The Politics of Philomena

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The most startling thing to emerge from the premiere last night of Philomena was the lack of any questioning around accountability for the theft of a child, in this instance Anthony Lee from his mother Philomena, who was incarcerated in Sean Ross Abbey for 4 yrs in the 1950s.  The whole issue of criminality was avoided throughout the entire film and there was an uncomfortability in the Q & A emanating mostly from Steve Coogan, who was making every effort to be inoffensive in his efforts to appease Catholic sensibilities.  It would seem to me that Mr Coogan, producer, co-writer and star of the movie, didn’t really understand the politics of the issue of the banished babies and the criminal trafficking of children for profit out of Ireland and other countries that was perpetrated by the Catholic Church and religious congregations.

What happened here was that like many other children, Anthony Lee was taken from his mother without informed consent and for over fifty odd years the Irish Catholic Church, Religious congregation and indeed the State itself, concealed the whereabouts of mother and son from each other.  Yet, what we watched at the IFI premiere last night completely avoided the global issue of the “banished babies” of Ireland.  Nobody so far has been held to account for this practice; there have been no Garda investigations or Interpol investigations; nobody from the national Airlines (Aer Lingus) or Pan Am airlines that actually trafficked the children out of Ireland have been confronted. Indeed, this whole issue has been slightly saccarined and turned into a warm human interest story rather than a story of organised, joint-venture criminality.

The whole reality of this film is sentimentalised through a naive catholic spiritualism.  A lot of it is cliched and it never really deals with the horrendous tragedy and evil of what was perpetrated on thousands of mothers and their abducted children to this day.

The story of Philomena is based on true events.  True events that happened to generations of people and, while this abduction of children was going on in so-called Mother and Baby homes, there was also the rape torture and inhumane treatment of tens of thousands in what are now known as Ireland’s residential institutions.  The Mother and Baby homes like Sean Ross Abbey, Bessborough, Castle Pollard etc. formed part of a network of compounds where individual citizens were incarcerated and exploited till they died, made good their escape or somehow found themselves miraculously released.

The trauma of what took place in these institutions still permeates this society through the suffering of the individuals who were incarcerated there.  That suffering continues as many mothers seeking to find their children and many children seeking to find their parents are still not being given access to their personal records, to their authenticity, to their origins. There is an indifference, a disregard and a continuous punishment in the way Religious Congregations and indeed the State continue to behave around this issue, which borders on contempt.  There was an opportunity in Philomena to address these issues but the writers of the script chose not to do so.

This undermines the credibility of the movie and does a great disservice to this single story and to the big story because after all this tale is one of thousands of similar tales that are now emerging as part of Ireland’s social and criminal history.

Despite the warmth of the film and the good reception that it received at all the film festivals so far (Toronto, London, Venice) somewhere, the real issues that are at the centre of this story, the hard cruel facts, that unheard story, that brutality, uncomfortable as it is, has to be heard, has to be owned has to be accounted for.  It is not just the story of Philomena and Anthony Lee, it is the story of a society and as such the secret history of Ireland and the Irish State and religious institutions cannot be so simply packaged in a feel-good, heartfelt portrayal of real events that have not been dealt with so far.

We had to drag the apology from the Taoiseach in relation to the Magdalene Laundries and large parts of the truth have still been avoided in the massive whitewash of the Ryan and McAleese Report. The complete indifference and lack of consequences for all those that were involved in the criminality and abuses that were described in the Ferns, Murphy, Cloyne reports etc. There is a great danger here of assuming that we have dealt with these issues and that there is some measure of closure on them, but still the Church and State continue to deny wrong going and the myth that everybody was just trying their best in very difficult times continues to be perpetrated.

Judy Dench gives a fantastic performance as does Steve Coogan, the whole cast excelled themselves and it is a good movie, but that’s all it is –  a good movie, an entertainment, a night out in the cinema.  It doesn’t ask anything of us, it merely brings us along in a sad-warm way.  It’s a road movie that is very satisfying.  The danger here is, is that it smothers the ongoing issue of what’s happening in Irish society and elsewhere and can give further credence to the school of thought that wishes to put this whole issue behind us and let us get on with it.

Adoption Rights Alliance and other such organizations and individuals are desperately seeking information and the rights today for open access to all of their paperwork, their birth certificates, medical records etc.  They are seeking their truth that has been held from them all their lives as it was for Philomena Lee and her son Anthony Lee.

The film will certainly throw light on all of the issues that I’ve mentioned above and it will find its place in the cultural representation of Ireland’s social history, albeit from a British perspective and sensibility. This is a British movie, but what’s not uniquely British about it and what came across last night in the Q & A and in the movie itself, was its unwillingness to ‘go there’.  While I welcome the film, I note its lack of responsibility to the overall story, its insistence on the sensibility of the human story at the cost of the politics and the truth of the issue.   When, in actual fact what you have here is organized criminality on such a scale that it should really warrant a massive European, if not global investigation or tribunal, not dissimilar to that which is conducted by the United Nations into crimes against humanity because that is what this is.

With due respects to all of those who were involved and with deep respect to Anthony Lee who died searching for his mother – who died being told a lie by the very people who thieved him from his mother and continued that thievery by robbing him of his mother’s whereabouts – this story is not just theirs; it is all our stories. And unless you deal with this story in the way you would deal with any fascist of dictatorial regime, like the institutional Catholic Church, like the institutionalized Irish State,   all you are doing here is facilitating and enabling the closing down of the story, the othering of the story and the perpetration of further suffering.

There were comparisons made last night with the Magdalene Laundries so on so forth, but you can’t compare ongoing trauma and truth with films that are by-and-large commercial enterprises to the story of institutional tragedy.  The story of Philomena Lee is essentially a political one involving a sovereign state and its inactions to protect its citizens and a global church that professes Christianity love, truth and respect, but is engaged, in this instance, in joint venture acts of appalling inhumanity and cruelty.  It is up to us, the cinemagoers to inform ourselves to the highest degree on all of the issues that are missing from this film.  That said I would urge you to see the film because some truth in all its horrors still manages to reach out and touch us. Perhaps because of what we already know in relation to the culture that still exists in our country.

It will take some time for society to extract the truth on this whole issue.  Memorials at the Garden of Remembrance, Magdalene Sisters films, and films like Philomena can never be a substitute for the truth the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in fact sometimes such films can damage truth and authenticity as they can perpetrate the lie that it was ‘all done in good faith’. This film will now be promoted by Harvey Weinstein and may possibly even win an Oscar, however there is always the possibility that it could damage the ongoing advocacy for truth and accountability.

With all that in mind – please go.  And when you come out of the cinema, get involved, demand answers.  Seek accountability.  Don’t let the Church or the State off the hook. What happened here was on an enormous scale and that enormity has not been reduced, but has been added to by the continuous refusal of the congregations of nuns at the centre of the Mother and Baby homes who were willfully engaged with the theft, trafficking and sale of children to be held accountable, to hand over the many documents and files that they have in their possession.  These documents need to be given to their rightful owners without any hindrance whatsoever. Everybody has the right to their own information. The lie that is about that these documents were lost through fire damage or floods etc. needs to stop.  People have memory. The congregations duplicated many of its documents. Every child had a passport forged.  People know.  Including Aer lingus, Pan Am and emigration.

In essence the film is about secrecy which forms an unbroken web. That secrecy is never challenged.  And even the cinema goer is asked to accept that secrecy.  It is this very secrecy that gives rise to gross abuse in society, from the institutions of the state, the institutions of the church and the very institution of the family and here right before us in the IFI that secrecy is well maintained by the cultural industry and the film community.  This is far too serious an issue to be turned into mere entertainment.  Philomena the film is not Rabbit Proof Fence, or Los Ninos Robados.  It is a vehicle for the desires of Steve Coogan and the advancement of his career at the expense of a real truth, a real politic.  Mr Coogan needs to be aware of this, that in doing what he did he places himself firmly on the side of those oppressive regimes that wish to keep us all silent, all stunted and childlike and all contained.

This story and the thousands of stories like it will one day escape from this place and find a place where their truth will be heard, understood and accepted.  To avoid is to deny.  To deny is further injustice.  The struggle and the search for truth continues. Mr Coogan had an opportunity to inform the public.  He chose instead to protect the wrong doers – the Irish State and the Catholic church.  He needs now to correct this if he is to have any credibility.   He needs to inform himself of the reality by speaking with those many people who are desperately seeking their children, desperately seeking their mothers.  Its important to note that Philomena Lee didn’t write the book. Didn’t make the movie.  And the problem now is that the story is in the hands of unscrupulous, unprincipled Tinseltown merchants.  And we all have an obligation here to ensure the right thing is done and that the truth is told. Only then can a society grow. Only then can true faith be meaningful.

Dyslexia

 

Dyslexia is hereditary.  Many people struggle with it for years without ever being diagnosed or understanding the reasons why they cannot read, write or spell well.  They say that over 70% of artists have some level or dyslexia. Many actors, writers, artists, performers, and athletes are dyslexic. It doesn’t have to be a debilitating thing in your life, in fact, as a dyslexic person, you have a lot of advantages over other people in your ability to problem solve, think outside the box and find constant solutions through completely different avenues.

If you or someone in your family is having problems reading or spelling it may be worth taking them for an assessment.  Many schools, unfortunately, are still not equipped to teach in an alternate way and it is left up to parents to provide extra tuition to help their children learn in a different way.  It is as simple as learning in a different way. But most dyslexic people would tell you that their school years were hell, always being told they were lazy or stupid.  It is very important to have your child assessed if you in any way think they may be having difficulty reading etc.

The conference listed below is a free event for those interested in the links between dyslexia and drug abuse.

Dyslexia and Drug Use: Hiding in Plain Sight

by Soilse and Dyslexia Association of Ireland

Free

Wed, 12 Jul (09:30)  

Dyslexia Conference

Dyslexia and Drug Use: Hiding in Plain Sight

Date: 12 July 2017

Time: 9:30 – 1pm

Organisers: Soilse and Dyslexia Association of Ireland

Venue: Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission (IHREC) offices

16-22 Green Street ,

Dublin 7

9:30 – 10:00

Registration

10:00

Welcome and overview

Pat O’Mahoney, chair, Education Research Officer with Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI)

10:10

Exploring the links between dyslexia and drug use

Donald Ewing, Dyslexia Association of Ireland (DAI)

10:30

The Public Sector Duty: Eliminating Discrimination, Promoting and Protecting Human Rights

Dónal Rice, Irish Human Rights and Equality Commission

10:50

Lived experiences of dyslexia

Two speakers

11:10

Break (Tea / Coffee)

11:40

Panel Discussion

Representatives from Career Paths, Parents, Soilse, DAI, IHRC

12:30

Concluding words

Niamh O’Reilly, CEO, Aontas – the National Adult Learning Organisation

12:40

Light lunch

Soilse, Green Street, DUBLIN

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Email: Soilse@HSE.ie

Phone: (01) 872 4535

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON DYSLEXIA SEE THE BIG PICTURE:

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James Redford on Dyslexia: https://vimeo.com/77179004

 

Trailer for The Big Picture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ueaDO8IS4Dk

 

View the film: 

I have the rights to show this film.  If your community center or school wishes to screen it, please contact me and I can arrange a date.

LIST OF DYSLEXIC ARTISTS, ATHELETES, AND PERFORMERS

Tom Cruise

Billy Bob Thornton

Henry Winkler,

Harry Belafonte

Jim Carey

Whoopi Goldberg

Oliver Reed

Vince Vaughn

Selma Hayek

Eddie Izard

Anthony Hopkins

Brendan O Carroll

Thomas Edison

Albert Einstein

Alexander Graham Bell

Michael Faraday

Leonardo Da Vinci

Ansel Adams

David Bailey

Tommy Hilfiger

Pablo Picasso

Pauline Bewick

Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Robert Rauschenberg

August Rodin

Andy Warhol

Jamie Oliver

Anita Roddick

Erin Brockovich,

George Patton

Cher

John Lennon.

Nigel Kennedy,

Bob Weir, Grateful Dead

Noel Gallagher

Shane Lynch,

Muhammad Ali, World Heavyweight Champion Boxer

Duncan Goodhew, Olympic Swimmer

Bruce Jenner – (Catlyn) Olympic Decathlon Gold Medalist

Magic Johnson

Bob May, golfer.

Diamond Dallas Page, World Wrestling Champion.

Steve Redgrave, Olympic Gold Medalist (rowing).

King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden

Nelson Rockefeller.

Woodrow Wilson.

George Washington.

Richard Branson,Founder of Virgin Enterprises.

John T Chambers,CEO of Cisco Systems.

Henry Ford

William Hewlett, Co-Founder, Hewlett-Packard.

Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA.

Ted Turner, President, Turner Broadcasting Systems.

Robert Woodruff, President of Coca-Cola, 1923-1954.

Frank W. Woolworth.

Walt Disney.

Steven Spielberg

Hans Christian Anderson

Agatha Christie

Gustave Flaubert

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Philip Schultz

William Butler Yeats,

Gustave Flaubert,

Richard Branson,

Henry Ford, Walt Disney.

Steven Spielberg,

Billie Bob Thornton,

Woodrow Wilson,

Mohammad Ali,

Magic Johnson,

Leonardo DaVinci,

Erin Brockovich,

George Patton,

Cher,

John Lennon,

Nigel Kennedy,

Andy Warhol,

Auguste Rodin,

Picasso,

Albert Einstein, 

John Lennon,

Bill Gates…

 

 

 

Recalling Anthony Cronin

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Anthony Cronin, second left, at the Bloomsday commemoration on Sandymount beach, Dublin, in 1954, with, from left, John Ryan, Flann O’Brien, Patrick Kavanagh and Thomas Joyce

Tonight at City Hall, Dublin, the wonderful life, and works of Anthony Cronin will be celebrated by his family, friends, and people. This was one man among us that certainly made a marvelous contribution to all artists and Arts, not just in Ireland but globally.

An unassuming, humble man, of enormous integrity.  He always had others and their struggles, particularly artists, to the forefront of all he did, all his days.

His contribution in our lives, we will carry and live it on and hand it down for the generations to come.

Tonight, we salute a true prophet, visionary and philosopher.  One of the great Irish thinkers and intellects.

Thank you, Mr. Cronin.

Prophet
by Anthony Cronin

When word came back to that small whitewashed village,
Strange rumours of his ways and of his talk,
The neighbours shook their heads and didn’t wonder,
His mother was bewildered more than proud.
And coming into lamplit towns at evening,
Seeing the warm red glow behind the blinds,
Lying awake in strange rooms above rivers,
He thought he would be like them if he could.

And when at last the courteous powers took notice
And nailed him to that awful point in time,
He knew that what he meant would be forgotten
Except by some as lonely as himself.

 

I gcuimhne Danny Sheehy

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Blasket Island by Norman Ackroyd (RA)

 

IN MEMORY OF DANNY SHEEHY – DANNY AN TSÍTHIGH 

Today we lost Danny Sheehy -Danny an tSíthigh or Domhnall Mac Síthigh, poet, boat-maker, sailor, teacher,  Irish language expert, Kerryman and absolute gentleman.

Thank you for all you gave us and the love you instilled in us for our culture, land, ancestors and Irish ways.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

 

 

Lightenings      viii

The annals say: when the monks of Clonmacnoise
Were all at prayers inside the oratory
A ship appeared above them in the air.
The anchor dragged along behind so deep
It hooked itself into the altar rails
And then, as the big hull rocked to a standstill,
A crewman shinned and grappled down the rope
And struggled to release it. But in vain.
‘This man can’t bear our life here and will drown,’
The abbot said, ‘unless we help him.’ So
They did, the freed ship sailed, and the man climbed back
Out of the marvellous as he had known it.

 

by Seamus Heaney

 

POET DANNY SHEEHY DIES AFTER BOAT OVERTURNS OFF SPAIN https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0610/881677-spain/

Rare Appearance by unique artist

Thursday night is the ace night of the week. It brings out the rare breeds, the unique folk to celebrate extraordinary achievements and gather in each other’s honor. This Thursday night (13th April)  is no exception.
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The unique, extraordinary Irish artist Tony MacMahon will be at the Cobblestone in Smithfield to launch yet another great work of art coming from the mind and soul of Cormac Begley.
So get down there and get closer to the great Irish music that is being made, played and produced today.
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Cormac Begley, album launch Thursday 13th @Cobblestone, Smithfield, Dublin

And of course, say hello to the master MacMahon. We owe him a great debt of gratitude and enormous respect for holding steadfast against the barbarians in this country who are hellbent on destroying our ancient culture, the Irish music. Tony Abú.
Cormac Begley Raelach Records
 

Submission against the renewal of BID on behalf of BID members (Cllr Flynn)

Mnx-Flyer-DublinTown2017-A5.inddHere is the lawful accurate honest submission I made to DCC on Friday 7th April.  Today (Tuesday) I received a legal threat from BID/Dublintown.

Submission against the renewal of BID on behalf of BID members

Please find submission in relation to the BID renewal scheme.

1 This scheme is a grossly unfair scheme in that it uses a form of conscription to unjustly apply a double rate on many hard pressed businesses.  Since its inception the BID scheme has steadily lost the confidence of its conscripted members.  It has no impact whatsoever in any positive way on the City, on the cleaning of the city, on the security of the city and indeed on the commerce of the city.  It simply duplicates in an amateurish way what Dublin City Council do very professionally.  Indeed, the only professional thing the BID company does i.e. Dublintown is market and  promote itself very well. It contravenes also, the promotion of Dublin City Council and central Government that Dublin is a growing European capital city.  The current Dublintown branding, is a gimmick and misleading.  They also are inclined to engage themselves in the rebranding of entire neighborhoods and business districts without any consent or indeed engagement with local residents, local business or indeed Dublin City Council itself.  This has annoyed greatly, historians, and many residents and citizens of the city who do not want to see this historic city branded in this cheap and tacky way.  Visitors do not come to Dublin to shop in tacky renamed districts like Dublintown’s South William Street Creative Quarter or the ridiculously named ‘Dame District’ or the bizarre title ‘Dublin 1’.  Equally their purple flag status is more attuned to a British shopping centre district than it is to our historical city. Again, all of this is smoke and mirrors and fakery that are intended by Dublintown/BID to give the company a sense of purpose.

2 The members of BID over the past number of years have contacted me personally inter hundreds complaining about the unfair nature of the BID levy.  Not only was this during the times of deep austerity but this is also in most recent times when the economy of the city is beginning to show signs of rebound and recovery. Many complain that Dublintown/BID and its staff act as if they are an authority and many shop owners and businesses feel actually intimidated by them.  When BID has been asked to account for itself or is in any way challenged by many of its members it simply behaves in a hostile and threatening manner towards them. It is a non-transparent organisation and has refused on many occasions even in its own AGM, to supply vital information to its own members.

The arrogance of BID towards it members and indeed towards many communities in the city is breathtakingly disrespectful.

3. BID is represented on many of DCC’s forums and many many businesses feel that the BID view on these forums is contrary to their own views particularly in relation to the promotion of injection rooms within the city center and also with regards the transport and traffic rearrangements that are taking place within the city center. Many feel that the BID company Dublintown is entirely out of touch with the cities struggling economy. The potential danger that the new traffic arrangements pose to businesses and customers.  It is quite obvious that the BID company Dublintown do not represent its members nor do they represent the business community there is very very little support, if any, for the renewal of the BID at this stage.

4 As a member of the BID board from 2014-2017 I myself experienced first hand the attitude of the executive of the BID and its Board. I am on record, I have written in the media on the issue and I wish to state here in my submission that it is my firm belief that Dublintown/BID is simply a private enterprise solely engaged with its own self-obsession.  At board meetings, I was treated appallingly from the moment I arrived at the company.  I was hindered in every single way possible in my attempts to get clarity and transparency and good governance into the company.  At AGM’s that were attended by and large, by mainly staff and board members, the members who attended these meetings seeking answers were simply dismissed as cranks. They were not valued as members, they were not valued as individuals and in many incidences I witnessed the BID executive simply laughing and sneering at members while they pressed for answers to questions because the executive knew that an unjust law, the BID levy, was on their side and they could press gang members and use legal instrument to extract an unfair rate and then proceed to squander this money on trivia and amateur public spectacle in the form of ‘Dine in Dublin’, ‘Christmas in Dublin’ and ‘Dublintown Fashion week’ .  This amounted to a visual pollutant on our streets to the great annoyance of many local businesses who saw their money being wasted in this manner on the promotion of Dublintown rather than on the city center and their businesses.

5 The BID was initially set up by people who had great love, great pride and great concern for Dublin city. The BID was designed and initiated to create a greener, cleaner safer environment and to promote the best that this city has to offer.  None of its founding members are in favour of the BID today, as a matter of fact, they are on public record that the whole thing is gaudy and should be stopped. The BID/Dublintown got itself involved with the issues of drug taking on our city center streets.  It failed entirely to impact in any positive way and instead got into bed with what can only be described as the pro-drugs lobby and promoted and supported drug injection centres in our city centre rather than treatment and detox centres.  During my time as a board member of the BID the CEO never made me aware as a board member that he was actually on the Board of the Anna Livia Drug Centre, I only learned this recently. Even when making statements about the issues of drugs on our streets, the CEO failed to mention that he was a member of the Board of the Anna Livia Drugs project. In a nutshell, this organisation BID/Dublintown is more about ego and personality than it is about principles or enhancing the cities economy and the cities offering. Indeed, the CEO himself, has on a number of occasions attacked his own members both verbally and physically and at present An Garda Siochána are investigating a complaint of assault against the CEO. 

6 In conclusion, as the person in charge of the oversight of the BID renewal scheme, I am now calling on you to make public and transparent a full and correct list of the register of those who are eligible to vote in the BID renewal scheme.  This document to supply the business and the individual who the vote is made out to.  That all votes handed out are numbered, stamped and secure.  That no individual or company can sign multi-votes.  That  every single member be made aware that they can attend the count of the vote. The Dublintown be informed that they cannot use any monies belonging to the company in the promotion of a YES vote.  That Dublin City Council as the agent and officers charged with this plebiscite make it known by public announcement press statement that there is a vast group of businesses who have formed themselves into a VOTE NO campaign against the BID renewal and that this campaign be given parity of esteem and the same facilities and platform that Dublin City Council affords the BID company Dublintown and assists it in all of its efforts for due process, balance and equal rights and equality in this election process.

It also should be noted, that I as an Independent Dublin City Councillor and former member of the BID board will be initiating a campaign on behalf of many members of the BID called the RIGHT TO EXIT THE BID COMPANY and I will be seeking permission to erect posters, distribute leaflets, hold public meetings in our effort to have the renewal of BID voted out.

Also, I have the full informed consent of many members to use the logos of their own company and paraphernalia in their campaign for a NO vote and there is no copyright infringements.

Dublin City Council has an obligation in law to inform every single member of the BID that they have the right to VOTE NO and that this is of extreme importance and they must do this by a public campaign.  They have the financial resources to do this from the membership subscription.

Also, the law agent Terence O Keefe of DCC, be informed of all of these matters and also that he make a public statement that clarifies this complete renewal process.

Yours sincerely,  Cllr Mannix Flynn

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Legal letter received today from BID in relation to my submission.  But how did they get it from DCC.  I only submitted it two days ago and there is such a thing as data protection….or is there?

Legal Threat from BID (Dublintown)

The bullyboys of Dublintown/BID are trying to censor us, close down a democratic right for a NO campaign in the forthcoming renewal scheme for the BID (Business Improvement District).  Hundreds of small struggling businesses are forced to pay a double rate that is grossly unfair.  They have asked me to represent them and create a campaign on their behalf in support of their right to Exit the BID by voting NO to the BID scheme renewal in June/July 2017.

I served on the BID board for two and a half years, so I’m in a strong position to have a valid and honest opinion based on facts.

The members of the company have given me the right to use what they see as their intellectual property – logos, etc, in order to get their message across. That they no longer want to be part of the BID.  They no longer want this company demanding money off of them under legal threat.

These are genuine people who are conscripted into the BID scheme and they find it grossly unfair.  On the other hand, the BID company is an ego trip with a grandiose idea of itself spending large amounts of money on self-promotion while the business district is in shambles and shops are emptying.

It’s a sorry day when public money is used by a private company to try and close down free speech, independent opinion, and democratic process. Dublintown/BID was set up by statute.  Dublin City Council’s Rates Department collect a rate on it’s behalf. It is in fact a public entity and has to be open to full scrutiny and challenges from all of us, especially elected representatives.

We are all too aware in this country of what’s going on in the institutions and the so-called trusted entities.  The BID company – Dublintown, does not have the confidence of the vast majority of its members and that is obvious in their attempts to legally bully anyone who gets in their way and especially those who I support in their right to exit the BID.

 

Here is the legal letter that I’m putting into the public domain in the interest of openness and transparency.  The submission that I made to Dublin City Council (2 days ago) is protected under the data protection act so it’s extremely odd that my correspondence in relation to this matter to Dublin City Council was handed over to the BID company.

(I will post my submission as a separate blog shortly)

 

 

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Legal Letter from BID in relation to a submission I made to Dublin City Council.  Where is the data protection? 

Earlier today our printers received a legal letter telling them to stop printing posters Cllr for Mannix Flynn on foot of legal threat.  This again is outrageous, underhand and legal bullying.

 

But I have no intention of stepping back of reneging on the many small businesses who asked for my support.
LOGOvotenoJoin the campaign.  Spread the word.  Call into shops and support the small businesses and not self-serving entities like Dublintown/BID.

NO TO THE BID RENEWAL SCHEME.

Find out more on the No Campaign website     http://www.notothebidcampaign