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Monday, April 30, 2012

Parliament must lead and ask serious questions of itself « politicalreform.ie

Parliament must lead and ask serious questions of itself « politicalreform.ie: Legislation properly "scrutinised" and that all voices are heard. It is how these things are done that counts.?

Public Inquiry · Standards in Public Office Commission rejects complaint against Minister Quinn

Public Inquiry · Standards in Public Office Commission rejects complaint against Minister Quinn: This type of loophole legislation does not appear out of thin air.
It is very carefully drafted by professional civil servants working with the best legal advice and the full approval of the body politic.
Such loose, weak legislation is only one aspect of an all-embracing culture of secrecy, obfuscation, denial and non-cooperation that has created an environment where political and business corruption thrives.?

Claire Loftus

Claire Loftus: In 2009 she was selected for the post of Head of Directing Division within the Office of the DPP . This division makes all prosecutorial decisions on files submitted by investigative agencies. Claire Loftus also holds an MSc degree in Public Sector Management from Trinity College Dublin (2002) and a Higher Diploma in European Law from UCD (1996).

Comment: Rejection of Treaty would be recognition of disastrous austerity policies not working. | Joe Higgins.ie

Comment: Rejection of Treaty would be recognition of disastrous austerity policies not working. | Joe Higgins.ie: Last week in a hard hitting, syndicated column, he referred to the New York Times reporting on the tragedy of people taking their own lives in Europe over unemployment and financial difficulties.?

Denham J - Stare Decisis Hibernia

Denham J - Stare Decisis Hibernia: Point of law of exceptional public importance?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Prosperity on RTE last night

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Prosperity on RTE last night: "But the basic shape, a marginalised youth with nowhere to go, is that of what was meant to be a breakthrough social-realist drama, first screened by RTÉ in 1971. Brian MacLochlainn's A Week in the Life of Martin Cluxton followed a Dublin kid released from an industrial school and finding that he belongs nowhere in an indifferent city. The two films even share the same political subtext, drawing attention to those left behind by a long economic boom and to the State's carelessness of those who need it most."?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Abbey Theatre - Amharclann na Mainistreach

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Abbey Theatre - Amharclann na Mainistreach: "Vanessa O’Connell will present the character ‘A’ (played by Andrea Irvine), Amanda Coogan ‘B’ (Kate Brennan), and Darren Byrne will interpret Karl Shiels as ‘C’ in this exhilarating production. This style of one-on-one character interpretation is a first at the Abbey Theatre. It represents an exciting development in the sign language interpretation of theatre and performance, allowing the interpreters to be true to the actors onstage as well as to the words of the playwright. Certainly O’Rowe, who has also written screenplays for the hit Irish films Intermission and Boy A, has a unique and vivid manner of storytelling that lends itself perfectly to this format. His gripping tale of singing serial killers, avenging angels and lovesick demons promises to leave audiences clinging to the edge of their seats."?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Medb Ruane: Misery isn't a strong enough word for the conditions in our mental health institutions - Medb Ruane, Columnists - Independent.ie

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Medb Ruane: Misery isn't a strong enough word for the conditions in our mental health institutions - Medb Ruane, Columnists - Independent.ie: "'What Miriam saw was squalor masquerading as healthcare and 'fear of retribution' silencing people's critical voices.'ADVANCING THE LINGUISTIC RIGHTS OF THE IRISH DEAF COMMUNITY,BY PAUL O CONNELL.(THE DESPAIR OF SILENCE)BY B.O'CONNELL?"THE REAL REASONS PROJECT?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Paul O’Connell: School of Law: University of Leicester

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Paul O’Connell: School of Law: University of Leicester: "''Anxious Scrutiny in the Irish Courts: Too Little, Too Late?’'CRIME AND ITS'TRUE'CAUSES?'"THE"REAL"REASONS PROJECT?

Investigative Journalism Summer School 2012 – The Story

Investigative Journalism Summer School 2012 – The Story: For the past couple of years I have attended the rather excellent Investigative Journalism Summer School in London run by the CIJ. It’s on again this year on July 6th to July 8th. Knowing that a large amount of Irish journalists subscribe to this blog I would encourage them (and others!) to attend. The cost if you book before May 4 is just £260 for three full days training – a bargain. The first year I was there, there were three journalists from Ireland, including myself. The second year there were five including myself – perhaps this year we can get it do a dozen?OR MAYBE 13?

Beef Tribunal : Elaine Byrne; lecturer, journalist, consultant and political analyst

Beef Tribunal : Elaine Byrne; lecturer, journalist, consultant and political analyst: The Dáil record shows that debate on corruption was least when it was almost certainly happening the most.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: More disturbingly, there is a rapidly developing culture of invincibility among civil servants that no matter how badly they get things wrong, no matter how damaging their behaviour is to the public good, there will be no consequences???????

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Gotcha! The moment Ned O'Keefe was released by gardai after 11 hours of interrogation over his bogus expense claims | Mail Online

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Gotcha! The moment Ned O'Keefe was released by gardai after 11 hours of interrogation over his bogus expense claims | Mail Online: Kieran Coughlan, the Clerk of the Dáil, was first asked almost 18 months ago to trigger a parlimentary probe into Mr O’Keeffe’s claims, which were made using fake invoices.
However, despite repeated requests to Mr Coughlan for an official probe, no Dáil investigation was ever carried out.?

The FBI Corruptly Granted "Sovereign Immunity" In The Aisha v. FBI Case

The FBI Corruptly Granted "Sovereign Immunity" In The Aisha v. FBI Case: This conflict of interest dictated he recuse himself, but he never did, in violation of judicial cannons. "Sovereign Immunity" is a fancy way of saying "the government can commit any crime it wants to against innocent citizens and get away with it". The concept is a shameful and dishonorable criminal violation of the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Code.?

Legal | Calum's List

Legal | Calum's List: The majority of civil servants encountered by the subscribers to this website are decent human beings who do their best with difficult legislation. For reassurance, any person within government offices reading this website, the action proposed is NOT aimed at the general hard working rank and file Home Civil Service officials, but concerns the SENIOR POLITICIANS and CIVIL SERVICE PS to SCS GRADES 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5. Those senior people have their hands on the levers of control but are allegedly negligent in the face of so MANY deaths due to the defects within the welfare reform system.?

Eva Joly bids farewell

Eva Joly bids farewell: For those who don’t know, Eva Joly is a Norwegian-French magistrate and one of the most highly regarded corruption hunters in the world. In late winter 2009 she took the Icelandic nation by storm when she appeared on Silfur Egils and spoke of her suspicions that extensive criminal activity had taken place in the advent to the bank collapse. Amidst intense pressure from the Icelandic public, the government appointed her a special advisor in the investigation into the collapse.?MAYBE NOW "IRELAND"WILL FOLLOW SUIT?

Sunday, April 29, 2012

German nobility | Facebook « Oconnellpadd13's Blog

German nobility | Facebook « Oconnellpadd13's Blog: All privileges and immunities of the German nobility as a legally defined class were abolished on August 11, 1919 with the promulgation of the Weimar Constitution, recognising all Germans as equal before the laws of their country.?

Ben Dunne talks of the road to recovery and how corruption is alive in politics - National News - Independent.ie

Ben Dunne talks of the road to recovery and how corruption is alive in politics - National News - Independent.ie: "I'm writing my life story at the moment," he says almost as soon as we sit down. "My son is my ghost writer. He is an attorney in America.?

Publication Detail: The Honest Services Statute: When Federal Righteousness Goes Off The Rails

Publication Detail: The Honest Services Statute: When Federal Righteousness Goes Off The Rails: In recent years, federal prosecutors have been aggressively using the so-called "honest services" statute to accuse local politicians and corporate CEOs of criminal wrongdoing. The U.S. Attorney in Chicago, Patrick Fitzgerald, has garnered much attention, for example, as a result of his effort to crack down on corruption in the Windy City. Scores of federal cases are being brought against local officials around the country. Since no one believes that corruption is desirable, the federal attorneys have been able to deflect scrutiny of their methods by focusing attention on the shady actions of their targets.?

Publication Detail: The Honest Services Statute: When Federal Righteousness Goes Off The Rails

Publication Detail: The Honest Services Statute: When Federal Righteousness Goes Off The Rails: The Supreme Court has granted review in a second honest services fraud case, Weyhrauch v. United States (08-1196). The Court's ruling will resolve a split in the federal circuit courts over whether the honest services law mandates the creation of a federal "common law" which defines the disclosure obligations of state and local government officials. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, following the Seventh and Eleventh Circuits, held in Weyhrauch that disclosure obligations whose breach can be a predicate for honest services violations can be determined by federal common law. The Third and Fifth Circuits, in contrast, have held that courts must look to state or local law, not federal common law, to determine if a breach of a disclosure duty has occurred.?

Derek's war on poverty is very personal - Celeb News, Independent Woman - Independent.ie

Derek's war on poverty is very personal - Celeb News, Independent Woman - Independent.ie: "Brian developed alcohol and drug problems in later life. He was one of the first people to sue the religious orders and won his case in 2004. He left the courtroom and had a heart attack. A few days later, he died. It was as if he had been holding on for years to have his day in court."

Derek's war on poverty is very personal - Celeb News, Independent Woman - Independent.ie

Derek's war on poverty is very personal - Celeb News, Independent Woman - Independent.ie: "Brian developed alcohol and drug problems in later life. He was one of the first people to sue the religious orders and won his case in 2004. He left the courtroom and had a heart attack. A few days later, he died. It was as if he had been holding on for years to have his day in court."?

Public Inquiry · Civil Servants: Protecting politicians rather than serving the State

Public Inquiry · Civil Servants: Protecting politicians rather than serving the State: More disturbingly, there is a rapidly developing culture of invincibility among civil servants that no matter how badly they get things wrong, no matter how damaging their behaviour is to the public good, there will be no consequences???????

Gotcha! The moment Ned O'Keefe was released by gardai after 11 hours of interrogation over his bogus expense claims | Mail Online

Gotcha! The moment Ned O'Keefe was released by gardai after 11 hours of interrogation over his bogus expense claims | Mail Online: Despite clear evidence of irregularities in the invoices, Kieran Coughlan, his press officer, "Mark Mulqueen", and lawyers acting for the Oireachtas spent a year denying that there was any possibility that Mr O’Keeffe could have done anything wrong.?

Gotcha! The moment Ned O'Keefe was released by gardai after 11 hours of interrogation over his bogus expense claims | Mail Online

Gotcha! The moment Ned O'Keefe was released by gardai after 11 hours of interrogation over his bogus expense claims | Mail Online: Kieran Coughlan, the Clerk of the Dáil, was first asked almost 18 months ago to trigger a parlimentary probe into Mr O’Keeffe’s claims, which were made using fake invoices.
However, despite repeated requests to Mr Coughlan for an official probe, no Dáil investigation was ever carried out.?

Former minister's private papers 'crucial' for any inquiry - National News - Independent.ie

Former minister's private papers 'crucial' for any inquiry - National News - Independent.ie: But it was after his death on June 10, 2011, that Lenihan's personal effects from his Dail office were sorted by his special adviser Cathy Herbert and her colleague Maria Cosgrove.
Some books and other items were given to colleagues as mementos but all of Lenihan's papers were later returned to his wife Patricia, a Circuit Court judge.?

No Such Thing as Too Much Truth: Saving Ethnic Studies in Arizona

No Such Thing as Too Much Truth: Saving Ethnic Studies in Arizona: Curtis Acosta and Jose Gonzalez, la raza program teachers in Tuscon, Arizona, who are profiled in the film "Precious Knowledge" believe that there is no such thing as too much truth. As teachers, their goal has been to empower their students with as much truth as possible. To these teachers, knowledge is power, and their goal as educators is to empower their students with the knowledge to conquer the world. It is this transfer of knowledge and power that is at the heart of the battle to save the ethnic studies program in the Tuscan Unified School District. It is a struggle that has been beautifully captured in the powerful and evocative documentary "Precious Knowledge."?

Review: Politics: Political Corruption in Ireland, 1922-2010: A Crooked Harp by Dr Elaine Byrne - Books, Entertainment - Independent.ie

Review: Politics: Political Corruption in Ireland, 1922-2010: A Crooked Harp by Dr Elaine Byrne - Books, Entertainment - Independent.ie: This is an extremely important book. It comes at a time when there is widespread disillusionment about the merit of public inquiries into controversial events in Irish public life. Very many people see them as barrister-fattening exercises with little adverse consequences for the wrongdoers who are exposed.?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Shatter's bill changes NOTHING. Seal of the Confessional remains.

Shatter's bill changes NOTHING. Seal of the Confessional remains.: Sacerdotal privilege is and was recognised as part of our domestic Constitutional law, ie a “rule of law” as far back as 1945 in a case titled Cook V. Carroll. I am unable, at present, to provide an open source access to it, so you will have to trust me on that particular issue. It’s not controversial anyway. Now, one argument made is that Judgment was given when the special position of the Catholic church was recognised constitutionally and, since it’s removal, the Judgment is no longer of such strength in terms of jurisprudence. However, the Supreme Court has held that that particular, now removed, provision of the Constitution had never any Constitutional effect. Johnston v Church of Scientology [2001] 1 IR 682 at 687, refers.?

The Ghost of Joe McCarthy Slithers Again

The Ghost of Joe McCarthy Slithers Again: Sure enough, it was the ghost of Senator Joseph McCarthy, the Wisconsin farm boy who grew up to become one of the most contemptible thugs in American politics.?

More tales from a wounded hidden Ireland - Indymedia Ireland

More tales from a wounded hidden Ireland - Indymedia Ireland: Fr. Des Wilson, one of these distinguished campaigners, was at his trial and is lost for words to describe what he saw:?
"Some of us who attended the Green St. court any time during the hearing of his trial will always remember the grip of cold fear we felt at how similar this trial was to what we had read about years ago, the show trials of the dictatorships.....In the past however, news media and church and universities and all kinds of people had condemned what was happening in those countries which they described as under dictatorship or communist rule. Now we were witnessing in our own people’s courts the misuse of a system which we believed was so superior, so basically just, so presided over by people of such integrity that it would always be found better to set the guilty free than to convict even one innocent.?

Traynor freed from jail ‘by Christmas’ | The Sun |Irish Sun|Irish Sun News

Traynor freed from jail ‘by Christmas’ | The Sun |Irish Sun|Irish Sun News: Jimmy Guerin added: “It has always baffled me why", when Traynor and Brian Meehan were arrested in Amsterdam, he was not brought back to Ireland then.?

Friday, April 27, 2012

Public Inquiry · Outsourcing justice

Public Inquiry · Outsourcing justice: It is inconceivable that the Irish law enforcement system would haul a sitting Taoiseach into the courts.?

Corruption Perceptions Index: Transparency International

Corruption Perceptions Index: Transparency International: More transparency and accountability is needed from our leaders.?LEADERS?

Chinese activist says he escaped cruel house arrest, calls for investigation - CNN.com

Chinese activist says he escaped cruel house arrest, calls for investigation - CNN.com: A prominent Chinese human rights activist has called for an investigation into corrupt and cruel officials after saying he escaped from house arrest in an eastern province and fled to Beijing.?

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Laurence Cox: Working-Class Dublin | Center for Working-Class Studies

Laurence Cox: Working-Class Dublin | Center for Working-Class Studies: An Introduction to Working-Class Studies?

Garda Ombudsman: One garda should face disciplinary action over Corrib comments - RTÉ News

Garda Ombudsman: One garda should face disciplinary action over Corrib comments - RTÉ News: In a statement this afternoon, NUI Maynooth said it "complied fully with its obligations in relation to this investigation".?

Public Inquiry · Who’s watching the watchers?

Public Inquiry · Who’s watching the watchers?: Min for justice calls on gangsters to talk to gardi?I was wondering if it is the ones that are brought before the courts or the ones that are brought before tribunals?As Dr.Paul Carson once said the socially disadvantaged in our society speak a different language to that of the middle class professionals.This is one of the problems Brian Lenihan and his advisors need to overcome.You havent seen one person from a disadvantaged background been brought before the mahon tribunal.why is that, is it because they dont get the "same representation" that those who can financially support political parties get?

Sullivan: Ombudsman investigation 'about protecting Gardaí' | Irish Examiner

Sullivan: Ombudsman investigation 'about protecting Gardaí' | Irish Examiner: "We need a culture in Ireland where people - including whistleblowers within the Gardaí - can bring matters to public attention without fear.?

Monday, April 23, 2012

The Globalization of Hollow Politics

The Globalization of Hollow Politics: The "parasitical vermin" who run global markets.?

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS: Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte is to tender his cabinet's resignation to Queen Beatrix after the collapse of talks on austerity measures,?

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS: “The horrible stability pact condemns us to pay endlessly for the countries that are victim of the euro.”?

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS: General secretary John Douglas said that a yes vote would "copper-fasten" austerity and could tip the country over into depression.?

Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham: Department of Justice assistant secretary responsible for crime and security Mr Ken O'Leary said that during the Weston Park negotiations, the SDLP and Sinn Féin were pressing for inquiries into collusion in northern Ireland, and "over time the unionist parties wanted parallel inquiries into garda collusion."?
Every one of us is getting older, which is a natural process. Time is constantly moving on, second by second. Nothing can stop it, but what we can do is use our time properly; that is in our hands. Whether we believe in a spiritual tradition or not, we need to use our time meaningfully. If over days, weeks, months and years, we have used our time in a meaningful way – when our last day comes, we'll be happy, we'll have no regrets.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Shocking Footage - Dublin Home Eviction - April 18th 2012 by Anglo Irish...

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Justine McCarthy - "Sharon Grace walked into a Wexford hospital in 2006. She asked for help. None was forthcoming. It was out-of-hours for the HSE"

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Justine McCarthy - "Sharon Grace walked into a Wexford hospital in 2006. She asked for help. None was forthcoming. It was out-of-hours for the HSE": "Throughout last October, November and most of December, children's minister Barry Andrews sat on two disturbing reports commissioned by the state which showed that our youngest citizens were in danger. And he sat, and he sat, and he sat."?WILL HE BE SITTING AFTER 25th, FEBRUARY?

"ENCOURAGECHANGE"paddoconnell8@gmail.com

http://encouragechange.blogspot.com/: Announcement on prison death investigations must be matched with adequate resources and legal powers?

Garda Enda Clifford fined €900 for offences following fatal accident outside Limerick - RTÉ News

Garda Enda Clifford fined €900 for offences following fatal accident outside Limerick - RTÉ News: He was described in court as being a member of the Traffic Corps, but Henry Street Garda station has said he was never a member of the corps.?

Paul Williams

Paul Williams: On 27 October 2002 the Sunday World published an apology and also paid damages to Nora Wall. The story was ignored by the mainstream media but appeared in a short article in Phoenix magazine.?

Chilling Effects Clearinghouse

Chilling Effects Clearinghouse: Do you know your online rights? Have you received a letter asking you to remove information from a Web site or to stop engaging in an activity? Are you concerned about liability for information that someone else posted to your online forum? If so, this site is for you.
Chilling Effects aims to help you understand the protections that the First Amendment and intellectual property laws give to your online activities. We are excited about the new opportunities the Internet offers individuals to express their views, parody politicians, celebrate their favorite movie stars, or criticize businesses. But we've noticed that not everyone feels the same way. Anecdotal evidence suggests that some individuals and corporations are using intellectual property and other laws to silence other online users. Chilling Effects encourages respect for intellectual property law, while frowning on its misuse to "chill" legitimate activity.?

Bankers, lawyers sweat over property debacle - National News - Independent.ie

Bankers, lawyers sweat over property debacle - National News - Independent.ie: On Friday night, Fiona McAleenan, a solicitor who worked in Mr Lynn's practice, issued a solicitor's letters saying that any suggestion that she "was knowingly involved in some of the wrongful acts of which Mr Lynn stands accused" is entirely false and baseless.?

Public Inquiry · Sensational news: Corruption Act enforced in Ireland

Public Inquiry · Sensational news: Corruption Act enforced in Ireland: Sensational news: Corruption Act "enforced" in Ireland?

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

M.I.T. Game-Changer: Free Online Education For All - Forbes

M.I.T. Game-Changer: Free Online Education For All - Forbes: For Wall Street Occupiers or other decriers of the “social injustice” of college tuition, here’s a curveball bound to scramble your worldview: a totally free college education regardless of your academic performance or background. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) will announce on Monday that they intend to launch an online learning initiative called M.I.T.x,which will offer the online teaching of M.I.T. courses free of charge to anyone in the world.?

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS: There are currently 75 tipstaffs in the Courts Service and Justice Minister Alan Shatter said that none of the positions had ever been advertised.?THE"PLATINUM"CIRCLE?

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?: ."YES INDEED WHO THINKS UP SUCH LAWS TO PROTECT THE WELL PROTECTED?

A Diary of Injustice in Scotland: Justice Secretary 'hush hush' on criminal records of lawyers as Crown Office claims its too costly to keep details on legal profession's crooks

A Diary of Injustice in Scotland: Justice Secretary 'hush hush' on criminal records of lawyers as Crown Office claims its too costly to keep details on legal profession's crooks: Justice Secretary 'hush hush' on criminal records of lawyers as Crown Office claims its too costly to keep details on legal profession's crooks?SOUNDS A BIT IRISH TO ME?

Corporations Are Sociopaths « Volatility

Corporations Are Sociopaths « Volatility: Sociopaths are people who are completely devoid of any sense of empathy or caring. Other people simply don’t exist other than as things to be manipulated and consumed, with no more emotional consideration than when you unwrap a candy bar, throw out the wrapper, and devour the calories. Everyone regards such individuals with horror, except where it comes to business and politics, where suddenly the existence and tolerability, even desirability, of sociopathy becomes controversial.?

"ENCOURAGECHANGE"paddoconnell8@gmail.com

http://encouragechange.blogspot.com/: It could have immediately repealed FOI restrictions but it didn’t. It could have ended the gravy train of expenses, but it didn’t.?

Sunday, April 15, 2012

40 Years on, 1960s Black Radical Still Suffers Racial and Political Injustice 

40 Years on, 1960s Black Radical Still Suffers Racial and Political Injustice : Freeman has spent the last four years separated from his Canadian wife and four grown children due to false allegations that he is a former member of the Black Panthers Party. This accusation stems from an incident that took place in 1969, when Freeman, just 19 at the time, shot a white police officer in the arm, which he claims was in self-defense.?

Murder of a Nobody

Murder of a Nobody: Advocates argue that the sources cited by journalists, usually law enforcement officials and other authority figures, dehumanize the victims by omitting information from closer sources like friends and family. And quoting a police officer places the story in a legal, rather than a social context, they say, "potentially portraying the situation as one that the police will take care of or that is under control,"?

Mulvey gets 10 years for attempted armed robbery in Cabra | BreakingNews.ie

Mulvey gets 10 years for attempted armed robbery in Cabra | BreakingNews.ie: Ms Martina Buckley of the Cabra After Care Project told Mr Damien Colgan SC, defending Mulvey, that she had been working with Mulvey for some time to help with his cocaine addiction. She said he had showed a genuine desire to turn his life around and would continue to receive one to one counselling.?TO QUOTE EAMONN GILMORE"SOON TD'S WOULD HAVE TO GO AROUND COVERED WITH A CLOAK TO AVOID MEETING"CERTAIN"PEOPLE.UNQUOTE.SO READING TODAYS SUNDAY WORLD 15/5/2012,page 4,IN RELATION TO MS.BUCKLEY IT WOULD APPEAR BECAUSE OF THE WORK SHE DOES THE"CLOAK"MIGHT NOT BE A BAD IDEA,EVEN THOUGH MS.BUCKELY HAS NEVER BEEN MENTIONED IN ANY OF THE TRIBUNALS IMPOSED ON THE CITIZENS OF IRELAND BY THE SO-CALLED RULING ELITE.?CRIME AND ITS "TRUE"CAUSES?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: "ENCOURAGECHANGE"paddoconnell8@gmail.com: Facebook | Ben Coppage

http://paddoconnell.blogspot.com/2010/01/encouragechangepaddoconnell8gmailcom_17.html: "'How fortunate for governments that the people they administer don't think. Through clever and constant application of propaganda, people can be made to see paradise as hell, and also the other way round, to consider the most wretched sort of life as paradise. I'm for truth, no matter who tells it. I'm for justice, no matter who it's for or against'.LIKEWISE.

Homeless to Harvard: How the daughter of two drug-addicts defied the odds to become an Ivy League graduate | Mail Online

Homeless to Harvard: How the daughter of two drug-addicts defied the odds to become an Ivy League graduate | Mail Online: Liz now works as an inspirational speaker, and talks to teenagers about resisting the temptations of drugs, and not letting hardship hold you back.?

Britain’s dirty secret: class still matters_Market Notes_百度空间

Britain’s dirty secret: class still matters_Market Notes_百度空间: Different classes are brought up to follow different rules about how to think, talk and behave?

'Whacker' Duffy too afraid to return to city in INLA death threat - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie

'Whacker' Duffy too afraid to return to city in INLA death threat - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie: The INLA has disbanded and decommissioned its weapons stating that the "war is over", but criminal elements remain and some view Duffy as a traitor.?

Death threat as gangster moves into INLA 'turf' - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie

Death threat as gangster moves into INLA 'turf' - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie: Sources say that Hanlon, from Kilcarrig Crescent in Tallaght, is suspected of making attempts to "muscle in" on the drugs trade in the Fettercairn area and is part of a group which has been trying to extort money from local dealers.?

CIRA threat to North cops who join Garda - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie

CIRA threat to North cops who join Garda - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie: The good name of the Republican Movement, valid since 1986, is under attack again. Criminality masquerades as Republicanism and confuses the Irish people.?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Plight of street children highlighted - The Irish Times - Fri, Apr 13, 2012

Plight of street children highlighted - The Irish Times - Fri, Apr 13, 2012: Those who stopped did so either because continuing presented too great a challenge or because education ceased to be a priority”.?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Editorial Comment - Second Report of the Morris Tribunal

Editorial Comment - Second Report of the Morris Tribunal: It focuses on two significant contributory factors, the structures of accountability that were hopelessly inadequate and the culture of silence and non-cooperation with investigations that permeates the Garda Siochana.?

Moriarty Tribunal

Moriarty Tribunal: The sole purpose of this unprecedented Statement is to make clear that I have to date endeavoured to discharge my remit to the best of my ability, in accordance with the Oath of Office which I took when I was appointed a Judge of the High Court. I wish to make it clear that none of these criticisms will interfere with the impartial discharge of my remit; nor will they deflect me from ensuring that fair procedures are adhered to in bringing my work to conclusion; and nor will they inhibit me from reporting, without fear or favour.?

Rabbitte hits at garda delay over findings of corruption - National News - Independent.ie

Rabbitte hits at garda delay over findings of corruption - National News - Independent.ie: Mr Rabbitte came out in support of the Public Expenditure and Reform Minister, Brendan Howlin, who has said that there should be consequences for people against whom adverse findings have been made at the Moriarty and Mahon tribunals.?AN IRISH"ELITE"JOKE?

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS: The Passion is about how those in power and privilege abuse and brutalise the marginalised and the vulnerable.?

"ENCOURAGECHANGE"paddoconnell8@gmail.com: Tom Gilmartin: The people I was up against would do anything to wipe me out and they did. I can cope but my wife is now disabled | Mail Online

http://encouragechange.blogspot.com/2012/03/tom-gilmartin-people-i-was-up-against.html: Since he came forward to tell his story to the tribunal, and to me in 1998, he has been subjected to an unprecedented campaign of vilification and abuse.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Public Inquiry · Cormac Lucey: Still not in the big picture

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Public Inquiry · Cormac Lucey: Still not in the big picture: In almost all cases these so called authorities go to great lengths to protect those guilty of corrupt practices and in many cases are themselves complicit in corruption.?

Shatter criticises media 'campaign' - The Irish Times - Thu, Apr 12, 2012

Shatter criticises media 'campaign' - The Irish Times - Thu, Apr 12, 2012: The Garda Commissioner is consulting with the Director of Public Prosecutions as to whether aspects of the Moriarty Report "may" be pursued from a criminal point of view and as Minister for Justice I am determined to ensure that I neither do nor say anything that could prejudice matters.?

Andrew Madden: St Andrew’s Church, Bagnelstown, Co. Carlow.

Andrew Madden: St Andrew’s Church, Bagnelstown, Co. Carlow.: The Taoiseach of the day, Mr Ahern, did not share my concerns, an inquiry of the type you suggest can only be held into matters of urgent public concern was his response. Just as shocking was the fact that his reply, moved into the public domain by me, was met with total silence the length and breadth of Ireland. The sexual abuse of children by known child molesters and rapists, not a matter of urgent public concern?

Monday, April 9, 2012

Patrick Gallagher and Merchant Banking | SME Financial

Patrick Gallagher and Merchant Banking | SME Financial: “When hundreds of depositors are out looking for your blood it is very foolish to show evidence of wealth at all”.?

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?

PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?: Several high- profile cases of white-collar crime have been in the news recently. Scandals on Wall Street, in the Irish banking system and amongst organizations, like FÁS, have dominated the front pages of newspapers and the schedules of radio programmes and TV chat shows. So what is it about white-collar crime that makes it so newsworthy in comparison to ordinary crime? Sometimes it is partly the sheer scale of operation, but more often than not it is to do with who is involved. People are completely shocked to hear that an affluent business man was involved in crime. This is also the reason that the populace becomes so irate. Why would one feel happy about paying taxes to drive a politician in a limo between two buildings in an airport? Why should the repoman come and reclaim your house when the bank manager has being embezzling funds for the good of his bulging pocket? These offending individuals have been entrusted with huge assets so if it transpires that they have abused their authority to further their own cause, the little guy who loses out won’t be too pleased.?

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Survivors Tell of Bloody Aftermath of Continued Fighting in Syria

Survivors Tell of Bloody Aftermath of Continued Fighting in Syria: "There's nothing left," says Muhammad Razzan, who says he lost nearly 50 members of his extended family that day. "Only bodies. Bodies on the streets, bodies in the homes. We don't even know where everyone is."?

Saturday, April 7, 2012

“When a long abuse of power is corrected, it is generally replaced by an opposite violence.”

“When a long abuse of power is corrected, it is generally replaced by an opposite violence.”: The predictable emergence of factions and individuals with agendas which were not always for the benefit of the children?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Fr Egan added: "We’re celebrating Good Friday today and at the heart of the Easter message is that the Passion is about how those in power and privilege abuse and brutalise the marginalised and the vulnerable.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Public Inquiry · Who’s watching the watchers?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Public Inquiry · Who’s watching the watchers?: "The watchers would have been,peter berry,risteard mac conchradha,andrew ward,roger hayes,patrick a terry,michael j,donnelly,john b,olden,paul murry,vincent mc pherson,richard crowe,dermot cole,michael mellet,the governors,kennedy,st pats,kelly portlaoise,the following for mountjoy,paddy byrne,paddy hayes,rooney,barry,mc fadden,frawley,neylon,foran,for cork,patrick crowley,the only decent person in the whole rotten system was fr,denis bourke of the oblate fathers inchicore,if the deleted parts of the 1966 prison report were hilighted instead of been hidden like all the other abuses of the time,michael mc dowell would not have the problems he has today,take note cormac lucey,"?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Public Inquiry · Be very afraid

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Public Inquiry · Be very afraid: "The only times juveniles who were locked up in portlaoise in the 1960s were separated from adult inmates was on a sunday during mass,i think it was a social experiment or engineering on working class children by the grey haired men of the day"?

Ombudsman for Children's Office / Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan

Ombudsman for Children's Office / Ombudsman for Children Emily Logan: Throughout the project the Ombudsman for Children’s team endeavoured to hear directly from young people about their experiences of detention in St. Patrick’s Institution; to highlight their perspectives, including their ideas for change regarding the regime and conditions of the Institution; and to facilitate due consideration, as appropriate of the young people’s views within St. Patrick’s Institution and at national policy and political levels.?

PressTV - 'Iran strike to paralyze life in Israel'

PressTV - 'Iran strike to paralyze life in Israel': He described the possibility of a future Israeli airstrike on Iran as “the stupidest thing he has ever heard.”?

Passover (Pesach) Seder - My Jewish Learning

Passover (Pesach) Seder - My Jewish Learning: The three fundamental patterns of the seder are the family, the individual, and the nation?WHICH WOULD APPLY TO"ALL"NATIONS?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Rate-Your Solicitor website closed down - Indymedia Ireland

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Rate-Your Solicitor website closed down - Indymedia Ireland: "A special Committee of the Law Society has said it was utterly appalled at reports that some solicitors had double-charged for work done for victims of institutional abuse.
In a lecture given to students in Cork, the Master of the High Court Edmund Honohan SC advocated independent regulation of the profession saying that no spinning by the Society could disguise the systemic failure of self-regulation. He said most solicitors must now realise they had been let down, not just by a few rogue negligent solicitors, but by the Law Society itself.
A website launched in February 2006 by the Victims of the Legal Profession, www.Rate-Your-Solicitor.com has become an increasingly popular place for people to vent their frustrations with solicitors.?

Public Inquiry · Fr Ted Republic

Public Inquiry · Fr Ted Republic: It is certain that if a Mahon Tribunal-like report were published in any self-respecting, functional democracy there would have been immediate arrests and police investigations. In Ireland the response was predictable.?

Redemptorist head rejects Vatican censure of colleague | Irish Examiner

Redemptorist head rejects Vatican censure of colleague | Irish Examiner: Fr Egan added: "We’re celebrating Good Friday today and at the heart of the Easter message is that the Passion is about how those in power and privilege abuse and brutalise the marginalised and the vulnerable.?

Thursday, April 5, 2012

McDowell denies ordering journalist's arrest - National News - Independent.ie

McDowell denies ordering journalist's arrest - National News - Independent.ie: "We have a duty of publishing stories which are in the public interest and we will continue to do that,"?

Collaborative Solutions Newsletter from Tom Wolff and Associates

Collaborative Solutions Newsletter from Tom Wolff and Associates: When we are facing serious community problems, shouldn’t we just get professionals to solve the problems?IT'S SO-CALLED PROFESSIONALS AND EXPERTS THAT HAS THE WORLD IN A MESS?

MediaBite - In media exile - Part 1

MediaBite - In media exile - Part 1: Above all, perhaps, the story [of the Irish Hospital's Sweepstake] underlines what journalism must continue to combat: censorship, "state secrecy" and the unwarranted power of an influential few." [Stephen Dodd writing in 2003 in the Sunday Independent, one of only a handful of mainstream articles on the issue] [1]

UPROAR AS MAN WHO LED WALKING PROTEST HAS HIS DOLE CUT | Donegal Daily

UPROAR AS MAN WHO LED WALKING PROTEST HAS HIS DOLE CUT | Donegal Daily: Joe said he knows that the order to cut his dole money came from the top down.?

School intake 'segregated by class' - Education News - Education - The Independent

School intake 'segregated by class' - Education News - Education - The Independent: Dr Mary Bousted, general secretary of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL) said stratified schools are "toxic" for deprived youngsters as it means they fail to learn important qualities such as aspiration and effort from their richer classmates.?

PressTV - 'West experiences growing class inequality'

PressTV - 'West experiences growing class inequality': A political analyst says Western economies - particularly the US and UK - redirect their wealth towards a small group of people, perpetuating inequality between classes.?

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Tom Gilmartin: The people I was up against would do anything to wipe me out and they did. I can cope but my wife is now disabled | Mail Online

Tom Gilmartin: The people I was up against would do anything to wipe me out and they did. I can cope but my wife is now disabled | Mail Online: He has been subjected to an unprecedented campaign of vilification and abuse.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: I believe the individuals involved should account for their actions.?AS SHOULD THOSE IN"ALL"POLITICAL PARTIES?

I've been called a ponce, a cretin and a tosser ... anonymous bloggers are the ultimate cowards - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie

I've been called a ponce, a cretin and a tosser ... anonymous bloggers are the ultimate cowards - News, Frontpage - Herald.ie: Anonymous blogging is the ultimate form of cowardice.?MOST ANONYMOUS"PLONKERS"SHOULD KNOW THAT?

Adjournment of application to strike out claim against solicitor and barrister.

Adjournment of application to strike out claim against solicitor and barrister.: Relief against forfeiture – negligence of barrister – immunity from suit – negligence of solicitor?

District Court judge unlawfully imprisoned husband in arrears of maintenance.

District Court judge unlawfully imprisoned husband in arrears of maintenance.: No warning of contempt or imprisonment on summons – role of prison governor in action?

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ruairi Quinn and his Galway holiday home mileage claims – The Story

Ruairi Quinn and his Galway holiday home mileage claims – The Story: Asked whether this type of claim was acceptable, particularly in light of Labour’s previously hard-line policy on expenses claimed by Ivor Callely and John O’Donoghue amongst others, one of Mr Quinn’s special advisers said he was working in the car during these journeys.
His spokeswoman said: ”All of Minister Quinn’s claims for expenses and mileage are strictly in accordance with the arrangements outlined by the government.?

Monday, April 2, 2012

"ENCOURAGECHANGE"paddoconnell8@gmail.com: PADDYWANTSTOKNOW?

http://encouragechange.blogspot.com/2012/03/paddywantstoknow.html: BECAUSE THEY FINANCE THE POLITICAL SYSTEM?

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS: “This is a historic day. Over the past 25 years, successive governments have made commitments to ending the imprisonment of children in Ireland, but this is the first time we have seen a concrete plan and a concrete timeline. Given the current pressures on resources, it is extremely significant that the Minister has received support from the Government to proceed with this project, and it is a powerful statement of the Government’s commitment to the rights of children who come into conflict with the law. The message from the Ryan Report was not just about the past but what needs to change for children in the care of the State today, and the detention of children in prison continues to be one of the most glaring failures in how this State cares for children.”?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Young offenders' capacity for rehabilitation is being undermined by imprisonment in St Patrick's Institution | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT)

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Young offenders' capacity for rehabilitation is being undermined by imprisonment in St Patrick's Institution | Irish Penal Reform Trust (IPRT): "The ongoing detention of sixteen and seventeen year olds in St Patrick's Institution is undermining their future prospects along with Ireland's reputation as a humane society, and the new Government must commit to all recommendations for action set out by the Ombudsman for Children in a new report, according to a group of leading advocates for the rights of children in the Irish criminal justice system"?1964/2011.?

Minister pledges to end detention of children at St Patrick's | BreakingNews.ie

Minister pledges to end detention of children at St Patrick's | BreakingNews.ie: The detention of children in St Patrick’s Institution has been criticised by the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child, and the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.?

Mahon: The verdict on councillors involved in Quarryvale · TheJournal.ie

Mahon: The verdict on councillors involved in Quarryvale · TheJournal.ie: The Tribunal called Ridge an “acknowledged conduit of information to Mr Dunlop” and said that she actively encouraged fellow councillors to support the rezoning of Quarryvale.
The report added that she was “handsomely rewarded” for her efforts – both in the form of cash donations totalling IR£1,000 and by Dunlop taking care of printing and other costs associated with her election campaigns.?

Leahy, Cornyn Cite Blagojevich to Push Corruption Bill - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

Leahy, Cornyn Cite Blagojevich to Push Corruption Bill - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room: Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) today renewed calls for passage of the Public Corruption Prosecution Improvements Act, a bill they introduced in 2007 that would authorize funding for more personnel to investigate public corruption, extend the statute of limitations on some corruption offenses, and expands the scope of the term "bribery."?POLITICAL DONATIONS?

Public Inquiry · Who’s watching the watchers?

Public Inquiry · Who’s watching the watchers?: Heres an ANSBACHER ACCOUNT for all the looneys of this world.”006248″99;0210;10343699″12.WHOS THE BIGGER CROOK?IF SOMEONE WAS WATCHING THE WATCHERS THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NO NEED FOR "MAHON TRIBUNALS"PUBLIC INQUIRIES,ETC,ETC?

The Beef Tribunal Report – 1994 – The Story

The Beef Tribunal Report – 1994 – The Story: Finally got my hands on a copy of this report, which has never appeared online. This will be the first portion, which I will be adding to over the coming days and week – the total report runs to over 1,000 pages. I am cleaning each and every page and subjecting it to a rigorous OCR process, meaning it will be convertible into a brand new digital version.
Suffice to say this report has taken considerable time to both obtain and scan, but I believe this is one of the more significant reports in the history of the State?

Politics and Clientelism in Urban Ireland: information, reputation, and brokerage

Politics and Clientelism in Urban Ireland: information, reputation, and brokerage: The inhabitants of the town were "for the most part keenly aware of social standing, position, and class. . . [A] man knows the "station" that is his. Ordinarily, it is much the same as the one his father had,?

BC whistleblower councillor Brian Skakun honoured in Ottawa | FAIR

BC whistleblower councillor Brian Skakun honoured in Ottawa | FAIR: "An internal investigation" dismissed the women's complaints of harassment?

Billionaire brothers face corruption charges | FAIR

Billionaire brothers face corruption charges | FAIR: The arrests sent the company's stock plummeting, bringing about a loss of about $5 billion in value.?THE MAHON TRIBUNAL AND ITS SOCIAL CONSEQUENCES?

Time to crack down on gross government waste | FAIR

Time to crack down on gross government waste | FAIR: This year, they also gave a lifetime achievement award to former Bloc Quebecois Leader Gilles Duceppe because of his decades-long commitment to outrageous federal spending and because he has managed to earn a federal pension of nearly $141,000 a year, despite having spent his career trying to break up the country.?

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Four Corners - Dicing With Debt - Ireland

Corruption, composition of capital flows, and currency crises

Corruption, composition of capital flows, and currency crises: Corruption may also weaken domestic financial supervision, with a subsequent deterioration in the quality in banks'and firms'balance sheets.?

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: Veronica based her articles on information she had obtained from reading a copy of the DPP file on my uncle's case which had been stolen from the DPP's office and was being held in a Solicitor's office in Dublin.?

Regina Doherty TD

Regina Doherty TD: I believe the individuals involved should account for their actions.?AS SHOULD THOSE IN"ALL"POLITICAL PARTIES?