Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Editorial

LEARNING FROM SPRING

Spring, a time for new life, ever present in our immediate environment, an opportunity to experience the maturing of seeds sown, to observe new growth and change, to reap the rewards of careful husbandry—ever mindful of the dangers of an unexpected frost. What a season to enjoy. Good growth depends on our preparatory spade work—continually wrestling with the weeds that...

VOLUNTARY COMMITMENT

Is it ever possible to measure the accrued value of voluntary commitment and dedication to the fabric of a nation? What is readily observable are the outcomes of such commitment in many different settings. This issue of Frontline honours the contribution of so many people throughout the country who have made extraordinary efforts over the years to better the lives...

‘I have a dream’

MARTIN LUTHER KING spoke eloquently and powerfully of the plight of black Americans denied the basic human right to have a better life. A true champion who repeatedly came back to the theme of those conditions which forced many to live as an ‘under class’, he identified how millions of people, nameless to many, were ‘bleeding to death from...

Decision time

The theme of Issue 83 is Capacity and Consent—a theme which goes to our essential core as people, our human rights. Those of us who are never or only rarely challenged in respect of capacity or consent, are indeed fortunate. It is likely for some that only when our right to be heard and our capacity are questioned do...

Springtime

Spring is a time of renewal – a wonderful vibrant season breathing life into a dormant landscape. New growth covering discarded rubbish in hedgerows and areas of national beauty. But, unfortunately, that rubbish will remain unless people take personal responsibility for their behaviour. Spring sees gardeners taking great care with tender shoots, hoeing weeds to ensure fragile plant life...

Resourcefulness

This Issue of Frontline circulates at the time when a very difficult budget has been presented in the Dáil. Undoubtedly there will be a significant impact on all services delivered and funded from the public purse. Many services, families and individuals will have to make forced choices and, in doing so, they will have to tap individual strengths. Resourcefulness is...

Supporting families

There is a enormous reluctance among providers to promote good news stories from their services. The level of anxiety among parents, employees and the general public definitely need to hear good news at a time of gloom and doom. There are many examples of good news stories from around the country but people seem reluctant to share with others what...

Planning!

There is a sense of déjà vu when parents of young men and women with disabilities talk about the need for public demonstrations to once again improve the outcomes for vulnerable people because of cuts in disability budgets. Some service providers have indicated that respite services will be cut to keep their budgets intact. It is really hard to get...

A Difficult Start

THIS ISSUE OF Frontline is published at a time of unprecedented challenges for the nation. The extraordinary sums of money committed to supporting the banking system mean, in practice, that less money from taxation will be available to support services. Undoubtedly for the foreseeable future all service provision, regardless of the sector, will be compromised, possibly to the extent...

Struggling…

FRONTLINE as a publication is experiencing the chill of recession and we struggle to find sufficient funds for each issue. Frontline’s survival depends on increasing its subscription base. You, our readership, are positive in your comments, but of course not all readers are subscribers. The annual individual subscription is small (€26 annually), as are the rates for parents and...