2013 May 7 by norahw
The Charles Jencks sculpture was unveiled at the Botanic Gardens on April 28th by James Watson. The occasion honoured the sixtieth anniversary of the discovery of the double helix, the structure of DNA, by Watson and Francis Crick. The Jencks sculpture incorporates for the first time the role of DNA.
Minister of State, Brian Hayes, performed the opening ceremony. James Watson and Charles Jencks spoke wittily and informatively. Matthew Jebb was master of ceremonies, assisted by a trumpeter, and we left to the sound of Orpheus singing “Che faro senza Euridice”.
David McConnell, John Atkins and Matthew Jebb have given us yet another reason to visit the wonderful Botanic Gardens.
2013 May 2 by norahw
Dr Charles Larkin, Sean’s research assistant who worked very hard with Sean to put this bill together has made this explanatory slide-deck public. Click on the picture below to view.
Again, if you have any comments or questions about the bill then please do not hesitate to contact Sean’s office by emailing email@example.com
2013 April 25 by norahw
Yesterday evening Senator Barrett introduced his Private Members Bill to the Seanad. The aim of this Bill is to create a situation of stability within the Irish banking sector by creating a series of regulatory limitations on the activities of banks via a series of ring-fencing rules and capital requirements. The Bill also looks to expand the capabilities of the Central Bank of Ireland by requesting that it undertake a study to see how a so-called Volker Rule could be applied to the Irish banking environment.
The bill has been kept on the Order Paper for now. If you have any questions about the bill be sure to get in touch.
2013 April 16 by norahw
Senator Barrett managed to get some photos on a disposable camera on the day that was in it last Monday. He captured the festivities from a point of view that not many have the pleasure of experiencing, a point of view which is given the opportunity to witness a sea of beaming faces as people rejoice in their achievements.
2013 April 11 by norahw
Trinity Monday 2013
“Twas just the same, the Provost came
Flanked by the Board and the vast crowd roared.
The list was read and away I sped
To buy in town my scholar’s gown”
L.J. Richardson’s great poem on Trinity Monday written in 1934 was re-enacted yet again in 2013. On a chilly morning in bright sunshine Provost Patrick Prendergast announced the new scholars and fellows.
Chapel Choir, now in its 251st year, honoured Henry Francis Lyte, elected scholar on Trinity Monday 1813, by including Praise My Soul the King of Heaven in their contribution to the Service of Commemoration and Thanksgiving. We prayed that “those set to labour here, to learn and to teach, may neglect no portion of their manifold inheritance” in the splendid words of the College prayer.
Among the returning scholars were Bob Willis and Robert Boyd (1943), Max Abrahamson (1953), Elizabeth Oldham, Nigel Buttimore, John Kelly, and Patrick Kelly (1963), Revd. Ken Kearon, Luke Drury, Paula Gannon and Kevin Flanagan (1973), Clodagh Lane, Fergus Ryan and Matthew Davey (1993), David Rickard, Tara McIndoe, Karen Mayor and Francis Kieran (2013).
The sermon at the Service of Comemmoration and Thanksgiving was delivered by Professor Geraldine Smyth OP. She spoke warmly of the fortieth anniversary of College Chapel as a shared ecumenical space.
Professor Zuleika Rodgers spoke with obvious affection and enthusiasm on Jacob Weingreen (1908 – 95) in her memorial discourse in the G.M.B. The unique working relationship between Jacob and R.M Gwynn was warmly received by a full debating chamber when Professor Rodgers described the interchange of roles between the Professor and his most able student. Professor Andrew Mayes also illustrated the importance of Jacob Weingreen when he replied on behalf of the scholars of the decade at the dining table that evening.
The Provost’s garden party provided a splendid venue for a reunion of many well loved college figures and legends, notably Brendan Kennelly and Ken Adams. The Scholars versus Fellows marbles match on Chapel steps even made the national press in glowing colour photography.
2013 April 4 by norahw
Maintenence work on the Museum Building in College has been completed and the results, as you can see, are stunning. The details and colours of the facade can be seen more clearly than ever and are brightly complemented by the bright weather of late. The work comes just in time for the Trinity Ball and Trinity Monday festivities. The length of time taken to complete this work has been very well warranted given the results.
The TCD Website gives the following description of the Museum Building:
The Museum Building, which houses the Geology Department, was designed by Thomas Deane and Benjamin Woodward. It is inspired by the Byzantine architecture of Venice and was built in 1853-57. The many interior and exterior carvings were executed by the Cork-born brothers John and James O’Shea, who gathered fresh flowers to use as their models. The exterior walls feature Wicklow granite and Portland Stone.
The interior walls are faced with Caen Limestone. The pillars, balustrades and bannisters contain examples of Irish marbles and Cornish serpentine, while the domed roof is made of blue, red and yellow enamelled bricks.
2013 March 27 by norahw
Senator Barrett once again made his concerns known with regards to the Finance Bill and its construction yesterday at Order of Business in Seanad Éireann:
Senator Sean D. Barrett: As we saw on Thursday last, the Ministers, Deputies Noonan and Brian Hayes, have an immense task and are two of the hardest working members of the Government. They stated that they have had to do so much fire fighting that some of the basic functions have been overlooked. Some of the statements they were asked to read to the House by their officials on the day-to-day functions of the Department of Finance made sorry reading. The Department, claiming a monopoly on wisdom, refused to do regulatory impact analysis of anything that was in the Finance Bill last week. They refused to refer it to the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. Even where documents were sent to Teagasc, the food development authority, they refused to ask Teagasc what it thought of the documents. The regulatory impact analysis which the Department refused to do is, according to the Government’s website, a tool used for the structured exploration of different options to address particular policy issues. The role of the fiscal council, which they also refused to consult on Thursday, is to independently assess and comment publicly on whether the Government is meeting its stated budgetary targets and objectives.
Ireland needs a reformed Department of Finance and we really saw the need for that last week. There must never be a Finance Bill put through the House as the one was last Thursday. I support the reform of the Department by the Minister, Deputy Noonan, and the Minister of State, Deputy Brian Hayes. I know they have been pre-occupied with their work in Cyprus and elsewhere, but the presentation of a finance Bill by the Department as was done here last Thursday does Ireland’s financial reputation no good at all. It should stop its monopoly of wisdom pose and carry out regulatory impact analyses and consult the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, which was set up precisely for the purpose of providing advice. There is no monopoly in the Department of Finance and it that showed last week.
2013 March 27 by norahw
“Cum Comegenus in campum certaminis ingressus erat magnum agmen exardescebat. Tunc fautorum clamor in Colle Sexto Decimo ingeminabat, tunc Kerrienses corde tremebant, tunc tria illa puncta in tabulis lusoris saepissime agregata coronas Pan-Hibernicas voctoribus afferebant.”“When Kevin took the field of battle, capturing a great force ( to quote Virgil) and a great force in himself, a battle of heroes blazed forth. Then the shouts of the fans on Hill 16redoubled, then Kerry hearts trembled, and then those three points repeatedly added to the score-board brought All Ireland medals to the victors!”
2013 March 12 by norahw
Teacher representation on Education and Training boards is “too low” says Senator Barrett.
Only 2 of the 21 members of the new Education and Training boards will represent teachers. Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Barrett said this was too low and would further alienate teachers in the classroom. The lack of representation for teachers is demoralizing the profession and the alienation of teachers had become a feature of their Easter conferences.
While the Minister accepted amendments to ensure representation of smaller counties in the new regional boards he did not accept the need to increase teacher representation.
The new boards will comprise 12 representatives of local authorities, 2 representing staff including teachers, 2 representing parents and 5 representing nominating bodies such as business and employers, learners, and school management.
2013 March 12 by norahw
The annual service for the Gift of Sport will be held in College Chapel on March 19th at 5pm. The service will honour the recent passing of two of TCD’s most treasured sports alumni – Trevor West and Kevin Heffernan. The speakers wil be Senator Barrett and Terry McAuley. The service will include “Abide With Me”, which is sung every year at the Cup Final at Wembley. It was composed by Henry Francis Lyte, a scholar of TCD, elected 200 years ago on Trinity Monday 1813.