Wednesday, April 10, 2013

DCC Statement on decision around Temple Bar Cultural Trust wind-down

Media Relations & Corporate Communications,

Dublin City Council, Civic Offices, Wood Quay, Dublin 8, Ireland



Media Statement 10th April, 2013.

Statement by the Board of the Temple Bar Cultural Trust At the request of the Shareholder, the Board of TBCT discussed the Latitude Report into the future of TBCT. The Board acknowledges the achievements of TBCT but the time has come for reinvigoration of what was the cultural remit of TBCT.

In that context the board recommends to the Shareholder that a process of winding down the Company should be initiated. The Board is of the view that there is a unique cultural identity to the Temple Bar area, and that the Shareholder should consider how best this can continue to be developed.

For further information contact: Dublin City Council Media Relations Office

T. (01) 222 2170, M. 087 740 0277 

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

NORTH LOTTS/GRAND CANAL DOCKS STZ - Public Information Sessions

If  you live in the North Lotts/Grand Canal area it may be worth your while dropping in to see the plans for this area.  The Drop in session times are below.


The Draft Planning Scheme is currently on public display until 10th May 2013.


As part of this process, members of the public are invited to a number of Drop-In Sessions to talk with staff from the City Council about the Draft Scheme.


The dates and times for these Drop-In Sessions – all of which are in the Dublin Docklands Development Authority (DDDA) Offices, Custom House Quay, Dublin 1 are:


Tuesday 16th April                          3.00 pm – 7.00 pm

Wednesday 17th April                   10.00 am – 1.00 pm

Thursday 18th April                         3.00 pm – 7.00 pm

 Friday 19th April                               10.00 am- 1.00 pm

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Unfinished Business: The Magdalen Laundering

The continuation of justice 'in action' for Magdalen women and their families. 

Policies of appeasement are a continuation of injustice.  These are the actions that now need to be addressed.  Actions speak louder than words.  Here are the actions.  



1. Does the government intend to advertise the existence of the Magdalen Fund/Commission, as well as the requirement that women register with the Commission, in media outlets at home and abroad? Given the lessons learned from the Residential Institutions Redress Board (RIRB), where applicants living abroad came forward after the deadline claiming that they were ne ver informed about the Scheme, will the Government commit to placing advertisements in national and local newspapers in Ireland as well as Irish Diaspora newspapers in the UK, US, Canada and Australia so that those not affiliated to groups have an equal chance to gain entitlements as survivors of abuse in the Magdalen Laundries? In this year of "The Gathering," will the government do everything in its power to reach out to survivors living abroad and empower them to avail of the Magdalen Fund?


2. What are the consequences of a survivor not registering with the Magdalen Fund/Commission during the three months of Mr Justice Quirke’s review? Will she be excluded from further engaging with the process?


3. Will the Magdalen Fund/Commission be placed on a statutory footing with independent statutory powers?


4. What measures are being taken to ensure that the Magdalen Fund/Commission is a transparent process?


5. Will the Magdalen Fund/Commission have an appeals process?


6. Will there be independent monitoring of the Magdalen Fund/Commission?


7. Will the government make available to survivors and their families free independent advice and advocacy assistance in relation to this scheme?


8 Will Mr Justice Quirke be commissioned to implement the process that he recommends after the three month review period?


9. Will the government establish a dedicated helpline for Magdalene survivors?


10. What measures are being put in place to enable women in institutionalised settings to engage with the Magdalen Fund/Commission? Will a guardian ad litem or independent advocate be provided in all such cases as a way to further guarantee their rights?


11. Given that a 2010 HIQA inspection of one such setting found that “some institutional practices were observed which require to be reviewed, these include empowering residents to make decisions and choices in their daily lives, reviewing forms of address used and ensuring the confidentiality of residents’ information", what plans are in place to ensure permanent advocacy for women in institutionalised settings in their places of residence?


Source: HIQA Reports:


12. Will the Department of Justice put in place measures to assist family members of deceased Magdalene women in engaging with the process?


13.   What steps are being taken to ensure that Magdalene grave records are accurate and up to    date?


14. What steps are being taken to ensure that there is access to Magdalene graves?


15. What steps are being taken to ensure the upkeep of Magdalene graves?


16. Will the Department of Justice ensure that copies of the Report of the Inter-Departmental Committee are provided to survivors with no internet access, including survivors who provided testimony to the Committee but are yet to receive the Report?


Questions compiled by Claire Mc Gettrick/James SMith/Maeve O Rourke/Mari T.Steed/Katherine O Donnell and others....


Monday, April 1, 2013

Dublin Water Restriction Update - Monday 1st April

Water conservation Notice Monday 1st April 2013

Reductions in pressure and/or loss of supply throughout the entire city from the earlier start time of 7pm (Monday 1st April) to between 7am and 9am (Tuesday 2nd April) Due to the cooperation of our customers we managed to save a significant amount of water into storage over night.We are imposing water restrictions again tonight, starting at the earlier time of 7pm. We will continue to review and monitor the storage levels on an ongoing basis. Treated water storage is currently at an unsustainably low level. This is as a result of production problems at one of our water treatment plants. There is obviously no problem with storage levels of untreated/raw water and there is no problem with water quality of treated water. Storage levels of treated drinking water are below a normal operational level. In addition water demand is currently running higher than average due to the cold weather which has caused an increase in leakage. Our crews are repairing any breaks as they arise. To help us in this regard we would ask people to report any location where they see water rising or running.

In an effort to maintain storage we are asking consumers to assist us in maintaining adequate water supplies by restricting their use of water as much as possible. We will be reducing pressures throughout the system in order to conserve supplies. While we will try, as far as possible, to maintain pressures during peak demand periods, pressures will be reduced at other times. This will result in lower pressures and in some cases possible loss of supply.

People may notice reductions in pressure or loss of supply from 7pm to between 7am and 9am throughout the entire city.

Dublin City Council regrets any inconvenience caused by these restrictions and will do everything possible to minimise their scale and duration. Water is precious. Let’s conserve it.


Tá uisce luachmhar. Caomhnaímís é. Dublin City Council Water Services Division 01-2220600 Emergency Number 01-6796186 (outside office hours only) Laura Walsh Executive Engineer Water Quality, Pressure & Distribution - Water Services | Dublin City Council | 68-70 Marrowbone lane | Dublin 8 ' +353 1 2224314 (Direct) | 7 +353 1 45348498:

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Info. for Magdalene women about commission and how to apply

This form was put together by Justice for Magdalene group and explains how the commission works and  how to apply.  If you have any further queries contact JFM.

Survivor_Guide_to_Magdalen_Commission.pdf Download this file

Info. for relatives of Magdalene Laundry women

Relatives_Guide_to_Magdalen_Commission.pdf Download this file

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Another Bolder from Dublin City Council #actsofculturalvandalism

Here's another slab of concrete from DCC trying to pave over the issue of the conrete bolder in the middle of the road at Castle Street. A bare faced attempt to evade accountability and then they try and exploit the 'universal access' issue to butter themselves up.  It took weeks of inquiry and media attention to get this press statement out of them and all it is is another master-class in self serving.  Now we truly know the kind of folk that want to wreck this city.  DCC should do the decent thing and remove this eyesore and visual pollutant immediately if they are to gain any respect and credibility.  Please write to DCC or phone them and register your complaints.  Dublin City  Council

Civic Offices
Wood Quay
Dublin 8.

Tel.: (01) 222 2222 


Press Statement DCC

      16th February, 2013.


Statement re temporary traffic management works adjacent to City Hall

A temporary traffic management structure has been erected adjacent to City Hall at the junction of Lord Edward Street/ Cork Hill. It has three flagpoles erected on top and two plaques referencing City Hall and Dublin Castle.  As the structure is temporary it was designed to minimise excavation and ground disturbance.

The structure is intended to change traffic behaviour at this location as a precursor to the development of permanent design proposals for this area. The proposed permanent works will be the subject of a Part 8 process to be considered by the City Council. The present structure will be removed and replaced by the proposals when approved.

The impetus for the temporary proposal came from discussions with the OPW when they requested assistance in their management of Castle Street as a forecourt to the Upper Yard of Dublin Castle during Ireland’s presidency of the EU.  These traffic management issues had been identified as more urgent due to the increased volumes of traffic arising from the use of Dublin Castle during EU Presidency. 

The temporary structure was discussed with a number of departments internally including the Conservation Office and while acknowledging its temporary nature were most concerned to ensure that the permanent proposals would be fully discussed and developed in the context of the Part 8 process. Whereas the present temporary structure deals primarily with the issue of traffic management and pedestrian safety, there are a number of other issues relating to this general area which will have to be addressed by the permanent proposals.

Dublin City Council Roads Design Department had carried out a feasibility study on traffic and pedestrian management on Castle Street which proposed significant footpath widening at the junction of Castle Street and Dame Street. This work will form part of the Part 8 proposal.

It is desirable to provide a fully accessible main entrance to City Hall (present disabled access is via the lower ground floor café entrance at Bernardo Square)  The provision of universal access to City Hall is achievable on the Cork Hill elevation, subject to conservation considerations of the works involved. Equally the provision of disability access to the Rates Office is achievable via the existing door on Castle Street, again subject to conservation considerations of the works involved. The remodelling of levels to achieve universal access to both buildings will form part of the Part 8 proposal.

The provision of a vehicular set down area for City Hall needs to be considered as part of the Part 8 proposal.  

The provision of disabled car parking spaces and the appropriate route from them to City Hall needs to be considered as part of the Part 8 proposal. 

It is envisaged that the permanent paving material for Cork Hill/Castle Street will be Leinster Granite similar to that used recently on Palace Street.  Fair-faced concrete was used for the traffic management structure as it is temporary. 



Tuesday, February 12, 2013

An Act of Cultural Vandalism

Architorture, Castle Street, Dublin
Here is the reply to all your queries about the concrete slab that was placed at Castle Street. Read and weep!
Question to Dublin City Manager Feb 2013
Can the Manager issue a report with regard the closure of Dublin Castle to tourists and historical tours. Also can the report include the works that are taking place in Castle Street, Cork Hill entrance to City Hall which is I believe is in relation to erecting flagpoles.

The closure of Dublin Castle to tourists and historical tours as required by events in relation to Ireland’s presidency of the EU Is a matter for the Office of Public Works.

Traffic bollards have been placed at the junction of Dame St and Cork Hill to provide more protection to pedestrians. City Hall is on the Dubline walk from Trinity to Kilmainham and the left turn from Parliament St can be very busy, the bollards provide a traffic calming measure.

Dublin City Council has placed a concrete structured behind the bollards as the council felt a strong visual block was also necessary. This structure is temporary and will include three flagpoles. Dublin City Council will address access to City Hall and the council’s Rates Offices through a Part VIII planning application shortly which will incorporate the permanent proposals for this area. The council anticipates that this application will go before the Elected Members in summer 2013 at the earliest.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

An Act of No Contrition

Time to kill the myth that Religious congregations and the State cared for people back then or even now. The women of the Magdalene were the raw material, the work force, that gave many of these congregations their economic existence. The poor, kept poor, were always enslaved. This has nothing go to do with religion or God but got to do with enterprise. Enterprises of indoctrination, subservience and slavery. This same construct is evident in the way the struggle of the Magdalene women is being rolled out to the public. The absolute insult and cowardice of the religious congregations involved to merely issue a press apology rather than actually face the public and society is evidence of the indifference of the superiors of the organisation. They are out of touch with humanity. They are out of touch with the pain and suffering of others. They certainly must be dislocated from their own feelings. They truly have removed themselves from their very vocations and are obviously only concerned with Vaticanism and their own preservation and status. They have no cause to exist now, other than their bogus claim of caring and healing and mercy. They certainly showed none today. The media and its personalities and celebrities need to get away from their own sense of patronizing and sentimentalizing the issues and the people who were incarcerated in all of Ireland's institutions and stop projecting their uncomfortability of the issue back onto those who are struggling for truth and accountability. We're not helpless morons with low IQ's to be locked away from society. Step aside and let the truth of the people who were in these institutions emerge uncontaminated and 'unstolen' into society. The exact same modus operandi of the powerful and those who pretend or purport to speak on behalf of the voiceless was again raging all around us today in media circus. That facts of the matter are, that Ireland, along with other despot regimes, carried out cruel and inhumane treatment on vast numbers of it's citizens. The Magdalene Laundry issues are not stand alone. They emerge alongside a culture of abuses that were perpetrated in hundreds of institutions in this State, from nursing homes to mental homes to industrial and reform schools, mother and baby homes, so called orphanages, magdalene laundries, jails, prisons and borstals. Irish society has a fake view of itself as a Christian caring society and prides itself on its grandiose charitable gestures and its great work on behalf of the poor. Yet today, the simplest gesture of all, an apology, was refused and a Nation, its people and those gravely wronged were forsaken.  And those that should have been seen in the practice of atonement, which is their vocation, were hiding behind their convent walls, paid for out of Magdalene labour.  Who now should we command the truth, the whole truth and the honest truth from?  Who now will come to our refuge with the saving words of apology?  Or are we to continue the journey or torment and indifference brought about by the extraordinary arrogance of our present leader, An Taoiseach Enda Kenny and his Government. 

And all of this was done in the name of Jesus.


The Continuity of Secrecy and Clandestine Operations

The Continuation of Dark Manoeuvres
True to form the secret Irish State still has not indicated where it will release and at time it will release the long awaited Senator Martin McAleese report into the Magdalene Laundry system.  The continuation of regimes of secrecy is alive and well in the manner this report is being engineered in a controlled fashion into the public domain.  Divide and conquer and separate and drip feed is the order of the day.  The same modus operandi happened around the other reports into the regimes of terror that took place in Ireland's institutions.  The Ryan report, the Ferns report, the Cloyne report, the Raphoe report, and all such reports where the State and the Church were found to be in collusion were all released to a frenzy of media confusion and within a couple of days had died off without any real accountability or consequences for those that had gravely wronged generations of children, women and girls.  No surprise so folks, that Senator McAleese, the State and all those involved in this report are partaking in an architecture of secrecy and bogus confidentiality around such vital public information.  They need to wake up and treat the public and public information with greater respect.  The lack of information of what time and where this report will be released is causing unnecessary anxiety, stress and trauma to tens of thousands of those stigmatized and labeled by Magdalene laundryism through out the world. This whole episode will now cascade into an unnecessary media frenzy and over energized fast-track analysis of its contents rather than any real moment of truth and confirmation of the terrible wrongs that this State and this society perpetrated on the many. What we know for certain though, is that this is merely going to prolong the misery journey for many as to date, all of the former reports have amounted to nothing other than a whitewash and an indifference to human rights abuses. #justiceformagdalenesNOW

Monday, January 21, 2013

Debt, Solvency and Vision - Talk by Ray Yeates (DCC Arts Officer)

Tuesday 22nd Jan, at 1pm - at The Irish Stock Exchange, 28 Anglesea St, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Ray Yeates is the CEO of Temple Bar Cultural Trust and Dublin City Council Arts Officer

In present day Ireland the threat of debt and solvency is a constant in our lives manifest in fears like liquidation, foreclosure and personal liability.

This talk will address issues of what we owe to ourselves in order to be able to meet what we owe to others. A clear vision of the path we must walk with ourselves in order to rid ourselves of this overwhelming burden will be addressed by Ray Yeates from the very floor of the Irish Stock Exchange which on the one hand can generate enormous wealth but also that same wealth can generate overwhelming hardship on a society through the levying of the great debt that Ireland finds itself in at the moment.  

It is not often, with all the media coverage on the doom and gloom and the state of Ireland, that you get a light gleaming for an instant.  Debt, Solvency and Vision is that glimmer of gleaming light. 

"What do you do when you fall far from help?  We wait till we can get up. Then we go on. On! " Samuel Beckett


This talk will address how to care for the self while working to resolve the overwhelming issues of personal liabilities in the bankrupt Ireland of today. You are not what you owe and you are not the property of others.  The most important asset in all of this is YOU.




Ray Yeates comes with a vast experience of personal and professional entrepreneurship which involved, as Artistic Director, putting the Ballymun Axis Arts Centre on the cultural map and advancing the relationship between culture and communities the personal trials and tribulations of the artistic creative journey are brought to bear in this exciting creative approach to unstanding better our relationship with debt, with particular emphasis on personal debt and solvency. He has been involved with the cultural industries for the best part of 30 years producing, writing, directing and leading many different cultural enterprises both at home and abroad. He is at present spearheading Dublin City Councils Arts plan and cultural vision for the future.


"Use your head, can't you, use your head. You're on earth, there's no cure for that!" S. Beckett






Sunday, January 20, 2013

'Before' - by Bill Hastings - Photographic Projection

Photographic Projection by Bill Hastings begins Monday 21st from 5pm at Bernardo Square, City Hall Dublin 

‘Before’ is a rich story of what it was like before the gush and rush for borrowed money known as the boom. Looking at this artwork, one does not get a sense of loss, sentimentality or nostalgia for something that has gone simply because this volume of work manages to capture its essence, its DNA and our instincts repond to that memory, that fabric, those laughing, smiling, playing, citizens of Dublin.

In viewing this work, you are taking a journey through a living city and its people.  These photographs are not historical, they are very  much a part of the present and a vital component of the continuing journey of this great Dublin City and its people.  See for yourself. 


Bill Hastings is an architect, photographer and designer.  He grew up in Dublin in the 1950s and 1960s. He studied architecture at UCD in Earlsfort Terrace from 1965 to 1970. His practice, now called ARC Consultants, covers architecture, photography, graphic design, historic building survey, digital modelling and animation; as well as consultancy in a number of areas relating to conservation and planning.

All the photographs that form part of this exhibition ‘Before’ were taken in Dublin between the mid 1960s and the mid 1970s. Most of the photographs arise simply from the habit of carrying a camera at all times.  #tradfest  #otheredvoices 


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Irish women who played an equal part in Irish Freedom and the struggle for equality

Charlotte Despard, Helena Moloney, Elizabeth O Farrell, Kathleen Clarke, Madeleine French Mullen, Mary Ellen Spring Rice, Grace Gifford, Countess Markievicz, Dr. Kathleen Lynn, Máire Ni Shiúibhlaigh, Linda Kearns, Jennie Wyse Power, Hanna Sheehy Skeffinton, Kate O Callaghan, Margaret Skinneder, Mary Mac Swiney, May Gibney, Maud Gonne...How many of these women do you know of?
They have been written into the footnotes of history but were a vital component in the struggle for freedom, equality and independence in Ireland. Largely kept on the margins their courageous outstanding contribution in Irish History will be firmly established by Sinead McCoole in her presentation at the Irish Stock Exchange on Tuesday 22nd Jan at 1pm (Admission Free) 'Other Voices - Unmanageable and Disreputable Women - #otheredvoices #tradfest


Saturday, January 12, 2013

OTHERED VOICES (Farcry Productions and Temple Bar Company-Tradfest)

OtheredVoices-BillA3Poster.pdf Download this file
Othered' a term which refers to the act of emphasizing perceived weaknesses of maginalized groups and individuals as a way of stressing the alleged strength of those in positions of powe

Irish Stock Exchange, Temple Bar, Dublin 22/23rd January

 Farcry Productions and Temple Bar Company present

On Tuesday Jan 22nd and Wednesday Jan 23rd Farcry Productions and Temple Bar Company are presenting a series of events at the Irish Stock Exchange in Temple Bar Dublin.  

The events consist of performance, talks and an exhibition projection (at Bernardo Square City Hall, Dublin)

OTHERED VOICES - Performance nights-8pm

Jan 22/23 - @ Irish Stock Exchange, 28 Anglesea St., Temple Bar,Dublin 2

JINX LENNON in performance
Ophelia McCabe and MissElayneous

€6 entrance fee   8pm sharp- limited seating

VOICING IT -  Talk Series-22/23rd Jan at 1pm
Time: 1pm 
Venue:  Irish Stock Exchange, Temple Bar

22nd   Talk by RAY YEATES - CEO Temple Bar Cultural Trust/Dublin City Arts         Officer

23rd   Talk by SINEAD MC COOLE - Author/Historian/Curator

BEFORE  - by Bill Hastings   22nd-27th Jan 
photographic exhibition projection
at Bernardo Square, City Hall Dublin - 5pm-11pm daily