Beamont, Dublin 9
Nelly Bergman writes;
Great response time by Dublin City Council. As prompt as in [Storm] Ophelia. Thanks, guys.
Gemma O’Doherty addressing Dublin City Council chamber yesterday
Yesterday, Gemma O’Doherty was among a number of Presidential hopefuls including Peter Casey, John Goarke and Sarah Louise Mulligan to make their case to Dublin City Council.
Councillors chose to discard all nomination following disruptions during an address by comedy candidate Norma Burke aka Bunty Twuntingdon McFluff.
Ms O’Doherty told councillors:
As a proud Ranelagh woman who grew up just up the road from here it’s a honor to be here today but I would like to pay tribute to the brave young men and women who are currently occupying properties in the city and trying to draw attention to the appalling housing crisis that our city and country now face.
I would like to put on the record of this chamber that I am profoundly disturbed at the sight of men in balaclavas coming down to our city, guarded by our police force, and removing these young people, who are desperate, who cannot afford even to dream of buying a house in this city, never mind renting one, and my reason for seeking this nomination is in furtherance of my desire to serve the cause of truth, justice and integrity for the Irish people.
I believe that our relatively young nation is suffering from a culture of corruption and clientism which is deeply damaging to democracy and to the relationship between politicians and citizens.
I believe that the presidency can set the standard for the sort of democracy that we all want to live in, one that respects citizens’ right to truth and justice, the right to affordable housing, the right to a first world health care service, the right to a publicly owned safe and reliable water supply and the right to a free press.
Most of my work in investigative journalism has focused on exposing wrongdoing within the criminal justice system. A number of my investigations have let to the reopening of murder files including that of Niall Molloy and Mary Boyle, our longest and youngest missing person.
During my work at the Irish Independent, where I spent almost 20 years, I worked with Maurice McCabe and was one of the first journalists to expose the very serious allegations that he was trying to highlight, and as part of my work I was responsible for exposing I suppose an elite that had been operating in this country and continue to operate people who are going onto the roads of our country and doing whatever speeds they liked.
Some of these people were judges, some of them were state solicitors, journalists, crime reporters and newspaper editors.
As part of that particular work I exposed the fact that the Garda Commissioner, the former Garda Commissioner, was also abusing the penalty points system and that resulted in the end of my career at INM. I was forced to take a case to the High Court, where I was successful.
Since then, I have been highlighting injustice and organizing a number of trips to foreign parliaments with victims of state corruption and these have included Stormont, Brussels, Westminster and Washington DC, where I have visited with citizens who have been denied justice and spoke to foreign MPs and MEPs and tried to highlight cases that Irish governments have turned their back on.
As I said earlier I am very concerned about the housing and health crisis and I believe that boundaries of the presidency can be pushed out in order to stand up and defend those who have lost their voices in this country. I believe that there are many of them now.
Many more people become voiceless every day in our city and our country and they are the people I would like to defend.
Thank you very much for listening to me today.
Watch here (from 23.33)
Earlier: And For That Reason
Previously:: Mid Morning Presidential Matters
At 6pm, at Dublin City Hall.
Dublin City Council will vote on a motion not to sell the Sean McDermott Street magdalene laundry (above) to a Japanese hotel chain – after the vote didn’t take place on September 3.
An online petition in support of the motion has, as of this afternoon, gained 10,466 signatures.
Further to this…
Supporters of the motion are calling on people to join them in a peaceful protest outside the city hall at 6pm as the vote takes place.
Previously: Out Of Time
Tonight’s vote to halt the sale of Magdalene Laundry on Sean McDermott ran out of time at this afternoons city council meeting.. I’m enormously disappointed but determined to redouble my efforts to ensure this sale is defeated.
— Gary Gannon (@1GaryGannon) September 3, 2018
At Dublin City Council.
A scheduled vote on a motion from Social Democrat councillor Gary Gannon – to stop the sale of the magdalene laundry site on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin to a Japanese hotel chain – never took place as the council ran out of time.
The motion will be back on the agenda on Thursday, September 13.
A petition in support of the motion has gained more than 10,000 signatures.
It can be signed here.
The former ‘Gloucester Street’ Magdalene Laundry, Sean McDermott Street, Dublin 1
Social Democrats Dublin City Councillor Gary Gannon, for Dublin’s North Inner City, has set up a petition calling on Dublin City Council to stop the sale of the Sean McDermott Street Magdalene Laundry site to a Japanese hotel chain.
Dublin City Council is planning to sell the 2-acre Magdalene Laundry site on Sean McDermott Street in Dublin to a Japanese hotel chain for €14 million.
The elected Dublin City Councillors have the power to stop the sale. They will vote on a motion to stop the Council’s plan on Monday 3rd September.
Sign the petition here
Previously: The Last Laundry
Dublin City Council road sweeper completely taking the piss with this road sweeping job. The driver drove up the street in the photo, did some manoeuvre that ensured he completely missed the left hand corner before sauntering back down the road on the opposite side. Waste of time much?
New Dublin Lord Mayor Niall Ring
Declan Tyrrell writes:
New mayor, Former Banker, Developer, speculator and member of Bertie’s St Luke “mafia” Nial Ring, was elected Lord Mayor of DCC last night
He is one of Bertie’s old boys, although I can only find reference to this in old articles, no connection made in coverage of his new position.
A profile Via Independent.ie in 2010:
“He set up Barrick Capital Corporation in 1992, an IFSC-based subsidiary of international mining firm Barrick Gold.
He was general manager there until 1995. In the late 1990s he was head of finance at Bankgesellschaft Berlin (Ireland). Its parent, a top German bank, famously had to be bailed out by the German exchequer to the tune of €2bn in 2001.
“He was MD of north Dublin builder Jerry Beade’s Greencastle Investments in the early 2000s. Ring has said his biggest business break came through a site he bought with Beade in Coolock, Dublin.
From a staunch Fianna Fáil family, Ring was part of Bertie Ahern’s St Luke’s inner circle for several years, but when the Dublin north city boy was elected to that ward of Dublin City Council in 2009 it was as an independent, having not been selected to run for the party. He had run for Fianna Fail in 2004, losing narrowly. Until last year he was a longstanding government appointee to the board of the IDA.”
His business partner in these ventures, Liam McGrattan, appears to have self posted this video following a two year stay at The Shelbourne Hotel…
Paper cup; Green Party councillor at Dublin City Council Claire Byrne
After a series of motions submitted by Green Party Councillor Claire Byrne in the Environment Strategic Policy Committee, Dublin City Council have now agreed to set up an internal committee looking at banning non-recyclable coffee cups in their own buildings, reviewing catering agreements with suppliers, and will work to introduce the ban in markets and cafes within city parks.
This internal campaign will be supported by a city-wide external communications campaign to promote reusable coffee cups to the general public.
Speaking following the agreement, Councillor Byrne said: “I am delighted with this move by Dublin City Council. This is a great step towards reducing general waste in the city and increasing our recycling rates.
“We are throwing away 200 million coffee cups every year which end up in landfill or incineration. These type of measures, working in conjunction with organisations such as Conscious Cup Campaign, will take a large number of disposable coffee cups out of our waste stream.”
Rosemary Fearsaor Hughes (left with guide dog Quilla) and Eileen Gleeson
An open letter to Eileen Gleeson, Dublin Regional Housing Executive, Dublin City Council
As a sight-impaired rough sleeper, I wish to point out some of your misconceptions. Your statement on the causes of homelessness is discriminatory at least and ill advised at best.
I am writing this as a homeless person angered at your flagrant disregard towards other human beings, since you seem to forget that we are human, to rebuke you for the sweeping statement you have made about individuals who find themselves without accommodation.
How many homeless people do you know on a personal level?
We are not all in this situation through “bad behaviour” or through substance abuse. I was without a home and family overnight: not all “homeless people” are bums who want to live off welfare. Many find themselves homeless as a result of landlord greed, or through escaping abusive relationships.
Legislation governing the selling of handicrafts and other honest means of making a living make it impossible for individuals to save money to access private rented accommodation.
I am a Big Issue vendor, on many occasion I have experienced persecution for selling handicrafts that I have made, postcards and other small souvenirs on the streets, I want to earn a living and I will never beg. I am not in receipt of Social Welfare.
I, like many other rough sleepers, do not abuse any substances, including tobacco or alcohol, which is one of several reasons why I wish to have nothing to do with your inadequate and inaccessible hostels, accessed through a degrading freephone number.
Most of the “emergency accommodation ” facilities are unsuitable for an individual with mobility issues or sight impairment. If an accessible bed was available I would gladly accept it, that said there are not enough beds available anyway. The facilities are undignified and individual privacy is minimal.
I am computer literate and want to give something back. I not only read Braille, but I can teach it. I know many other homeless people who want opportunities to contribute to the society which has literally left us in the gutter.
However, once you have the stigma of having been homeless your prospects diminish greatly and your opportunities for obtaining meaningful long-term employment vanish. You are perpetuating that stigma by implying that all who have been or are homeless are in that position through their own wrong doing!
I am going to cast some aspersions of my own. I can be reasonably certain that you have never been without food and not known how you were going to find your next meal, nor that you have ever needed to find cardboard to bed down in a doorway.
You have had an easy life where wants and needs are easily confused. You are out of touch with the reality of what it is to survive with little or nothing and I cannot see how you can be of any benefit to the DHRE, because you have little idea about homelessness.
What is certain is that, on your watch, precisely nothing has been done to solve the long-term problem of homelessness in Dublin. I commend those charities who are doing what they can, which is more than I can say for the DHRE.
So I ask you Eileen Gleeson, how can someone so ill-informed about homelessness and clearly and demonstrably incompetent stay in a job for she is unsuitable with the DHRE?
A rough sleeper on Grafton Street
Previously: “Years Of Bad Behaviour”