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Harnessing the response March 30, 2018

Posted by Tomboktu in Equality, Ethics, Feminism, Gaelic Football, League of Ireland.

[This was originally a response to a comment on IEL’s post  Quite a crowd …….. but the, eh, “gaffer” (i.e. WBS) suggested it be made a post.]

I expect that taking that support [at the gatherings across the Island to express support for the woman who was the victim in the events that led to the trial of Paddy Jackson, Stuart Olding, Blane McIlroy, and Rory Harrison] and turning it into practical changes would probably entail the RCC or NWCI or sister organisations organising or coordinating specific actions.

‘Places’ that responses could go next include

  • revisiting trial and prosecution procedures,
  • standards and practices of media providers, including the ‘mainstream’ print and broadcast media and social media,
  • standards and practices of sports organisations,
  • decisions of commercial organisations that sponsor sports organisations,
  • education programmes both in schools and colleges and in other settings,
  • police and medical and social care responses to all forms of gender-based violence,
  • lobbying for political responses to rape and domestic violence and their victims is a range of settings (including, for example, the nature and quantity of support provided to victims of sexual abuse in the asylum system, including where rape or assault occurred outside this jurisdiction),
  • harnessing public support to boycott organisations – commercial, sporting, political, social – that respond inadequately to rape, sexual assault, gender-based violence.

When I was born, the concept of sexual harassment was not a legal concept, but activists lobbied and harried and secured that legal change. That gives me hope to say that there is no reason why that concept could not be expanded, or a new concept introduced (and given legal weight), to prohibit, and to provide effective remedies to, the disgraceful response that occurred on social media, including the comments by the Laois and the Drogheda United players.

I am also reminded that we changed our criminal laws when they proved inadequate to responding to wealth-producing crime to enable the proceeds to be seized, and would be interested to see if the law could be changed to enable sub-criminal sanctions to be imposed in cases of alleged rape, sexual violence or gender-based violence, where the ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ standard could not be met but it is sufficiently clear that unacceptable behaviour was committed.

On the other hand, a challenge just at the moment is that the NWCI for the next eight or so weeks has its eye on the referendum. The RCC would be a suitable leadership organisation for a major national programme of work if it wished to take on that role, but its financial resources might make it difficult for it to do a significant volume of work.

Rovers first Home League game….. March 15, 2013

Posted by irishelectionliterature in League of Ireland.

So tonight Shamrock Rovers play their first home league game of the season as they take on St Pats at 7.35 in Tallaght.
Its been a strange start to the season with a poor soreless draw in Dundalk last Friday and the various Setanta cup games before and after that. We’ve looked good in the last three Setanta games but neither Linfield or Coleraine were any great shakes.
The fact that its four League of Ireland teams in the semi finals of the Setanta and the fact that they are withdrawing as sponsors means its likely to be the last of the trophy in its current guise. I suspect too that the behaviour of a number of “Rovers Fans” in Windsor Park last Monday did the competitions search for a new sponsor any favours.
There have over the years been incidents at various games from someone in Sligo shitting in the Glentoran bus to clashes between Bohs and Glentoran .

During the week, former manager, Michael O’Neill was interviewed and gave all sorts of quotes about Rovers and then we had the response of Rovers Chairman Jonathan Roche in the following days paper (he should have left well enough alone….).
I’m sure the truth is somewhere in the middle but it served as an unwelcome reminder of where we were this time last season…. ready to dominate the League for years… Progress in Europe and become Irelands Rosenberg… or at least that was what we were hoping for.
..and then along came Stephen Kenny……
It was an unbelievably bad season, you really couldn’t have made it up! No decent goalkeeper, a shambles of a defence, big losses to Bohs, Pats and Sligo …losing to Bohs in Tallaght. Being knocked out in Europe by the dreadful FC Ekranas from Lithuania … and the final icing on the cake of a disappointing season was Gary Twiggs departure to Portadown.

For new manager Trevor Croly , its early days yet but tonights game and Mondays game away in Dalymount are big tests that Rovers would want to get at least four points from. Of the new signings (of which 8 are former Hoops) all have looked good so far with Derek Foran, Sean O’Connor and Barry Murphy all showing well to date.
One of the big questions with Gary Twigg now departed is where the goals will come from. Mark Quigley has been brought in and Ciaran Kilduff is now a regular starter. Karl Sheppard is back on loan from Reading and Tommy Stewart scored a few goals in the Setanta. None though are goal poachers in the way Twigg was.
I hope to bring a Spaniard and a Portugese colleague along to the game tonight, so hopefully it wont be too cold and we’ll get a decent crowd, decent match and of course the right result!

The long ball to nowhere? The new League of Ireland season starts tonight… March 8, 2013

Posted by guestposter in League of Ireland.

From anarchaeologist, the first in a weekly slot – which will have various regular contributors – about the LoI…

Friday evening will see the opening fixtures of the 2013 Airtricity League — or the League of Ireland if you’re one of those who still refers to the Aviva as Landsdowne Road. Twelve teams (six of them from Dublin if you include Bray Wanderers) will begin the campaign for the premier division title with another eight squads contesting the first division. Where the premier division has its adherents (and there are several quite partisan readers regularly on the CLR), it’s from the cold, sparsely populated terraces of the first division that the longer historical view can be appreciated, along with something of an associated underlying poignancy. For here can be witnessed at first hand the ebb and flow of Irish football, with once great teams such as Finn Harps and Longford Town still walking out in front of the fans, more in hope than expectation that the end of the season will see an ascension to the giddy heights of the premiership.

League of Ireland coverage is desultory at the best of times. RTÉ broadcasts a match most Fridays in the season yet the League remains the poor cousin of the national team. Not that this should put you off. One of the closing matches last season with St. Pat’s making the trip up to the Showgrounds in Sligo was possibly one of the best games I’ve ever seen, one all the more enjoyable given the poor performance of Trappatoni’s squad at the Euros, not to mention the balls-up of the German game at Landsdowne Road.

A personal bugbear is the amount of national squad supporters who’d never consider supporting a local team. Why’s that? You get various excuses, mostly to do with the fact that the League is shit or, as one denizen of Phibsborough told me, because of the ‘violence’ manifested in the menagerie of Garda dogs and horses which regularly patrols the streets around Dalymount during a home game (and you get some of that in Tallaght and Inchicore as well). Indeed the weather is often cited and it would be a foolish fan indeed who’d travel to Bray Wanderers’ Carlisle Grounds without the benefit of the type of survival gear generally issued to special forces operating in the cooler reaches of the Antarctic. Indeed the micro-climate in Richmond Park encourages the rain to sweep in horizontally from the north, drenching those seeking the meagre shelter of the covered stand. Yet there’s an obvious argument to be made regarding the quality of the national team and indeed a separate, though related, discussion to be had on the FAI’s reluctance to spend any more than the odd tenner on the youth game.
Having said that, other more political developments in the game have been encouraging, with the League’s anti-racism stance being taken up with gusto, certainly by a majority of self-styled ‘ultras’ supporting the bigger Dublin clubs. Yet Shamrock Rovers’ supporters didn’t cover themselves in non-sectarian glory in their recent Setanta Cup tie with Linfield where Pat’s ultras were a little off the mark taunting the ostensibly neutral Glentoran away fans on the ‘fleg’ situation in Belfast. And then of course there’s the c word. To what extent is the invisibility of the LoI a function of the perception that it’s the domain of the great unwashed? It certainly wasn’t an issue when I were a lad.

Where various LoI Facebook pages frequently descend into the type of asinine doggerel you’d read on politics.ie, the emergence of sites such as extratime.ie and the occasional snippets on Come Here To Me more than make up for the lack of coverage elsewhere, where poshball, bogball and stickfighting remain hegemonic. One entertaining development has been one fan’s live coverage of the Saints’ foreign exploits last season, often via a dodgy wifi connection, featuring a string of expletives very much undeleted. Here on the CLR we hope to provide readers with more of a, ahem… political analysis of the League over the coming months. We’ll obviously be watching how the teams perform on the pitch, but we hope to look further behind the scenes and make some sense of the League as a social construct. For the League has its own psychodrama, its ups and downs (and mostly downs) are certainly as fascinating as those going-ons across the water, if only considered as a local, slightly tarnished mirror. When Manchester United are considering selling Wayne Rooney for £30 million (because he’s ‘fat and ugly’ according to the 10 year old unreconstituted Liverpool supporter I live with), it’s instructive to consider how many LoI stadia could be picked up for a fraction of that sum (most of those in Dublin, according to the young fella, and probably the Showgrounds as well, if only for the views).

Over the season we’ll be looking at the performances of teams such as Dundalk FC who barely held on to their place last season but who are back with a new management regime and buckets of optimism, despite losing a pre-season friendly to the once mighty Finn Harps. And on that note, we’ll be looking at the often ignored first division too.

So the games to watch tonight are Dundalk and Shamrock Rovers in Oriel Park, with the added frisson of the Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny being the recent recipient of a P45 from the Scum Hoops. And of course there’s the Munster derby on Sunday between newcomers Limerick FC and Cork City (in Thomond Park of all places), where the young midfielder Gearoid Morrissey can be expected to send the Rebel Army home with 3 points. In the first division the clash between Waterford United and Finn Harps may provide an early indication as to which team will progress next season, with an optimistic few quid on the men from Donegal.


The new St. Patrick’s Athletic strip will doubtless confuse Drogheda United on the night

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