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    Seems the Burke group of students (maybe all related?) are not going to submit to what they feel is very unfair treatment by the powers that be in NUI Galway. They have gone VERY public with allegations of bullying and financial irregularities at the National University of Ireland Galway.

    Here is their very well produced website:

    http://burkebroadcast.com/



    and here is a video they have placed as an advertisement on You Tube:




    If NUI Galway thought they could bully the Burkes it seems they were mistaken. I can see this one heading for the courts.

    What a way for NUI Galway to welcome the new year.

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    Taking on the establishment eh?

    A stepped procedure is required. Chip away at the wall. Must read more into this from a legal/justice perspective and familiarize myself with matters. Interesting.
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    Well....after a bit more reading it seems the Burke family from Castlebar are a very eccentric and fundamentalist clan.

    That does not mean they should be bullied, harassed and victimised. They have as much right to campaign as the most trendy-cause supporting students.

    It is a poor reflection on the students of NUI Galway that none of them seem to be prepared to stand against the mob.

    It is easy to support fashionable causes, the student body of Galway University were found wanting when the Burkes were harassed, bullied and attempted intimidated for campaigning for an unpopular cause.

    OK...they are as nutty as hell..but that does not excuse the University or the students.


    http://www.rabble.ie/2014/03/04/irel...mily-and-nuig/

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    https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-...heard-1.620163

    and of course the Trots cheer on the bullying:

    http://socialistparty.ie/2014/03/nui...phobia-campus/

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    I find it hard to feel sympathy for such hate filled people.

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    They remind me of the Westboro Baptist Church people.

    Westboro Baptist Church - Wikipedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_Baptist_Church




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    Loopers!

    What is it about Calvinism that seems to breed a distinct brand of hatred?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fraxinus View Post
    I find it hard to feel sympathy for such hate filled people.
    I see no evidence that they are "hate filled people" and I don't think you have to have sympathy for them or support their causes to recognise their right to not be intimidated and victimised.

    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    They remind me of the Westboro Baptist Church people.

    Westboro Baptist Church - Wikipedia

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westboro_Baptist_Church




    Like the Westboro Baptist Church they are mostly from one family, claim to be Christian, and have a very unhealthy certainty that they alone are right. But that is as far as the comparison goes. They have never picketed a funeral, disrespected the national flag or rejoiced in the death and injury of those they disapprove of. They are really very different from the W/B Church.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fraxinus View Post
    Loopers!

    What is it about Calvinism that seems to breed a distinct brand of hatred?
    I think "Loopers" is a good description, but if being a looper was a crime half this country would be locked up.

    Not sure about the Calvinism connection. Is that what they identify with?

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    Here are some of their posters which caused such offence.

    Can't see any problem with them, they certainly are a long way from the Westboro Baptist Church with their "Thank God for 9/11" and "God hates gays" sort of stuff.


    Christian Union Poster 11 March 2014 by Isaac Burke, on Flickr
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    Christian Union Poster 07 March 2013 by Isaac Burke, on Flickr
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    Christian Union Poster 06 November 2013 by Isaac Burke, on Flickr
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    Life Society Poster 07 November 2013 by Isaac Burke, on Flickr
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    Christian Union Poster 04 December 2013 by Isaac Burke, on Flickr
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    Here is head of University security Mr Gerry Nolan tearing down their posters and an account of what happened in the words of the Burke group:

    NUI Galway Head of Security Gerry Nolan by Isaac Burke, on Flickr
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    At approximately 1pm on Wednesday 12 March 2014, the Christian Union Society’s information table near Smokey’s Café was vandalised by a passing student. Ours was the only information table set up in the area that day. The purpose of our table was to encourage students to vote “No” in the Students’ Union referendum on same-sex marriage. Head of Security Gerry Nolan was alerted to the incident and arrived on the scene within a few minutes.

    Mr Nolan surveyed the scene, viewed the vandalism personally and then made the extraordinary decision to shut down our information table. In his own words, Mr Nolan stated that he was “calling a halt” to our information table “because it’s disruptive to the business of the university”. We urged Mr Nolan to reconsider his decision, but to no avail. Mr Nolan proceeded to tear down the posters on our information table and on the poster board behind the table. As he did so, several individuals who had gathered in the vicinity began to applaud. Mr Nolan smirked in response.

    We remained at the scene in protest for several hours. Encouraged by Mr Nolan’s actions, a large group of individuals representing the “Yes” side of the referendum gathered and created a hostile and intimidating environment. They shouted taunts and abuse in our direction, threw pieces of food, performed mock marriages, and tore down the remaining Christian Union poster on the nearby poster board. Mr Nolan did not intervene.

    No attempt was ever made by the Security Office or any other department of the university to investigate the vandalism of our information table.

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    Hmm. I wouldn't die on a hill for these people, shall we say.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eamo View Post
    I see no evidence that they are "hate filled people" and I don't think you have to have sympathy for them or support their causes to recognise their right to not be intimidated and victimised.



    Like the Westboro Baptist Church they are mostly from one family, claim to be Christian, and have a very unhealthy certainty that they alone are right. But that is as far as the comparison goes. They have never picketed a funeral, disrespected the national flag or rejoiced in the death and injury of those they disapprove of. They are really very different from the W/B Church.



    I think "Loopers" is a good description, but if being a looper was a crime half this country would be locked up.

    Not sure about the Calvinism connection. Is that what they identify with?

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    Here are some of their posters which caused such offence.

    Can't see any problem with them, they certainly are a long way from the Westboro Baptist Church with their "Thank God for 9/11" and "God hates gays" sort of stuff.


    Christian Union Poster 11 March 2014 by Isaac Burke, on Flickr
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    Christian Union Poster 07 March 2013 by Isaac Burke, on Flickr
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    Christian Union Poster 06 November 2013 by Isaac Burke, on Flickr
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    Life Society Poster 07 November 2013 by Isaac Burke, on Flickr
    .
    Christian Union Poster 04 December 2013 by Isaac Burke, on Flickr
    .

    Here is head of University security Mr Gerry Nolan tearing down their posters and an account of what happened in the words of the Burke group:

    NUI Galway Head of Security Gerry Nolan by Isaac Burke, on Flickr
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    You don't have to wish death or injury to be bigoted which these sad cases are towards homosexuals and unmarried mothers. Bigots that should be challenged at every corner they turn.

    Jerry Nolan seemed like a sane and decent person the one time I spoke to him, and I don't see him espousing vitriol on people because of their sexual orientation.

    My Calvinist comment was aimed at the Counts article about the Phelps family. I'm not saying all Calvinists are bigoted but there seems to be a distinct brand of bigotry associated with it in America, Ireland and Scotland...much of the people from that tradition were drawn to the KKK and let's not forget the some of the foaming at the mouth nutty brigade in our own Antrim.

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    Latest video from the Burke group:


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    If Isaac Burke is accurate in his depiction of the behaviour of the Workplace Relations Commission and its chairperson then the Commission is not fit for its purpose.

    I am sure we have all seen cases where unpopular or eccentric people were considered easy targets who were unworthy of fair treatment.
    Sometimes small-minded people with just a little petty power will seek to unfairly exercise their power when they think it will play well to an in-crowd audience. I wonder is this the case here.

    I hope some unbiased journalist investigates this.





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    Below you will find the latest video from Isaac Burke in which he calls on Oonagh Buckley to dismiss Pat Brady and gives his reasons. Watch the video to hear the reasons.


    When I started this thread I never expected it to take this turn.


    I have no personal animosity towards Pat Brady, it is years since we last met, but I will put on record that he was one of the main movers in the failed move to disband the Workers Party Of Ireland (I am no longer a member, just a supporter).

    He also chaired the last meeting of Democratic Left in the Shelbourne Hotel to approve the proposal to merge with the Labour Party, with the full agreement of the Labour Party. The merger was approved by both partys, but not without objections.

    At the Labor Party convention to approve the merger Councillor Brian Fitzgerald of Meath stated:

    Democratic Left, he said, had "absolutely no principles. They went from Sinn Fein to Official Sinn Fein/IRA to Sinn Fein the Workers' Party, the Workers' Party, New Agenda and Democratic Left, leaving a trail of destruction in every party they have been part of. They have no home now, so they are prepared to crawl to us."
    He forecast that it would lead to the destruction of the Labour Party.

    Here is an Irish Times report on both the LP and DL conventions which approved the merger:

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/some...ry-it-1.225275


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    Here is Isaac Burke's video:





    And here is the open letter to Oonagh Buckley.


    Ms Oonagh Buckley

    Director General of the Workplace Relations Commission

    Lansdowne House,

    Lansdowne Road,

    Ballsbridge,

    Dublin 4

    D04 A3A8



    By Registered Post and Ordinary Post & by email to [email protected]

    CC: Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation



    Dear Ms Buckley,



    On Tuesday 06 February 2018 I sent you a report of significant procedural and legal shortcomings in the investigation of four Equal Status complaints by the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).

    As you are aware, Enoch Burke, Ammi Burke, Kezia Burke and I claim that NUI Galway discriminated against us on the ground of our religion. The alleged discrimination by NUI Galway relates particularly to our Christian beliefs on abortion and same-sex marriage.

    WRC Adjudication Officer Louise Boyle investigated our complaints against NUI Galway. In our recent correspondence with you, we requested a rehearing of our complaints in accordance with constitutional justice and fair procedures.

    In your reply of Monday 12 February 2018, you refused to grant a rehearing of our complaints and did not engage with the matters we had raised. Amongst the questions you have left unanswered are the following:

    When a witness for NUI Galway gave evidence that our religion had been discussed during a committee meeting, why did Ms Boyle offer to NUI Galway to “strike that off the record”?
    Why did Ms Boyle refuse to admit evidence of financial irregularity at NUI Galway?
    Why did Ms Boyle make flippant comments during the hearings e.g. “Oh, it’s going to be appealed anyway” and “I’m not getting paid for overtime”?
    Why did Ms Boyle ignore extensive legal precedent in her decisions?
    If Ms Boyle had been appointed as an Equality Officer prior to 01 October 2015, why did she work fulltime for PlanNet21 until June 2016?
    If Ms Boyle had been appointed as an Equality Officer prior to 01 October 2015, why did she begin conducting regular WRC hearings no earlier than August 2016?
    Why is there no evidence that Ms Boyle was ever an Equality Officer of the Equality Tribunal?
    Why did Ms Boyle suddenly take down her LinkedIn profile in January 2018?
    In light of your refusal to address these matters, it is disturbing to read the words at the end of your letter: “… no further correspondence will be entertained or responded to on this matter”.

    Notwithstanding your injunction, I am moved to write to you again today following a serious matter that has come to my attention over the past number of days.

    On Monday 19th February, WRC Adjudication Officer Mr Pat Brady retweeted a video comparing religious MP Jacob Rees-Mogg to Gaddafi, Hussein and Stalin. Mr Brady shared the video publicly. You will be aware of Mr Brady’s Twitter profile, as you are one of his 1,600 Twitter followers. Mr Brady is a senior Adjudication Officer with the WRC, having heard and investigated approximately 300 cases over the past 3 years.

    The video is a mockery of Mr Rees-Mogg’s “deeply held Christian beliefs” and focuses on Rees-Mogg’s opposition to same-sex marriage and abortion. In the video, Rees-Mogg’s religious beliefs are summed up as “horrifying reactionary values” and “terrible views that can ruin people’s lives”.

    Mr Brady’s legal remit as Adjudication Officer includes the investigation of complaints of discrimination on the ground of religion. Any notion that Mr Brady could be impartial and unbiased in the investigation of such complaints is frankly absurd.

    The only appropriate course of action is for you to call upon the Minister to exercise her powers under Section 40(7) of the Workplace Relations Act 2015 and revoke the appointment of Mr Pat Brady as an Adjudication Officer of the WRC with immediate effect.

    It is an extraordinarily serious matter that an Adjudication Officer of the WRC would feel free to publicly promote a video that effectively incites hatred of Christian beliefs on same-sex marriage and abortion. We note that these very beliefs are the key beliefs grounding our case against NUI Galway.

    In light of this further revelation regarding the attitude towards Christian belief within the Adjudication Service of the WRC, Enoch Burke, Ammi Burke, Kezia Burke and I reiterate our demand that our complaints against NUI Galway be reheard without delay in accordance with constitutional justice and fair procedures.

    Yours sincerely,

    __________________________

    Isaac Burke

    02 March 2018

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    Latest developments, video posted today:





    Burke Broadcast
    Published on Mar 12, 2018

    The Workplace Relations Commission (WRC) have informed me that Director General Oonagh Buckley will not be responding to my open letter. I can only assume now that the behaviour of Pat Brady is acceptable to Oonagh Buckley and the other Adjudication Officers.

    Oonagh Buckley is accountable to Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation. I am writing to the Minister today calling upon her to remove Pat Brady from office and to rehear our Equal Status complaints.

    Pat Brady, Adjudication Officer at the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC), has retweeted a video mocking the religious beliefs of British MP Jacob Rees-Mogg. The video describes Rees-Mogg’s “deeply-held Christian beliefs” as “horrifying reactionary values” and compares those who hold such beliefs to brutal dictators like Joseph Stalin and Saddam Hussein. The WRC is the only avenue for complaints of religious discrimination in Ireland.

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    Latest video from the Burkes:


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