Tuesday, December 4, 2012

National monument to be protected

Last night Dublin City Councillors voted in favour of this emergency motion (see below). Here is a situation where a State body, the OPW, whose role it is to protect national structure and heritage items, showing blatant disregard for the Garden of Remembrance.  The OPW's primary purpose is to ensure the protection of such monuments, yet having known that the Garden of Remembrance was not listed as a protected structure, instead of remedying this it had engaged in the process to completely undermining the integrity of this site by attempting to shoehorn a preposterous tunnel and water feature as a memorial to those that have experienced institutional abuse in this State. This whole action was aided and abetted by Dublin City Council and their lack of care of duty in ensuring that this particular site, the Garden of Remembrance, was protected under the record of protected structures.  It is ironic that the very monument they wanted to impose on on this site was to atone for their neglect and their lack of care for the children of this State.  Strange, or not strange, that same lack of care, and failure to protect was very evident with their disregard for the National monument site which they failed to protect in the first instance. However, Dublin City Councillors, came, albeit a bit late, to the rescue. Hopefully this ill conceived fake piece of 'architorture' will not find its place at the Garden of Remembrance.  The whole issue of a memorial to those who have experience institutional abuse and abuses in their childhood need greater public debate and engagement if we are really going to examine an appropriate way to deal with this issue.

In the meantime, it is premature and needs to be deferred or stopped entirely until the issue, that is, the global issue of child sexual abuse and other abuses of children in which Irish priests, clerics and religious orders were involved throughout the world have emerged, been given due examination and truth established.  Finally, a national memorial, is a serious issue for any society. Lets give this issue due regard.

Please sign the petition.  


Emergency Motion passed in Dublin City Council December 3rd 2012

With an impending decision by Dublin City Council planning department of a planning application for the building of a memorial to victims of institutional abuse on the site of the Garden of Remembrance and having regard to the national significance of this site as a memorial to the men and women who gave their lives to the cause for Irish freedom, we call on Dublin City Council to initiate a proceedure to declare this site a protected heritage structure of National importance. We also call on Dublin City Council to include the site as an architectural conservation area. At present this important national site is without protection in that it is not included on the Dublin City Council’s record of protected structures, nor is it included in a statutory architectural conservation area.

Monday, December 3, 2012

Row over Child abuse memorial - Article- Sunday Times Dec 2nd 2012

A plan to honour victims of institutional child abuse in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin is being opposed by campaigners,writes Siobhán Maguire.


The Department of Education and the Office of Public Works want to erect a memorial

at the garden on Parnell Square, as recommended in the Ryan report, published by a

commission into child abuse.

The chosen design, entitled Journey of Light, is by Studio Negri and Hennessy & Associates, an architectural firm in Dublin. It has divided groups representing survivors of child abuse who say the proposed location would link it to an existing memorial to Irish

freedom fighters. The base of the Spire on O’Connell Street or the grounds

of Leinster House on Kildare Street are among some of the alternative locations being

suggested by those objecting.

Mannix Flynn, an independent Dublin councillor, said such a memorial did not belong

at a location with strong links to church and state. “The crucifix that is at the centre of the

Garden of Remembrance, the sculpture of the Children of Lir and the Irish flag all form part of a cultural heritage that was deeply involved with the inhumane treatment of the children it now wishes to atone to through a memorial at this site,” he said. 

In his planning objection Nial Ring, another independent councillor, said: “Irish men and women who carried the vision of freedom and equality before them, and gave their lives as such, should not be tarnished with a memorial relating to a shameful part of Irish history. Both the fight for freedom and child abuse should be separately acknowledged.”

A planned revamp of the Garden of Remembrance, which was visited by Queen

Elizabeth last year, includes a €500,000 subterranean memorial, a covered walkway and a new civic area. The Irish Georgian Society, a conservation group, objected to

the memorial on the grounds that it “will provide a dank unsafe space which will attract

anti-social behaviour”.

The group wrote: “While the society is cognisant of the importance of creating such a

memorial, we strongly disagree with the location and configuration of the current proposal.

“Parnell Square is one of the finest of Dublin’s 18th-century urban set-pieces. Regrettably

over the years the area has experienced neglect which has led to the deterioration of many historic houses, while poor development decisions have resulted in a cluttered expansion of building and services in the Rotunda Hospital.” Alice Hanratty, an artist and member of Aosdana, the self selected academy of artists, said it was “astonishing” to put a memorial “in the sacred space set aside to honour those who

sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedom”.


 In September, Dublin city councillors backed a motion by Flynn to delay building of the memorial. The winning design, announced in July, is for a passageway

that will include the wording of the state’s apology to those who were abused while in its care.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Landscape Conference Dublin Tuesday 27th November


Landscape conference to highlight importance of Green Infrastructure


The world-renowned landscape architect and urban designer Dr. Kongjian Yu will be the keynote speaker at the Irish Landscape Institute’s (ILI) National Conference and Design Awards on Tuesday 27th November. The conference takes place at Bewley’s Hotel’s Thomas Prior Hall, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 and this year’s theme is Green Infrastructure.


Dublin’s Lord Mayor, Naoise ÓMuirí, will open the conference. “It is very exciting to have the well-respected expert Dr. Kongjian Yu in attendance at the ILI’s 2012 Conference.  Dr. Yu has a record in applying cutting-edge design to enhancing our environment.   This is very relevant to Green infrastructure which is the conference’s theme this year.   Greening the City is one of the main aims of the current Development Plan for Dublin. Dublin City Council is actively developing strategic green networks in terms of better transportation access, flood reduction, recreational and biodiversity  improvements.” says the Lord Mayor.


Green Infrastructure is a network of natural areas and open spaces—such as woodlands, wetlands, trails and parks—that conserves ecosystems, helps sustain clean air and water and provides many other benefits to people and wildlife.


President of the Irish Landscape Institute, Maryann Harris, adds that “The Irish Landscape Institute celebrates the twentieth anniversary this year. The multidisciplinary nature of Green Infrastructure is reflected in this conference’s programme. The global importance of Green Infrastructure is reflected in our speakers from Asia, North America and Europe. We are also launching the first national award in Ireland for Green Infrastructure as part of the National Landscape Awards 2012. This conference will provide a major event for pioneering new approaches in Ireland to environmental planning and design.”


Key sponsorship for this event is provided by Dublin City Council and by the Green Infrastructure Network (GreenInfranet), co-funded by the EU programme INTERREG IVC and its project partner, Fingal County Council.



For further information contact:


Kevin Fitzpatrick, Hon. Secretary, Irish Landscape Institute

KFLA tel.:             (01) 444-0724

Email:                   secretary@irishlandscapeinstitute.com

Maryann Harris, President, Irish Landscape Institute

Tel.:                       087-656-1676

Email:                   president@irishlandscapeinstitute.com

Website:             www.irishlandscapeinstitute.com



The Irish Landscape Institute (ILI)

ILI is the professional body representing Landscape Architects in Ireland, governed by a Constitution and a Code of Professional Conduct. The Institute has a membership of about 200, made up of fellows and full members, graduate members, student members, honorary members and affiliates. ILI is a registered member of both EFLA (European Foundation for Landscape Architecture) and IFLA (International Federation of Landscape Architects) and is a member of the Urban Forum

Dr. Kongjian Yu

The keynote speaker is Dr. Kongjian Yu, Doctor of Design and Visiting Professor at Harvard University, author of 17 books, and Professor and Dean at the College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Peking University, China.  Dr. Yu is President and Principal Designer of Turenscape, a multi award-winning firm employing 600 design professionals. Turenscape is a multi disciplinary design practice providing design services in architecture, landscape architecture, and urban design, across many scales and environments.

The vast scale of China and its apparently boundless growth have enabled Yu to test many ideas that are still largely theories in the Western world. His work, increasingly valued and appreciated in Europe and North America, has attained an extremely high and elegant level in both conception and execution. Kongjian Yu is known for his ecological stance, often against the status quo. His guiding design principles are the appreciation of the ordinary and a deep embracing of nature, even in its potentially destructive aspects, such as floods. Among his most acclaimed projects are Houtan Park for Shanghai Expo, the Red Ribbon Park in Qinhuangdao, and Shipyard Park in Zhongshan.


 Other speakers will include:


  • James Mituzas, Senior Landscape Architect and Urban Designer, New York City Parks and Recreation
  • Michael Phillips FIEI, President, Engineers Ireland and City Engineer of Dublin
  • Nicole Collomb CMLI, Built Environment Expert at Design Council, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment, (CABE), in London and Chartered Landscape Architect
  • Dr. Shane Colgan, ERC Co-ordinator, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Franca Davenport MA MSc, science writer for Science for Environment Policy, a European Commission service, and lecturer at University of the West of England in Bristol
  • Dr. Gerry Clabby, ecologist and Heritage Officer, Fingal County Council and project partner of EU Green Infranet Project
  • Alison Harvey, Planning and Development Officer, Heritage Council and author of 'Community-led Village Design Statement (VDS) Toolkit' (2012)


The Green Infrastructure Network (GreenInfraNet) is a partnership of 12 regions from across Europe working together to promote the development and implementation of green infrastructure in EU regions. The three-year project was launched in April 2012 and is co-funded by the EU programme INTERREG IVC.  Website:  www.greeninfranet.org for further details.




Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Changes at Temple Bar Cultural Trust

Mr Ray Yeates, Dublin City Arts Officer appointed CEO, managing director of Temple Bar Cultural Trust




Dublin City Council Public Statement



Re: Temple Bar Cultural Trust


The Board of Temple Bar Cultural Trust have confirmed the City Manager’s appointment of the City Arts Officer to the role of Interim CEO of TBCT.


Mr Yeates will retain his position as City Arts Officer.


The serving CEO of TBCT Mr Dermot Mc Laughlin was recently seconded by the Trust to the Derry City of Culture.


The Trust has been the subject of a report in 2011 (The Latitude Report) that suggested that the Company be absorbed into City Council and that Dublin City Council should make itself ready for such an eventuality.


After debate the City Manager as the sole Shareholder of the Trust directed the Board to study the Latitude Report findings and make recommendations to him as to its future.


Simultaneously the City Manager requested the Mr Yeates as City Arts Officer begin to draw up a new Cultural Strategy for the City Council that would include a strategic role for Temple Bar.


The Board of TBCT has been evaluating the Latitude Report for the past year and will continue to do so into 2013 and will bring its recommendation to the City Manager in due course while mindful of the need to draw this period of evaluation to a close in a timely manner for all concerned.



Brendan Kenny


Assistant City Manager


21st November 2012



Friday, November 9, 2012

Share the power, vote Yes

 Constitutionally incapable of protecting the welfare of our children


It is children who have struggled and suffered in order that this amendment be made to our constitution.  It is long overdue.  No adult can claim this victory as it rightly belongs to generations of children of this State that were horrendously abused, disregarded as surplus property for adults to do what they will with including moulding them into images of failed parents and a failing State. 

The interference of the Church and the family as enshrined in the present constitution have ensured for generations that children would remain in a perpetual bondage irrespective of what abuses they suffered.  The supremacy of the family’s rights over those of the child, backed up by the church and upheld by our courts because of its position in the constitution, was a tool of enslavement to misery and abuse - children as property.  It is true to say that while the citizen is the benefactor of the constitution and its rights, the individual rights of children are nowhere to be seen in the document.  

It is fair to say that certainly in my brief history on planet earth, 53 years, children were seen as a kind of wild animal that needed to be tamed.  Look back, not too long ago, and see the treatments that were meted out to children not just in so-called correctional institutions, but also in family homes, hospitals and society in general.  The lives of some children were, in the main, miserable and in many places around the world they remain a misery.  However, in the next 24 hours the Irish people can change the lives of the nation's children by the stroke of a pen.  All of the issues of the abuse of children and child protection etc will still be on the table on Sunday morning. Let’s face facts that these are constants.  We can only strive to protect the Nation's children and all children against evil doings and the many dangers that face them. No better way to do this then to enshrine their rights as children in the Irish constitution.  Their rights in the constitution and the upholding of those rights in the Irish constitution will be the business of the Irish people and their eternal vigilance over those rights.

This is a historic moment of momentous importance.  Children always had rights we just didn't give them to them, we denied them.  And now as a result of the unending relentless revelations and truths of child abuse this referendum has opened up a new chapter, a new beginning for children as individuals whose rights will be enshrined, as individuals, in the Irish constitution. So from the moment a child is born, they will have their own constitutional rights and it will be up to every individual adult and person to ensure that those sacred rights are not violated or impinged in any way.  It is time to include children as equals in the constitution.  It is time to be good parents and citizens, time to do the right thing for children.  

In a failing State, in a failing society that has failed its children, because it was constitutionally incapable of being honest about what was happening in plain sight to its most vulnerable and precious, the least we can do is make sure that their rights are now enshrined and active forever more.  Forget your monument and your memorial for victims of child abuse in your garden of remembrance.  A vote Yes to children's rights amendments to the constitution is the proper way and proper monumental change that is now warranted.  Memorials and monuments are stuck in a past, the constitution of a country and its citizens is ever present, is the beating heart of democracy and freedom and gives us our reasons to strive for better things.

There are still issues of accountability around what happened to children in this State, indeed this very Irish State has yet to be investigated for its role in this appalling neglect and care of duty. The church and religious congregations and the many institutions of this State have cases to answer and must be held accountable and consequences must be delivered.  We must stand ready to ensure that this business is completed.  We also must stand ready to defend our rights and the rights of our children against enemies outside of our State, within our State, and indeed the State itself.  

The constitution is the document of the people for all the people. I do believe that children will be better off as a result of their inclusion in the constitution of the Republic of Ireland than they will be outside of it.


This is my personal opinion and I'm committed to a Yes vote and I'd ask that you consider with favour the children and their rights tomorrow.   Children are not property, they are human beings, they have their rights and we have a duty to ensure that. Let’s do it.

You have the power, share it with the children of the Nation by including them in the Constitution.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Motion to postpone monument agreed at DCC meeting

Last night at the Dublin City Council meeting the below motion was passed.

That this Council calls on the current government to delay proceeding with a monument to victims of abuse as recommended by the Ryan Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse, until such time as the many unresolved, uninvestigated and outstanding issues concerning the abuses for which Irish society is responsible, in particular those affecting the Magdalene women, those who endured abuse in Bethany children's homes and the many children who suffered horrendous abuse in day schools throught the Republic of Ireland are resolved.

To proceed at this time with a Government sactioned and financially supported artistic memorial before the said issues are addressed and redressed would inevitably be seized upon as closure by the abusers, their congregations and managements, and as a pretext for the evasion of accountability and truth by them and by the Irish State.

For more information see www.stopthemonument.com

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Do You Live In Grangegorman, Dublin?

Anyone who wants to participate in this should have a read of the nomination process and have a say in the development that will be taking place in this area over the coming months/years.  It is very important that you have residents on this board and consultative group that will represent all your interests.  Be informed of what is going to be taking place in your area.  Have a say!  


Nomination Process for Board and Consultative Group Elections 2012 - Grangegorman

Once the registration period for groups has closed the process of nominations will begin.


1. The GDA will publish two lists of registered groups;

A. Registered Residents and Tenants Associations

B. Registered Community Groups and Associations including Resident and Tenant

Associations, Parish and District Groups, Youth and Sports Clubs and similar

non‐commercial groups in the Grangegorman neighbourhood.

2. The GDA will write out to all new registered groups informing them that the nomination

process has begun. The nomination period will last for one week from 25th September

until 3rd October 2012.


3. All nominees must have nominations from at least two relevant registered groups. It is

important to note that only associations from list A may nominate for the Board

elections. Associations and Groups from list A and B can nominate for the Consultative

Group elections.


4. All nominees must satisfy the following criteria in order to be eligible for election

A. Be resident in the GDA area (see map below)

B. Be on the register of electors in the area

C. Be nominated by at least 2 registered groups

If a nominee does not satisfy all three criteria he/she will be deemed ineligible for the



5. If a person wishes to put themselves forward for election they must write to the

Grangegorman Development Agency. The letter must include;

A. The name and address of the nominee

B. The position for which they are going forward for

C. The groups which are nominating them (a signature of one of the authorized

officers of these groups is required here.)


6. Once the nomination period closes on 3rd October 2012 the GDA will check all nominees

to ensure they are valid and the full list of valid nominees will then be sent to all

registered groups.


7. The election meeting will take place on Thursday 25th October 2012. Each registered

group will be entitled to send two representatives to the meeting. Each representative

will have one vote and voting will take place through secret ballot. Only representatives

of associations from list A can vote in the Board election. Representatives from

Associations/Groups on list B can vote in the Consultative Group election.


8. The result of the ballot will be announced as soon as possible after the counting is



9. Should a person be elected for both the Board and the Consultative Group he/she must

choose which position to accept. The other position will then be filled by the person

with the next highest amount of votes in the relevant election.



The pdf includes the boundary map


GG_Election_2012_Nomination_Process.pdf Download this file

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Mechanical Services Coordination manager wanted - Dundalk

Mechanical Services Coordination manager 

Immediate Start for the right candidate who is Mechanically Biased with Elec exp to work on the installation and fit out of a large commercial building based in Dundalk Ireland. 
You will be required to have: excellent experience on the coordination of Mechanical Services into existing shell buildings (Structural Steel and Concrete is existing old building with services ripped out) and you will also have strong Technical ability and be able to problem solve. This is a contract role from now to End of March 2013 (8 Months) possibly longer. The Hourly rate is negotiable depending on experience etc, looking for someone who can start ASAP. Contact TOM DOYLE at kppm in Dublin on: 01-2932220 or Email: tom@kppm.ie 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Safe Home - 'extallation' at Fade Street, Dublin 2


Today I posted the text 'Safe Home' in Fade Street Dublin.  Some people who live abroad and will not be able to read the text in its entirety have asked me to post it online.  

Below are the texts: 


As human beings we are constantly trying to deal and come to terms with internalised trauma. Being unable or unwilling to resolve certain issues, we cling even tighter to them and, though we yearn for peace and rest and progress, we can’t seem to let go of that which threatens to destroy us.What is it like to walk away from conflict, to put your weapons beyond use? To dwell upon all the years committed to the never-ending cycle of fright, fight, flight.  Resentment, hatred, fury and denial all form part of the energy field that has dominated us human beings for thousands of years.


Along with the hardware, these emotions need to be deactivated if the grip that has bound us for generations to armed conflict is to be loosened finally and permanently. 

Letting go is always a process of loss, a process of grieving. The dawning realisation that you cannot retake what you’ve reconciled to let go of.  And the final, slow acceptance that it is no longer of service to you anyway.

The grip that binds us is a reflective process, which offers participants a chance to engage with the emotional dynamics that underlie letting go and the emergence of something new.




'Safe Home'



I am a fighter, fighter’s blood runs through my veins.  The air I breathe is warrior air created by mankind ever warring with itself.  The fight gives me lifefills me full of purpose and cause.  Fear can find no home upon me as I travel like a feather upon Apollo’s arrow, higher and faster than Icarus on his wings.


I am sworn to earth, to territories and boundaries.  I am in all your hearts, surging through all your blood. I am your fighter, brave and strong always at the ready for combat, for rescue.  I am ancient and I am new.  


I am your fighter defending faith, family, land, oil, power, lest other fighters invade our boundaries and steal these things away. I am the spear carrier, to Alexander the Great, one of Churchill’s heroic few, I stood with Irish rebels and independence fighters here and elsewhere.  Without me they are nothing. Without me, no war can be fought. - every battle, every defeat, every heroic deed and death is now and for all time written in my DNA.  


I am that fighter, the one you saw with the flower stuck in his rifle, the one  embraced on D-day all across Europe. I am the Russian infantry sergeant, who glimpsed freedom for an instant in a Berlin Street before the wall went up.  Sick from the fight and the smell of death, I struggled from outer Siberia to the smashed cabaret rooms of Berlin and the empty beer halls of Munich and I was denied my smiles and ordered to build a wall around my hopes of freedom..  And at checkpoint Charlie  two soldiers, once brother and sister in the common cause, now sworn enemies at the ready to kill and maim, to occupy and deny -  on and on.

Our eyes meet only in our gun sights, hearts pumping with fear.  It was an oh so cold ‘cold war’.  Covered in frost bites not love bites.


I am the child, toy soldier in Africa and elsewhere.  I move to the sound of gunfire in my sleep, my dreams.  The only numbers I know are on my AK47, my M16.  My playthings are Kalashnikovs and machetes and I can’t get home.

“The little toy soldier is covered in dust but sturdy and staunch he stands.” Longing for home.


I am young and in my prime, a warrior fighting for Palestine, for Afghanistan.  Lands I I have taken an oath to die for, to kill for.  Lands I will never live in.  I wear a waistcoat woven of explosives to keep me warm.  Honour is my destiny, my rendezvous is death. My homeland is not of this world.  I am a soldier of the God’s.


Bobby Sands weapon is starvation, falling toward a hungry  grave, so they say, and I, the fighter, hand on heart pledge allegiance to the flag, Pledge that I will carry out my duty to protect my country from enemies without and within. I am a warrior and how I long for home, for my family but it is not to be. 


I am the hero, rock defiant to the last.  I raised the flag and kept it flying.  I stopped tanks in Tianamon Square and in Prague I took bullets.   I slaughtered villagers in Mai Lai and burned my draft card outside the Whitehouse.  I have fallen may times in battle, and felled many too. I have hidden terrified in shellholes and basements and, terrified, I have raged through villages and towns. I have cried tears as hard as hailstones and screamed more ferociously than volcanos. “I want to go home.” 


I have loved and cherished, and I have raped and destroyed, cutting my ties with humanity  as I cut through the throats of my enemies.  Letters from home, a sharp reminder, like sniper’s bullets, can kill the will to kill.  Love letters in the ashes of Dresden, a bloodied sweetheart’s photograph in a Sarajevo street.   Ghostly mementos of nurture and love.  Things I have forgotten.  They say one has to when one becomes a fighter.  The closest thing to me must be my weapon, after that my enemy and the discipline to block all feeling off.  I give the grave its reason and its victory.  I saw it fill up and swallow the bodies of strangers and of friends.  There are generations in there.  We fighters work tirelessly for the grave.


I saw the shores of strange lands, Native Tribes. I saw the gulf skies over the Desert. Where did the fight really take me?  Green Island Prison, death camps in Siberia, Burma, the Maze. Starving to death in fascist Spain. Tortured in the basement of a palace in Iraq.  Blindfolded, humiliated, straddled by American soldiers for a laugh.  For the folks back home.  A Kodak moment. Remember the slaughtered of Taiwan. The disappeared….the not forgotten…

So whose army is the good army?  Which fight is the good fight?  Who fought the just war in Vietnam, at the Battle of the Boyne, in East Timor or West Belfast, mainland China. Under attack or attacking, I make my commitment to I witness it all.  In the end there are only the fallen.

 For those, I soldier on, hopeing for home, dreaming..


I was dazzled for a moment by the bright swords of the Samari, the whiteness of the sailors uniforms, the cry that “my land unfree shall never be at peace.” The excitement of the adventure transported me, swept me off my feet.  The promises of honour and glory and victory.  “It’s not what you can do for your country but what your country can do to you.”  I was intoxicated, brainwashed, seduced, bewitched, conscripted, press ganged.  And I for my part  abandoned myself myself.  I packed up my troubles in my old kit bag and smiled, smiled, smiled until I could smile no more.  I told myself I was only carrying out orders.  That the ideals,  justified all the killing, all the deeds, good and bad that I have done, but now , where is homeland? . . . . . .  They  say it is better to have conquered yourself than the whole world. Better to possess your own soul than the finest treasures.  I did the state some service, I say, did the nation some good.  I am no hero, nor martyr, fear led me through all my battles.  But now all I want is to go home where I can heal my wounds - those inflicted on me and self inflicted.  I made my choice as a boy when I volunteered but after that all the choices were made for me as I was press-ganged into unspeakable deeds.  Keep a stiff upper lip.  Do not scream into the night.  Keep the vision of the fight as a means to an end, for a better world.

Show no emotion, no mercy, expect none.


I only joined up to play soldiers, action man, wonder woman for Ireland, Israel, Taiwan, Palestine, for Manchester United.  Now I am cut off from my unit, I’ve  lost contact with HQ.   I am lost behind my own lines, lost in myself.  I have no means to console myself.  I am my final enemy.  The last battle I must fight is with myself as I grow up in no man’s land.  No identity.  This, they say, is the bravest journey of all.  Where I must take off my blindfold and make a stand.  My mind searches around the deeds of my life for the spoils but there is nothing left.  There is no home to go to.  All the wars to end all wars have brought me nothing. There are no knights of the round table, there is no Samerai. Now must my sword now face me.  Where is freedom?


My service is done, let me rest.  Let me now cloak my memory, wipe it all away for all time, as though it never happened.  I am so sick of death by killing but cannot quell my rage, fight, fright, flight.  I am weary and my soul is on fire, haunted by the spirits of the slaughtered, tormented by my own surrenders, defeats and betrayals. How can I embrace my foe, put my arms around peace and put my arms beyond use?  Unite myself.


People  died so I might live, in peace, at home.

 Here in the rubble is everything I fought for, cared for, the cause.

 I fulfilled my duty, my part is played and I would not have played it any other way.  Could not.  No choice then, only now. I did the best I could, the good work of the patriot, the dirty work of the guerrilla fighter.  I was trained by the Americans to fight the Russians in Afghanistan, the Imans in Iran, and the communists in mainland China and I fight on now in the Baghdad streets in Madrid and in New York, London.  I am terrorised.


‘To win without fighting is best’ Sun Tru said,  but I was recruited with promises  of wondrous things.  I was going to free the world, unite Ireland, liberate Kuwait, free Taiwan,  bring freedom like clouds bring rain.  You gave me a shield, an armoured car, smart bombs and a spear for to lance the side of the Christ and others,  I have done the deeds for the cause.  There will always be something to struggle for, to fight for, to be angry about.

I am truly sorry for all those killed. But the conflict was not of my making and I will not wear sackcloth and ashes for somebody else’s shame.

Now, I march the death march a requiem to the folly of war.  I am a fighter from the first to the last. Remember that is what you needed me to be. But now that I am too worn for war I am left to fight for peace in my own heart,fight myself,  while the last post sounds and falls on deaf ears and closed hearts because tomorrow begins a new recruitment drive against the new enemy, for new fighters for the new war in the same old places, same old story.

My fighting days are over and now I bear witness to it all, stand guard like a sentry over the reality of what happened.  They say the first casualty of war is the truth.  I say the first casualty of war is a fighter and this truth will set me free. There is no truth like home truth, this is my homeplace, I long to get home.


Thursday, June 28, 2012

A response to Brian Cowen's Georgia speech, March 2012

I was asked for my thoughts on the Irish times article and Brian Cowen's address in March 2012. The links to both article and lecture are below, I forgot to post it a few months ago and just found it on my desktop yesterday.

My feelings are as follows. Cowen's lecture (The Euro: From Crisis to Resolution? Some Reflections from Ireland on the Road Thus Far) failed to address the collective greed that ensued from the release of lorry loads of cheap money.  It failed to address the morality of the orgy of destruction that this created.  It failed to address the recklessness that inevitably resulted in the annihilation of many of the people's economies of Europe. It protected bond holders and investors and a failed banking system, but never addressed the disintegration of people's trust and belief in a way of life.  It was certainly a good pitch for confidence building for potential investors or anyone who wishes to re-friend us.  It gives us no way forward in relation to the issues we face in our local economy. What's interesting about it is that it’s coming from Brian Cowen as a person and I would have liked to have seen more of that.  It needs more of the human being than the human doing.  It is that ingredient that is going to unite us in pursuit of a common goal that will eventually lead to a much more considered, meaningful and productive society that cares about its future.  We need to apply the same logic that we are applying to sustainability and global warming.  We need to be alarmed at the state that banking and the State systems got us into and the fact that we allowed it.  It fails to engage with consequences for those who may have done wrong or broken the law and it never asks where did all the money go? If all the money that was borrowed is now to be paid back, where does it go? Who holds it? And what are we to do, are we to simply shiver and starve? Politicians have a duty to stand up to private banking and to ensure that the great humanitarian experiment isn't enslaved to private bankers and their ilk who are hell-bent on a privatised world.  We will be paying our way out of this for generations to come and I believe that there is greater hardship yet to befall us, but the burden should be carried equally.  This is not about money; it’s about not living in misery because of indifference of cold capitalism.  Wake up to the fact that capitalism is now eating the capitalists and devouring banking systems and economies.  The voice of humanity was lacking in Mr Cowen's speech and it smacked very much of the kind of after-dinner warm endorsement and comfortable view of the crisis that we're in.  No one is blaming.  Blame gets us nowhere.  Responsibility and accountability are what's needed here and, let’s call a spade a spade, somebody made billions, if not trillions out of the sinking of economies.  We have to ensure that this never happens again.  Cowen is right when he talks about 'not since the 1930’s great depression', but this is even bigger and has even greater consequences for people.  The best thing Brian Cowen could do would be to stop making speeches, roll his sleeves up and get back into action and work alongside us in this new struggle. Somewhere along the line, the middle classes are going to implode and all that politeness that hides deep resentment and pent up anger will come gushing out and will threaten the very system that this whole circus was based on.  The working classes have never been given the opportunity to progress and seem to be landlocked in a deliberate co-dependency that was set up by the State.  Not everyone will find a job in Google, or Facebook or the IT sector.  There won't be a great windfall of jobs.  This whole process will take years of rehabilitation and recovery which will hopefully lead to Ireland and its people waking up.  

We were asleep, in a trusting childlike fashion and we woke up to a real nightmare that threatens everything we thought we stood for, everything we thought was good.  

So Mr Cowen didn't give a 'State of the Nation' address, because he didn't address the people.  He gave us an analysis from his point of view, from his personal look-back and I commend him for this courage and his taking of personal responsibility.  I hope it gives him the confidence to go further because it’s the experience of failure, owned and acknowledged that give us the courage to make great progress on the road to recovery and to honest constitution.

So, let’s look forward, rather than staring backwards. It’s us, Irish people, that need to collectively make this journey with or without our leaders.


Link to Brian Cowens address in Georgia, Washington State March 21st 2012

The Euro: From Crisis to Resolution? Some Reflections from Ireland on the Road Thus Far



Irish Times article response to Cowens address by DEAGLÁN DE BRÉADÚN



Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Brandon Press Authors-Urgent Information

If you have published work with Brandon Press, Kerry you need to contact the liquidator Sean O Sullivan in Kerry on his number is 066 9151515.  Your books (stock) are currently in a warehouse in Dublin Gill & Macmillan. Hume Avenue, Park West, Dublin 12 waiting to be pulped.  The warehouse are anxious that each author be contacted so that they have an opportunity to retrieve their works if they so wish.  You must first contact the liquidator on the above number and then you can arrange to collect your works.  The list below are the authors whose works are currently with Gill & Macmillan in the warehouse.  If you know any of these writers can you please make them aware of this information.  The books have already been stored in the warehouse for over 2 years now and they need the space so are anxious to make sure that every author has been contacted.  The numbers beside each name are the quantity of books in the storehouse. John Manning of Gill and Macmillan is  015009534  (only contact him after you have dealt with the liquidator Sean O Sullivan (accountant) and Tom Hayes in Kerry)
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Thursday, May 3, 2012

The Brady Bunch

We've had all this before, the falling on ones own sword made of jelly, the fake atonement, the heartfelt apology, "if only we knew then what we know now", etc etc....The wringing of our hands. The nation has allowed the rape, torture and inhumane treatment of children and vulnerable human beings since its foundation. People in authority, people in power, and the general society close themselves down to this fact in the hope that somehow we'd grow out of it. Good luck to Fergus Finley if the abuse that happened to him didn't destroy his life, but for many they didn't get a life, they died in miserable circumstances in institutions. While many went on to live miserable existences with others taking their own lives. Still to this day, the ruling class and the powerful State, turn it into a media circus, no police involvement, no arrests, just the continued grotesque of the pathetic Irish State. They're happier with their hands in the grubby till. They're happier when they're praising themselves for their great missionary work elsewhere but when it comes to hometruths and honesty and accountability about our own trespass, indifference and cruelties, we are nowhere to be seen. The old saying evil thrives when so called good people turn a blind eye. Where are our poets, where are our artists, where are our honest voices? What we get are experts and specialists, religious correspondents, masquerading as philosophers and visionaries. What if Christy Mahon had come across the villagers in the playboy of the Western world and told them he had been raped by a priest? Would he have received the warm welcome, the adoration? I think not. They would have probably stoned him. Wake up to the fact that this is an immature society, uncomfortable in its very essence, with reality and truth. Brady is of the same flesh and blood as the rest of Irish society who wished to cover up its past and bury its wrong doing. Its easy to scapegoat him now to stone him and ridicule him and then replace him with exactly the same clone from Rome. Nothing changes till all changes. One thing for certain we are on a journey to some difference, I'm not sure what that difference will make. I would hope that it would lead to a changed Irish society and a changed Irish people. We cannot continue to live in a fake image of ourselves, that we're Irish and we're wonderful. We're not wonderful and the proof is all over the place. Best to own it now, it will be the making of us. Truth only comes at the cost of standing in your own fear, then comes courage and progress. We need to make Ireland a place that we want to live in. And no matter how much money we win or lose, its not possible to live without truth and the Vatican and the vicars of Rome don't have a monopoly on that. They've no intentions of owning up or being accountable. Best leave them in their own ruin and let society deal, with what is afterall, a societal issue. Finally, to the Garda commissioner and the Minister for Justice, either do your job or hand your seal of office in and bring you uniform back up to the HQ in the park and hand it in. To the journalist Brian D'arcy, stick with the principles of the matter and not your personality. If you all want to do something solid and send a message to these people sign the petition below and pass it on. And remember, there is goodness, there is care and there is love. http://www.change.org/petitions/call-to-postpone-the-state-monument-memorial-...