Friday, July 2, 2010

Minister Kileen, why the delay in appointing the Irish Red Cross Chairperson?

Dear Minister Kileen,

It is now July and still you have not appointed a Chairperson to the Board of the Irish Red Cross. It is nearly seven months since the former Chairman, Mr. David Andrews, announced his intention to step down at the end of 2009. There can be no excuse for this long delay. We would implore you to address this matter before the Dail breaks for the summer recess. You are fully aware of the deep rooted internal problems that beset the Irish Red Cross. You are also aware that the problems are severely exacerbated by the leadership deficit that has existed within the Irish Red Cross at a number of levels since the end of 2009.

It is the responsibility of the Irish Government and specifically the Department of Defence to appoint a well qualified, energetic, experienced and credible person to the position of Chair of the Irish Red Cross. Your Department has been remiss in its obligations and the delays have just added to the ever increasing woes of the organisation. All the hard working members, volunteers and staff of the Irish Red Cross deserve to have a Chairperson in place, one that we can all be proud of. Surely seven months is a sufficient time frame to identify the right person. Minister Kileen, please give this matter the attention and priority it deserves.


  1. Anonymous3:42 PM

    I see the focus of the anger has shifted to the Minister - who is not performing as you would wish.

    As well... Rage Rage against the (insert target here)

    Do not go gentle into that good night,
    Old age should burn and rage at close of day;
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.
    Though wise men at their end know dark is right,
    Because their words had forked no lightning they
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Good men, the last wave by, crying how bright
    Their frail deeds might have danced in a green bay,
    Rage, rage against the dying of the light.

    Wild men who caught and sang the sun in flight,
    And learn, too late, they grieved it on its way,
    Do not go gentle into that good night.

    Grave men, near death, who see with blinding sight

  2. Anonymous12:33 PM

    This poem was written for the poet's dying father and is about the need to fight on even in what seem to be impossible circumstances;to never accept the supposed inevitability of things- did you intend it to be motivational to the blogger?

  3. Anonymous12:17 PM

    Well, I'd be lying if I said that was the intention. It was intended to be somewhat ironic.

    However, if you take it in the context and spirit it was intended, then it could be seen as very motivational to you.

    However, I don't think that you regard the situation as inevitable - just very very difficult - and so you rage - not against the dying of the light as such, but rather at the damper itself with which the light is being dimmed.

    Anyway, I think it's good to raise the tone of the comments......

    Maybe Shelly's "Ozymandias" would work as well - one who set himself up as unassailable, but who was eroded by the passage of time to obscurity?

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