Do we praise the authorities of Dochas Centre prison in Ireland too much?

We have recently met with the statement, that we praise the prison officers of Dochas Centre in Ireland too much.
Do we really?
Because of our “praise” some people outside the prison are not so determined to help Martha.
What for?
If she’s doing so well?

Is Martha doing well?
In no prison, even in the best one, no one can be doing well.
It’s not a desirable place to be.
Everyone who found themselves there wants to get out as fast as possible.

Do we praise the officers of Dochas Centre prison too much?
Were writing the truth.
Of course we don’t write about everything.
Some behavior of few officers we find especially shocking.
We didn’t always write about this. And when we did, it was rather toned down and it didn’t show our full indignation. Indignation about boorish behavior of these people towards Martha.
(Part of the family found some posts as to harsh. That’s where the discrepancies between sites “helpformartha.org” and the facebook fanpage “Help for Martha” come from.)
On the other hand, there are people in Dochas Centre prison, we would like to thank very much. But we don’t write about it either.
Maybe there will be time for this, when Martha will be free.
We’re very grateful already.

We also try not to write about other women serving sentences.
These sites are relations about Martha’s tragedy, not about life of women in Dochas Centre.
The women, who were unlucky to find themselves in this place, don’t want to flaunt with this.
We respect that.

We have to “balance” every word on our sites, but also we have to avoid weakening the message with “mawkish” posts.
The main difference between us and the Irish media is that we write the TRUTH and we don’t build up a sensation.
We don’t want to shock with posts or “bloated” titles.
If someone or something deserves praise, we will do it.
If it deserves condemning, we will also describe this while watching to not to harm Martha.

The officers of Dochas Centre prison in Ireland are not a party to the dispute.
Discrimination towards Martha, which takes place in this prison, will not be a main argument for the ECHR, but only an additional background.
Just like everywhere, among the officers there happen to be people exceptionally good, but also exceptionally mean.
It is also undisputable that the conditions in Dochas Centre prison are very good. Different people responsible for individual departments and the proper functioning of the prison perform very well.

This doesn’t mean that Martha should stay in this place.
In a few days 2 years will pass.
2 years of waiting for JUSTICE IN IRELAND.
How much longer?
We aske for help very much.

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MArtha joyfully dances on the Irish Dance show – we congratulate having interesting initiatives in Dochas Centre prison

On Friday, July 20, there was a promised Irish dancing show at the Dochas Centre prison.
After 4 hours of learning

The show lasted for about 1 hour.
Including instructors, total of 3 pairs were dancing.
In one of the pairs, of course, was… Martha.
Together with other inmate.
Martha was glad of the performance.
She thinks, the dancing was good and that they had fun.

During summer vacation there is a little of activities in Dochas Centre prison in Dublin.
Martha had already finished those available.
The more, we congratulate the people responsible for activities in Dochas Centre in Dublin. We congratulate interesting ideas.
Life of women serving their sentences in prison is difficult, just because of imprisonment alone.
Every moment of relaxation, every moment of movement, every moment of joy, every moment of interesting activities is a very good initiative.
After all, the classes are for women, who found themselves behind “walls” only “temporarily”.
The imprisonment is a punishment for mistakes, but it can not create enormous gulf between the “outer” and the “inner” world.

We congratulate of every interesting cultural activities in Dochas Centre prison in Dublin.

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Martha receives her e-cigarette back- will she gradually quit smoking?

Martha didn’t ask the officer to buy her a new e-cigarette.
She decided to save money.
She asked her sister, to return her previously owned e-cigarette.
And it returned… from Poland… in a parcel… together with pictures from grandma’s funeral.
The same e-cigarette she gave away, because officers took the charging cable from it.
They suggested that this is a cable for a cell phone.
Now, the e-cigarette was delivered to Martha without a problem, in a parcel from the family in Poland.

Maybe now, thanks to the e-cigarette, Martha will gradually quit smoking…
she wanted to do that.
That’s why she asked for e-cigarette.
Surely it will not be easy.
Martha laready didn’t smoke.
She started again since the trial.
Now she claims that smoking calms her down.
“It’s impossible not to smoke”
Now there will be an e-cigarette instead of a regular cigarette.
And maybe at least a little less…
Gradually…
And maybe someday Martha will learn to be remain calm without the help of e-cigarette…
Even under these circumstances…

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Martha receives photos from the funeral of her grandmother – “Grandma looked very nice”

On Tuesday Martha received a parcel sent by her sister.
In the package there was photographs from Martha’s grandma funeral, her favorite grandma – Janka.
Funerals are not the best time to take photographs.
But especially thinking about Martha, her mother took some photos during funeral.
Now Martha could see those photos.
She could at least see her grandma like this.
On her last day…

Martha was very touched.
“The grandma looked very nice”

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Will Marta perform at the Irish Dance dance show at the Dochas Center prison?

We wrote, that Martha learns Irish dancing.
We informed, that the classes was supposed to last 2 days.

It appears, that the classes will last for 3 days.
Later, they were supposed to be held on Wendesday, July 18.
For July 20, a show is scheduled – a show of Irish dance in Dochas Centre prison.
In the beginning, there were about 12 women inmates of prison in Dublin on the classes.
On the second class – a half of that.
On the third one, there was only the instructor and… Martha.

After few classes, on July 20, a show of Irish Dance is scheduled in Dochas Centre prison in Dublin.
Who will perform?
How many people will participate in the show?

Martha is supporting such initiatives, even if she has to dance only with the intructor.
The family and friends joke, that there is full of Martha everywhere.

It’s good to find joy in every activity,
in every learning,
in every effort…
In a place like prison, one “celebrates” every activity, every learning, every effort…
…to not to go crazy…

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Martha resigns from the business course – she changes it for other

Martha had decided to resign from the business course.
We wrote earlier, that she can make such decision.

Business course is, besides learning English language, most difficult course that Martha took.
The family told Martha, that she doesn’t have to pass the exam on the course.
But Martha is ambitious. If she undertakes something, she fulfills it.
Martha recognized that it is too hard for her.
Furthermore, she assessed that she doesn’t know if the course would be useful for her anyway.
After regaining freedom Martha doesn’t have any plans involving Ireland.

The family approves Martha’s decision.
It’s good that Martha was able to make the assessment and decision.
Ina place, where Martha is, she has to take care for keeping her joy and avoid overexerting herself.
Martha takes all possible courses anyway.
Until now she received 18 certificates, and she’s getting next ones.
She works at the library, she studies for classes and exams, she’s painting, she makes items during the classes, she writes a book, she reads and responds for letters etc.

After resigning one course, Martha will surely change it to other, maybe “lighter”.
Certainly Martha is one of most active and most busy women inmates, serving sentences in Dochas Centre prison in Dublin, Ireland.

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One of friends’ visit is gone – Martha is going for music classes

On Friday, July 13, Martha’s friends couldn’t reach her on the visit.
The day before they tried to call the prison, to change persons for those, who could go to Martha.
There are only two phone lines, two phone numbers.
The question is what for, as someone rarely answers them anyway?
No one answered.
Friday visit was gone.

Taking advantage of the fact that there was no visit, Marta went to music classes.
She always wanted to play some musical instrument.
She received a flute to play during classes.
During only one class Martha learned to play one piece and she was very glad.
Learning the ukulele is supposed to be on other classes.
It is possible that Martha will attend the music classes.
The problem is that these classes are on Fridays and during the time when friends usually come to Marta.
It’s comforting for the family, that Martha, despite difficult situation she’s in, she still wants…
… to develop
… to live
… to even ENJOY LIFE.
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“The teachers at the school are very kind and patiently polite. I am grateful, that we have any classes… I read Polish books…” – tenth fragment of Martha’s book

Now I attend to leather works, art (painting), ceramics, glass, sewing, carpentry, jewelry, kitchen, English language, first aid… and others when they are available. All the certificates I passed on to my family’s care and I continue gathering next ones, climbing on higher levels, e.g. I am finishing level 4 in English language e.t.c.
The teachers at the school are very kind and patiently polite. I am grateful, that we have any classes, it helps a lot.
Beside that I read Polish books, like “Secret”  and “Strength” or other of the type, so I can maintain positive thinking. I also find myself other hand works like crocheting or painting.

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Martha on Irish Dance classes

On Wednesday, July 11, classes of Irish Dance was held in Dochas Centre prison in Dublin.
The classes took place on the yard.
They lasted for 1 hour.
The classes were taught by two people from outside: a woman and a man.
They were in form of learning of Irish dancing.
Participation was voluntary.
About 12 women of all the women  inmates of Dochas Centre decided to participate.
Of course Martha was among them.
Martha, who is first in every class, first in learning of anything.

Martha was very satisfied with the classes.
That’s all we know.
Another class is to be held on Thursday, July 12.

Frankly, we must admit, that different, “general” actions of prison authorities, from a “human” point of view, are going in the right direction.
“General” – meaning, concerning all women inmates.

Our reservations arise, because sometimes we have an impression, that some prison officers would want, that Martha wouldn’t use certain “general” easements and privileges.
And they act in that manner.
The effect is that others can, but Martha – CAN’T.
“Double standards”, if one can talk about “standards” here.

We are very glad, that Martha is active and committed.
She tries to draw joy from everything she can.
It’s not a full joy, but better that than nothing…

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Is Martha forbidden to give anything to others? On what basis?

On Friday, July 6, 2018, an unpleasant situation took place in Dochas Centre prison in Dublin.
Martha had already informed that when two friends will come to visit her, she will prepare next things to take.
Two, because one person would have problems to take all the things.
Previously, friends took some things on May 25.

Already at the entrance, two friends didn’t have to say anything, they even didn’t have to say their names. They’ve heard that they have things from Martha to take.
When Martha gave a large box to the officer, she asked: “Please, be careful, please, please”.
The officer took the box from Martha and thrown it on the floor.
Among others there were two clay works of Martha.
One of them broke immediately.
The officer said only: “I didn’t make it on purpose”.
Martha took broken work and she will try to glue it together.

After visit, the friends received the things on exit.
Large box and 4 paintings (new, painted by Martha).
They already had them in hands and only the last door remained…
Suddenly the officer stopped them.
She made a call, and it suddenly appeared that… Martha can’t give anything.
What’s more, that Martha was never permitted to give anything.
(Of course it’s not true, because in the beginning there was no problems)
Friends reminded, that they had take some things on May 25.
The officer replied, that they shouldn’t have been.

Of course Martha’s friends were very nervous.

What conclusions should we draw from that?
That GARDA does whatever it wants we know since long ago.
it doesn’t counts with anybody or anything.
It doens’t count with no law or rule.
It’s no new thing to us, that Martha is being discriminated.
Although we hoped that “climate had warmed” already, and that “normality” returned.

We’re not inside, we don’t know who is a good officer, and who is a mean officer? Who is a good person, and who “feels good” when he or she is mean to others?
Or maybe there is something else to it:
What someone is “officially”?
If we praise one of the prison officers, then later, in a way that is obvious to everyone, does he or she wants to manifest, that is treating Martha badly?
Is there still a need for pushing Martha around in Dochas Centre prison in Dublin?

We feel sorry for people who can’t be good persons.
We feel even more sorry for those GARDA officers, that draw satisfaction and joy from being mean…
One needs to be human all the time…
Not just from time to time…

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