Controversy as Garda Superintendent deems water protests “unlawful”

10 Oct

Machholz's Blog


Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald announced this morning plans for the recruitment of 500 new gardaí in the next year.

The announcement was made at the graduation of 94 gardaí at Templemore college this morning.

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan has stated that the new gardaí are being posted all over the country to help alleviate violent crime.

The Garda Commissioner has rejected allegations of political policing, despite this decision to recruit an army of new gardaí.

The Commissioner and gardaí have come under much scrutiny following the dawn raids last February and their treatment of, and attitude towards peaceful water protesters thereafter; and due to the recent release of the controversial Fenelly Commission Interim Report.

She has also stood by a decision by garda superintendent Orla McPartlin not to allow Anti-Austerity Alliance members to fund raise in South West Dublin, stating that “the collection permit has been refused because I believe that the proceeds of…

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UHI — another broken promise

12 Aug

My Medical Independent column from 9 July on on the ESRI costings the government refuses to publish as they are the final nail in the universal health insurance coffin.

In the run-up to election 2011, it was hard to avoid Enda Kenny and his five-point plan — this was the plan that was going to solve all the country’s ills — a country that was in a very bleak place in the midst of an economic and social depression. Number five on the infamous five-point plan was a ‘completely new health system’, the major plank of which was the delivery of universal health insurance (UHI).

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Rabbitte at Rest

9 Jul

Cunning Hired Knaves

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I listened to the RTÉ interview with Pat Rabbitte yesterday, dealing with his impending retirement as a public representative come the next election. It reminded me of the one and only time I saw Pat Rabbitte. It was in 2012 and I was walking west along Pearse Street. He, along with various other besuited individuals, was standing outside the Institute of Chartered Accountants, with a glossy brochure about the Labour Party. It was one of the party’s centenary events, and a fitting enough venue. Rabbitte was standing with his snout aloft, slightly apart from the others though listening to them talk, as though he smelled adulation on the breeze, or truffles.

Rabbitte gave his smug sententiousness free rein in the interview with Sean O’Rourke. He poured scorn on Syriza’s “magical thinking” and chided O’Rourke, when the latter challenged him on the recent cuts to lone parent payments, as…

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Why we recommend a NO in the referendum – in 6 short bullet points

1 Jul

Yanis Varoufakis

  1. Negotiations have stalled because Greece’s creditors (a) refused to reduce our un-payable public debt and (b) insisted that it should be repaid ‘parametrically’ by the weakest members of our society, their children and their grandchildren
  2. The IMF, the United States’ government, many other governments around the globe, and most independent economists believe — along with us — that the debt must be restructured.
  3. The Eurogroup had previously (November 2012) conceded that the debt ought to be restructured but is refusing to commit to a debt restructure
  4. Since the announcement of the referendum, official Europe has sent signals that they are ready to discuss debt restructuring. These signals show that official Europe too would vote NO on its own ‘final’ offer.
  5. Greece will stay in the euro.  Deposits in Greece’s banks are safe.  Creditors have chosen the strategy of blackmail based on bank closures. The current impasse is due to this…

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What’s it like to be ‘finished’?

31 May

The Thesis Whisperer

This post is by a British post doc working in Scandinavia on European Studies.

In the weeks and months leading up to the submission of my PhD, I found myself imagining what life would be like on the ’other side’. As a means of forcing myself over the final hurdle, I visualised how amazing it would be to be free of the thesis, to once again recover my weekends and my academic freedom, and how relieved I would be to hand over the culmination of three and a half years’ work.

And yet, when submission day dawned, and I took possession of the bound thesis and scurried to the research office to send it on its journey to the examiners, I felt…nothing.

Or at least, nothing beyond the profound fatigue that sets in after getting up at 5am to make it to the binders before the next month’s continuation…

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Prof. Jeremy Fernando. On walking with my teacher — writing, ink, calamari … , 2015.

14 Apr


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In this talk which was delivered at UC Davis on 26 February 2015, Jeremy Fernando attempts to open the relationality between walking and thinking — movement and thought — through the all too familiar situation, scenario, of ‘writer’s block’. Starting with the scene of a walk with his teacher, Avital Ronell, in the forests of Saas Fee, Switzerland, the dossier of the teacher, thepedagogue, as a guide is opened, alongside the question ‘what is it to teach’, ‘what is it to be a teacher’. He also attempts to respond to the problems of a lack of movement in writing, of the point when the proverbial ink stops flowing. To what happens when there is a block. And perhaps even the irony of writing about writer’s block: for, it can only be written about retrospectively, when it is cleared, when…

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NUI Galway to suspend Dr. Sheehy Skeffington’s email as outspoken whistle-blower refuses to be silenced

13 Apr

Michelines Three Conditions

NUI Galway have informed Micheline Sheehy Skeffington that they will be punishing her recent decision to reveal information regarding the university’s gender equality record in an email to all staff by suspending her university email account.

Dr. Sheehy Skeffington says that she only done this in response to a document on gender equality sent to all staff by the university which implied there was nothing wrong with the 08/09 promotions round.

According to Dr. Sheehy Skeffington the information she highlighted is available to any member of staff through the University website . A table in the email listed each of the men and  women shortlisted for promotion in 2008/9 and showed their current promotion status. 23 men were shortlisted in 2008/9, one is now a College Dean, 11are Professors, and all but 2 of the rest are Senior Lecturers. Despite there being more women than men in the position of College Lecturer, only 7 women…

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