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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Avaaz - Launch Avaaz Daily Briefing

Avaaz - Launch Avaaz Daily Briefing: "Old media is beholden to corporate owners and advertisers and its news is often cynical and disempowering."?

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Joe Higgins.ie | Socialist Party & United Left Alliance TD for Dublin West

Joe Higgins.ie | Socialist Party & United Left Alliance TD for Dublin West: "When it comes to the care and welfare of children on this island, official institutions were generally very good with fine words and worthy sentiments but often criminally negligent in their realisation in the real lives of real children.
The Proclamation of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic read out at the GPO in Dublin to mark the beginning of the 1916 Easter Rising famously declares that the ‘The Republic . . . declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation . . cherishing all of the children of the nation equally.’ "?

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CONNECT TO MY ANGELS

CONNECT TO MY ANGELS: ""The Proclamation of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic read out at the GPO in Dublin to mark the beginning of the 1916 Easter Rising famously declares that the ‘The Republic . . . declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation . . cherishing all of the children of the nation equally.’ Those who subsequently ruled the Irish State betrayed this aspiration.?AND STILL ARE?"

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Department of Finance figures show nearly €4m paid to former ministers last year - RTÉ News

Department of Finance figures show nearly €4m paid to former ministers last year - RTÉ News: "The total value of ministerial pensions was €4.1m. The total amount surrendered was €178,600."?

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You can run, but you can't hide from brutal gangland assassins - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie

You can run, but you can't hide from brutal gangland assassins - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie: "A decade or so ago, the place to murder a rival gang member in Dublin or Limerick was generally in the pub or outside a chipper. Men who knew or suspected they were on a hit-list stopped going to pubs where a Judas with a mobile phone could summon an assassin."?

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Bo Expelled From Party Shows China Transition on Track: Analysts - Businessweek

Bo Expelled From Party Shows China Transition on Track: Analysts - Businessweek: "Bo "abused his power", bore “major responsibility” in the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood and had improper sexual relations with several women, the official Xinhua News Agency said Sept. 28. China’s Politburo removed him from public office and transfered his case to the judicial system, it said."?

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>Solicitor quits over ‘corruption in judiciary’ « Oconnellpadd13's Blog

>Solicitor quits over ‘corruption in judiciary’ « Oconnellpadd13's Blog: "“He then made a declaration that he would not continue to work as a solicitor.He told presiding Judge Hugh O’Donnell that: ‘From this day forwards I am no longer practising as a solicitor.’He claimed that this was ‘because of judicial corruption within the system particularly in Blanchardstown District Court.’After the case Mr Coen, whose Dublin city centre firm have practised law since 2004, confirmed to reporters that he had resigned.”?"

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Solicitor highly critical of judicial reform plan - The Irish Times - Tue, Dec 14, 2010

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Solicitor highly critical of judicial reform plan - The Irish Times - Tue, Dec 14, 2010: ""Mr Williams also referred to a case where the Supreme Court set aside one of its judgments after it emerged that the brother of the Chief Justice, Mr Justice John Murray was a partner in a firm employed by the defendants in the case,?"

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Garda watchdog in Supreme Court case to find out how patrol car crash killed Mary Seavers | Mail Online

Garda watchdog in Supreme Court case to find out how patrol car crash killed Mary Seavers | Mail Online: "The law has to be applied - applied equally. There can’t be one rule for gardaí and one for the rest of us.’"?AND WHAT A BETTER SOCIETY WE WOULD HAVE IF THIS WAS THE CASE?

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Garda watchdog in Supreme Court case to find out how patrol car crash killed Mary Seavers | Mail Online

Garda watchdog in Supreme Court case to find out how patrol car crash killed Mary Seavers | Mail Online: "‘We have been extremely frustrated with the slow pace of the justice system having now interacted with it for the last seven years."?

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Garda watchdog in Supreme Court case to find out how patrol car crash killed Mary Seavers | Mail Online

Garda watchdog in Supreme Court case to find out how patrol car crash killed Mary Seavers | Mail Online: "The case was taken by Gda Sgt Andrew Keegan, who worked alongside  Gda Seberry at Donnybrook Station and who was the internal investigator appointed by the force to look into the crash, was upheld last month by the High Court. "?

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Kinlen fired parting shot on jails weeks before death - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Kinlen fired parting shot on jails weeks before death - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie: """Accused "Named Officials" of being guilty of criminal wrongdoing by failing to protect at-risk prisoners and operating sub standard conditions at the prisons."SO EMILY WHO ARE THEY?"PROPOSED CHILDRENS REFERENDUM?
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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Issues Juveniles Face in Adult Prisons - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Issues Juveniles Face in Adult Prisons - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com: ""Use the facts to form your own opinion on the matter, as I will not be lending my own opinion at this time."?THE REASONS PROJECT?"

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Issues Juveniles Face in Adult Prisons - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Issues Juveniles Face in Adult Prisons - Associated Content - associatedcontent.com: ""One issue that comes up with juveniles placed in adult prisons is the higher rate of suicide. A juvenile in adult prisons have a higher rate of suicide than juveniles who are placed in a juvenile facility. The reason attributed to this is the lack of supervision in adult prisons.""?

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Who goes to Prison? « Oconnellpadd13's Blog

Who goes to Prison? « Oconnellpadd13's Blog: "There are serious questions as to whether prison is the proper place for people so young. A large number of children (aged between 16-18) are imprisoned in adult prisons in St. Patricks Institution; this is actually in contravention of Ireland’s obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.?"

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How can the governor of western Europe's worst and most violent prison become a media luvvie? - Kevin Myers, Columnists - Independent.ie

How can the governor of western Europe's worst and most violent prison become a media luvvie? - Kevin Myers, Columnists - Independent.ie: "One of the first deeds of self-governing Ireland was to remove the toilets, and most of the outside plumbing, so as to make it impossible to restore the humane conditions that had previously existed. This was policy. The barbaric sanitary arrangements of Mountjoy are not a terrible legacy of brutal British imperial rule, they were the bequest of 20th century Irish self-government."?

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Garda Ombudsman investigating Bailey complaint | BreakingNews.ie

Garda Ombudsman investigating Bailey complaint | BreakingNews.ie: "His complaint focuses on recently released documents which included a 44-page critical review of the conduct of the murder investigation and the reasons why the former director of public prosecutions (DPP) decided not to prosecute.

The Department of Justice said once the existence of the 2001 review was brought to the attention of the Attorney General, Marie Whelan, and Justice Minister Alan Shatter, the documents were given to the solicitors and counsel representing all sides in the extradition proceedings, including the French authorities.

The material also questioned the credibility of several key witnesses and alleged an unnamed senior garda or gardaí tried to get the former state solicitor for West Cork to put political pressure on the DPP to prosecute Mr Bailey.

Former DPP Eamon Barnes described the Garda investigation into the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier as flawed and "prejudiced," and the attempt by gardaí to get a direction from the DPP’s office to prosecute as grossly improper."?

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DPP review emerged after 10 years | Irish Examiner

DPP review emerged after 10 years | Irish Examiner: "Asked yesterday when the department became aware of the 2001 review, senior counsel Robert Barron, for the justice minister, said he was instructed that the department only became aware of it last October.

That material was not previously sent to the DPP, Mr Barron said. Another probe, prompted by claims made by Mr Bailey’s solicitor, Frank Buttimer, and carried out by Assistant Garda Commissioner Ray McAndrew in 2007, was given to the department but "did not include the material in this case", said Mr Barron. "?

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Former DPP Barnes raised Bailey case issues in 'interests of justice' - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie

Former DPP Barnes raised Bailey case issues in 'interests of justice' - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie: "Last October, Barnes, who had been in retirement for many years, contacted his former colleagues in the DPP's office and recounted the following story: when Barnes was DPP in 1998, he received a telephone call from Malachy Boohig, who was state solicitor in west Cork.

Boohig told Barnes that he had attended a meeting with three senior gardai about the Toscan Du Plantier murder. The gardai outlined the pressure they were under to secure a charge in the murder investigation. After the meeting, one of the gardai followed Boohig out of the room. He asked Boohig if he had been at school with John O'Donoghue, then Justice Minister. He then asked the solicitor to ask the minister to use his influence to help secure a prosecution. Boohig contacted Barnes to let him know about this approach and he later went to Dublin to discuss it with Barnes in person."?

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Justice staff unaware of DPP review for 10 years, Bailey case told - The Irish Times - Wed, Jan 18, 2012

Justice staff unaware of DPP review for 10 years, Bailey case told - The Irish Times - Wed, Jan 18, 2012: "A REVIEW by the DPP’s office criticising the Garda investigation into the murder of French film-maker Sophie Toscan du Plantier only came to the attention of the Department of Justice 10 years after it was completed, the Supreme Court was told yesterday."?

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Du Plantier lover was ‘suspect’ in murder | Irish Examiner

Du Plantier lover was ‘suspect’ in murder | Irish Examiner: "In relation to the offer of cannabis to a user, the report says on the balance of evidence this witness was telling the truth when claiming a garda had offered him drugs for information. "?

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Friday, September 28, 2012

Fr Niall Molloy family in new appeal over killing - National News - Independent.ie

Fr Niall Molloy family in new appeal over killing - National News - Independent.ie: "THE family of murdered priest Fr Niall Molloy have made an appeal to an individual who claimed to have information about the killing but said he couldn't reveal it.

After the priest's inquest in 1986, David Flynn told RTE News: 'It's very difficult, maybe, when one knows certain answers and isn't in a position to comment. It makes it very difficult to live with."

The unexplained interview was shown again on Prime Time last week."?

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Public Inquiry · Be very afraid

Public Inquiry · Be very afraid: "Be what you are and not what i would have you be,for the you that i want ,would not be you but a stranger to me and all i hold true,for their are none better than you are now or could ever hope to be ,fortune shines on those who are themselves and not the “PROJECTED IMAGE”of the desires of others."?

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Socialist sends kids to Private School. - Page 8

Socialist sends kids to Private School. - Page 8: "So all in all "if any of our politicians had half of the life experiences that he has perhaps we would not be in the position we are in", and nobody in the area has any difficulty where he sends his kids to school, incidentally his son started school in the Irish School in Marlboro Street."?

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Posts tagged "maeve-orourke" - Human Rights in Ireland

Posts tagged "maeve-orourke" - Human Rights in Ireland: "We are delighted to welcome this guest post by Maeve O’Rourke. Maeve is the 2010-2011 Harvard Law School Global Human Rights Fellow and serves on the advisory committee of Justice for Magdalenes (JFM). You can read about Maeve and see links to her previous posts for HRinI on our guests page.

Later this month, the United Nations Committee against Torture will examine Ireland for the first time on the extent to which it is meeting its human rights obligations under the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT). Justice for Magdalenes (JFM) has taken the opportunity to submit an NGO report to the Committee against Torture on the lack of redress for women who were incarcerated and forced into unpaid labour in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries, as we wait for the government’s response to the Irish Human Rights Commission’s Recommendation from November 2010 to immediately establish a statutory inquiry into the Magdalene Laundries abuse and ensure redress as appropriate"?

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Magdalene group urges action - The Irish Times - Thu, May 24, 2012

Magdalene group urges action - The Irish Times - Thu, May 24, 2012: "Lawyer Maeve O’Rourke said that next Monday JFM was planning to meet Felice Gaer, vice President of the United Nations Committee on Torture (UNCAT), in Dublin.

They would advise her that, despite UNCAT recommendations last year where the Magdalene Laundries were concerned, there had still been no apology to survivors of the Laundries, no redress and no independent investigation into the full facts of abuse in the Laundries.

Ms O’Rourke, who presented the JFM case to UNCAT in Geneva last year which led to the Committee making those recommendations, acknowledged that the Government had set up the inter-departmental committee under the chairmanship of Senator Martin McAleese to inquire into the Laundries.

But, she said, “it is still our case that the women are still no closer to redress or an apology – and that they cannot afford to wait any longer.”"?

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Census shows 3,808 people including 457 children in Ireland are homeless | Irish News and Politics spanning the US, Ireland and the World | IrishCentral

Census shows 3,808 people including 457 children in Ireland are homeless | Irish News and Politics spanning the US, Ireland and the World | IrishCentral: "Census shows 3,808 people including 457 children in Ireland are homeless
More than one half were in Dublin at time of census"?

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Andrew Madden: CHILDREN FIRST

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Andrew Madden: CHILDREN FIRST: ""'I know for a 'fact'that children from a working-class back-ground are given a different kind of'due process'than those from Michael Mc Dowells background.They are also given a different kind of 'justice'by our courts.'?THE'REAL'REASONS PROJECT?""

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Kinlen fired parting shot on jails weeks before death - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Kinlen fired parting shot on jails weeks before death - National News, Frontpage - Independent.ie: ""Accused "Named Officials" of being guilty of criminal wrongdoing by failing to protect at-risk prisoners and operating sub standard conditions at the prisons."SO EMILY WHO ARE THEY?"

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Health won’t escape cuts of Budget 2009: ThePost.ie

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Health won’t escape cuts of Budget 2009: ThePost.ie: ""This was followed with the confirmation last week that the HSE had paid international consultants McKinsey €1 million for producing a review of its structures which recommended a return to more regionalised decision-making systems, something the HSE’s critics had been demanding since it was first formed over three years ago."I NOTICED IN THE 17 REPORTS THAT WERE LEFT GATHERING DUST ON HEALTH BOARD SHELFS INCLUDING THE REVELANT MINISTER MR.ANDREWS THAT THERE IS A FILE ON A HIT AND RUN VICTIM,I KNOW FOR A FACT IN RELATION TO THE BED AND BREAKFAST HOSTELS PEOPLE ARE SENT TO THAT THERE IS ANOTHER CASE OF A HIT AND RUN VICTIM WHO SPENT MONTHS IN HOSPITAL,THIS VICTIM IS PROFOUNDLY DEAF AND NONE SPEAKING NOBODY IN AUTHORITY GAVE A SHIT INCLUDING THE MANAGEMENT OF THE SAID B AND B,THIS VICTIM WAS ALSO ASSULTED IN A B AND B OUT IN TALLAGHT MILES AWAY FROM HIS FAMILY?WHAT ARE EFFICIENCY BONUSES PAID TO TOP MANAGEMENT FOR?"

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: The role of communities in safeguarding children and young people. Gordon Jack. 2009; Child Abuse Review - Wiley InterScience

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: The role of communities in safeguarding children and young people. Gordon Jack. 2009; Child Abuse Review - Wiley InterScience: ""Nevertheless, it is argued that these policy developments are unlikely to be successful unless they are accompanied by fundamental changes within the culture of many agencies and professions."?"

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Call to stop imprisoning children | Irish Examiner

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Call to stop imprisoning children | Irish Examiner: ""'I, therefore, particularly welcome the recommendation contained in the report that supports both my own and the Committee on the Rights of the Child recommendation to extend the remit of the Ombudsman for Children’s Office to include the power to receive complaints from children so held.'"A GOOD START WOULD BE TO PERUSE ALL THE OLD FILES OF JUVENILES COMPLAINTS."?

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Lost Children In The Wilderness

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Lost Children In The Wilderness: "The Government has been strong on making promises and very weak when it comes to delivering social supports and services to the families and children most at risk.""?

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: RTÉ News: HSE was warned of Daniel McAnaspie behaviour

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: RTÉ News: HSE was warned of Daniel McAnaspie behaviour: ""They show that even though his problems had been identified at an early age and extensively reported on, they were not properly addressed."HOW WOULD A PROFOUNDLY DEAF PERSON FAIR IN SIMILER CIRCUMSTANCES?"

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: HSE POLICY ‘EXCLUDES TROUBLED TEENS FROM SPECIAL CARE’: UPDATED « Citizen's Free Press Ireland: News Line

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: HSE POLICY ‘EXCLUDES TROUBLED TEENS FROM SPECIAL CARE’: UPDATED « Citizen's Free Press Ireland: News Line: "HSE POLICY ‘EXCLUDES TROUBLED TEENS FROM SPECIAL CARE’"?"

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: RTÉ News: HSE open to lifting of legislative hurdles

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: RTÉ News: HSE open to lifting of legislative hurdles: ""HOPE THEY SORT OUT THE"WE CANNOT COMMENT ON INDIVIDUAL CASES"LARK?"

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: HSE accused of suppressing 2009 Strategic Report into Child Care Services: Report published by Fine Gael « Let In The Light

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: HSE accused of suppressing 2009 Strategic Report into Child Care Services: Report published by Fine Gael « Let In The Light: ""The detailed PA Consulting Report (“Inspiring Confidence in Children and Family Services: Putting Children First and Meaning It”) has not been published, referred to or commented on by Minister Barry Andrews or, for instance, Geoffrey Shannon who just over a week ago produced the “Third Report of the Special Rapporteur on Child Protection”."?"

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: HSE finds that more children have died in state care · TheJournal.ie

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: HSE finds that more children have died in state care · TheJournal.ie: ""MORE CHILDREN AND young adults have died while under the care of the state in the past decade than previously thought, according to the Health Service Executive."?"

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ENCOURAGECHANGE.: CYNTHIA OWEN AND MANNIX FLYNN

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: CYNTHIA OWEN AND MANNIX FLYNN: ""By the time he was eight, Mannix Flynn was in court for stealing a box of chocolates. Ultimately he ended up in Letterfrack Industrial school where he was raped, beaten and abused. THE TALENTED ACTOR AND WRITER TELLS BRIGHID MCLAUGHLIN A TALE OF HOLOCAUST-STYLE BRUTALITY AND DEATH IN RELATIVELY MODERN IRELAND ."THE REASONS PROJECT?"

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Monday, September 24, 2012

The terrifying power of the State over families: Ireland beware - Mail Online - M E Synon's blog

The terrifying power of the State over families: Ireland beware - Mail Online - M E Synon's blog: "The same agents of the State who have made sure what desperate pain is inflicted on families in so-called family courts stays secret and beyond public scrutiny."?

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WHAT IF?

WHAT IF?: ""Having recently re-read and watched Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, one almost wonders if Rowling was exposing the abuse of power and the horrific bigotry of the United States under the Bush W administration.  I thank Rowling for making us look at issues of social justice and for inspiring millions of us to read and to be engaged in the world we live in — to inspire us to leave the world a better place than how we found it."?"

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Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Access to Justice: a New Approach using Human Rights Standards | Equal Before the Law

Access to Justice: a New Approach using Human Rights Standards | Equal Before the Law: Access To Justice Is Placed In Question?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Access to justice: a new approach using human rights standards - International Journal of the Legal Profession

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Access to justice: a new approach using human rights standards - International Journal of the Legal Profession: "'This data is assessed against the set of standards developed to measure the enjoyment of the right to social security. The trial suggests that without knowledge about human rights and legal rights, 'without the confidence to exercise those rights' and without the capacity or capability to seek or 'find help' it is unlikely that people will realise their rights and accordingly Access To Justice is placed in question.'?"SOCIAL-INEQUALITY?

Witness in case was given suspended prison sentence - The Irish Times - Wed, Sep 05, 2012

Witness in case was given suspended prison sentence - The Irish Times - Wed, Sep 05, 2012: In an affidavit to the court, Mr Burns said he had found the atmosphere in the court at the time “hostile and intimidating” and he was “unaware of the content or the meaning of the document I was directed to sign”.?

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: ENCOURAGECHANGE.: SSRN-On Reconciling Irreconcilables: Neo-Liberal Globalisation and Human Rights by Paul O'Connell: Rights'FAIR AND EQUAL ACCESS TO EDUCATION FOR THE LESS WELL OFF?

RTÉ Back To School

RTÉ Back To School: "Education Is A Human Right?For All Not Just A Privileged Few?

British Military Intelligence - The double edged sword

British Military Intelligence - The double edged sword: On 3 May 1987 'The Badger' went public again, this time in the Sunday World. On this occasion his full identity was revealed. He was named as Detective Garda John McCoy, stationed at Monaghan Garda Station. In this interview with journalist Liam Clarke, the Badger went further, "claiming that he was only one of a string of gardai who did the same thing..." In an interview I conducted with Fred Holroyd at his Southend home on 15 December 1998, he told me that the Badger was "only the tip of the iceberg".?

Vincent Browne destroys Joe Costello

Monday, September 3, 2012

CNN Kids Behind Bars

In final interview, Cardinal says Church “200 years out of date” | Preda Foundation, Inc.

In final interview, Cardinal says Church “200 years out of date” | Preda Foundation, Inc.: The former archbishop of Milan and papal candidate Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said the Catholic Church was “200 years out of date” in his final interview before his death, published on Saturday.

Martini, once favored by Vatican progressives to succeed Pope John Paul II and a prominent voice in the church until his death at the age of 85 on Friday, gave a scathing portrayal of a pompous and bureaucratic church failing to move with the times.

“Our culture has aged, our churches are big and empty and the church bureaucracy rises up, our rituals and our cassocks are pompous,” Martini said in the interview published in Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

“The Church must admit its mistakes and begin a radical change, starting from the pope and the bishops. The pedophilia scandals oblige us to take a journey of transformation,” he said in the interview.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Legal eagle who is not afraid to ruffle feathers - National News - Independent.ie

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Legal eagle who is not afraid to ruffle feathers - National News - Independent.ie: Judge Kelly, born in 1950, came from a solid working-class background and was educated at O'Connell's School in the inner city.?WE NEED A LOT MORE JUDGES FROM SUCH A BACKGROUND?

Judge Frank Martin - Obituaries - Independent.ie

Judge Frank Martin - Obituaries - Independent.ie: "The State has undertaken to give this woman a defence: "no serious effort is being made to defend her."?

Pakistani girl's arrest for blasphemy has echoes here - The Irish Times - Mon, Sep 03, 2012

Pakistani girl's arrest for blasphemy has echoes here - The Irish Times - Mon, Sep 03, 2012: SPARE A thought for Rimsha Masih, who is about 14 years old and facing into at least another fortnight in jail, if not much worse. On Saturday a court in Islamabad deferred her bail application on a technicality until today. Her lawyers say Rimsha has learning difficulties. Yesterday brought news that the local imam who has accused Rimsha Masih of blasphemy, Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, had himself been arrested and accused of planting evidence on her.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: CONNECT TO MY ANGELS

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: CONNECT TO MY ANGELS: TO QUOTE SOLICITOR RICHARD KENNEDY"LEGISLATION WHICH IS UNENFORCEABLE IS BAD LEGISLATION,AND APART FROM THE"FACT"THAT IT FAILS TO ACHIEVE ITS PURPOSE,IT DIMINISHES CONFIDENCE AND RESPECT FOR THE LEGAL SYSTEM?

FOCUS | A Cruel and Unusual Record

FOCUS | A Cruel and Unusual Record: While the country has made mistakes in the past, the widespread abuse of human rights over the last decade has been a dramatic change from the past. With leadership from the United States, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948 as "the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world." This was a bold and clear commitment that power would no longer serve as a cover to oppress or injure people, and it established equal rights of all people to life, liberty, security of person, equal protection of the law and freedom from torture, arbitrary detention or forced exile.?

Saturday, September 1, 2012

sheriff breaks in to house Ben Gilroy

John Cusack Interviews Law Professor Jonathan Turley About Obama Administration’s War On the Constitution

John Cusack Interviews Law Professor Jonathan Turley About Obama Administration’s War On the Constitution: All political questions are not equal no matter how much you pivot. When people die or lose their physical freedom to feed certain economic sectors or "ideologies", it becomes a zero sum game for me.?

Revealed: the pay and perks of your local councillors - National News - Independent.ie

Revealed: the pay and perks of your local councillors - National News - Independent.ie: THE country’s 883 city and county councillors benefited from a €28m payments’ windfall last year.
An Irish Independent investigation reveals that our part-time politicians were paid an average of €31,600 each in salary, allowances, expenses and fees for sitting on a range of public bodies. Many of these councillors earned this cash on top of their day jobs.
However, others have made a full-time living out of what is supposed to be a part-time role. A major trawl of financial records held by almost 200 public bodies revealed very high – but legitimate – pay and expense packages claimed by some councillors.
The highest-earning councillor in the country received seven payments totalling €83,000 from five different bodies – his county council and four outside bodies, to which he was nominated by virtue of being a county councillor.?

Paul Melia: We shouldn't waste another cent on our out-of-touch officials - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie

Paul Melia: We shouldn't waste another cent on our out-of-touch officials - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie: But what exactly are our politicians doing for their money? Are they worth it?

James Downey: Forget property tax, let's tackle existing injustices - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie

James Downey: Forget property tax, let's tackle existing injustices - Analysis, Opinion - Independent.ie: What of people in negative equity with distressed mortgages?

Labour piles pressure on Reilly to target consultants - National News - Independent.ie

Labour piles pressure on Reilly to target consultants - National News - Independent.ie: His spokeswoman said: "The minister (Mr Howlin) is strongly in agreement that the highest-paid public servants, who are hospital consultants, should form part of the solution to the issue of cost over-runs in the health sector."
Tanaiste and Labour leader Eamon Gilmore was asked yesterday why consultants' pay had not been cut.
He said: "There are difficult budget decisions that have to be made but again the priority has to be the needs of the people who are in need of services."?

€200,000 bill on the way for TDs' tablets - National News - Independent.ie

€200,000 bill on the way for TDs' tablets - National News - Independent.ie: TAXPAYERS are expected to be hit with a bill of more than €200,000 to provide TDs, senators and department officials with handheld tablet computers.?

HSE chief overseeing €130m cutbacks defends pay hike - National News - Independent.ie

HSE chief overseeing €130m cutbacks defends pay hike - National News - Independent.ie: Asked if it sent out the wrong message when he is overseeing €130m in health cuts, affecting many elderly and the disabled, Mr O'Brien said the salary figure was a matter for the Government and it was less than his predecessor earned.?

Dáil Eireann - 29/Jun/1960 Criminal Justice Bill, 1960—Second Stage (Resumed).

Dáil Eireann - 29/Jun/1960 Criminal Justice Bill, 1960—Second Stage (Resumed).: There are few Deputies who are not personally, or at least vicariously, familiar with the insides of prisons. Many of our colleagues have been inside as prisoners. Some of us have heard at second hand of conditions within prisons. Others of us accepted the prudent discipline of visiting the prisons when we became legislators so that we might have a clear knowledge of what we were doing if we legislated in such a way as to make it possible to imprison our neighbour. I visited all the prisons in this country, Borstal, the reformatories and some of the industrial schools. One has always to bear in mind that, for anybody entering a penal institution of any kind for the first time, there is always the possibility that he may experience a certain feeling of shock. But, having recovered from that, it is, I think, the duty of all legislators to attempt at least to take an objective and a charitable view of the circumstances of people upon whom the misfortune of imprisonment has fallen.?

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: Pat Finucane Inquiry Campaign

ENCOURAGECHANGE.: 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?

Corrupt Eire: Joan Burton looking to make savings from Disabled Children

Corrupt Eire: Joan Burton looking to make savings from Disabled Children: A child must be likely to require this level of care and attention for at least 12 months.?HOW ABOUT FORTY YEARS?

Meet the Industry That Makes the Koch Brothers Look Poor

Meet the Industry That Makes the Koch Brothers Look Poor: This nation is now spending over $200 billion a year on a justice system that locks up more people than any country on earth. We have more prisoners than China. More than Russia. More than anyone. This colossal system is hitting our communities with staggering financial and human costs — gobbling resources that should be going to strengthening communities.?