE REASONS PROJECT?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: SSRN-Globalization and Inequality by Melinda Mills

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: SSRN-Globalization and Inequality by Melinda Mills: "Globalization is increasingly linked to inequality"SO IS CORRUPTION?

‘Maple 10’ developer confident of Nama loan deal | The Post

‘Maple 10’ developer confident of Nama loan deal The Post: Anglo assembled the golden circle in 2008, when it was seeking a way to unwind the stake built up in the bank by businessman Sean Quinn. It loaned €451 million to ten long-standing clients of the bank, who each bought a 1 per cent stake?

O'Hara & Anor -v- ACC Bank PLC

O'Hara & Anor -v- ACC Bank PLC: Thus, the solicitors claim that there was an express or implied representation that he would not lose any money.?BOND HOLDERS?

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Post to LiveJournal bookmarklet

Post to LiveJournal bookmarklet

Donnellan -v- MJELR & Ors

Donnellan -v- MJELR & Ors: In June 1981, he was promoted to Detective Sergeant assigned to the Bridewell Garda Station.
(d) In April 1990, he was promoted to Inspector and appointed as Detective Inspector to Donnybrook Garda Station.?

Monday, October 31, 2011

Nancy Altman: Message to the 99%: Help Stop the 1% From Using the Super Committee to Rob the American People

Nancy Altman: Message to the 99%: Help Stop the 1% From Using the Super Committee to Rob the American People: In order to spare defense contractors, the pharmaceutical industry, and other fat cats, while appeasing the credit agencies, whose AAA ratings to crony-clients helped crash the economy, the Supercommittee has proposed slashing benefits for current and future beneficiaries of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, notwithstanding that the current deficit has nothing to do with these programs.?

Volunteer Attorneys Steer Occupy Protesters Through the Legal System | Truthout

Volunteer Attorneys Steer Occupy Protesters Through the Legal System Truthout: Some of the volunteer lawyers draft and file motions or simply monitor the protests as legal observers. Some advise the activists on how to negotiate with city leaders. Others show up in court — usually on short notice — to represent jailed protesters at their initial court appearances.?NEW BEGINNINGS?

Michael Moore: "There’s No Turning Back!" | Truthout

Michael Moore: "There’s No Turning Back!" Truthout: “It benefits, it benefits those in charge to have an ignorant population. To have a population with 40 million people in it that cannot read and write above a fourth-grade level.?

Dunphy, the Irish broadcaster who cannot stay out of the headlines | Media | guardian.co.uk

Dunphy, the Irish broadcaster who cannot stay out of the headlines Media guardian.co.uk: He doesn't court controversy. He is married to it. "He says what he thinks" and then, lest anyone didn't catch it the first time, repeats it - louder still?

Corruption

Corruption: Greed, corruption, gluttony, lust and pride have become national pastimes.?

Shocker. Obama’s Top Political Advisor Directly Linked to Occupy Wall Street Protests | The Gateway Pundit

Shocker. Obama’s Top Political Advisor Directly Linked to Occupy Wall Street Protests The Gateway Pundit: The Working Families Party (WFP) (www.workingfamiliesparty.org) is New York’s most energetic, independent and progressive political party. Formed in 1998 by a grassroots coalition of community organizations, neighborhood activists, and labor unions, we came together to build a society that works for all of us, not just Wall Street CEOs and the well-connected. WFP is independent from corporate and government funding and in-addition we are community based; community funded and equally uninfluenced by both major parties. Our agenda focuses on economic and social justice, corporate accountability, job creation, environmental protection, and investment in education and healthcare.?

New President Calls for End of Materialism and Selfishness? - Technorati Politics

New President Calls for End of Materialism and Selfishness? - Technorati Politics: Told the Irish people in essence that they need to forgive the wrongdoers.?

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Canty v Ireland & ors

Canty v Ireland & ors: It seems to me that the Oireachtas is entitled under Article 34.4.3º of the Constitution to adopt a policy with regard to finality in landlord and tenant matters as between contracting parties. I am of the view that this was the intention behind the establishment of the 2004 Act, and certainly the inclusion of subs. (4) in s. 123. I do not read that restriction as exceeding what is authorised by Article 34.4.3º of the Constitution. There is in my view no ambiguity in the language of the subsection: the only meaning of it is that which I have endeavoured to describe. Consequently I cannot accept Mr. Canty's submission that he has made out an arguable case for the interpretation as suggested by him and secondly, given the statutory framework against which the restriction must be judged, it cannot in my opinion be said to be incompatible with the provisions of Article 34.4.3º of the Constitution."?

Lynch -v- Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform & Whelan -v- same

Lynch -v- Minister for Justice Equality and Law Reform & Whelan -v- same: It is inconceivable to my mind that a Constitution which is broadly based on the doctrine of the separation of powers — and in this the Constitution of Saorstát Éireann and the Constitution of Ireland are at one — could have intended to place in the hands of the executive the power to select the punishment to be undergone by citizens. It would not be too strong to characterise such a system of government as one of arbitrary power. …… In my opinion the selection of punishment is an integral part of the administration of justice and, as such, cannot be committed to the hands of the executive as Parliament purported to do in s. 186 of the Customs Consolidation Act, 1876.”?

Statutory Drafting and Interpretation: Plain Language and the Law

Statutory Drafting and Interpretation: Plain Language and the Law: The Commission also works on matters which are referred to it on occasion by the Office of the Attorney General under the terms of the Act.?

Paddy Confronts Banker Cabal « Shane Ross

Paddy Confronts Banker Cabal « Shane Ross: Yes, buried at the bottom of Appendix 3′s list of authors of the report are the names of two bankers. Above them, three central bankers and 16 civil servants are listed. The group was chaired by Declan Keane, seconded from elite accountants KPMG — which happens to be auditor to AIB.?

Coalition moves to ease rift with commission after Howlin rebuke | The Irish Times

Coalition moves to ease rift with commission after Howlin rebuke The Irish Times: The other members of the Commission are: Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly; Comptroller and Auditor General John Buckley; Clerk of the Dáil Kieran Coughlan; and Clerk of the Seanad Deirdre Lane.?

Irish Deaf.com » Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 17.10.11

Irish Deaf.com » Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 17.10.11: In a press release this week, DeafHear a national organisation working with
Deaf and hard of hearing people objected strongly to a decision by the
Referendum Commission not to have any sign language presentation in its
Referendum television campaign?

Referendum 2011

Referendum 2011 Ireland

Referendum 2011 Ireland: The Constitution is important. It defines the characteristics of the State, gives validity to our government and legal system and sets out the standards which all State activity must meet. It belongs to the Irish people, not to the political or legal system. It was enacted by a referendum of the Irish people and can only be changed through a referendum of the Irish people?

Howlin's criticism of commission head 'a disgrace' - The Irish Times - Mon, Oct 31, 2011

Howlin's criticism of commission head 'a disgrace' - The Irish Times - Mon, Oct 31, 2011: He quoted Dr McMahon as saying it was not possible to state definitively what role, “if any”, the courts would have in reviewing procedures adopted by Oireachtas inquiries. “The chairman of the Referendum Commission used, as far as I was concerned, the two words which caused confusion,” the Minister said.?

Open Letter on Referendum Commission Failure - Indymedia Ireland

Open Letter on Referendum Commission Failure - Indymedia Ireland: The intervention of the European Commission, which is unlawful under European law, as the Commission has no function in relation to the ratification of new Treaties, something that is exclusively a matter for the Member States under their own constitutional procedures;?

Howlin criticises Referendum Commission | Irish Examiner

Howlin criticises Referendum Commission Irish Examiner: In a statement this evening the Commission said it regretted that Mr Howlin "personalised" the issue by criticising Chairman Bryan McMahon over the Commission’s explanation of the proposed referendum to voters?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Daingean

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Daingean: "The published report contained no reference to the practice. Peter Berry, secretary of the Department of Justice, deemed that such disclosure would have caused 'a grave public scandal'."MORE CONCERNED ABOUT A SCANDAL(PUBLIC IMAGE)THAN WHAT WAS GOING ON?

Brutal slaying of a garda and the sinister Haughey gun plot - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie

Brutal slaying of a garda and the sinister Haughey gun plot - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie: A document written by Peter Berry, the Secretary of the Department of Justice at the time, noted he had received reliable information that Jock Haughey, Charles Haughey's brother, had travelled to London with Martin Casey, in November 1969, for the purpose of buying the arms from the Parker-Hale armoury.?

Referendum result rules out bank inquiry - RTÉ News

Referendum result rules out bank inquiry - RTÉ News: The Tanáiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs has said the Oireachtas cannot hold a major banking inquiry after the rejection of the 30th Amendment to the Constitution.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Lies in a Mirror: An Essay on Evil and Deceit by Peter Charleton

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Lies in a Mirror: An Essay on Evil and Deceit by Peter Charleton: "Call this condition ‘deceit’ - a condition when taken to its ultimate results in the destruction of the ‘victim’."?THE VICTIM BEEN THE CITIZENS OF IRELAND AND THEIR IRISH SOVEREIGNTY?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Fr Brian D’Arcy and his Critics: How Should Christians Talk about each Other? | Gladys Ganiel

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Fr Brian D’Arcy and his Critics: How Should Christians Talk about each Other? Gladys Ganiel: Blogs provide a venue for the release of compressed anger and, yes, it can get quite ugly."?JUST LIKE THE RECENT PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION 2011?

30 October 2011

SOCIAL CHANGE?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Irish Presidential Election 2011 - Page 5 - SkyscraperCity

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Irish Presidential Election 2011 - Page 5 - SkyscraperCity: Its great that everyone can give an opinion about"DEMOCRACY"ie those who want to run in the presidential election David Norris,Michael D Higgins,i once approached both of these people through correspondence about a serious matter concerning my family unit,in the case of Michael D i got an acknowledgment(and never heard from him since)in the case of Mr.Norris i hand delivered my correspondence to his north great georges st home,never heard from him either.?So it struck me as odd that the help i needed and what public representatives are supposed to help you with or investigate on your behalf, was given to Cathal O'Searcaigh after meeting him "Briefly"on wicklow st?

Michael D's bleak youth recalled in new writings - National News - Independent.ie

Michael D's bleak youth recalled in new writings - National News - Independent.ie: Abandoned by those "who had stolen the dream of a free and independent Ireland".?

Michael D Higgins Visits Dublin North East » Michael D Higgins » The Labour Party

Michael D Higgins Visits Dublin North East » Michael D Higgins » The Labour Party: "At the same time, the ideals of a real republic of equals can be seen in action at the Northside Community Law Centre. Founded in 1975 as the first such resource in the Republic, the Centre is part of the State Legal Aid Scheme, and provides free advice and support to the people of Dublin North East. This in itself is a practical force for social justice, reform and the reassertion of the values of a true republic".?

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Thirty Years of Unleashed Greed | Truthout

Thirty Years of Unleashed Greed Truthout: It Is Class Warfare.?

Then They Fight You | Truthout

Then They Fight You Truthout: This was no dystopian fantasy, however; these were members of the Oakland police department charging into a group of protesters behind a wall of tear gas, flash-bang bombs, rubber bullets and bean-bag projectiles. The police bull-rushed these unarmed protesters with the intention to do violence, and violence is exactly what they did.?THE PAYMASTERS PULL THE STRINGS?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Info: Murder of Marlhill, New Inn (c.1940) - boards.ie#post62738571#post62738571

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Info: Murder of Marlhill, New Inn (c.1940) - boards.ie#post62738571#post62738571: "All people directly involved with the murder are now deceased but the name of Harry Gleeson has not yet been cleared despite efforts to secure a posthumous pardon from the State by Noel Davern TD in 1995. The case has fascinated many, including barrister for Harry Gleeson, the late Sean McBride who believed in the innocence of Gleeson until his death."?I SUPPOSE IN THIS WORLD IF YOU WANT AN EASY LIFE(THAT INCLUDES YOUR FAMILY AND EXTENDED FAMILY)YOU HAVE TO LICK ARSE,OR AS TERRY MC GEEHAN PUT IT, ABOUT MICHAEL NOONAN,"THE USUAL ,OLD FAWNING ATTITUDE,EASY AS SHE GOES,SOFTLY SOFTLY,DONT ROCK THE BOAT.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Suspect had ties to Buxbaum case | Bandidos trial | News | London Free Press

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Suspect had ties to Buxbaum case Bandidos trial News London Free Press: "Terry Kline, charged in Monday's dramatic police standoff, spent four months in jail in 1984, "WRONGLY ACCUSED? of murder in the sensational killing"?

Arnolds Crimes

Arnolds Crimes: New information released by Barbara Stoppel's family tells an even stranger story as to what happened to the DNA evidence from the crime scene. It was taken home and apparently destroyed by a high ranking Winnipeg Police member. An Internal Affairs member tried to obtain a search warrant for the police officer's home but was denied by his superiors. The cop was never charged!?

Finucane family call for public inquiry | Mail Online

Finucane family call for public inquiry Mail Online: Mr Barrett also said: "Finucane would have been alive today if the peelers hadn't interfered." Mr Finucane's widow Geraldine called for an immediate inquiry.?

Pat Finucane Inquiry Campaign

Pat Finucane Inquiry Campaign: Amnesty International said the decision reneged on past promises that the government would establish a public inquiry to investigate the killing of Patrick Finucane. The organization urged the government to honour its commitment to hold a public inquiry and set about its establishment without delay.?SO MUCH FOR POLITICAL PROMISES?

US embassy cables: British 'security-legal establishments' resisting collusion inquiry – US | Politics | guardian.co.uk

US embassy cables: British 'security-legal establishments' resisting collusion inquiry – US Politics guardian.co.uk: Ahern added that the results of a Finucane inquiry report tomorrow would not surprise anyone and "Tony (Blair) knows what he has to do." (Comment: Presumably, that the PM will have to overrule elements of the security-legal establishments to see that some form of public inquiry is held.?

The Press Association: Higgins vows to change Irish values

The Press Association: Higgins vows to change Irish values: Mr Higgins said his seven year term as head of state will be defined by efforts to turn inclusion into reality/

Metro Eireann

Metro Eireann: The court’s ruling ordered that the couple – who successfully represented themselves, despite language barriers – be paid their legal costs and expenses incurred in both the High Court and Supreme Court by Flynn’s widow and the executors of his estate?

Inside the world of business - The Irish Times - Thu, Oct 13, 2011

Inside the world of business - The Irish Times - Thu, Oct 13, 2011: This week property developer John Byrne (89), builder of O’Connell Bridge House in Dublin among other structures, won his Supreme Court appeal against the 2002 findings of the Ansbacher inspectors in relation to two Cayman trusts associated with the deposits and which own his Dublin businesses?

newstube.tv - Lonewolf Skeeter Angry With Obama

newstube.tv - Lonewolf Skeeter Angry With Obama: Lonewolf Skeeter says she voted for Obama and he broke all his promises. Despite having three Master's Degrees she can't get full time work. She is angry that jobs are being lost instead of being created. She wants everyone to send all their bills to the White House in protest of the state of the economy.?SOUNDS A BIT IRISH TO ME?

Friday, October 28, 2011

ONLINE - International News Network

ONLINE - International News Network: The members of Bar appreciated his Lordship’s struggles and efforts for taking up Suo motto action to recover plundered national wealth from the corrupt?

Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - Judiciary forced to act when other institutions don’t: CJP

Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - Judiciary forced to act when other institutions don’t: CJP: Chaudhry said that state institutions and public functionaries had failed to carry out their constitutional duties, forcing the judiciary to swing into action to discharge its duties. “The key to each and every problem is available within the four corners of the constitution?

Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - ‘Heavy responsibility on judiciary to dispense justice’

Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan - ‘Heavy responsibility on judiciary to dispense justice’: He stated that the apex court through its order on the same day turned a new leaf in the constitutional history of this country, thus paving way for democratic order and constitutional dispensation in the country. The nation backed the judiciary, he said, adding, the lawyers, civil society, media, students, laborers and people from all walks of life were on the streets in support of the judiciary for the implementation of its November 3 order.?

I beg to differ with you, my Lord! | Business Recorder

I beg to differ with you, my Lord! Business Recorder: The Chief Justice then inquired from Attorney General and Qureshi, "why a single accused was separated from others who continue to languish in jail"?

Amendment to irrigation laws on the cards

Amendment to irrigation laws on the cards: A two-member bench of the apex court comprising Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain heard a case pertaining to the unauthorised diversion of floodwater and building of breaches in embankments of barrages and canals by influential people to save their lands during recent floods?

BBC News - Croatia postpones corruption trial of ex-PM Ivo Sanader

BBC News - Croatia postpones corruption trial of ex-PM Ivo Sanader: Other anti-corruption investigations Mr Sanader faces include one involving the Hungarian oil firm MOL. He denies wrongdoing?

Peru VP Quits Corruption Committee Amid Graft Probe - Businessweek

Peru VP Quits Corruption Committee Amid Graft Probe - Businessweek: The Attorney General’s office is investigating allegations that Chehade, one of President Ollanta Humala’s two vice presidents, sought to use his influence to help an agricultural company gain control of a sugar plantation. Chehade is also alleged to have tried to persuade the previous government to award a contract to a construction company while he was vice- president elect. He’s denied both allegations?

SC terms FM’s arguments as charge sheet against govt | Top Stories | South Asian News Agency

SC terms FM’s arguments as charge sheet against govt Top Stories South Asian News Agency: Apex court appreciating Faisal Saleh Hayat maintained that for the first time in the history of the country a sitting minister is pointing out the corruption of its government.?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission – Paint Job | Tir Na Saor - Land of the Free

The Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission – Paint Job Tir Na Saor - Land of the Free: I won’t be going into the function of the DPP in all of this. But I must say that I’m tempted to!?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: "'I SUPPOSE IN THIS WORLD IF YOU WANT AN EASY LIFE(THAT INCLUDES YOUR FAMILY AND EXTENDED FAMILY)YOU HAVE TO LICK ARSE,OR AS TERRY MC GEEHAN PUT IT, ABOUT MICHAEL NOONAN,'THE USUAL ,OLD FAWNING ATTITUDE,EASY AS SHE GOES,SOFTLY SOFTLY,"DONT ROCK THE BOAT".ETC ETC.?AT THE EXPENSE OF COURSE OF OTHER HUMAN BEINGS?'

Public Inquiry · Daly’s pragmatism still screwing the taxpayer?

Public Inquiry · Daly’s pragmatism still screwing the taxpayer?: His arrogant, condescending voice raises my hackles not just because he’s the ultimate example of insincerity but also because, for me, he represents all that is rotten about the powers that have destroyed this country?

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Concern cited by judiciary does not stand up to scrutiny - The Irish Times - Mon, Oct 24, 2011

Concern cited by judiciary does not stand up to scrutiny - The Irish Times - Mon, Oct 24, 2011: Judges are normally loath to intervene in questions they perceive as “political”, which made it so unfortunate that the lone amendment on which they officially commented was that which directly affected their personal interests. Yet this extraordinary intervention provoked hardly any reproach in legal and academic circles.?

Obama's answer to globalization: Demagoguery - CBS News

Obama's answer to globalization: Demagoguery - CBS News: That was then, and this is now. For one thing, Obama's attack on "fat cat bankers" who, he says, brought on our current troubles, but "escaped unscathed" after taxpayer bailouts, is falling on the sympathetic ears of the unemployed and underemployed, families who have been converted to renters from homeowners after being dispossessed by those bankers, and parents worried that even their college-graduated children will slide down the living standard scale?

Glenn Greenwald: Why Is the Elite Class Protected Under America's Justice System? | Truthout

Glenn Greenwald: Why Is the Elite Class Protected Under America's Justice System? Truthout: How the Law Is Used to Destroy Equality and Protect the Powerful,"?

Eurozone Crisis: Fist Fight In Italian Parliament As ‘Dysfunctional' Government Threatens Euro Plans

Eurozone Crisis: Fist Fight In Italian Parliament As ‘Dysfunctional' Government Threatens Euro Plans: It was two Northern League lawmakers who were involved in the scuffle in parliament?

First woman to take up post of DPP - The Irish Times - Wed, Oct 26, 2011

First woman to take up post of DPP - The Irish Times - Wed, Oct 26, 2011: The DPP is charged with enforcing the criminal law in the courts on behalf of the people of Ireland, and directing public prosecutions on indictment. He or she gives general direction and advice to the Garda in relation to summary cases (in the District Courts) and specific direction in such cases where requested.?

Claire Loftus

Claire Loftus: Claire Loftus, Head of Directing Division, received a BA from University College Dublin in 1987. She qualified as a Solicitor in Ireland in 1992, and joined the Chief State Solicitor's Office as a prosecutor in 1993. There she prosecuted a range of offences in Dublin with particular interest in fraud and extradition matters. In 1996 / 1997 she acted as Solicitor to the Tribunal of Inquiry into the Irish Blood Bank following the contamination of blood and blood products with Hepatitis C.?

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: SSRN-The Death of Socio-Economic Rights by Paul O'Connell

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: SSRN-The Death of Socio-Economic Rights by Paul O'Connell: "Neo-Liberal Globalisation"?TO QUOTE ALAN DUKES ON"RECKLESS" BANKERS.THERE ISN'T ANY WAY IN 2011 WE CAN JAIL PEOPLE FOR HAVING COMMITTED A CRIME THAT WE DEFINE IN 2011.BUT THAT THEY"ALLEGEDLY"COMMITTED IN 2006/7.RETROSPECTIVE LEGISLATION OF THAT KIND DOESEN'T WORK.AND IM AFRAID THAT TO A CERTAIN EXTENT ,BEING AN INPRUDENT BANKER OR INCOMPETENT CIVIL SERVANT ARE NOT CRIMES.UNQUOTE?NOW WE KNOW WHY THE PRISONS AND STATE INSTITUTIONS ARE FULL WITH THOSE FROM A WORKING-CLASS BACKGROUND?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: SSRN-The Death of Socio-Economic Rights by Paul O'Connell

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: SSRN-The Death of Socio-Economic Rights by Paul O'Connell: The various national courts, although dealing with idiosyncratic domestic constitutional provisions, have nonetheless articulated analogous conceptions of fundamental rights; which are atomistic, “market friendly” and more broadly congruent with the narrow neo-liberal conception of rights, and consequently antithetical to the protection of socio-economic rights"?THE REASONS PROJECT?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: About Us - Trinity Access Programmes : Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: About Us - Trinity Access Programmes : Trinity College Dublin, The University of Dublin, Ireland: "If you’re from a socio-economic group, ethnic minority or Traveller community where few people have the opportunity to go to college, we "may" be able to help."?I KNOW THAT TAP HAS LOST ABOUT 60% OF ITS FUNDING,BUT I WILL BE A HAPPY CAMPER WHEN"MAY"BECOMES WILL?

SBI investigating possible corruption in Oak Island | StarNewsOnline.com

SBI investigating possible corruption in Oak Island StarNewsOnline.com: It's also the third SBI investigation of local government figures in the area that surfaced this election season. The agency has also been asked to look into corruption allegations about Leland's police department and three town officials in Carolina Beach.?

Damage from corruption must be repaired - Shatter - The Irish Times - Wed, Oct 26, 2011

Damage from corruption must be repaired - Shatter - The Irish Times - Wed, Oct 26, 2011: Ratification was necessary to show “our commitment to tackle corruption and clean up public life in this country”, he said. Most of the provisions reflect “existing Irish anti-corruption legislation and practice for many years”, he said. The convention would allow Ireland to “demonstrate that our anti-corruption laws and systems meet international standards”.?

Inquiry into banks crisis a priority, says Kenny - The Irish Times - Wed, Oct 26, 2011

Inquiry into banks crisis a priority, says Kenny - The Irish Times - Wed, Oct 26, 2011: “I want to find out what happened on the night in question when the decision surrounding banks was made that affects every single person in the country. And I don’t have any evidence of what went on,” he said. “There needs to be an opportunity to bring in people to explain why decisions were made . . . and their impact upon ordinary people.”?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Challenge by HSE holds up Evelyn Joel case - Latest News, Health - Independent.ie

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Challenge by HSE holds up Evelyn Joel case - Latest News, Health - Independent.ie: "WE DONT COMMENT ON INDIVIDUAL CASES?"THIS "CON"WILL ALSO HAVE TO CHANGE?

SENATOR MARK DALY HAS WRITTEN TO ATTORNEY GENERAL ASKING HIM TO INVESTIGATE NAMA FOR BREACHING THE LAW

SENATOR MARK DALY HAS WRITTEN TO ATTORNEY GENERAL ASKING HIM TO INVESTIGATE NAMA FOR BREACHING THE LAW: Senator Daly warned that “there is no transparency in the current process. This lack of transparency was confirmed to me by people who were asked to participate in a scam which involved the buying back of loans from banks for less than the current market value resulting in millions of euro of loss to the tax payers.”?

Swimming against a flood of errors | Irish Examiner

Swimming against a flood of errors Irish Examiner: The mistakes that flowed have cost the state almost €17m in legal bills and adverse court decisions.THE "GAME"THAT IS PLAYED BY THOSE WHO CONTROL THE SYSTEM?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Crocodile tears from Taoiseach Brian Cowen Fina Fail and TD Alan Shatter Fine Gael in their hypocritical statements on child abuse in

CORMAC LUCEY PAGE 25 "IRISH DAILY MAIL" 22/10/2011.ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Crocodile tears from Taoiseach Brian Cowen Fina Fail and TD Alan Shatter Fine Gael in their hypocritical statements on child abuse in: "The matter should have been debated in Dáil Éireann; it should have been processed by an Irish court. It is on today's Order Paper because of the failure of successive Dublin Governments and the Dublin courts to face up to their responsibilities. The case is a political message to all those in the political establishment of the South and, as long as the gross injustice, known as the Bland case, remains unresolved, anything that the Irish authorities may say about rights, equality, justice, honour and truth should be treated with contempt. If the Bland case is a lesson in how the Dublin authorities would treat one of its own, the political significance of that should never be lost on Unionists in the House and outside."?WHAT BECAME OF THESE ALLEGATIONS?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Customer Charter

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Customer Charter: "The Chief State Solicitor's Office is a component part of the Office of the Attorney General and is the principal provider of solicitor services to the Attorney General and to all Government Departments and Offices. The Office also provides solicitor services to certain other State Agencies and to Tribunals of Inquiry, but does not act for members of the public."?

Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice - Morris Tribunal III, IV and V

Jesuit Centre for Faith and Justice - Morris Tribunal III, IV and V: I read the report through the lens of my own experience (as we all do): how do I reconcile the fact that almost all the young people I encounter report multiple allegations of harassment, physical assaults and verbal abuse by Gardaí – allegations whose general thrust I am convinced is true - yet almost all the Gardaí whom I know are ordinary, decent people doing a very difficult job, and, for the most part, doing it very well? I think that there are three pointers to an answer to this question in the recent Morris Reports?j32.

Christian Brothers make their 'deathbed confession' - News - The Independent

Christian Brothers make their 'deathbed confession' - News - The Independent: Brother Edmund Garvey, Dublin-based head of the order, publicly asked for forgiveness from ex-pupils who had been "physically abused and sometimes even sexually abused in our care".?

Victims of the Legal Profession Society

Victims of the Legal Profession Society: In Ireland the situation is such that "ordinary" people have very few rights under what is described as deValera's Constitution?

"ENCOURAGECHANGE"paddoconnell8@gmail.com: August 2009

http://encouragechange.blogspot.com/2009_08_01_archive.html: "At this point in time, our legislators have failed to recognise the need to bring about the necessary changes required to meet the needs of ordinary lay people having to deal with the legal profession,' said Mrs McDonnell.""THE DIGNITY OF THE INDIVIDUAL IN THE IRISH CONSTITUTION?AS THE LATE PROFESSOR JOHN KELLY SAID:THE ULTIMATE PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS IN A DEMOCRACY LIES WITH THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES,
IF THEY ALLOW VILLIANS INTO GOVERNMENT ,A PIECE OF PAPER WILL NOT PROTECT THEM FROM THE CONSEQUENCES,NOR MUST THEY ALLOW A FEW LEARNED MEN[and women]IN WIGS AND GOWANS TO SAVE THE FOOLS FROM THE KNAVES THEY HAVE ELECTED?UNQUOTE.THE LEGISLATORS, WHAT IS THE PRESENT NATURE OF THE COURTS "POWERS"OF CONTEMPT IN RELATION TO MEMBERS OF THE DAIL?

Seanad Eireann - 26/Jul/1967 Livestock Marts Bill, 1967: Second Stage.

Seanad Eireann - 26/Jul/1967 Livestock Marts Bill, 1967: Second Stage.: When I have finished speaking there may be some people in this House who will think that 1916 and the fight for freedom and the Constitution and the Constitutional guarantees of freedom of speech and the rights of citizens mean something. Either they mean something or they do [809] not. If 1916 means anything, people who value freedom and who value the Constitutional safeguards?

Seanad Eireann - 26/Jul/1967 Livestock Marts Bill, 1967: Second Stage.

Seanad Eireann - 26/Jul/1967 Livestock Marts Bill, 1967: Second Stage.: What is sought in the present Bill is to enable the Minister for Agriculture [822] to determine the rights of individual citizens to engage in business without any appeal to the Courts. This is a dangerous power to entrust to any Minister or Department.?

Appeal in Mr A case on Friday - RTÉ News

Appeal in Mr A case on Friday - RTÉ News: The Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny, described the Government as a headless gang of bunglers while the Labour leader Pat Rabbitte said it was disgraceful that young people were at risk and there was now a gaping hole in the law.?

Filipino woman found dead amid Dublin flooding | Irish Examiner

Filipino woman found dead amid Dublin flooding Irish Examiner: Filipino woman found dead amid Dublin flooding
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - 12:06 PM

Monday, October 24, 2011

Dáil Éireann - 10/Nov/2010 Reform of Structures of Government: Motion (Resumed)

Dáil Éireann - 10/Nov/2010 Reform of Structures of Government: Motion (Resumed): A requirement that the "Attorney General’s advice to Government be published" if it is publicly relied upon as justifying or requiring the passage, defeat or amendment of a bill or the development or amendment of a policy or programme, unless the advice is given in the course of litigation or in relation to pending or contemplated litigation;?

Dáil Éireann - 10/Nov/2010 Reform of Structures of Government: Motion (Resumed)

Dáil Éireann - 10/Nov/2010 Reform of Structures of Government: Motion (Resumed): To ensure that individuals have a far greater involvement in the decisions that shape their lives?

Dáil reforms - The Irish Times - Sat, Jul 16, 2011

Dáil reforms - The Irish Times - Sat, Jul 16, 2011: Use of guillotine motions to pass legislation will be restricted. These are not revolutionary changes, but they mark a considerable advance on what went before and are designed to increase parliament’s profile and relevance. The real test of the Government’s commitment to change will come in the autumn, along with various referendums and details of legislation designed to improve public accountability and oversight of official decision-making?

Adlai E. Jr. Stevenson: Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.

Adlai E. Jr. Stevenson: Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for.: "Public confidence in the integrity of the Government is indispensable to faith in democracy and when we lose faith in the system, we have lost faith in everything we fight and spend for."?

FOI Manual Index Part 3 - Department of Finance - Government of Ireland

FOI Manual Index Part 3 - Department of Finance - Government of Ireland: Departments abroad issue contextual statements when announcing Government decisions on significant policy issues. These statements set out the detailed pros and cons of the issues considered and are routinely available outside of FOI. Experience suggests that this approach obviates the need for the public to make FOI requests in relation to such decisions.?

Attorney General's advice on Iraq is leaked

Attorney General's advice on Iraq is leaked: 'I urged the government to publish the full Attorney General's advice, and
warned that so much had become known about it that it was inevitable that it
would come out,' he said.?

Public Inquiry · Progress on complaint concerning allegations of expenses abuse by Cllr. Kennedy

Public Inquiry · Progress on complaint concerning allegations of expenses abuse by Cllr. Kennedy: In comparison to the Standards in Public Office (SIPO) who, on average, take about a year to make progress on complaints, this is indeed impressive.?