Upcoming Events

Dublin | Consumer Issues

no events match your query!

User Preferences

  • Language - en | ga
  • text size >>
  • make this your indymedia front page make this your indymedia front page

Blog Feeds

Irish Left Review
Joined up thinking for the Irish Left

offsite link New Books Worth Reading Mon Sep 19, 2016 23:25 | Seán Sheehan

offsite link 13 Billion ? Lucky for some? Mon Sep 05, 2016 13:04 | Tony Phillips

offsite link Rebuilding Ireland: Long on Promise, Short on Detail Mon Aug 29, 2016 22:20 | Eoin O'Mahony

offsite link Brexit and Other Issues: Comments on the Current Situation Mon Aug 29, 2016 21:52 | Brendan Young

offsite link Bin Charges: From Private Circus to Public Service Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:38 | Michael Taft

Irish Left Review >>

Cedar Lounge
For lefties too stubborn to quit

offsite link Pioneer 10 and Jupiter 12:31 Sat Dec 16, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Ageing actors? 11:26 Sat Dec 16, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link This Weekend I?ll Mostly Be Listening to? American Football 07:03 Sat Dec 16, 2017 | irishelectionliterature

offsite link UK Polling update? 11:40 Fri Dec 15, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

offsite link Changing hearts and minds? 10:42 Fri Dec 15, 2017 | WorldbyStorm

Cedar Lounge >>

Dublin Opinion
Life should be full of strangeness, like a rich painting

offsite link Some Thoughts on the Brexit Joint Report 11:50 Sat Dec 09, 2017

offsite link IRISH COMMONWEALTH: TRADE UNIONS AND CIVIL SOCIETY IN THE 21ST CENTURY 14:06 Sat Nov 18, 2017

offsite link Notes for a Book on Money and the Irish State - The Marshall Aid Program 15:10 Sat Apr 02, 2016

offsite link The Financial Crisis:What Have We Learnt? 19:58 Sat Aug 29, 2015

offsite link Money in 35,000 Words or Less 21:34 Sat Aug 22, 2015

Dublin Opinion >>

NAMA Wine Lake

offsite link Farewell from NWL Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Happy 70th Birthday, Michael Sun May 19, 2013 14:00 | namawinelake

offsite link Of the Week? Sat May 18, 2013 00:02 | namawinelake

offsite link Noonan denies IBRC legal fees loan approval to Paddy McKillen was in breach of E... Fri May 17, 2013 14:23 | namawinelake

offsite link Gayle Killilea Dunne asks to be added as notice party in Sean Dunne?s bankruptcy Fri May 17, 2013 12:30 | namawinelake

NAMA Wine Lake >>

Has violence triumphed at Dublin Food Co-op?

category dublin | consumer issues | opinion/analysis author Sunday June 12, 2011 19:36author by Dave Mooreauthor email davecorcra at yahoo dot ie Report this post to the editors

Today marks three months since the Dublin Food Co-op received a complaint of ‘physical assault and violent aggression’ on the premises. Despite the seriousness of the charge, the directors’ collective response was feeble in every respect, leaving those who reported the incident out in the cold.

At the time, I listened carefully to details from both of the members who reported being on the receiving end – plus another witness who hasn’t even been asked for their account. All three, while still shaken, explained what happened with a high level of consistency. This was serious stuff and it was vital to the Co-op’s integrity that it was dealt with decisively and transparently.

Yet nothing of the kind ever happened. Worse still, the accused stallholder merely defied the limited sanctions put on him pending an ‘investigation’ and appeared emboldened by the week, his position ever more normalised and his income still flowing, while a resolution seemed nowhere in sight.

Questions abound for those supposedly in charge: How can they justify failing to enforce a suspension pending investigation? Exactly what process was followed and what came of their ‘investigation’? Is it concluded? Is the outcome a secret? Why were witnesses accounts never properly sought? Why have concerned members who wrote in never received an update? Why hasn’t the reporting of an incident been acknowledged to the membership at large? Where are the minutes of the board meetings dealing with the complaint (supposedly available to members)?

In any environment, thirteen weeks would be a long time for the issue of violence to hang in the air with no sense of resolution. In Dublin Food Co-operative it has been hugely corrosive: as head-in-the sand attitudes have prevailed, many of its most active members have pulled away, often in sheer disgust.

If the board have found the accusations unfounded – making liars of the complainants – then they should say so. Otherwise, they have a duty to the members to explain why they have been unable or unwilling to act. As it is, each day of silence only adds to the impression that, for all the co-op’s peace-loving roots, it has failed miserably to take a stand against violence within its own walls.

===

Previous article:

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/99819
author by Green Giantpublication date Mon Jun 13, 2011 08:45Report this post to the editors

Again I will say there is a whole other side to this. As I understand it, perhaps one of the only two people involved in this incident (apart from others who tried to intervene), which as I understand it resulted in no injury whatsoever to anybody would be the very person whose place it would have been to investigate and bring this forward - have they chosen not to? There is an alternative view of this incident and the atmosphere and series of events that led to this heated incident between two individuals. Did you witness the event? What is the exact nature of the assault? From accounts I have heard to call it a violent incident is overly dramatic. If the main person who might be a complainant wants to bring this forward, they would be in a position to do so, let's put it that way.

author by Seanpublication date Mon Jun 13, 2011 13:58Report this post to the editors

persistant rantings by one peeved individual about an unsubstantiated allegation are a now becoming tiresome. Indymedia is a marvellous thing but there are clear drawbacks to an approach of letting anyone at all write anything without verification or substantiation in any way. I would suggest that rather than sniping and sneering from the sidelines and hoping to see signs of the co op falling into chaos without you, either bring forward some evidence or a complaint of some kind to the Gards or stop it and go away. The spreading of Doom and Gloom stories about "how awful the co op has suddenly become (since I threw my dummy out)" amount simply to a position of wishing the food co op to fail which, when people visit they will find is not happening, as I said before, nice people buying and selling wholesome, fairly traded and organic goods in a very relaxed atmosphere. Long may this remain. Indymedia is a great thing but as with any other media we must not automatically believe everything we read.

author by Co-op Minded - This so called Co-oppublication date Thu Jun 16, 2011 16:36Report this post to the editors

Sean, your aggressive, angry tone, name calling and desire to silence someone over serious concerns isn't likely to give anyone reassurance that all is healthy and happy at the Dublin Food Co-op.

If one or more complaints have been put, then any well-run community organisation should have policies and procedures to resolve them with fairness (i.e. hearing all sides of the story), due speed and transparency. It shouldn't become something for the Gardai to sort out, now or in the first place.

For this to become 'dirty washing' on Indymedia speaks volumes of how badly this has been handled.

author by Dave Moorepublication date Mon Sep 12, 2011 21:19author email davecorcra at yahoo dot ieReport this post to the editors

New article marks 6 month anniversary...

Related Link: http://www.indymedia.ie/article/100496
 
© 2001-2017 Independent Media Centre Ireland. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by Independent Media Centre Ireland. Disclaimer | Privacy