Monday, December 22, 2014

News, Abortion Ruling, Crime & Law, Donal O Muircheartaigh Bl, Justice Caroline Costello, Justice Marie Baker, Nicholas Kearns

High Court Dublin Abortion Ruling 23 December 2014

A three judge High Court will sit tomorrow to determine the fate of a young pregnant woman who has been deemed clinically dead but remains on life support.

The President of the High Court, Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns, said today he will sit with Ms Justice Marie Baker and Ms Justice Caroline Costello from 10am tomorrow to determine all the issues arising from the application of the woman’s parents to be allowed have her life support turned off.

“Time is of the essence,” he said, adding it was important the courts should not be seen as “foreclosing” any options that may be available.

The woman, aged in her twenties, has been deemed clinically dead following a brain trauma. She is about 17 weeks pregnant and, based on legal advice arising from her pregnancy, remains on a life support in a hospital.

Her family’s action will proceed via plenary hearing under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court which means all the issues raised as a result of the family’s application can be determined. Proceedings to have the woman made a ward of court will be dealt with after the plenary action.

The judge was told the interests of the woman, of her parents, the unborn and the Health Service Executive (HSE) will all be separately represented.

In court today, there were three senior counsel, five junior counsel and five solicitors representing the various parties.

Mr Justice Kearns this afternoon convened the directions hearing to manage the case with a view to ensuring an outcome as speedily as possible. He recognised this was a matter of extreme urgency and also must involve great distress for the woman’s family, the judge observed.

He said he had decided the case should proceed as a plenary action because the wardship procedure was limited and the plenary hearing would allow the court deal with all issues with input from all the relevant parties.

Gerard Durcan SC, for the HSE, said his side agreed the plenary procedure was the most appropriate vehicle to deal with this difficult issue. His side would have a report from a consultant obstetrician and from a consultant in intensive care medicine as well as from a consultant neurologist, counsel said. There would also be reports from doctors involved in treating the woman in a hospital outside Dublin.

Copies of the relevant medical notes would be made available, he added.

Mr Justice Kearns said the court would particularly want evidence regarding the present state of the unborn child and the likely prognosis on the child, plus reports on the likely effect on the mother of prolonged somatic treatment.

He was told by Paul Anthony McDermott BL, for a Dublin hospital where the woman was treated from November until December 8th last a consultant neurosurgeon who had treated her had prepared a report for the court and was also available to give evidence.

John Rogers SC, for the woman’s father, said his side would call evidence from her family and would also call one, perhaps two, medical experts. It was also hoped there would be agreement on what central legal issues the court would have to determine.

Conor Dignam SC said he would be representing the interests of the unborn while another counsel, Donal O Muircheartaigh BL, said he was representing the interests of the mother. He had just been instructed at midday today, counsel added.

It is understood the father of the child is supportive of the mother’s family’s application.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Banking Inquiry, Irish Economy, Banks

Banking Inquiry, Irish Economy, Banks

STAFF in the Department of Finance went home on the night of a budget to see what measures had been announced by Government, a witness told the Banking Tribunal.

Rob Wright, former secretary general in Canada’s finance ministry, said he also uncovered very little written formal advice between public servants and Government at the height of the crash amid fears it might have to be released under a Freedom of Information requests.

Mr Wright was being pressed on his 2010 report into the failings of the Department of Finance in the run up to the crash, which stopped short of saying it was not “fit for purpose”.

He was the second witnesses at the inquiry, which has wrapped up after two days until January 15th because of the Christmas Dail break.

Mr Wright told the 11 members inquiry team he was in Dublin working on the report when the Budget was announced.

“People in the Department of Finance went home on budget night to find out what was in the budget,” said Mr Wright, who was also known as Canada’s deputy finance minister.

“Why didn’t they know? They were in the Department of Finance. I found that incredible."
Mr Wright’s report examined what advice had been given to Government in the run up to the crash, and if the advice had been taken.

“We found dept had provided clear warning, recommended a level of spending and tax measures that were more moderate than the government done,” he said.

“Some advice more direct than country knew about. With very few exceptions this advice was exceeded.”

However on the risks of pro-cyclical policy he said: “There was just very little written advice. Very little written advice.

“You could get snippets here and there but on something as vital as that - particularly when you have regular engagement with international institutions like the IMF, the OECD and the EU where concerns had been expressed.

“You would have anticipated a consistent flow of advice through that period. We really could not find much of that.”

The Freedom of Information Act was cited as “the most dominant reason” behind the lack of information deficit, he revealed.

Mr Wright if a message sent to a minister suggests a different path than one stated in public it’s very damaging to relationships and controversial.

The Wright report made 50 recommendations for improvement and concluded that the civil servants were often “overshadowed by politically driven forces” and that the department “was not effective in responding to these pressures.”

He said while social partnership had achieved a great deal for Ireland, it lead to massive excess spending that was so huge it overwhelmed fiscal framing for Government.

Mr Wright also highlighted the lack of an "independent voice" to restrain the economy because Ireland is part of the Euro.

"You are in a monetary union, we have an independent monetary policy in Canada. The Governor in Canada has great authority. Here, you do not have someone independent to restrain the economy when it needs to be restrained. That has to be you the politicians," he said.

Mr Wright said there was a lack of engagement between the department’s 500 plus staff at the time with senior officials, who included just 37 personnel with an economy background.

Staffing levels have since dropped to 300 and, on his recommendation, almost 100 have an economy background and half of those are of masters level and some seconded from outside agencies.

“More progress has to be made,” he said.

The long-awaited €5m Bank Inquiry is examining events leading to the Government €440bn 2010 bank guarantee started yesterday. It will resume on January 15th.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Mairia Cahill, Child rape, Enda Kenny, Michael Martin

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Yesterday was a bad day in the office for Sinn Fein/PIRA, how sad was it to watch Mary Who sitting between two old men in the Dail (Sleeveen O Caolain and Gerry 'They havent gone away you know' Adams, as Gerry turned from 'reformed terrorist' to victim of a Witch-hunt by In dependent Group Newspapers (and the tacit suggestion that The IT may also be engaged in that covert operation to discredit the Nobel G Adams TD). The day got no better when Newbie (Peadar Toibin TD) was out-questioned by the Dithering Vincent Browne (although it was an easy task). A public Inquiry has been muted into the 'Silence of the Lambs' campaign run by Sinn Fein/PIRA against victims of Child-Rape/Rape at the hands of Sinn Fein/PIRA members, and perhaps that will be needed, however, the reality is that the dogs on the streets know what The Sinners done to their victims, they Raped them, they tortured them, they murdered them...what more needs to be said? However, it is worth noting that as Sleeveen O'Caolain sat silently and pondered his own position, one does not have to go to Belfast to find Sinn Fein/PIRA victims who were silenced by Sinn Fein/PIRA, there are many victims sitting in Sleeveen's own constituency who were silenced by the men and women in Woolly hats...did he know about any of these cases? Oh Yes! While Cowardly Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD had plenty to say about his former Flat-Mate VMK when VMK was convicted of sexual assault in 2000, the Coward O’Caolain sat silent as Gerry Adams TD continued to lie through his teeth about his role in the Cover-up of the Rape of Mairia Cahill

Sex Crime in Ireland a Definitive History:

Sinn Fein Rapists

A Fine Gael TD is to give gardaí the names of eight alleged abusers who were moved from Northern Ireland to the Republic by Sinn Féin, the Dáil was told yesterday.

During a five-hour debate in the Dáil arising from the claims of Belfast woman Maíria Cahill, Sinn Féin and its leader Gerry Adams were accused of covering up for rapists and abusers by moving them across the Border.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Tánaiste Joan Burton and Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin joined in calling on Mr Adams to tell the relevant authorities what he knows about the movement of offenders across the Border.

The debate was opened by Mr Kenny who launched a blistering attack on Mr Adams and the republican movement for its handling of the issue.

He said the IRA had “covered up abuse, moved the perpetrators around so the untouchables would remain untouchable” outside Northern Ireland.

“They thought so much of this Republic that they would honour us with their rapists, gift us their child abusers under that so-called elite republican dispensation,” he said.

Cahill’s courage

Mr Kenny said the debate was brought about by the courage of Maíria Cahill and the allegations she had made.

Tánaiste Joan Burton challenged Sinn Féin deputy leader Mary Lou McDonald to apply the same standards as she did when condemning the Catholic Church’s cover-up of sex abuse.
“In particular, does she apply this standard to the ‘powerful man’ who leads her own party?” asked Ms Burton.

Meath East TD Regina Doherty said she had the names of eight alleged abusers relocated to the Republic by Sinn Féin.

“To be honest with you, I am too afraid to name them here today,’’ she said, adding that she would give the names to the Garda.

Michael Martin TD

Mr Martin told the Dáil there were as many as 28 victims of abuse by members of the Provisional IRA discussing how to have the truth of what happened to them acknowledged.

“This abuse was covered up within the movement and continues to be covered up to this day,” said Mr Martin.

He said Maíria Cahill was brave to an extent which put to shame those who had sought to deny her justice and undermine her claims.

In response Mr Adams accused the other party leaders of playing politics and using smear tactics because they feared the growing strength of Sinn Féin.

Concern for welfare

He said if he or Sinn Féin were at fault, he would accept and acknowledge that. But he said he and other republicans who spoke to Ms Cahill did so out of concern for her welfare.

In an interview with RTÉ News, Ms Cahill said she regretted that Mr Adams had an opportunity to do the right thing and did not take it.

“I think that is pretty despicable,” said Ms Cahill, who added that she found it “deeply ironic and hugely upsetting” that Mr Adams, who told the Dáil he hoped she achieved justice, was the leader of the movement that denied her justice.

She also said she believed there were more than the 28 victims of abuse referred to by Mr Martin and said the number of perpetrators was now well into double figures.

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD, Mairia Cahill, Child rape, Enda Kenny, Michael Martin

Monday, October 27, 2014

Gerry Adams Letter, Sex Abuse, Sinn Fein, PIRA, Sinn Fein President

Gerry Adams Letter

Mairia Cahill Rape

The rape of Maíria Cahill took place in 1997, after the IRA had declared its second and sustained ceasefire. The alleged “kangaroo court” was in 1999, a year after Sinn Féin signed up to the Belfast Agreement and at a time when moves were under way to create the Police Service of Northern Ireland and many 'republicans had went to the trouble of writing An Garda Siochana on the dry concrete walls of the old RUC stations.
That was also the same year Adams was telling his party ardfheis in Dublin, “Scandals of child abuse have infected some of the main institutions, and the extent of the cover-ups have shocked many citizens.”

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Budget 2015, Business, Economy, Martin Shanahan, Michael Noonan, Richard Bruton, Departments Of Finance, IDA Ireland, Europe

Ministers in talks to reassure key foreign firms on closure of ‘Double Irish’

State agencies and Government Ministers and officials have launched a co-ordinated campaign of letters and phone calls to senior executives of foreign multinationals, to reassure them that Ireland remains a top destination for investment following the budget.

Minister for Enterprise Richard Bruton hosted a conference call with officials and executives from up to 60 US multinationals yesterday afternoon, to discuss some of the measures that might affect them.

On Tuesday, Martin Shanahan, the chief executive of the inward investment agency IDA Ireland, also wrote to about 1,000 companies to explain the State’s budget proposals relating to foreign direct investment.

The IDA is also preparing briefing materials on the budget measures for Irish embassies, which are used by the Government to help sell the country to foreign investors.

Sources suggested to The Irish Times yesterday that Michael Noonan, the Minister for Finance, also spoke over the phone directly with certain multinational chief executives to discuss the budget. It was not possible to confirm this with the Minister’s advisers last night, however.

Several measures within Tuesday’s budget will impact directly upon Ireland’s attractiveness as a foreign investment destination, including the closure of the controversial “Double Irish” tax avoidance scheme.

Other measures included fresh incentives to stimulate investment in research and development, tax incentives for intellectual property and the extension of the Special Assignee Relief Programme tax breaks for foreign executives who relocate to Ireland.

Mr Bruton’s teleconference yesterday formed the cornerstone of what one official insisted is a campaign of “positive engagement” to press home Ireland’s perceived advantages over its rivals and the new incentives in the budget. It is understood the teleconference was conducted on an off-the-record basis, and officials would not be drawn on which companies took part or what was discussed.

It is understood, however, the companies were all based on the west coast of the US, where most of the biggest technology giants are located. It would therefore seem likely that as well as the new incentives in budget, the Double Irish closure would have cropped up on the call.
Mr Bruton was joined on the call by Mr Shanahan of the IDA, as well as officials from the departments of Finance, Justice and the Revenue.

“We had a very positive engagement,” Mr Bruton told The Irish Times following the call. “I’m even more confident now than I was 24 hours ago that, with the [budget] measures, we will increase the attractiveness of our regime.”

More discussions

The Minister is also scheduled to fly to the US in two weeks for discussions with executives from east coast firms.

Meanwhile, Mr Shanahan’s letter to 1,000 IDA clients on Tuesday evening highlighted that the 12.5 per cent rate of corporation tax is “settled policy and will not change”.

The letter referred to the closure of the Double Irish: “As the global landscape is evolving, Ireland has decided to change its corporate residency rules . . . IDA strongly believes that this will provide a reputations benefit for Ireland and our clients.”

IDA also said its staff in Europe and the US will contact all of their clients this week to discuss the budget measures. “We’re now in a position where current investors and potential investors know what Ireland’s corporation tax regime will look like post-Beps (base erosion and profit shifting).

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Paul Gallagher murder, Navan Gardai, Meath murder, Meath News

Paul Gallagher Murder

Gardai investigating the murder of 26 year old Paul Gallagher, whose body was found in Ballymacan outside Collon, are appealing for information on the journey he may have taken in a red Volkswagon Golf from Donaghmeade in Dublin to Collon on Monday night/Tuesday morning.

The car he was travelling in had a registration number beginning 01 LH.

Gardai have launched a murder investigation headed by Supt Michael Devine of Navan. An incident room has been set up in Navan Garda Station and Chief Supt Aidan Glacken has appointed a chief investigating officer.

Mr Gallagher’s body was found in open farmland at Ballymacon at 5pm yesterday.

Gardai believe he may have travelled north from Donaghmeade along the M1 and took the Slane exit.

He was last seen in Donaghmeade at 10.30pm on Monday night and was wearing a navy tracksuit top, grey tracksuit bottoms and white runners with a navy stripe.

They are appealing for information from anyone who may have seen him or the vehicle on Monday night or the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Gardaí are appealing to any persons with information or who can assist with the investigation to contact Navan Garda Station on 046 - 9079930, The Garda Confidential Telephone Line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

GAA Leinster Final, Meath GAA News, Dublin GAA News

GAA Leinster Final, Meath GAA News, Dublin GAA News

Leinster GAA Football Senior Championship Final Sunday, July 22

Dublin v Meath, Croke Park, 4pm

One of the most enduring rivalries in Gaelic Games, Dublin and Meath meet for the 60th time in the Championship on Sunday in Croke Park, where the Leinster title is once again on the line.

It’s a rivalry that dates all the way back to 1894, with Dublin leading in the head-to-head stakes by 32-19 (there have been eight draws) in their 59 meetings to date.

The sides haven’t contested a provincial final since 2001, when the Dubs won by 2-11 to 0-14. Meath’s last Leinster title came in 2010, when they beat Louth in controversial circumstances, while Dublin are seeking a seventh title in eight seasons.

The 2010 Leinster semi-final, which Meath won by 5-9 to 0-13, was a significant milestone in the development of this Dublin team and is considered to be a key building block in the success that followed in the 2011 Championship.

Having conceded five goals and suffered genuine embarrassment against the Royals, manager Pat Gilroy looked at his game-plan anew and came back with a recalibrated, more defensively minded side for a run through the Qualifiers which led all the way to the All-Ireland semi-final.

Having only barely scraped past Louth in the subsequent Leinster final, Meath were blown away by Kildare in the All-Ireland quarter-final. Other than Qualifier wins over Louth and Galway, 2011 was a year to forget for the Royals.

So, following that 2010 meeting, Dublin and Meath seem to have gone in completely different directions.

However, there are real signs of a recovery in Meath after things went from bad to worse with relegation to Division III of the Allianz League in the spring.

That was the low point and things have improved significantly since with an impressive run in Leinster.

Manager Seamus McEnaney has used this impressive run to build and strengthen his side, the win over Wicklow and the two games against Carlow allowing him to give plenty of young players championship game time before unleashing them on Kildare.

With Graham Reilly and Conor Gillespie dominant in midfield, youngsters like Alan Forde and Damien Carroll tore Kildare apart and they produced the biggest shock of the championship so far to win by 1-17 to 1-11.

Speaking this week, Footballer of the Year Alan Brogan admitted the Royals are a completely different proposition in championship football.

"Kildare were the favourites [against Meath] and on paper it looked like Kildare should win, but Meath are a different beast in the championship - and always have been - no matter what their league form was like. They showed that against Kildare."

Dublin’s passage to the final has been far from smooth. Louth were dismissed without a second thought before Wexford once again put it up to the champions, and were it not for some poor shooting from the Models in the final quarter, Pat Gilroy’s side might have been forced through the ‘back door’ once again.

Ultimately, it was the excellent form of Kevin McManamon that guided them off the line, his 1-3 helping to offset the fact that Bernard Brogan had an off day.

With Diarmuid Connolly suspended after his red card the last day, Gilroy might have been tempted to put Eoghan O’Gara back into the attack, but he has instead opted for Michael Darragh Macauley, who is likely to feature much further out the field.

Cian O’Sullivan has also been brought back into the side at wing-back, with Kevin Nolan moving to No. 6 and Ger Brennan losing out in the reshuffle.

Meath have been boosted by the return of Kevin Reilly at full-back and All Star Stephen Bray in the inside forward line, two additions that should strengthen them significantly for what should be a searching test of a relatively young side.

Meath selector Graham Geraghty, a veteran of many battles with the Dubs down through the years, predicted a close contest this week.

"If we're to win this one, on Sunday, we'd have to be in the game with 10 minutes to go," he said.

"After that, with a bit of luck, you wouldn't know what would happen, but I don't think it's going to be a game like 1995, say, 10 points in it (in Dublin's favour). Well, I hope not, anyway. But I think our lads are really up for it. It should be a close enough game."

Meath: D Gallagher; D Keogan, K Reilly, M Burke; D Tobin, S McAnarney, B Menton; C Gillespie, B Meade; A Forde, D Carroll, G Reilly; B Farrell, J Sheridan, S Bray.

Dublin: S Cluxton; M Fitzsimons, R O’Carroll, P McMahon; J McCarthy, K Nolan, C O’Sullivan; E Fennell, D Bastick; P Flynn, A Brogan, B Cullen; B Brogan, MD Macauley, K McManamon.