Tá orainn ár oileán a coiméad slán

It’s worrying that even before the Brexit ink is dry, or even before there’s certainty about that final document being the final, final deal, tá an Fhrainc agus an Gearmáin ag caint faoi Airm na hEoraip.

Tá Netherlands ag rá nach bhfuil siad réidh ar bith do sin, ach má an Netherlands sa chómhrá cad faoi Éire? Where are we in this? Should we worry about an EU army?

It’s worrying enough to know that the single largest border shift in recent European history is about to happen, and that this is hidden in deep uncertainty. Border shifts are bad at the best of times, but whether one involving England and it’s 3 best enemies (France (enemies for everything before WW1/2), Germany (enemies for WW1/2) and Spain (wants Gibraltar back, always enemies)) can be achieved without some fisticuffs is anyone’s guess; and two of those three are talking about an EU army again.

This time there is an outside possibility of the border between them all being up the road. But it’s not like the English could possibly remember that the Germans sent weapons here in 1916, or even that 20,000 French Republicans came in 1796 or that the Spanish Armada dropped by here in 1601; could they?

But at least now they’re all part of NATO. So, as long as there isn’t a Russian-selected President in the US, and a super-smart chess-playing ex-KGB guy determined to destabilise NATO in the Kremlin all will be fine. Won’t it?

But, all that should matter to us is our island.

Caithfaimíd bheith cinnte go mbeidh ár oileán slán.

Cé nach bhfuil seans ann go dtiocfaidh sí orainn ró gcásta tar éis Brexit, fós tá seans níos mó as seo amach go mbeidh cogadh arís idir an Bhreatain agus a comharsanna ar an mór-roinn.

Caithfimíd siúl géarr a gcoimeád ar áon socrú ag teacht amach as Brexit a bhfuil seans – cé chomh beag an seans sin – go cuirfidh an socrú sinn aon limistéar orainn ag coimeád an oileán slán, nó an bhfarraige timpeall í bheith mar an céad líne cosaint duinn.

Who cares what the cartoon says; it’s the language in which it’s not being said that matters. 🙂

And well she might laugh (banana skins & rugs)

How cleverly She plays.

Say what you like about Mrs Windsor, she does know her long game; very unlike our short-term politicians.

While we were happily paying Romans to abuse our generations of embarrassment, the family Windsor quietly did some actual thinking work on how to deal with Theirs. Or rather, She did. And I’m sure it cost Her almost nothing, but thinking. Though few people alive could have done so much of it.

And the embarrassment? That’d be us, naturally.

She and I are alike, in that we know the long game. Mine not so long as hers, possibly, but sufficiently long to see the pattern of someone seeing a pattern.

(I have been tipping away at one project for 42 years, meaning I have an inkling of her compute-power over time).

In the game that I believe has just played out, the Irish people voted themselves on the first step back into a United Kingdom, that being of Great Britain and all of Ireland, or something similar.

Courtesy of the Diamhasla/blasphemy referendum, and without a shot, She has potentially re-unified the island under Her Authority by pulling the foundation of sovereignty from beneath the ‘Republic’. And the Southern Irish voted their experiment out of existence for it, thinking they were the best little boys in the class.

She now just needs to resolve the thornier matter of the relations between that island and this, and may then consider that a little time off for Oneself might be in order. “However, be sure of one thing, that plan is already in motion so there’ll be no need to panic-buy bread or anything else silly”, I hear Her say.

And well She might laugh, also.

“Higgins keeps Crown”, would be more appropriate, but “Crown keeps Higgins” would probably be more accurate. Now that a corporate entity can Diamhasla, it is now quite safe to challenge in a court that the Irish Free State even has the authority to operate traffic lights.

But it’s not all bad. At least She seems to care about this island, definitely more than just getting re-elected! And maybe we should be cognisant of that, considering how little vision or foresight any of our 5-years at a timers have. Even our silly 7-year president couldn’t see far enough either back or forwards in time to observe this mistake around Diamhasla/blasphemy. I guess there’s a good reason why we say “stand on the shoulders of giants” and not of munchkins.

You see, I’ve known for a long time that there is no ‘God’. There is a ‘GOD’ and there are lots of gods, and if you want to say “God is Love” then I’m definitely on your side (as long as you don’t mean the duty, endurance, and suffering that passes for Roman ‘Love’. God isn’t just a person, more of a feeling). There’s even a pre-emptive legal defence available to individuals attached inside doors of some homes based on there being no ‘God’. If there is, bring Them to court to explain their position. I’d do the same if the Bunreacht (1937) said all powers derived under Frodo Baggins. “Bring forth the Bagginses”, I’d cry, and watch with amusement the result.

For corporate entities, who in this Common Law jurisdiction are treated as persons before the law, it’s not good for us as individuals for them to have such freedom. Think of how few bad guys need to get together to form a Company, and that Company can now proceed with impunity to over-ride the god-provided rights of individuals, happily applying the Bagginses defence as above.

(The whole god/God/GOD thing is a quagmire already, so for the time being, confusing as all the rest of it is, maybe we’ll park the “what gender is god?” question. After all, it was the Romans told you he was male…)

The 1916 Proclamation stepped considerately around some of the god/God/GOD complexity, by referring in the end to the “Most High God” and covering a lot of angles at once.Which is good, as the god question is probably the most complex of any, especially since so much of our society is organised around the presumption of belief in one, and precisely one, god. Fiddling with that casually, could be a problem.

But if you can Diamhasla without danger (as in “there’s no God, so you don’t get any god-derived rights”) and you’re a corporate entity like a State, you can step all over little people.

Even the authority and sovereignty of the people depends on such existence:

Now that we can blaspheme, it is now quite safe to challenge in a court that the Irish Free State even has the authority to operate traffic lights. And while you’re thinking about that, compare the description of the national flag above to the flag beside the Ceann Comhairle in Leinster House. What’s different?

 

Toisc go féidir linn Diamhasla anois, agus rá nach bhfuil Sí ann, níl sé soléir an bhfuil ‘cumhacht’ ag an rialtas dul thar an mbóthar can ceadúnas ó tuismitheóir. Freisin, féach cad tá scríofa faoi an bhratach náisiúnta agus déan comparáid idir sin agus an rud atá in aice leis an gCeann Comhairle i dTeach Laighean.

Even if one says that without the “under God” part, that there’s still the authority of the people, then that’s the authority of the gang in the Duke of Leinster’s House; surely there is very little during the last two generations that has left us with any faith or trust in them without adult supervision?

The only question left, really, is whether someone like a civil servant set a banana skin for us to slip upon 80 years ago when the Bunreacht (1937) was drawn up, or instead is it that we’ve just enthusiastically pull the rug from beneath ourselves by not knowing our own language and the meaning of it’s words?

Certainly a nice little legal leg of Diamhasla has been pulled from under me; just as lots of other little legal legs have weakened as well for everyone. Causing this disturbing idea:

Scenario: A vast foreign tank army (3 tanks would be plenty) lands off a surprise ferry at Dún Laoghaire, closely supported by an overwhelming display of air-power  (a single helicopter gunship), and promptly trundles off to the Duke of Leinster’s House.
There they roll comfortably atop the security barriers, before one tank batters against a wall with it’s gun, as if it were knocking on the door.
Out pops the head of a bewildered Taoiseach.
Taoiseach: You can’t do this.
Man in tank: We just did.
Taoiseach: But we’re a sovereign Nation.
Man/tank: No. No you’re not.
(Reaches into iron-glove-compartment of tank, retrieves notebook)
Man/tank: Says here that sovereignty comes from God. There’s no God. Ergo, you’re not sovereign.
T-shock: (wails) You can’t say that. Not when it matters, not that there’s no God. That’s blasphemy!
Man/tank: Umm, no. It’s more Diamhasla, actually. And blasphemy isn’t a crime here for businesses or armies anymore, so you can’t even get your own Guards after me…
T-even-more-shock: But that’s not what we meant when we voted.
Man/tank: There is an undo button in life. Admitting you got it wrong. It doesn’t fix everything. But it won’t fix anything until you use it.
There’s a brief pause as the helicopter gunship flies off to eradicate the Irish Army, parked on the M50 in 12 really attractively painted SUVs.
T-shock: But, but, there’s agreements and treaties and …
Man/tank: Yeah, let me cut you off right there – metaphorically speaking, for now. All those agreements and treaties and what nots depend on there being a God. But even if we cancelled out our God like you cancelled yours – and we haven’t – we still have the mon droit bit from “Dieu et mon droit” to be getting on with.
As a bewildered Taoiseach shakes his head, the voice of a tour guide can be heard from an approaching open-top bus: “Here on your left you can see the Duke of Leinster’s House. It was there in 1922 that the British Government established Saorstát Éireann after signing what is now known as “the Treaty”. The Duke of Leinster’s House was chosen in order to make a clean break from the Mansion House where the real Dáil Éireann had sat, and it then it became the job of the civil service to arrange to carry out any deception so that in less than 100 years, the embarrassment of 1916 could finally and very quietly be consigned to the past…”

Anyway, in ndeireadh na dála, the above scenario is now possible.

Fair play to her. Then again, considering the mess we’ve made of the place, maybe She’s just teaching us that an uninformed citizenry in a democracy are more of a danger to themselves than to anyone else.

Then again, it could just be that the real Brexit backstop has become more clearly visible….

An slí ceart ar aghaidh – Gaeilge chun tosáigh

A senior source in the Republican movement has said: “Tá sí soléir cad í an slí ceart ar aghaidh. Caithfimid balance a fháil ar an saol atá againn ar an domhann seo. Ní ach mbád sa spás í.”

“Táimd ag seoladh go léir ar an mbád ach tá seans mór go bhfuilmuid chun an bað a bhriseadh. Ní bheidh bua ag éinne tar éis capsize.”

The Normans didn’t come here because of a marital row, any more than they came for the fishing. Castles were the air-craft carriers of their day.

“Féach ar fadhbanna ár dtimpeallacht, agus global warming ar súil faoi lán luas. Féach an easnamh balance idir saibhir agus bocht. Ni bhuntaiste do muintir saibhir é sin. Ta siad ag seasamh ar cnoc mór nach bhfuil isteach ann ach daoine bocht. Mar sand-dune atá ró-mhór, an t-áon rud atá cinnte ná go dtitfidh an méad go léir, cé nach bhfuil fhios an ám. Is féidir rud a dhéanamh faoi anois, nó tabhair an job go dtí ár bpáistí.”

“Agus tá rud a bhféidir linn déanamh faoi anois.”

“Tagann dualgas leis an Gaeilge. Mar sin an seán-seán-seán thuiscint ár daonnachas. In the Irish language we have the most ancient of our understanding of this world upon which we live.”

“Our language is in danger. Má tá sí i mbaol táimid i mbaol.”

“A language is a way of viewing the world. It is a way of comprehending and explaining things and of communicating emotion. But before we do all other things in a language, first we reason in it. That’s why the Irish language is so important to the world. Sí teanga na gCeannasaigh.”

“It’s why the Romans sent the English here.”

“Tagann Ceannasachas mar dualgas Gaeilge.”

An slí ceart ar aghaidh – Gaeilge chun tosáigh

A senior source in the Republican movement has said: “Tá sí soléir cad í an slí ceart ar aghaidh. Caithfimid balance a fháil ar an saol atá again ar an domhann seo. Ní ach mbád sa spás í.”

“Táimd ag seoladh go léir ar an mbád ach tá seans mór go bhfuilmid chun an bað a bhriseadh. Ní bheidh bua ag éinne tar éis capsize.”

The Normans didn’t come here because of a marital row, any more than they came for the fishing. Castles were the air-craft carriers of their day.

“Féach ar fadhbanna ár dtimpeallacht, agus global warming ar súil faoi lán luas. Féach an easnamh balance idir saibhir agus bocht. Ni bhuntaiste do muintir saibhir é sin. Ta siad ag seasamh ar cnoc mór nach bhfuil isteach ann ach daoine bocht. Mar sand-dune atá ró-mhór, an t-áon rud atá cinnte ná go dtitfidh an méad go léir, cé nach bhfuil fhios an ám. Is féidir rud a dhéanamh faoi anois, nó tabhair an job go dtí ár bpáistí.”

“Agus tá rud a bhféidir linn déanamh faoi anois.”

“Tagann dualgas leis an Gaeilge. Mar sin an seán-seán-seán thuiscint ár daonnachas. In the Irish language we have the most ancient of our understanding of this world upon which we live.”

“Our language is in danger. Má tá sí i mbaol táimid i mbaol.”

“A language is a way of viewing the world. It is a way of comprehending and explaining things and of communicating emotion. But before we do all other things in a language, first we reason in it. That’s why the Irish language is so important to the world. Sí teanga na gCeannasaigh.”

“It’s why the Romans sent the English here.”

“Tagann Ceannasachas mar dualgas Gaeilge”.

Tipperary Health Campaign Only Beginning – Ciara McCormack

Ciara McCormack, Sinn Féin’s General Election Candidate for Tipperary, speaking at the Referendum count centre in Thurles last Saturday, said:

“I would like to thank all those who participated in the campaign to afford Irish women compassionate and comprehensive health care.”

“The people of Tipperary have come out and voiced their opinion in a resounding fashion to repeal the 8th, many people have campaigned for decades on this issue and their enormous contribution has to be recognised.”

“The simple fact is that the constitution was never the place to legislate for the intricacies of individual medical cases and finally this mistake is being corrected, this was primarily a key victory for women’s health in the 26 counties.”

“Tipperary has proven today that we can fight for and enact positive social change, that we can change our county and change it for the better.”

“Now all that energy, passion and commitment most to be put towards all of the other failing mechanisms within our Health and Mental Healthcare system, especially the ongoing Smear test scandal.”

“It is totally unacceptable the predicament that Tipperary women were left to languish in after this scandal broke. Support centres had to be set up from emergency funding from the Irish Cancer Society in Suaimhneas Cancer Support Centre in Nenagh to accommodate women in crisis over fears that they may be next.”

“The callous vote on the Civil Liability (Amendment) Bill [Seanad]2017 on the 8th of November last year most be condemned in the strongest manner. The Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael ‘de facto’ coalition voted to deny HSE patients the legal guarantee to open disclosures by changing the legal text from ‘shall’ make disclosures to ‘may’ make disclosures.”

“All patients within our healthcare system deserve dignity and justice and the highest quality care, the injustice of the 8th has been righted through referendum, it’s about time the architects of the dysfunctional HSE were held to account at the ballot box.”

Sinn Féin calling for a Yes vote

Speaking ahead of the referendum this Friday, Ciara McCormack, Tipperary Sinn Féin’s General Election Candidate said the following:

“The referendum on the 8th Amendment has been a trying and, at times, polarizing campaign. Nonetheless, the difficulties and problems pertaining to the 8th needed to be addressed, having been swept under the carpet for too long.”

“Sinn Féin’s position is clear: the 8th Amendment must go. The constitution is no place to legislate for the intricacies of individual medical cases.”

“We need to ensure compassion and care for those dealing with fatal foetal abnormalities, incest or rape; not have them exiled to Liverpool, as is the status quo. We can’t continue dehumanizing these women, excusing the lack of care available by reducing them to “a small percentage” every Irish woman must have the best health care available to them, especially when at their most vulnerable.”

“The coercion of the 8th Amendment doesn’t work, it is harmful to women. Women’s health can no longer be allowed to decline to the point of no return, where a woman must be classified as dying before appropriate medical interventions can be applied to satisfy the 8th. No longer can our women can be forced under court order to undergo invasive medical procedures against their will. Our women must no longer be reduced to “vessels” in pregnancy.”

“Women must have the right to actively participate and have a voice in their medical care.”

“Between 2012 and 2016, at least 403 women from Tipperary travelled to Britain for an abortion.”

“If we vote No and retain the 8th Amendment these problems will remain. Women will continue to travel abroad; abortion pills will still be readily available; abortion still dangerously non-regulated.”

“The uncertainties of Brexit will risk a whole section of our society left without compassionate healthcare.”

“We must end the criminalization, shaming and exile of our Women.”

“This is why I’m asking you to show solidarity with the women of Ireland, on May 25th vote Yes.”

McCormack supports removal of baptism barrier

Sinn Féin candidate in Tipperary Ciara McCormack has welcomed the Minister for Education’s proposed amendments to the School Admissions Bill.

Speaking today Ciara said: “The school admissions bill has been languishing in Leinster House for a very long time now so the news that the Minister has announced today is very welcome to us.

“In particular, I welcome the amendment which proposes to award the Minister the power to compel schools to open specialised classes within mainstream schools.

Ciara McCormack speaks to TippFM, along with Cllr Martin Browne.

“There is a chronic shortage of places available in Tipperary for children with specialised needs within mainstream schools.

“Some children are travelling up to an hour and a half each way to attend a school which has a class to cater for their needs and the current legislation allows schools to refuse to open a specialised class regardless of need and where funding is available.

“This puts parents under extreme pressure, if their child falls ill or needs collection they must travel to collect their child, siblings are often separated and therapies such as speech and language or occupational therapy are not available if the child attending the unit does not come under the care of the HSE Community Health Organisation in that area.

“The legislation as it is currently is not fit for purpose and creates unnecessary and unfair difficulties for parents.

“Parents should not have to baptise their child simply to secure a school place – something which frequently happens at the moment as children can be refused a place based on religious criteria in primary schools.

“I would like to see these amendments and subsequently the bill receiving the support of both houses of the Oireachtas and the legislation implemented in full without delay.”

2018-05-03-Clonmel-Tipperary’s Fight for Mental Health Services

Crinniú an phobail go léir, gan pholitaíocht, chun caint faoi status seirbhisí meabhairshláinte i dTiobraid Árann. Bhí ar siúl sa Phark Hotel, Cluain Meala, an 3ú Bealtaine.

A cross-community non-political meeting on the state of mental health services in Tipperary was held on May 3rd on the Park Hotel, Clonmel.

Well attended, with just over 200 people from across the county present, the meeting heard some frightening tales of experiences dealing with the under-resourced mental health services in the county.

Le slua mór daoine a bhí ann, chuala an crinniú scéalta mí-sasúil faoi an méid seirbhisí atá le fáil sa gcontae, de réir meabhairshláinte.

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Ciara McCormack selected for Tipperary

Tá íontach áthas ar Sinn Féin Tiobraid Árann a foilsiú gurbh í Ciara McCormack atá roghnaithe mar iarrthóir don céad olltoghcán eile.

Tipperary Sinn Féin are delighted to announce that their candidate in the next General Election will be Ciara McCormack, of Mid-Tipperary.

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