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Sleeping Rough

Contact us if you see a person who is sleeping rough – public awareness campaign to begin next Monday 23rd September 2013

Help a person who is rough sleeping is a public awareness campaign that will allow members of the public to contact the Regional Contact and Outreach Team (RCOS) and the Dublin Region Homeless Executive (DRHE) if they are concerned about a person who is rough sleeping. People often feel unsure about what to do or who to tell when they see a person who is rough sleeping. We hope this will enable them assist person, whilst providing us with the necessary information to quickly find people who are rough sleeping.

All reports can be made through www.homelessdublin.ie

The RCOS can then engage with the person with the specific goal of moving them into accommodation. It is important to recognise that people who are rough sleeping may choose not to engage with services. The longer a person sleeps rough, the greater the risk that they will become trapped on the streets and become vulnerable, whilst experiencing problems with addiction and their health. People who are rough sleeping may not be known to services, as some prefer to remain out of sight and are bedded down at different times and move from place to place. It is critical that people who are rough sleeping are actively encouraged to access homeless services.

This service will be operated by the RCOS and the DRHE. Our goal is to move people into temporary accommodation and onto independent living.

Points made by Minister Bruton on RTE’s This Week re abolition of Seanad

Please find a briefing note on the Referendum attached. The Party launched its poster campaign at the weekend.

Personalised leaflets for councillors should be ordered through your Regional Organiser.

· Every family and business in the country has had to change and adapt and politics must too

Reply- Accountability, competence and secrecy are factors that bedevil the Irish political system. Currently, the country is rules in essence by the cabinet economic core of four ministers none of whom have training in economics and finance; none of whom would be qualified to apply for a job as a financial director of a major company but all of whom want to abolish the Seanad, which if reformed could have competent people elected to such a body to the advantage of the country.
In the UK, expertise in the Lords is used to address national problems and report on solutions for and against proposals and laws and hold detailed enquiries into national incidents and problems. The government wants to define abolition of a representative body as a way forward in a parliamentary system that guillotines most bills and takes its cues overwhelmingly from the permanent civil service or nods through European regulations without debate and dissection.

Pathetic really..

· Only two out 16 small countries in the OECD have 2 houses

Reply: There is no compelling reason why Ireland should imitate OECD small countries. Politics in Ireland is a participation sport and we are the better for it. IN the US, politicians have to persuade others as to the value of their positions to pass votes and laws. In London, ‘rebellions’ in parliament do not result in mas expulsions of MPs. Valuable politicians often end their careers in the Lords and don’t have to prove Enoch Powell’s assertion at all political careers end in failure. (I will ignore the rejoiners on Brian and the Bert)

· 1% of our population participated in its election

Reply: That is only true in the literal sense. Only just over one hundred people elect the Taoiseach to that post but thousands elect their proxies, the TDs. There are fewer proxy voters for Senate Panel Elections because voter turnout in Council elections is lower. But the universities have a large vote even if the electorate is elitist. ( Few claim that reform is not necessary). Thus that 1% claim is disingenuous and again is

Pathetic really

· 90% of Senators were appointed by politicians

Reply: Those politicians are elected to represent the people and the politician electorate is broader based that the TDs. So that is a populist barrel scraping denigration.

Pathetic really

· The Taoiseach’s nominee guarantees a majority

Reply: This is a statement of the blindingly obvious as if it is in the current context somehow a disgrace.

Pathetic really

· Last time the Seanad delayed legislation was in 1964

Reply: Well if the Taoiseach ensures a guaranteed majority to obey orders, is this point anything except predictable. How many amendments to Bills originating in the Seanad have been accepted in that period. That would give a wholly different hue to the above question and show the partiality of the comment.

Pathetic really


· This is about making sure that the Dáil which is elected by all the people is more effective.

Reply: All the people do not vote and are not obliged to as in Australia for example. This attack on the Seanad will not make the Dail more effective. Less scrutiny will lessen the quality of Law enacted.

This is not about making sure the Dail is more effective, it is about abolishing the Seanad. There is no guarantee that the outcome will be a more effective Dail.

So more distortion (spin)

· We need a modern one chamber parliament which is elected by all of the people

Reply: The parliament is elected by those who vote. Does that mean compulsory voting? We need computer screens in front of all TDs. Do we need much fewer TDs with a cabinet of advisors paid for by the public surrounding them? No we don’t, we can reform the Seanad for quality purposes. A one chamber parliament is not synonymous with ‘modernity’.

So more distortion (spin)

· The Protection of Life and Pregnancy Bill gives provided us with an insight into how legislation will be fashioned in the new reformed Dáil. There will greater scrutiny of legislation by Committees from the outset and outside experts invited in to inform debate.

Reply: Reminds me of quoting Lindi St Clair, the original Miss Whiplash. The refinition of abortion as non-abortion and the misuse of clear language to obfuscate was demonstrated many times in those debates. How were outside experts invited? Who decided ? How was the conflictiing evidence weighed? And in the end, a law about abortion used to expell dissenters via a whip with threats. Not exactly a template to demonstrate the attainment of adult autonomy through education!

So more distortion (spin)

· There is much stronger oversight from outside Parliament than when the Seanad was originally created in the form of Ombudsman’s offices and other bodies.

Reply: Abolition of the Seanad will weaken oversight. The Regulators need to be kept on their toes and the Ombudsman’s offices have complained about governments’ attitudes and actions on many occasions. The Seanad was not set up as a form of Ombudsman Service so why imply that it was?

So more distortion (spin)

· The easy option would be to leave the Seanad in place.

Reply: As if that is the only alternative. Have you heard of change and reform? A YES/NO option as the only choice. I am certain that Richard Bruton’s Belvedere, Clongowes Wood, UCD and Oxford education record precludes him from believeing this rubbish. So Richard, tell us in public that you believe this! I’d dare you.

So more distortion (even more incredible spin)


· The abolition of the Seanad would save €20 million per year. These figures have been provided by the Oireachtas Commission.

Reply: So representation costs? This is a disputed €20 million. I don’t think the cost is excessive. Costs can be better contained in any reform programme. Advisors can be made generic to all senators and form a talent pool by open competition.

Populist Rhetoric

· This includes direct annual savings of €8.8 million

· Indirect costs of running the House brings that figure up to €20 million

· When the upper house is gone, people and resources can be redeployed elsewhere.

Reply: How much do public enquiries cost? How much do your backroom staff members cost Mr Bruton? How well qualified are the political staff appointments? Why pay them so much?

As Max Boyce puts it – “I was there”


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Gerry Maher RIP

This was a great man. He worked in St James Gate Brewery and was a real FWUI man.

A Finglas stalward and one of the most charitable people I ever met. I never double crossed anyone in his life. He was a great friend to me for the last 32 years and I will never forget him.

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Last Christmas on RTE TV there was a programme on his wife Betty and himself when the gardens and house was renovated as a surprise for Betty who was a winner of the Lord Mayors Award a few years ago.

Gerry was a real Labour man – an old Labour man. Spring, Jack Haret and co.

A gem.

with Willie Bermingham Jr at City Hall

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I voted for Willie Bermingham number 1 and Kay Mills number 2 as I promised.

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Begging in Dublin

The Dollymount D has entered the fray again on the subject of begging and aggression. He wants to export the drug treatment clinics to areas of origin of the abusers. Does this include Glasnevin, Dollymount and Clontarf? Just curious!

Bus Strike in Dublin

Dublin City Council and the Department of transport should act immediately to allow cars into the empty bus lanes and allow free on-street parking for the duration of the strike. Transport is important and every effort should be made to facilitate the public.

High Rise Buildings

I agree with this man.

Dear Sir/Madam,

As a member of the public and a geographer with particular interest in urban planning, I wish to express my frustration and dismay at the limiting of the height of buildings in the Dublin Docklands to 60 metres. Dublin is possibly the only capital city in Europe with no buildings of considerable height whatsoever, and I think the proposal should be reconsidered in the interest of the city going forward.

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Shortlist for New City Bridge down to five

Dublin City Council has announced the final five proposed names for  the new bridge over the River Liffey near Marlborough Street.

The Council’s Commemorative Naming Committee at its meeting today 10th July had the difficult task of reducing the previous shortlist of 10 names to 5.

“The Committee have been delighted with the public’s interest in naming this bridge and wish to thank them for their enthusiastic response and outstanding contributions.  The names include heroic  Dubliners, giants from the world of literature and sport. We have an outstanding shortlist of five, any one of which would be a fitting choice” says Councillor Dermot Lacey who is the Chairperson of the Committee.

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Which One is The Banker?