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This morning.

At the launch of cost rental housing at St Michael’s estate in Inchicore, Dublin 8.

Fine Gael TD Catherine Byrne criticised her party colleague Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy’s plans.

John Kilraine, in RTE, reports:

A new proposal would see the construction of 472 housing units, with 330 cost-rental and the remainder social housing.

Minister Murphy, speaking at a public meeting, said cost-rental provided people with rents 15-25% below market value.

…However, Ms Byrne said 70% cost-rental would not build a sustainable community.

She said affordable housing was needed instead, which would allow local young people to get on the property ladder.

She also complained about lack of consultation and the high-density of the plan.

St Michael’s Estate regeneration plans criticised by FG TD (RTE)

Anastasia Iancova, 17, was last seen when she left her home in Balgriffin, Dublin 13 on Thursday evening at 5pm.

She is described as being approximately 5′ 7″, of slim build, with long brown hair, brown eyes and a piercing in her lower lip.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Coolock garda station on 01-6664-200, the Garda Confidential Line at 1800-666-111 or any garda station.

Pic: An Garda Siochana

Yesterday.

Ciaran Cuffe tweeted:

Got to source of River Liffey today. Like an oasis drying out. All it needed was a couple of emaciated camels to complete the scene.

Yikes.

Through The Cracks is a ten-minute film about families living in emergency accommodation in Ireland.

It’s been created by poet, visual artist and lone parent Ingrid Casey with Bold Puppy film-makers Nathan Fagan and Luke Daly and director of photography Kevin Minogue.

It will launched at Inspire Galerie on Gardiner Street this Wednesday at 6pm, followed by a panel dissuasion chaired by Clare O’Connor, the director of Inner City Helping Homelessness.

Ingrid, who gave a speech at the recent Danielle Carroll Summer School, said:

“When I became a lone parent in 2014, life was very frightening in terms of changing my housing situation and I had narrowly avoided homelessness. However, these stories in the news continued and continued, and I knew when Danielle Carroll died that I could do something, and that I had to.”

The documentary is linked with a People’s Housing Plan petition on UPLIFT calling on the Government to build more public housing and to stop its reliance on the private developers.

It can be signed here

Through The Cracks

Related: Mother who took her own life was devastated by homelessness, event hears (Kitty Holland, Irish Times)

Saturday.

F2 Centre, Fatima, Rialto, Dublin 8.

The inaugural Danielle Carroll Summer School.

The event, named after a young homeless mother who took her own life while in emergency accommodation, was organised by Fionnuala Killeen and Michael Caul and held in response to the MacGill gender balance controversy.

Fionnuala writes:

We would like to thank Danielle Carroll’s family for attending a day held in tribute to a beautiful young mother of two.

It was a very emotional day and had a huge impact on those in attendance and the hundreds of people who watched the live stream. The #Day4Danielle hashtag was trending on twitter from early on in the day, showing a huge interest in the issue.

I felt the day was so powerful and actually captured the zeitgeist amongst a lot of mobilised and energised women who have had enough.

The panellists were all experts in their field with a lot of combined experience of frontline services, media and many have set up organisations and campaigns in light of a failure of a government policy or inaction in an issue.

The aim of the day was to question the many gaps in various services for women and to ask “What is killing women?” following an article by Kitty Holland, Social Affairs correspondent with The Irish Times, one of the most socially conscious journalists in the state.

Caroline Carroll, Danielle’s sister, spoke eloquently about Danielle’s experiences of homelessness and her heartbreak as the offer of a bungalow was rescinded without explanation.

Caroline mentioned that Danielle had begged South Dublin County Council for help and advised them she had struggles with her mental health.

Caroline read out a letter that Danielle had written to SDCC and the audience felt privileged to hear, in Danielle’s own words, what she was going through at that time.

It was clear from hearing this letter read out that Danielle urgently needed and had requested more support services and was very isolated from her family for a period of months.

It questions where are the support workers that are supposed to be assigned to assist families experiencing homelessness.

Senator Lynn Ruane spoke and highlighted that barriers should be removed from women trying to progress from a position of poverty and women should be championed to progress and not after they have achieved.

Women’s liberty is being limited by the state and, whether choice really looks the same for everybody, we are blaming individuals for the circumstances that they are either born into or find themselves in and that poverty is the most coercive of them all.

Kitty Holland led a panel discussion from experts who have experience of dealing with women in crisis; the speakers were Tara Deacy, Laoise Neylon, Claire O’Connor, Linda Hayden and a summation from Senator Ruane.

The clear feeling among these women is that the individual is being blamed for being in a crisis whilst asking for help and that women are effectively being gaslighted by the state.

This has to stop and we must keep hearing women’s stories and questioning the situation where survival is the lowest bar.

A huge problem is the individualisation of social problems e.g. – if Danielle had to get two buses to bring her child to school and would be late – that was her problem. Where she had no access to washing or cooking facilities – that was her problem.

Negative self reflection is compounded when in a crisis situation and the State is complicit in perpetuating the cycle of blame.

The State needs to supply wrap around support services and invest in services for women and children.

The State is in denial that they are failing families and the economy is not improving for the majority of Irish citizens, even in households where two adults are getting up early in the morning and working. Families are struggling to keep their heads above water.

Women are drowning in the struggle to survive on their own without any support services.

Campaigners Bernadette Grogan (Repeal), Maeve O’Rourke (Magdalen Women) and Gillian Hammil (#MyNameIs) gave powerful speeches about their respective campaigns which many people are aware of and were set up as a result of discontent with the performance of the Government to date.

In the afternoon, Gemma O’ Doherty, investigative journalist, delivered her keynote speech on corruption in the media asking that they highlight the real stories about what is going on in our society.

If the message is not going out there, the illusion of the State doing well is perpetuated. Where media ownership is an issue, that balance may never be addressed. We have to seek new ways to get the stories out there.

Anne-Marie McNally, Political Director for the Social Democrats, spoke about “If you can’t see it, you can’t be it” where there is limited voices and representation from working class people in the mainstream media. If one of these voices appears on radio or TV panels, it is almost a novelty.

Anne-Marie then chaired the panel on media diversity with participation from Lois Kaplin, Olga Cronin, Kitty Holland, Niamh McDonald.

Seeking a wider representation from the media of the realities of life for most Irish people, and to seek to dispel the myth that the recovery is booming for everybody and the Government are failing in their policies and their ideology, the school concluded:

Why are we seeing that this is a systemic structural problem?

Why is it not possible to access opportunity equally?

The system is creating marginalisation by the way support systems are set up.

You have to give up your liberty and self respect to ask for help.

Our expectations are so low that we are happy to survive a crisis as we are so used to accepting the bare minimum in services for women and children.

The most economically disenfranchised are those that pay the highest price – emotionally, with their time, families, money, quality of life and the associated anxieties that come from that.

The media needs to show the real state of services in Ireland today and that they are failing families.

There will be a cost to pay in years to come and this needs to be addressed now.

We cannot remain complicit in the State cover-up of failure in it’s ideology

The poet Geoff, a beautiful, humble soul, closed proceedings with his poem ‘A letter to Leo‘ which was inspired by the death of Danielle.

Geoff’s poem asked: ‘How does Leo sleep at night?’

We’d all like to know.

Danielle Carroll Summer School 2018

UPDATE:

Irish language spoken here

Síomha Ní Ruairc writes:

Bliain na Gaeilge and Festival Republic are delighted to announce that they will be collaborating on some special feature events at Electric Picnic 2018 in Stradbally, Co. Laois, 31st August – 2nd September.

As part of this collaboration, there will be an official Gaeltacht camping area founded on the festival grounds.

There will be space provided for two hundred people in this designated camping area, in which Irish will be the common language of the residents.

Tickets for Electric Picnic 2018 are sold out, but those who have already purchased tickets will be able to stay in this new designated Irish language camping space.

Because of limited spaces, campers will have to register to stay in ‘An Ghaeltacht’ beforehand, at electricpicnic.ie.  Applications will open for ticketholders at 10am. tomorrow,  Tuesday July 24.

Electric Picnic 2018

St Vincent’s University Hospital Nutley wing

St Vincent’s Hospital, Merrion Road, Dublin 4

kirkbadaz writes:

My father in law has been a guest of St Vincents University Hospital since Monday, he’s in one of the new Nutley Wing rooms.

Today we discovered human excrement in corner of the bathroom by the window. It’s been there since before he was admitted. Today is Saturday. Hospital staff have been informed.

Nothing done yet at time of writing. Also there are been creepy handprints on the doors of the lifts in the 2nd floor of the same wing. Directly in front of the nurses’ station I might add. Shower is also broken in his room.

No sign of him leaving any time soon. My guess though, is he’ll be gone before the shit is cleaned up…