Team IPC Boston -
Congratulations to #BostonMarathon runners, Mary Varden and Sinead McGlynn with official finish times of 4:25 and 4:01 respectively. We are the #IrishPastoralCentreBoston would like to thank them and congratulate them on running in the 121st Boston Marathon on behalf of Irish Pastoral Centre – Boston. Donations in excess of $10K have been raised through this event and we ‘thank you’ for your generosity.
Congrats to all the other athletes who participated, the volunteers who help make the day run so successfully, the men and women of law enforcement for keeping everyone safe.
On Friday afternoon, the 9th of February, the Irish Pastoral Centre held an information session about Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes, in association with the Clann Project. The event was well attended, especially considering the weather conditions in the aftermath of Thursday’s snow-storm. The aim of the event was to disseminate available information regarding Ireland’s notorious Mother and Baby Homes, and to encourage discussion around the untold stories and memories which many people have kept private to date.
The information session was led by Boston College Professor James Smith, a research academic and author, who has dedicated much of his study to Ireland’s history of containment. Professor Smith spoke in great detail about the impact of Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes on unmarried mothers and their children, and about the search for new information to submit to the Government of Ireland’s Commission of Investigation. Professor Smith further highlighted the importance of the public record reflecting the lived experience and suffering of these women and their babies, which it does not currently do.
Celebrated Artist Vincent Crotty, son of the late June Goulding, read passages from his Mother’s seminal book, The Light in the Window, which was written about her experience as a midwife in one of Ireland’s most notorious Mother and Baby Homes. Vincent recalled how his Mother’s experience in this home continued to affect her throughout her lifetime, and how the publishing of her book caused controversy in Ireland, and internationally. June Goulding was the first author to share her story through writing, and her book continues to play an important role in the telling of this dark part of Ireland’s history.
It is understood that more than 2200 Irish babies were adopted in the 20th century by American families, many of whom call the Northeastern United States home. The Clann Project is actively encouraging anybody who was affected by Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes to make contact with them to share their story, if they so wish. Clann are in the process of collecting and collating this new information, which will then be submitted to the Commission of Investigation in Ireland. To date, the Clann Project have spoken with 80 individuals in Ireland, the UK and the United States, and they hope to hear from as many affected individuals as possible in advance of the Commission of Investigation’s March 1st deadline. More information about the Clann Project can be found at www.clannproject.org
If anyone feels they need to speak with someone confidentially regarding any aspect of Ireland’s Mother and Baby Homes, do not hesitate to make contact with the Social Services team at the Irish Pastoral Centre by emailing email@example.com
The Irish Pastoral Centre honored Mary O’Malley Walsh at their annual fundraising banquet on Saturday night. Mary and her sons, Mayor Marty Walsh and Johnny Walsh, attended the event at Florian Hall. Johnny shared his heartfelt gratitude for his mother, saying that she is the embodiment of an Irish immigrant—warm, welcoming, and hard-working.
Mayor Walsh thanked the Irish Pastoral Centre for its contribution to the people of Dorchester and beyond. The Walsh’s kind words were followed by an active auction and some spirited dancing to the live music. Over three hundred generous supporters turned up to celebrate the accomplishments of the IPC which offers services to the elderly, women and children, undocumented immigrants, incarcerated persons, and any individuals who feel that the IPC is a safe space to receive support services.
Save the date: Saturday November 18, 2017 Irish Pastoral Centre’s 30th Anniversary.
1987 – 2017
The Men’s Shed is a popular global movement that started in Australia where there are now over 1,000 in existence and is becoming more and more popular in Ireland where the number is close to 300 and growing.
Why a Shed?
Men have particular needs and ways of doing things. They like to be productive and to contribute to those around them but they still like to talk and often, to be doing something at the same time. The Shed is a space for talk and fun. Practical skills and knowledge can be exchanged. Something useful can be going on that will contribute to a local community need, while the participants of the Shed experience an improvement in their own well-being by keeping physically, mentally and socially active. There are benefits all round.
Who is the Shed for?
Men’s Sheds are open to all men regardless of age, background or ability. It is a place where you can share your skills and knowledge with others, learn new skills and develop new friendships. New members are always welcome and can be assured that there is something of interest for everyone, as the men have ownership of the projects and decide their own program of events.
Why is this important?
With the end of the Celtic Tiger in Ireland men were more likely to be unemployed as the construction industry took a downturn and businesses failed. Research shows that men tend to be more isolated than women; they have poorer health outcomes and are more likely to die from suicide and other preventable causes. They are less likely to talk about their problems or seek help and yet most services are not male friendly. Most men have learned from our culture that they shouldn’t talk about feelings and emotions. There has been little encouragement for men to take an interest in their own health and wellbeing.
Because men don’t often make a fuss about their problems, these problems have consistently been either ignored or swept under the carpet by both our health system and our modern society. The Men’s Shed movement is a powerful tool in providing men with a space to socialize that is an alternative to the pub and also provides a space.
The IPC is looking for a premises in the Dorchester area to house the first Men’s Shed in Boston. Any men interested in the project are welcome to contact us at 617-265-5300.
Magdalene Laundries - often described as "prisons" by the women who worked in them - were established in the 18th century for Ireland's 'fallen' women and remained in operation until 1996, when the last laundry closed.
An estimated 30,000 women and girls are thought to have been institutionalized for a myriad of reasons, from being 'bold' to having a child out of wedlock. They were forced to work long hours in poor conditions for no pay.
Boston resident James Smith, who is from Ireland and working in Boston College, spearheaded a sustained campaign for Justice for Magdalene Laundry women in both the UK and Ireland between 2001 and 2004. This campaign led to a number of important legislative and policy initiatives that recognized the State had a duty to acknowledge its role (and historically the lack of it) in relation to the Magdalene Laundry women. These initiatives included the McAleese Inquiry, carried out by Dr Martin McAleese and subsequently the report from Judge John Quirke who was tasked with creating recommendations for a Restorative Justice Scheme that would be non-adversarial.
After meeting with a group of inspirational Magdalene Laundry women, the Taoiseach was moved by their stories and understood the sense of injustice these Survivors felt about their ordeals in earlier life. With the promise to set the future straight and acknowledge the failures of successive governments to hear the voices of these women, the Taoiseach made a powerful state apology and invited Justice John Quirke to look into developing a compensation scheme for the Magdalene Women.
Restorative Justice Scheme
In June 2013 it was announced that a scheme of payments for women who were admitted to and worked in the Magdalene Laundries, St Mary’s Training Centre Stanhope Street and House of Mercy Training School, Summerhill, Wexford would be launched. This followed the publication of the report by Justice Quirke, President of the Law Reform Commission, on the establishment of a scheme and support for the women affected.
Mr Justice Quirke’s most significant recommendation is that the women in question should all receive cash payments in the range €11,500 (duration of stay 3 months or less) to €100,000 (duration of stay of 10 years or more). If the cash payment due is above €50,000, Justice Quirke recommends that it should paid in the form of a lump sum of €50,000 plus an annual payment related to the notional remaining lump, sum to be paid weekly. The amount to be paid depends on the duration of stay of a resident in a Magdalene Laundry.
Since the announcement, the Irish Department of Justice and Equality processed applications immediately and does so to this day. Successful applicants are able to access lump sum payments (based on their duration of stay in Magdalene Laundry), an Irish pension and an Irish medical card.
How can those affected apply?
If you were resident in a Magdalene Laundry in Ireland, (or if you know someone who was) and would like to find out more about the Restorative Justice Scheme, please feel free to contact the Irish Pastoral Centre confidentially on 617-265-5300 Ext 10 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications can be made with our support or directly through the Department of Justice and Equality. To make a confidential call to the Department from outside of the Republic of Ireland, the number to dial is: 00 353 1 476 8660.
Via email: email@example.com
By post: Restorative Justice Scheme, Department of Justice and Equality, Montague Court, 7-11 Montague Street, Dublin 2, Ireland.
By Kieran O'Sullivan
The E visa
The E Visa category remains a good option for those who are coming to the U.S. to do business.
One of the requirements to be met before applying for the E-1 is that your country has an established treaty of friendship, commerce and navigation with the U.S.
An applicant for an E-1 visa must be coming to the U.S. to carry on trade principally (more than 51% of the company’s total volume of trade) between the US and the foreign country of which you are a national.
There is a visa available known as the E-2 Treaty Investor visa. Readers should not confuse this visa with the other investor visa, which is also known as the “employment creation” visa. The “Treaty Investor” visa is a non-immigrant visa and does not give you legal permanent resident or green card status. The investment must be in a commercial enterprise; therefore non-profit institutions are not considered commercial enterprises and will not result in E eligibility.
The treaty investor visa is available to persons coming to the U.S. to develop and direct the operations of a business in which they have invested, or are in the process of investing, a substantial amount of capital. As with the treaty trader category, spouses and children may accompany the principal alien to the US. The company may also obtain visas for employees with essential skills or who are executives or managers. People would need to consult an immigration attorney on E visa eligibility.
#EVisa; @E-Visa; #immigration #IPCboston
Each year we see people turned away because they are inadequately prepared for the interview process. One person had a text message on his phone from a friend telling him to “enjoy the good pot in America.” This is frowned upon and seen as evidence the young man is a drug user, and put on the next flight back to Ireland from Boston. Another person had contacts for employment in the U.S., and as a result he too was denied entry. Other “visitors” were denied entry when it was discovered they had an apartment lease on the showing they were renting an apartment long term in Boston.
When coming to visit the U.S. as visitors – come adequately prepared.
Disclaimer: Please note that the information contained herein is provided to inform generally, and is not intended as a substitute for individual advice. Immigration law is subject to frequent changes and individual circumstances can affect the application of certain legal provisions. For individual legal advice, please contact the Irish Pastoral Centre directly regarding upcoming legal clinics or consultation with an immigration attorney.
Irish Pastoral Centre staff is being inundated with calls from summer students who face a dire housing situation this summer. Cases we have become aware of include young immigrants sleeping on buses, at the airport, ‘couch surfing’ or even at place of work!
We are appealing to the greater community to help us find housing for some of these students. High rents are excluding some young people from being housed safely, which may lead to bigger issues while away from ‘home’.
If you can house any students, we would greatly appreciate a call at our office 617-265-5300 ask for Kathleen.
J1 Students are strongly encouraged to remain in contact with their sponsors about issues such as housing. This is an important part of the J1 program to ensure the welfare of the students
CIEE 1-888-268-6245 or Interexchange (800) 621-1202.