Annual meeting with Martha – Martha wants to pass the high school exam next year

On Friday, June 15, 2018, Was an annual meeting with MArtha.
Once a year there is a meeting with people sentenced to lifetime imprisonment.
The meeting is aimed at summarizing of what an inmate has achieved during the last year, and what she plans to do next year.
7 or 8 people was meeting with Martha.
The meeting lasted about half an hour.
Among others there was Mrs Governor Mary O’Connor, Mrs School Principal and Chaplain Sister Esther Murphy.
During the meeting Martha presented all certificates she received.
Total 18.
During two years of being in prison she passed almost all levels of English language.
Martha said, that she would like to pass her high school exams next year.
Due to that, on Tuesday, Martha was supposed to receive books, so she can study for the exams already.

During stay in prison, Martha learned English language to a large extent.
Oftenly she has no time on the given day to reply to the letters she’s receiving.
She says to the family, that she has lots of homework and she has to study.
She’s not always happy, that she is learning not the things she wants.

The family is glad that Martha is busy.
She’s taking every course available in prison.
She’s using the time somehow.
For now for the benefit of herself.
In future, she will probably share with others what she will learn…

In every place you can find yourself in future, it is worth to use your time wisely…

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It was supposed to be a calm day…

Yesterday, on Monday, excited Martha called her family earlier than usual.
With passion, she told them that new cells were shown.
The renovation of a new prison wing is about to end.
Five cells downstairs and five upstairs.
it was decided, that “lifers” are to be transferred there.
Other prisoners are imprisoned longer than Martha.
But Martha was also included in the transfer.
Martha is going to have a cell upstairs.
She had no possibility of choosing, but she still is glad, that her transferring is planned.
Everything is new in the new cell.
Black closet, bed with a drawer beneath, mirror, a mirror in the bathroom, blinds, openable ventilator.
Everything new – Martha figures it’s all from IKEA.
Everything is fixed, so it can not be moved.

In the part common for prisoners, there are: microwave oven, toaster, and a dishwasher.

Martha judged, that Mrs Governor Mary O’Connor arranged everything nice and very well. And she supervised everything very well.
Plenty of people outside the prison, doesn’t have such conditions in their homes.
Entire decoration of cells is a sign of trust in the inmates, who are to be transferred.
Surely every inmate will be pleased.
The only cons are lack of sun, and… freedom…

In the evening, Martha’s family gave Martha other informations…
…from “the world of free people” (who really is “free”?)…
…”from behind the wall”…
From joy… into cry…

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‘Prison should be about opportunity not punishment’ – Dóchas governor defends institution against ‘soft’ allegations (Dochas Centre as a great prison with perfect resocialization? Nothing but go there? – words, words, words…)

Watch: ‘Prison should be about opportunity not punishment’ – Dóchas governor defends institution against ‘soft’ allegations – Independent.ie

Watch: ‘Prison should be about opportunity not punishment’ – Dóchas governor defends institution against ‘soft’ allegations – Independent.ie

Independent

Source: www.independent.ie

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Another person is asking about Martha’s work at the library

On Wednesday a person responsible for the libraries (we don’t have sufficient information to provide the person’s position) in Dochas Centre Prison and in Mountjoy Prison, noticed that for some time already, Martha is not working in the library.
The person asked Mrs Governor Mary O’Connor about it.
Mrs Governor claimed, she knows nothing about it.
Really?
Mrs Governor asked Martha.
Martha said, that she doesn’t know the reasons why she is not working at the library.
One of the officers simply took away the key to the library from her, and she only said Martha doesn’t work there anymore.
This officer rather doesn’t like foreigners.

It’s kind, that another person is noticing lack of Martha in the library, and aks for her.
Until now only the inmates were asking for Martha, and especially the person working with her in the library.
Now a question about Martha was asked from different side.
Martha even describes the person as a owner of the libraries, and a person responsible for the libraries and their supplies. We can not confirm that, but we can say thank you.

We thank you very much!
People who get to know Martha closer, see what a valuable person she is.

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Martha lost her job at the library

On Friday, February 9th, Martha was asked to return the keys to the library, and was informed that she will no longer work in the library. No reason was given, no justification. It was a big suprise to Martha and the other prisoners. Martha is liked in prison. She’s kind and helpful. The person, who worked in library with Martha, and whom Martha taught, wanted to go to Mrs Governor about Martha.
But what for?
Martha enjoyed working in the library, but she takes all the torments with calmness.

There were never any objections to Martha’s work in the library.
Is this related to her family’s actions outside the prison?

On Tuesday, February 13th, library in Dochas Centre was already closed. Martha was already dismissed from the job, and the person who usually was with her couldn’t come, because she had to do cleaning of some sort.
Fellow inmates asked Martha why she doesn’t go to the library and doesn’t work? Martha answered briefly: “I don’t know”.

We once heard about na “instruction” about Garda’s proceedings. All of Garda’s services are very “clear”:

“When Irish Garda smiles to you and is nice – it is confident, and holds you in it’s hand,
When Irish Garda is “pissed”, angry, and annoyed – it means it’s losing”

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How can Martha’s sister reclaim her property?

Martha, without any agreement with her family and friends, got the paintings back in the prison. She had proven thus to Mrs Governor, that they were not sold. She had proven it, she gave the paintings back, but they are not handed back to the owner.

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On what basis the Governor forbids the returning of paintings?

Martha’s family’s concerns are confirmed.
On friday Martha’s sister personally demanded the return of the paintings that belonged to her. Earlier, Martha’s friends unsuccesfuly tried to do the same. Officer on duty came down especially to inform, that Mrs Governor, Mary O’Connor does not allow returning of the paintings. With no explanation.

Why are those paintings so important to the prison authorities?
Earlier, the Irish media informed, that Martha is making paintings in prison, and her family will sell those paintings, and by that Martha is supporting the family in raising funds to submit Martha’s case to ECHR. (Martha’s case will be submitted to ECHR, regardless of amount of funds raised).
Martha’s family didn’t sell those paintings and for now didn’t intend to. Even if they change their mind at any time, they don’t think that Mrs Governor of Dochas Centre prison in Dublin has any right to decide, what Martha’s family will do with the paintings. The limit of the powers of Mrs Governor is the gate of the prison. Mrs Governor can’t decide what Martha’s family can do with their property in Poland, or anywhere else.

It seems that Mrs Governor used Martha’s gullibility. Martha wanted very much to give some small things to her closest people. Believing in Mrs Governor’s good intentions, she got the paintings back to prison, to prove that sister doesn’t sell anything from given presents. Now Mrs Governor is not allowing to return the paintings to the owner.

Martha’s family, who is not as gullible and naive as Martha, predicted such scenario and such intentions. Sadly, they they learned about the fact too late.
Martha’s sister don’t act for money. If she demand’s returning of her property, first of all she points to the rules, to the violation of the law that happened. If no other argument convince Mrs Governor, this one should. Martha didn’t give those paintings “for storing” until she will get out of prison. Those paintings left the prison legally and their indisputable owner is Martha’s sister. Those paintings are not the property of the prison. They interested Mrs Governor only when they were found on the internet and in the newspapers.

Will everyone in Ireland, deal with Martha as they want, not counting with anything?

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Contacts

Marta Herda Dóchas Centre
North Circular Road
Dublin 7
Ireland
Monika Łyżwa
Martha’s sister, procurator
monika@helpformartha.org
Rodzina Marty contact@helpformartha.org
Mary O’Connor
Prison governor
Dóchas Centre
North Circular Road
Dublin 7
Ireland
Patrick McCarthy
Judge leading the case
First jury
7 women and 5 men
Chairman of first jury
woman, she did not confess she was an employee of An Garda Síochána
Second jury
8 men and 4 women
Chairman of second jury
man
George Birmingham
Alan Mahon
Maire Whelan
Judges of Court of Appeal
Helena Kiely Head of prosecutor’s office
Brendan Grehan SC
(Junior Counsel 1989, Senior Counsel 2003)
Prosecutor
Paul Murray SC
(Junior Counsel 1985, Senior Counsel 2017)
Prosecutor
Thomas E Honan Martha’s solicitor
Michael Liam O’Higgins SC
(Junior Counsel 1987, Senior Counsel 2000)
Barrister only for the first day
Giollaiosa Ó Lideadha SC
(Junior Counsel 1989, Senior Counsel 2006)
Barrister
Niamh Foley BL
(Junior Counsel 2006)
Barrister

 

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