Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Aodhán on Morning Ireland

Listen to Aodhán on Morning Ireland talking about the closing of Clonturk House, residential home for elderly blind men.
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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New HSE low as Centre for Elderly Blind Men closed with loss of 24 staff jobs from St Josephs, Drumcondra

This evening I have learned the appalling news that the Rosminian Order located at the St Josephs Centre for the Visually Impaired and the HSE are to close Clonturk House, a residential facility for elderly blind men.

This closure means that 13 elderly blind men between the ages of 70 and 90 will have to be re-located and 24 staff will have to lose their jobs, as the HSE state they do not have the funds to upgrade the facility.

Only last month, I attended a public meeting where the Rosminian Order explained in great detail their plans to lodge a planning application for the construction of apartment blocks on a seven-acre site within the campus to fund the upgrading of their school. The application is for 7 blocks of 362 apartments ranging in height from four to eight storeys. It is hoped that this development will fund the school building costs of approximately €35million - only €15 million of which was provisionally promised by the Department of Education five years ago with no firm commitment.

No mention was made at any meeting, and I attended two such meetings, of any intention to change the status of the long-serving residents, or that they weren't to be included in the long term plans for the centre. Some of these residents have lived in Clonturk House for 50 years.

I am demanding immediately a full statement from the HSE and the Rosminian Order in relation to this matter and a reversal of this appaling decision, made in a cruel and underhanded fashion with little regard to the residents their carers or the families that care for them.

Monday, February 09, 2009

Appearance on Marian Finucane Show - Sun Feb 8th

Appearance On Marian Finucane Show last
Sunday February 8th on RTE Radio One.

Use the link below to listen to the show:

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Eamon Gilmore Visit, Thursday February 12th.

Eamon Gilmore to visit the Clontarf Ward next Thursday, February 12th.
Please find below the itinerary for the day.

Meeting principal, teachers and parents of Belgrove Junior Boys School, Seafield Road, Clontarf

Lunch / Tea - Killester

4.00pm Launch of 'Senior Citizens Forum' Policy Document, Carlton Hall, Marino

5.00pm Open canvass around narrow streets of Marino with local members.

Meeting Officials and Parents of Marino Boys FC, Marino

Crobh Chiaran GAA Club, Donnycarney

Campaign Launch with Eamon Dunphy Graingers, Malahide Road, Marino.

Tuesday, February 03, 2009

Quote in Irish Times re: Parents in Education

Quote in today's Irish Times about parental involvment in education:

Aodhan O’Riordaín, principal of St Laurence O’Toole primary school for girls in Sheriff St, Dublin, believes that the programme will be supportive to parents of children attending the school.

“Courses like these acknowledge that parenting is difficult. Parents often think that they don’t need help and that they have a good relationship with their children but society is changing so rapidly that every parent needs to know how to maximise the potential of their children. And children react more to parents than to anyone in a school. They love their parents so when education becomes part of the relationship between a parent and a child, the effect is unstoppable.”

Monday, February 02, 2009

Fianna Fáil Motion to Cut Councillor Salary by 10% Hypocritical

The motion proposed tonight by members of the Fianna Fáil group on Dublin City Council is hypocritical in the extreme and classic cheap electoral politics.

The proposal that each member of Dublin City Council should take a 10% pay cut has been referred to the Protocol and Selection Committee however it goes nowhere to uncovering the real scandal of payments to Councillors at the taxpayers expense?

Will the Fianna Fáil members agree to a root and branch review of Councillor Expenses?
Why are councillor mobile bills paid to the tune of €30,000 per year?
Why are lavish expenses paid to councillors who attend meaningless conferences around the country?
How many councillors in the Fianna Fáil group have taken lifts in colleagues cars to meetings in other counties and then claimed travel expenses?
Why is there no attempt to take 10% or more from the tax-free expenses afforded to councillors which would amass a greater saving for the council.
Fianna Fáil representatives attempts to distance themselves from the mess that their government colleagues have made and to present themselves as guardians of the solution is pathetic and unworthy of council support.