A number of Lindeners have benefited from the first of a series of crime and violence reduction workshops – an initiative of the Public Security Ministry in collaboration with Adco Engineering and Consultants.The Parenting, Interpersonal, Violence Prevention and Conflict Resolution initiative also forms part of the Citizens Security Strengthening Programme (CSSP) funded by the Inter- American Development Bank (IDB).Speaking at one of the workshops which was themed “Reclaim home, reclaim community”, one of Adco’s Directors, Garfield Sargeant said the sessions aimed primarily at equipping community leaders with the knowledge and skills to approach and address the issues of crime and violence within their communities.Also benefiting from special sessions were parents and youths as Sargeant stressed the importance of addressing the issues from the level of the family . TheCommunity leaders listening attentively to one of the trainersthree main areas being addressed were parenting, domestic violence, and conflict resolution.“What we actually have happening right now is train the trainer whereby we are equipping some of the community leaders with certain skills, certain information that will help them take a different approach to addressing crime and violence within our community. So, it’s very important that we are able to, first of all, impart knowledge and then how to use that knowledge given different situations, different scenarios,” Sargeant explained.The Linden leg of the initiative wrapped up last Friday, but work is expected to be ongoing within the community.A participant , Vanessa Kissoon said the session was very informative, noting that she planned on using the knowledge obtained in her everyday life.“The activities and interactions are very interesting, informative and educating and in my case, I know that I can take some of this stuff back to the classroom and my students will benefit. I have learned how to use activities not just the chalk and talk, but I learned of other creative ways of getting my children to interact in the classroom and also I must say at home, because I do plan to use some of these activities to improve me as a parent,” she posited.Police Officers have also benefited from the exercise and according to Sargeant, they would assist greatly, given the new policing facility recently commissioned in Linden. Approximately 20 communities are expected to benefit from these sessions across the country.
Michael Ferry, right, being taken into court in Donegal Town in December.FORMER Justice Minister Alan Shatter had asked for a new report into the Micheal Ferry abuse scandal before he left office, Donegal Daily has learned.New Minister Frances Fitzgerald will review the report when she gets it, her spokesman has confirmed. It has led to hopes among Ferry’s victims that they may finally found out more about the scandal.The Minister confirmed to Deputy Pearse Doherty that Mr Shatter had asked for a report on the case just weeks ago following a decision by Minister Fitzgerald – then as Children’s Minister – to release the contents of a damning HSE review of the case to the victims and their families.Michael Ferry is serving 14 years in prison for abusing young boys in the grounds of a school building where he worked as caretaker.Ferry was paid by Colaiste Cholmcille for his work at the former Ardscoil Mhuire building in Gaoth Dobhair right up until 2010 – nine years after Ferry pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a boy in the grounds of the school.His continued work there horrified the nation when Ferry was convicted again two years ago of abusing more boys, some of them after his 2002 conviction.At the time Minister Shatter described the affair as “outrageous” and ordered a Garda investigation as well as a separate ministerial report.Deputy Doherty told Donegal Daily that Deputy Shatter had assured him before his resignation that he was looking again at the affair.“To be fair to him, he did promise to ask for a report from his officials at the Department of Justice,” said Deputy Doherty.“Minister Fitzgerald has confirmed this to me and she is now awaiting that report. She said a decision on its publication or release to victims would be taken once she has seen it. Obviously I believe that like the HSE report, this new report should be given to victims.”The minister’s spokesman said: “A further report had been sought from the Garda authorities by the Minister’s predecessor on any issues arising from the case, following the decision not to prosecute, and this material will be considered by Minister Fitzgerald upon its receipt. It is not possible to make any further comment pending that.”REVEALED: JUSTICE MINISTER AWAITING NEW REPORT ON FERRY ABUSE SCANDAL was last modified: May 17th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:abuse scandalArdscoil MhuireGaoth DobhairMichael Ferry
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