Ireland's Eye: What's going on in the old sod this week
A look at news from around Ireland
Fake Fall for Money
A PROMINENT city retailer says he may a make a formal complaint to Gardai after a young man entered his store and “staged” a fall in the hope of initiating a personal injuries claim.
The incident happened last week in the middle of the afternoon at Gleeson’s Spar on Catherine Street.
According to the store’s owner, Shane Gleeson, alert staff observed the man acting suspiciously after he went to the refrigerated section.
CCTV footage of the incident captures the man, who appears to be aged in his early twenties, pouring some milk onto the floor before deliberately stepping in it and falling.
The footage also shows the man making a phone call while still lying on the shop floor.
According to Shane Gleeson, when he told the man to get up and leave the store he threatened to sue him.
“He told me he had phoned his solicitor and that it was going to cost me thousands, but we have heard nothing from his solicitor yet and if he does put in a claim we will ask the Gardai to prosecute him for fraud,” said Gleeson, who says the CCTV footage clearly shows the man “staged” the fall.
“On the video you can see him at the milk and spilling it and then he lines himself up for the trip and he very carefully went down without hurting himself. Then he started screaming and roaring,” he said.
Gleeson said the incident shows how far some people are willing to go in the hope of making some money.
“These kind of people are desperate and they are chancers but I think modern technology has put an end to their antics. This sort of thing won’t work in any shop any more because of the quality of CCTV,” he said.
Bishop Isn’t Sorry
THE Bishop of Elphin, Most Reverend Christopher Jones, has stood by his claim that many children from broken homes and those outside marriage were "born losers" because of the odds stacked against them.
Jones said it was now recognized in virtually all research that the best possible environment for parents, children, and indeed for society itself, was “the family rooted in marriage.”
The bishop, who is president of the Catholic marriage care service Accord, also claimed that children who grew up in homes where there was no love or security invariably became dysfunctional adults and went on to cost the state billions each year because of delinquency, drugs or crime.
He said we now lived in a society and culture "which ignores what is best and beautiful in our marriages, families and communities, instead celebrating film stars, soap stars, pop stars and football stars, even though the rewards they receive are obscene."
However, Jones also pointed out that he was not criticizing single parents, saying he knew single parents who "made heroic efforts to rear their children in love for life and who succeeded very well."
He added though that during his 17 years working in social services in Sligo, he had seen the damage wrought on children as a result of marriage breakdown. Children who endure trauma in the home, such as when their parents break up, can be injured for life, he said.
He acknowledged that some marriages broke down for unavoidable reasons and that in those cases, "compassion ought to be our overriding response."
Stressing that he was not finger-wagging or making judgments about people who had children outside marriage, Jones said that nonetheless "all of us must support and promote the most important institution in the state -- family rooted marriage."
"When a culture of marriage weakens, an ever-growing number of children will never experience the inestimable value of being raised by a loving, married mother and father," Jones said.
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