COI Gazette – 29th April 2016

Dublin and Glendalough will call for diocesan boundaries Bill to be withdrawn at General Synod

Some of those in attendance at Dublin and Glendalough’s Extraordinary Diocesan Synod in St Michael’s Church, Athy, last week

Some of those in attendance at Dublin and Glendalough’s Extraordinary Diocesan Synod in St Michael’s Church, Athy, last week

Members of Dublin and Glendalough’s Diocesan Synods have voiced their opinions rmly against the Commission for Episcopal Ministry and Structures’ (CEMS) proposals on diocesan boundary changes.

Over 270 people attended an Extraordinary Diocesan Synod Meeting in Athy on Wednesday 20th April to discuss the proposed transfer of six parishes from Glendalough to the Diocese of Meath and KIldare, which will come before the General Synod in May.

The Glendalough parishes included in the proposal contained in Bill No. 2 of 2016 are: Leixlip and Lucan; Celbridge and Straffan with Newcastle-Lyons; Blessington and Manor Kilbride with Ballymore- Eustace and Hollywood; Donoughmore and Donard with Dunlavin; Narraghmore and Timolin with Castledermot and Kinneigh; and Athy, Kilberry and Fontstown with Kilkea.




The anniversary of the 1916 Rising falls on 24th April each year and with this week’s Gazette, thanks to funding from the Irish Government’s Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, we include a reprint of our issue of 28th April-5th May 1916. The significance of that issue was highlighted by Dr Susan Hood in her April ‘Archive of the Month’ article (Gazette, 1st April), when she pointed out that two weeks’ issues had to be combined “pending the restoration of the electrical current” supplying the printing machinery. Dr Hood continued: “Whilst the editorial of this special edition took a predictable condemnatory position in the immediate aftermath of the Rising, summing up events as ‘the most tragic week in the modern history of Ireland’, it was also tempered by reality and a sense that Ireland had been utterly changed by the events of Easter Week.”

We hope that readers will enjoy the reprinted supplement this week, conveying important insights into current events at the time and also showing the Gazette in its earlier, and very different, format.

Twentieth-century Irish history is a very contested space; while containing much that is undoubtedly good, it is also a story of violence that took the lives of many people and destroyed the lives of many more. Much has been written about the events in Dublin on what was Easter Monday in 1916. That those events led to other events that led to the founding of the Republic of Ireland as we know it today is clear. This continuum makes the marking of 1916 inevitable and right – and doing so has been a good ‘learning curve’ for all concerned. The special event marking the 1916 events last February in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, organised by the Church of Ireland’s Centenaries Working Group, made a particularly positive contribution to the whole process of reflection on what happened and on the wider implications of the Rising (Gazette, 26th February).

Without doubt, Ireland could have lived through the twentieth century without recourse to violence. Our history would, of course, have been very different but the moral of the historical reality for us today is that self-appointed violence has no excuse. Whatever one makes of the 1916 Rising, it must not be used to condone, let alone glorify, terrorism. The proper study of history enables perspective to be gained, showing events more clearly in their context and competing narratives more recognisably in their juxtaposition. From history, not least the history of 1916, lessons can be learnt for the more successful – and peaceable – conduct of national life.

Indeed, simply the geographical space that is Ireland, with its enduring and diverse majesty, seems to stand somehow almost timelessly aloof from all the fighting it has so sadly seen, maintaining a clear remove from the tragedies that humans have played out in the name of its goodness and beauty. Ireland is supposed to be characterised by its green grass and good-humoured life, not by blood-soaked red and human cruelty. Ireland our habitat – from wild spaces to fertile pastures, from ocean coast to tranquil lakeside – is magnificent and easily loved, yet mysteriously transcending the events of its history and certainly calling its people to do much better, to be more true to that very goodness and beauty.


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Letter to the Editor

UK referendum on EU membership

THE REVD SID MOURANT, in your issue of 25th March, described the European Commission as the governing body of the EU. He is right.

Mr J. B. L. Rose, in your issue of 15th April, described the European Commission as “simply the civil service of the EU”. He also is right.

The term ‘European Commission’ is the official name of the 28-member executive cabinet of the EU, but it is also the name that is used for the 23,000 employees who make up the civil service of the EU.

Hence the obvious confusion. Mr Mourant says the Commission has no mandate from the people. Mr Rose says you don’t elect a civil service. They are of course talking about two different bodies with the same name.

What actually happens is this.
Once every five years, the 751 elected members of the European Parliament elect a President of the European Commission (currently Mr Jean-Claude Juncker). The President of the European Commission then appoints the other 27 members of the Commission.

That makes 28 – and these 28 commissioners then appoint their civil service and run the EU for the next five years.

New laws must be approved by the European Parliament but otherwise the Commission rules.

One, perhaps, can see why Mr Mourant calls it the principle of the divine right of the Commission.

Robert Irwin, Limerick V94


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