Somebody’s Child Site, Temple Bar

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Protective netting used to cover existing site to enable us to erect a temporary installation for the Pope’s visit.

Last night the protective netting that I placed on the site at Exchange Street was torn down deliberately. This netting was to allow us to put up a new response to Pope Francis’s visit.

See the panels below and above.  This temp piece of work sends out a clear message and is in keeping with the 15-year project that we have been working on on this site.

A lot of hard work went into last nights work and it all has to be redone today.  You are all welcome to visit the site today as we will be erecting the new piece at 9am this morning and we hope to be finished by this afternoon.

I appreciate the concerns of people who thought that someone was covering up ‘Somebody’s Child’ work and Disband the Artane Band panels but the person who took the image and put up the blog last night inciting people to tear down the protective netting never bothered to ask me, as I was on the site putting up the net, what was happening.

Instead, they chose to incite others to attack the site. This is all time consuming and costly.  So again, I invite anybody who has any concerns to come to the site today as we inaugurate the new temporary work.

 

I monitor this site every day as it has been attacked a number of times.  Indeed Dublin City Council Planning Department is legally threatening me to take down some of the work but that’s another issue.   I will be seeking your support on that.

Get out there now and provoke the Pope and his followers in a nice way and let us get on with the work.

Go raibh míle maith agat.

Mannix Flynn

 

 

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A Message to Pope Francis

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Temporary installation for Popes visit

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Explanation text, new installation Essex Street, Temple Bar, August 2018

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New Temporary panels being placed on Essex Street West, Temple Bar, Dublin August 23rd 2018

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Free the 8th – Release the 8th

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We now have the opportunity to end this dreadful degradation of women.  It is our constitutional right and is within our grasp to amend the constitution and remove the 8th amendment which is repugnant and oppressive to our sisters and mothers and indeed to all society.

The opportunity now presents itself to strike for freedom, to remove the biased hand of the Irish Catholic Church and have a constitution that expresses true democracy as expressed in the Proclamation of 1916.

Every man, woman, and child of voting age in this State has an obligation and a duty to fight injustice, to speak up and to challenge any obstacles to freedom of one’s own bodily integrity.  For far too long we have been in the dark ages.  For far too long we have shamed women in their greatest hour of need. We have created a dreadful legacy that has resulted in a nightmare scenario for many women who have undergone abortions for whatever reasons.  They carry a great uncertainty, a dark secret, a fear that they did something dreadfully wrong or indeed unlawful.

We have condemned them through the 8th amendment of our constitution. This is wrong.  We know its wrong.  We need to stand up, with courage and change this.

Free the 8th.  Release the 8th.  Repeal the 8th. Call it what you like.  But please vote YES and end this inequality.  For our sisters, for our mothers, for our girlfriends, for our wives, for our husbands, for our sons, for a healthier better Ireland.

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Click on the link to watch Interview with Portuguese artist Paula Rego

Paula Rego Interview: Abortion as subject matter in my pictures

Artist Paula Rego’s images below were created in 1998 after the Portuguese abortion law failed due to the fact that people didn’t bother to vote.  The law has since been passed in 2007.

 

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Paula Rego – Abortion Etchings Interview

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PORTUGAL

Under the current law, abortions are allowed up 12 weeks if the mother’s life or mental or physical health is at risk, up to 16 weeks in cases of rape and up to 24 weeks if the child may be born with an incurable disease or deformity. The new law, approved on 9 March 2007, allows abortions on request up to the tenth week.[5]

如果你在都柏林市中心做生意,你可能已经收到一封就BID是否继续延期的投票信。

If you have a business in the centre of Dublin, you may have received a ballot paper for the vote on the renewal of the BID.
如果你在都柏林市中心做生意,你可能已经收到一封就BID是否继续延期的投票信。
The BID is a private company to which city centre businesses pay a tax every year.
BID是一家要求都柏林市中心的商家们每年付税的私家公司。
We don’t get value for money for this tax so we are voting NO.
我们没有得到所付税应得的价值,所以我们投否决票。
Please vote NO; if a majority of businesses vote NO, the BID will be disbanded and businesses will save over 4 million a year.
请您投否决票,如果绝大多数的商家投否决票, BID公司将会被解散,商家们每年会省下超过四百万欧元(4000,000 euro)的资金。

This tax is set to increase by 34% over 9 years but we can only vote every 5 years so vote NO now.
这项税务在这九年里已经涨了34%!但是我们只能每五年投票一次, 所以请您现在就投否决票。

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Tuam Babies

 

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Essex Street Site, Temple Bar Dublin -Above, a list of institutions under investigation in the Mother and Baby home  inquiry

 

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Nora at Exchange Street Lower, Temple Bar West

 

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Names of infants buried at Tuam Mother and Baby home

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Repeal the patronage of the present Artane Band

Tonight before Dublin City Council meeting a motion will be tabled to discontinue the Lord Mayor of Dublin’s patronage of the Artane Band. This band form part of the institutional gulags that are directly connected to the Tuam mother and baby home, the Magdalene Laundry system, the Industrial and reform school system, the orphanages, Bethany Home and the many other sites and centres of injustice to children and women that are scattered around this country.

Please support our campaign to disband the Artane Band.

www.disbandtheartaneband.com

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DUBLIN CITY COUNCIL

Emergency Motion on behalf of Independent Cllr. Mannix Flynn (IND)

That this meeting of Dublin City Council calls on the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr Brendan Carr, to withdraw the patronage of the Lord Mayor’s Office from the Artane Band.
This patronage causes grave offense and insult to the many who suffered child sexual abuse in the Artane Industrial School, Artane Boys Band and other such Christian Brother Institutions.

It is important to note that the present Artane Band was founded in the Artane Industrial school and continues to wear the insignia and uniform of that industrial school.  Its origins are firmly rooted in the industrial school system and its legacy of crimes against children, further it is still connected to the Christian Brothers organization.

Reasons;.

The Lord Mayor, Cllr. Brendan Carr, has continued to ignore the many who are campaigning for justice with regards to what happened in their childhoods in the Artane Industrial school and indeed the Artane Boys Band, where many young children were sexually, emotionally and physically abused, their suffering continues to this day

For the Lord Mayor and chairman of Dublin City Council to continue to be the patron of the Artane Band is an outrage and will bring Dublin City Council’s reputation into disrepute by supporting the legacy of child abuse that took place in Artane Industrial School and the Artane Band. It is important that Dublin City Council and the office of the Lord Mayor distance themselves from this band and its history, which are well documented in the Ryan Report.

It is not the children who are in the band at present, but rather the band that the children are in, and its association with crimes against children. The institution of the Artane Industrial School and the Artane Band are directly connected to the likes of the Tuam Mother and Baby Homes, the Magdalene Laundry system, the Industrial and Reform School system, the Bethany Home and Orphanage system and form a central part of the architecture of containment that was so unjust.

Dublin City Council in this instance is facilitating further harm and suffering to the many victims of child rape and cruelty perpetrated on them while in the Artane Industrial School, home of the Artane Boys Band.

It is a fact that many of those who were abused and child raped by Christian Brothers were members of the Artane Boys Band, now known as the Artane Band.

Time to repeal the patronage of the present Artane Band in the interest of justice

Cllr. Mannix Flynn

Festival of Feminism – Ennis ‘Silence+Voice’

Festival of Feminism
 ‘Silence+Voice’
 8th and 9th of October
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The Daly family from Limerick.  A family of women steeped in strength, true feminism, and republican tradition.  

  • Two days of key note speakers talking about Trauma, Silence and Voice
  • The speakers are Bríd Keenan, Belfast based expert on trauma
  • Siobhan Madden Social Researcher, Feminist Activist speaking about voice, silence, memory and knowledge
  •  Dr Micheline Sheehy Skeffington, speaking about her Grandparents and campaign for gender equality in third level institutions
  • Mary McDermott Radical Educator and Feminist Philosopher who will speak about the interaction betweeen social and personal change
  • These speakers and key themes are interwoven with music, poetry, drama song and dance, and most importantly conversation and tea….
  •  €25.00 per individual for the two days.. plus a light lunch, plus a creche, plus ISL interpreters and for those that cannot afford it we have a limited amount of free tickets….so it would be nice to entice those on the East Coast over to the West for two days.

  • https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/silence-voice-a-festival-of-feminisms-tickets-26309500424.

Talk by Fiachra MacGabhann- Dundalk

For those of you within driving distance of Dundalk town there will be a very interesting talk given by Fiachra Mac Gabhann this Friday June 10th on Irish Place Names.  It will be well worth attending. No booking needed.

 

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Kilflynn, Co Kerry……

 

An Archive of Our Past: Placenames and Sense of Place

Speaker: Fiachra Mac Gabhann

Time: 8.00pm

Venue: Wellington Hall, St. Mary’s Road, Dundalk

Date: Friday, June 10th 2016

Organisers: Dundalk Culture Club

 

Toponymy – the study of Place Names – gives us a fascinating and unique access to our past. It connects us to the landscape and nature and is a well­spring of geographical, historical and mythical information.

Fiachra Mac Gabhann presents a talk that will draw on his extraordinary ten­ volume study of the Place Names of County Mayo, Logainmneacha Mhaigh Eo, to examine some of the intricacies of these themes and piece together some of what has been lost, and offer perspectives on the historical and cultural significance of Irish placenames to our sense of identity.

Admission is Free but donations are welcome. 

This event has been organised by the Dundalk Culture Club.