A Cry for help, GaelScoil Cluain Meala

Posted: May 21, 2007 in Learning

Clonmel 19th May – Suppressed news of what happened – I was there

I doubt I will vote Fine Gael but this video sums up how I feel.

Some past news – Feb 07 the reaction .. smiling councillors with hollow promises

This weekend I witnessed Fianna Fail faithful and future hopefulls in my area of what Fianna Fail think of us the Electorate.

So why was I out there .. well that is simple after successive Ministers of Education failing to uphold their agreements to provide a Gaelscoil (Irish speaking school) for my children .. at present they are located in a victorian building previously used by South Tipperary County Council Engineering deptartment and deemed by them to be unsuitable for employees to work in so they rent it to the Gaelscoil .. after 13 years of Fighting, 13 years of promises and Politicians more interested in getting praise than looking after their remit in government, a public meeting was held and local politicians were invited where a majority (well all but 3 if memory serves) stood and gave their “Word” to support a nomination for locating a school premises.. of all only 4 voted in favour and the rest were witnessed to play with their mobiles or doze off in chambers.. One of our parents grew up in Communist Hungary and is shocked by the condition of the schools in Ireland.

but I digress … Why am I posting up a Fine Gael Advert .. simple .. it tells the truth .. Fianna Fail Words and Actions .. nothing else needed..

I witnessed and thankfully was part of a family and School protest with the arrival of Bertie Ahern to Clonmel. The Protest was peaceful and well mannered with Children singing and participating wellwith good humour .. when a party faithful accosted a 5 year old child .. yes I said “5” and reduced her to tears with calling her a “stupid little child you have no right to be here and where is your mother why is she not looking after you maybe she is in capable”

Needless to say this local business woman succeeded in making a situation that was friendly into one that was far from friendly and as luck would have it, The Taoiseach (Irish Prime Minister) arrived .. with the sway of Irate Supportors and parents trying to gain attention to the scoil, He was forced to concede and meet with the parents council and the principle of the school, for the next fifteen minutes they spoke where he was informed of the actions of his ministers of education over the years .. and the current position of play which was contrary to his information that the school was “Attended to ”

the Result was an agreement that he would looking to this personally .. so why am I writing this .. well after all this had been agreed I then met some of the Young Fianna Fail candidates in the area .. past and proposed for future elections .. and both were of the attitude “Your one of them .. Disgraceful what you did “, A past candidate for local elections then started to be agressive, not alone shouting at me but also wagging his finger at my wife who asked him to listen .. well his reaction was to run .. such is local politics .. such is the standard of candidates Fianna Fail regard as prospectful characters, Such is the Level of Support they command ..

The Campaign of Disinfomation from local Senior Fianna Fail party members is nothing short of Stalinite in the methods used to stamp the School, parents and children into submission.

It should be noted that my family were a staunch fianna fail family as was my wifes, and on watching the deplorable actions of known fianna fail supportors some considered by my father as friends of the family. and some ole school mates I must admit disapointment and a certain amount of extreme outrage at the actions, verbal attacks, and to put it mildly bully boy actions that the party in government use to suppress those that wish to be heard.

It would be best for Fianna Fail to remember the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as ratified in the UN

Article 20.

    (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.(2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 26.

    (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.(2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.(3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

None of the Above articles appear to apply to Fianna Fail today .. this article was probably drawn up by the league of nations and enacted in the newly formed UN of the day.

it would be best to remember the Taoiseachs own words from 2000 “work harder and listen better.source

I do not have to say any more .. but to say I am an Irate Parent is an understatement .

  1. Mel says:

    What a rant! Feeling better now that you got that off your chest? 😉

  2. zoomdog says:

    not really .. still irate.. local radio had this on all morning.. national press only begining to catch up

    local cumann to blame in my opinion for what has happened at the protest .. and even in the radio discussion it was clear that as many parents spoke out over the hurling of insults and taunts at parents and children there is going to be no reprieve in this.
    One Woman phoned in and even stated that children should be seen and not heard.. I ask you .. in this day and age when we try to educate our children in how a democratic state is run, who has the right to say this.

    Children should be heard .. and when they are getting sick due to poor ventilation, windows nailed shut and toilet facilities that most homes now have more urinals than. Crazy isnt it that a school ranked in the top 3 for primary schools in ireland has no green area .. no safe play area .. and where the parents pay a percentage of rent for a building that they deemed unfit for their employees..

    no I dont think this rant is over just yet.. and no matter who gets the coveted chair of head of our state with their bloated income it will not be one until primary and secondary schools around ireland are not forced into a game of chase the minister .. just to gain their rights in our state.

  3. zoomdog says:

    Just an add on ..
    one of the former candidates for FF in our area has appologised for his words and the conduct of the FF supporters .. I am aware he has been trying to contact other parents on this matter

    sadly to the best of my knowledge I am not aware of any other appologies to parents or the school

  4. Parent says:

    I was there too. I still have not recovered from the a) the level of aggression from the blue rinse brigade and b) the anti Irish language biases. One of these blue rinses called me(us) elitest yet she sent her son to fee paying rockwell. If it wasn’t so seious it would be bizarre

  5. Fr. Gerard O'Flaherty says:

    It is a sad day indeed when State or Local Officials forget the cost of gaining the right to free speech and democracy in Ireland. Sadder still when a historic party like Fianna Fail chooses to forget the values and principles of it’s own foundation to adopt the meaningless and worthless opportunism of the modern politic. But then, Irishness, personal principle, the continuance of our native tongue, the value & courage of simple parents and children asking for a decent education of their choice, are not power issues that can add to the material welfare or status of a modern politician in Europe. We seem to have merely exchanged a foreign imperialism for a less cultured and less caring home grown one.

    Where are the SELFLESS representatives who will stand for the needs and rights of the ordinary people of Ireland? Where are the men and women who can again inspire our trust and model a justice and honesty that makes us proud to be Irish? I felt sick to my stomach when I heard of what happened on the streets of my native town of Clonmel, and thanked my God that I have been privileged to live on the mission field rather than witness the shallow betrayal yet again of my people by their elected representatives.

    I know one thing…Jesus remains on the part of the widow, orphan, elderly, ordinary, the parent fighting for the rights of his and her child. This class dominated materialistic Ireland is far from His vision of nationhood or that of our fathers.

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  7. Terry Jackson says:

    Things are even worse, now, as you know. What are we going to do? I’ve written to the Clowns re NAMA, protesting strongly, but it weas signed in yesterday. I feel completely helpless in the face of these NAZIs! Help!!!!

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