‘No to BID’ campaign invites ‘DublinTown’ to a Public Debate

PRESS RELEASE

Monday July 2nd  2017

Traders demand true facts to emerge on finances and footfall figures
The campaign seeking to disband DublinTown (formerly Dublin BID), the company set up by Dublin city centre businesses, has today (Sunday 2nd July) invited a representative of DublinTown to a public debate at Dublin City Hall ahead of the plebiscite vote to disband DublinTown on Friday, 17th July. The No to BID campaign will extend an invitation to all traders affected by the DublinTown levy to attend the debate event.

Commenting on this, spokesperson for the No to BID campaign, Kim Condon said ’’We propose that the debate be held on Wednesday 12th July at Dublin City Hall. It will be an important opportunity for both sides to engage in proper debate about how effective DublinTown has been and why it should be disbanded. It is also a chance for DublinTown to answer important questions about how they have spent the money they collected from Dublin businesses and serious concerns about the footfall figures.’’

Ms Condon went on to say; ‘’This is a critical time for Dublin city. It is essential that the truth emerges as there are high levels of misinformation and fakery of facts on the campaign. We feel that this is a huge vote for the future of Dublin city and it is imperative that the public get a chance to hear both sides of the campaign. We urge all traders to vote No.’’

DublinTown (formerly Dublin BID) is a company which was set up in 2008 following a vote of Dublin city centre businesses. It is charged with improving Dublin City as a commercial district. Businesses in the district pay a compulsory levy of 5% of their commercial rates. DublinTown is renewed every five years by a vote of businesses in the district. The vote this year is overshadowed by a groundswell of anger and mistrust from businesses over a proposed 34% increase to the levy and highly-contested footfall figures.

The No to BID group comprises of over 800 businesses in Dublin City centre, illustrating a diversity of business interests dedicated to shutting down the DublinTown operation.

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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…

 

 

 

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

Hidden Cultures, Public Platform

Big thanks to Rosaleen Mcdonagh and the cast of Mainstream at The Project Theatre, Dublin tonight, a very relevant socio-political play.
Many layers, many themes, many betrayals, including the betrayal of one’s own body. This play needs to be taken on tour to educate this nation about our collective cruelties, our indifference, our racism and the crimes we perpetrate on each other.
This is a brave courageous work by a fantastic playwright, who has travelled the long road of prejudice. She operates in her own uniqueness and compliments the great work of Christy Brown, Paddy Doyle, the Pecker Dunne and of course Sean O Casey.
While the work is about class, prejudice,Travellers, mainstream society written by a female playwright, it’s literary scope is universal and all-embracing. While disability is also a theme that runs through this work it is extremely intelligently portrayed and given expression of great integrity and is not reliant on any gimmicks or tricks. These are proud people, strongly portrayed by some of the finest acting I’ve seen anywhere. (Donal Toolan, John Connors, Grainne Hallahan and Neili Conroy – cast)
These characters are human beings like ourselves different and equal and their pain is like our pain. It’s a deeply humanising piece and sparks off the idea in us all that we all have a bit of a flaw. We all have our abilities and disabilities. We are all prejudice to one another.
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Cast of Mainstream – Donal Toolan, Grainne Hallahan, John Connors, Neili Conroy – Written by Rosaleen McDonagh

But Rosaleen McDonagh is a great playwright who won’t remain silent and fights that prejudice. Won’t be stereotyped. Won’t be pigeon-holed or marginalised, no matter what. She takes on feminism, male prejudice, class divide, racism, disability, traveller culture, child abuse, body betrayal and gay identity in one great lash of the pen. Excellent.
 
The centre of the work is about exclusion, prejudice and marginalisation but she manages to bring us as an audience and a public right into her fold.
I felt great coming out of this play even though its themes were dark. This playwright has kicked the door open into the light, and it’s very welcome. Anybody who has any prejudice or any doubts about the Travelling community or any ‘othered’ member of society should get to see this work.
Arts Council, Dublin City Council and all ye people out there with the public purse make sure this play gets out on a National tour – Please – for all our sakes.
This is a work of national importance.  
Outstanding honesty.

Silence is Violence

artane-demo-3Today a group of us took to the streets of Coolock at Northside Civic Centre where my motion regarding the history of the Artane Band and the Artane Industrial School was put before the North Central Area Committee. In what can only be described as a gross act of denial only one Councillor voted in favour of the motion. (Cllr Michael O Brien)

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Denial ruled the day. It was an act of shocking violence the deafening silence.  How can it be that the findings of the Ryan Report and the finding of serious Garda inquiry into child abuse, wholesale criminal and sexual violence that was perpetrated in Artane industrial school can be written out of history?
It is a great shame that the Cllrs in this instance chose to keep Ireland and it’s people in the dark and protect the Christian Brothers and their manifestation through the present Artane Band.  The people of Artane and indeed the North Central Area need now to stand up to this shameless shameful act.
The paedophiles and rapists and child abusers will take great comfort in today’s decision by this area committee and its councillors.  While we, the people who experienced this abuse in our childhood, carry a much heavier burden as a result of today’s refusal by the Cllrs to acknowledge the true and proven history of the Artane Boys Band, the Artane Band and the Artane Industrial School.
Like the dark days of the beginning of this journey for justice, we stood alone against the Catholic Church, the Christian Brothers and the orders of nuns.  Sad today, that we stood alone again at the North Side Civic Centre.


We take comfort from the many people, local residents  who we met, all of whom understood our issue and were fully supportive.
We thank you for your hospitality and we will be visiting with you again soon.
Truth and Justice are what we seek.

These two motions below were fully supported last month by all but two Councillors at the North Central Area Committee Meeting. 

Again supporting a true denial of the accurate and true history of the Artane Industrial School and the Artane Boys Band – Artane Band.  History repeats itself in the form of gross denial.  Our lives don’t matter.

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SNAP support Artane Band Disbandment

 SNAP  (SURVIVORS NETWORK OF THOSE ABUSED BY PRIESTS)

snapheader5The group at the centre of the recent Oscar winning film, Spotlight have today issued a statement in support of our motion to have the Artane Band disbanded. www.snapnetwork.org/ 

Barbara Blaine, the founder and president of Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), an international advocacy group for survivors of clerical sexual abuse, has come out in support of a campaign to have the Artane School of Music disbanded.

SNAP is supporting a motion by Dublin councillor Mannix Flynn for the disbandment of the music school, an establishment jointly run by the Christian Brothers and the GAA. The band in its current form wear the original and traditional insignia and uniforms worn by the band from when it started at a time when children attending St Joseph’s Industrial School in Artane were subjected to sexual and physical abuse at the hands of the religious.

Speaking from Chicago in support of councillor Flynn, Blaine said: “I believe that so much suffering and pain has been caused to those who lived through the horrors of the industrial school in Artane. They have been through enough. We should be doing all we can to prevent any further pain and suffering.”

Petition to Disband the Artane Band

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I just started a petition: Disband the Artane  Band.
It is no longer appropriate, with what we now know, about residential institutional child abuse at St Josephs Artane, that this band, should be still in existence, wearing the uniform of that institution – St Josephs Industrial School Artane, and making statements that they are proud of their history when in actual fact, the vast part of that history was engulfed in horrendous human rights breaches upon children, including child sex abuse at St Josephs Industrial school, Artane, where the band was founded.
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We who are the survivors should not have to endure the ordeal of this band in that uniform, parading around Croke Park, or any other public place. This is a constant active reminder of our ordeals and every effort should be made for this to stop.

Our lives, in those institutions, matter. What happened to us matters. We have a right to get on with our lives to recover and to heal. The Artane Band, in its present form, is a major obstacle to that process. No other band of its type would be allowed to get away with what they are getting away with. The band is still under the control fo the Christian Brothers through the Artane Music School.

If enough people sign my petition, we can make a difference.

Here’s a link to the petitionhttp://www.care2.com/go/z/e/Awo8W/zoyY/CRT_0
And here’s a link to share it on Facebookhttp://www.care2.com/go/z/e/Awo8x/zoyY/CRT_0

If there’s anyone you know who might be able to help me spread the word, please let me know. Thanks so much — I really appreciate your help!

Kind regards,  Gerard Mannix Flynn
Artistic Director,
Farcry Productions

 www.farcryproductions.ie

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