We thank all believing people for their prayers

Martha’s tragedy has no political colours.
It’s beyond divisions.
It moves both believers as non believers.
It’s also beyond any religious differences.

We thank very much everyone for remembering Martha and her case in your prayers.
We thank very much people of different religions, Churches, and religious associations.
We thank for all sincere, selfless and free prayers.

Martha’s case is also a subject of constant prayers of Martha’s family

We’re grateful for sincere help to all non believing people.
In the face of human tragedy, solidarity and unity is the greatest support you can give.


Martha’s April’s Fools Day

On Sunday, Martha called her sister. During the call the sister says, that they will see each other in two weeks.
Martha replied: “And what would you say if we meet in two days?”
“How?” – asked the sister.
Martha: “The prosecutor had withdraw the accusation and I’m going out of prison”.
Surprised sister believed Martha, because she would want such scenario to happen.
(In previous years Martha fooled her sister, that for example she is pregnant).

The same day Martha called her Mum.
She also managed to fool her Mum.

Why the family believes such words so easily.
It would be their dreams coming true. Maybe even no so completely unreal.
Currently Ireland’s Supreme Court is analysing the case regarding whether this is not a judicial mistake.

Will those word be only Martha’s April’s Fools Day joke?
Nevertheless, on this very rainy Sunday, after Martha’s phone call, her sister and Mum didn’t need coffee anymore.


“Easter, not for everybody so happy” – a post by Oleńka Wagner on Salon24.pl (in Polish language)

Easter, not for everybody so happy

Święta Wielkanocne – nie dla wszystkich wesołe

“Martha Herda – Polish woman sentenced in Ireland to lifetime imprisonment for killing of her colleague. There is no doubt that she caused an accident. The car she was driving fell to the water. She survived, and her colleague (the passenger) drowned. Mrs Martha didn’t admit to deliberate homicide. The jury didn’t take into account the doubts, that should speak in favor of the accused.”

Source: www.salon24.pl/u/olenkawagner/855268,swieta-wielkanocne-nie-dla-wszystkich-wesole


Better friday for Martha – the sister will come as planned earlier

Friday was already better for Martha.
Two of her friends visited her. They assessed, that Martha is in better shape then lately.

6 letters was delivered to Martha that day. She received letters from Renata (2), Katarzyna, Genowefa, Joanna and Maciej. Those letter made Martha very happy.
It doesn’t change the fact, that the letters were held for a long time by prison officers. (Considering delays in correspondance both to and from Martha, we soon will star posting inormation about current correspondance, and we will be updating it on a regular basis).

Also, this day Martha regained her sweatshirt that was stolen from her in prison. The sweatshirt was bought especially for her by one of her friends. Martha saw, that one of inmates is wearing this sweatshirt. So she asked if this was her sweatshirt? The inmate said that no. They established how this happened, that the sweatshirt went to that person. She gave back the swatshirt to Martha without a problem. She said, that she really wouldn’t want to wear other people’s clothes.
Martha was very happy to get back her sweatshirt.

Martha also defended young Polish woman that came to the prison. She is victimized and ridiculed by other inmates. Her washing liquid was also stolen. Martha de-escalated the situation, and she gave her washing liquid to the young Pole. She also defended the young woman and asked other inmates not to opress her.

It seems that Martha tough “blues” was slightly mitigated.
Martha said she will handle herself. She asked her sister not to come specially to Ireland.
The sister will come in two weeks, and Martha… is counting down to that visit.


Are we really picking on?

Some say, that as a family of Martha we are picking on everything. That this is impossible for Martha to be treated worse.
Please judge this example.

Martha had drawn a portrait of her sister. She chose large envelope she got from her sister. The largest she had – 35x25cm (13,8 x 9,8in)

EnvelopeMartha’s drawing’s dimensions were 42x28cm (16,5x11in).
The drawing didn’t fit the envelope. So Martha folded it  gently in two places near sides, so the bends won’t come out on the face. After folding, the drawing’s dimensions were 24x28cm ( 9,5x11in) and it fitted the envelope without a problem.

In what state did the drawing arrive to the sister?
Large envelope and the drawing folded into “tiny cube” with dimensions: 12×17,5cm (4,7×6,9in).

folded drawingEverything, including envelope, was folded in half and stuck together using scraps of scotch tape. After opening such large envelope, the sister looked for what else could be in the envelope. She couldn’t believe that such large envelope contained only such tiny “cube”.
First question she asked Martha, was about what was in the consignment.
It turns out it contained only the drawing.
The prison officer did a lot of work. To fold such big drawing into such tiny cube.

Petty thing?
But such petty malices, annoyances, “kicks under the table”, prove how she and her family are treated by prison officers in Dochas Centre in Dublin.


Thank You mrs Vice-Consul from Consular Department of Polish Embassy in Dublin

We thank very much Mrs Vice-Consul from Consular Department of Polish Embassy in Dublin – Mrs Patrycja Grochecka.
We thank you very much for commitment in the case of Martha and for planning a visit in Dochas Centre penitentiary.
For Mrs Vice-Consul to come to the prison, Martha had to personally ask the consulate. Martha wrote a letter on Tuesday, March 27, and passed it for sending to Polish Embassy in Dublin. Martha asked for an urgent meeting
In those hard for Martha moments, such a meeting will surely be needed.

Mrs Vice-Consul as a employee of Polish Embassy, may visit Martha without any problems (just as her attorney).

Will Martha present all of her comments officially during the meeting? Will she tell about every form of discrimination she encounters in Dochas Centre prison in Dublin?


We thank people from Ireland for wanting to visit Martha

Regarding last post of Martha’s family about prompt need of visiting Martha, we’ve received the information about people from Ireland wanting to visit her.
We thank you very much for sincere care about state of Martha and for wanting to help.
Sadly, beaurocratic Irish system doesn’t provide special situations and visits.
Martha can have two visits a week. But she can be visited by people, who were previously added to the list of visitors.
Adding people, or changing the list may occur only once a month, and just like everything considering Martha in prison, it’s done with delays and great difficulties.
On this list there are family members, friends, or Martha’s colleagues.
Now the list consists of 8 or 9 people.
If someone, for example, left to go to Poland, and will not be visiting Martha, she replaces that person with someone else, who wants to visit Martha (recently a very close friend of Martha returned to Poland).

Furthermore, when someone from from the list wants to visit Martha, he or she must first “book” the visit, at least 2 days before the actual visit. He or she can do it personally in the prison (during appointed hours: 10 a.m. – 12 noon and 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.) or by the phone (during the same hours, but rarely someone picks up the phone) or by the interntet.

On Tuesday there are no visits in the prison.
Considering, that Martha can be visited twice a week, people from her visisting list consult each other regarding who will come and when.
Using the two visits in the week causes, that on the given week no one can visit her anymore.

On current week, visits of Martha’s friends on Friday and Sunday are already booked.
The friday visit will be especially important.
If Martha’s mental and emotional state will not improve, the family from Poland considers additional, urgent, and unplanned flight to Ireland on Saturday.
Martha’s sister, and possibly Martha’s mum already prepare for this.
If Martha’s family comes from Poland, they are entitled for a “special” visit (it must be booked also). “Special” visit of family from Poland causes, that on the given week no one can visit her anymore (“special” visit nullifies two visits a week)

Caring for Martha’s proper mental and emotional state is a priority in her family’s actions.
Thank you very much for all the help.


Martha can not take it mentally – the family asks Martha’s friends in Ireland for visiting her as fast as possible

Martha can not cope mentally after March 26th.
While talking with the family over the phone, she is depressed. She sounds like she’s not herself anymore. She admitted that she cries a lot. She can’t sleep. She’s talking with Csaba. She feels like Csaba was being beside her.
She’s testy. And for the more, some young officer laughs at her, when she pours herself four bottles of water.
Additionaly it’s two week break in the school.
Everything in prison makes her angry.
She takes excessive blame on herself for the accident.
She takes blame on herself for making so many trouble to her family.
This is how fifth anniversary of Csaba’s death made impact on Martha.

The family and friends missed that date. Outside prison they have their families, concerns and problems. The pace of life is enormous. They lack the time.
Martha has… all the time and dates.
And she counts… or counts down.
Joyful countdown is how many days left to her sister or mum coming over.
How many days to her friends visit.
But there are also sad countings: how many days have passed since… the tragic accident.

The sister will fly from Poland to visit Martha only in April.
So the family asks Martha’s friends in Ireland to visit Martha as quickly as possible, and cheering her up.
If nobody can come to her earlier, Martha’s girl friend will visit her on friday.
Is half an hour of visit enough to bring Martha to somewhat normal state?

In the future, Martha’s will have to get ready for next anniversaries on March 26th.
We can not bring back life for the young man that drowned five years ago.
Today we fight for the second victim of the accident.
The one who survived.
And she will live with the memory of March 26, 2013, till the end of her life.


Meeting of “lifers” with Acting Chief Officer Kelleher

A meeting of “lifers” from Dochas Centre in Dublin (8 women) with Acting Chief Officer, Mrs Kelleher, was held on Thursday, at 2 p.m.
The meeting took place in small room, where Masses are celebrated.
The inmates were informed, that from April 1st, it will be allowed to give them six cosmetics a month.
They were also asked about some problems or requests.
* women serving sentences in Dochas Centre asked for additional two phone calls a week.
Martha raised that she lost the point of attending school and making things. She made those things for others, and she can’t pass them to her close ones.
Mrs Kelleher was surprised by this. She didn’t know anything about any restriction regarding Martha. In that moment, a prison officer interfered and said, that she will explain everything to Mrs Kelleher later.
But what will she explain?
That there are no objections towards Martha in prison, and all restrictions are just inventions of Mrs Governor?
Using Martha, Mrs Governor proposed “a deal” to Martha’s sister: Martha wil still be able to pass everything, only if her sister won’t make it public in the internet.
Martha’s sister doesn’t agree to any such terms and she such demands as unfounded and unlawful.
Will the prison officer also pass this to Mrs Kelleher?

The meeting with inmates lasted half an hour.
Similar meetings are to be held monthly or every two months.
Mrs Kelleher also told Martha, that after next meeting with “lifers” she will also talk to Martha in private.

We thank very much to Mrs Acting Chief Officer Kelleher for her kind interest in problems of inmates in Dochas Centre in Dublin, and for the promise of cyclical meetings.

(We don’t give the name of Mrs Kelleher because we don’t know it. It’s possible thtat it’s Mrs Patricia Kelleher. When only we will find out the name we will supplement the post. It was Mrs Kelleher who gave Martha new permission for e-cigarette)