Monday, December 01, 2008

Parish In Bray (5)

We are hearing a lot on the news about FAS and its financial crisis and corruptions.

What about the other aspect of FAS - the programmes they sponsor on Church premises with CE (Community Employment) staff and a FAS Supervisor interviewed and employed by the Church and put in charge of young girls working on the scheme.

There is a Church on the Southside that had a male FAS Supervisor employed by the Parish Priest there for some years.

This Supervisor had his own hand written S & M porn in the Parish Filing Cabinets of the FAS Office, sexually harassed a female member of staff after her separation and also used the Parish Secretary's computer (the only one connected to the Internet) to send his girlfriend very risque messages which meant interrupting her work to let him use her computer.

(He was a married man living at home with his wife at this time).

Complaints were made firstly by the Parish Secretary who showed the Parish Priest the porn etc., and secondly by a FAS CE scheme employee who had to work in the same room as this man.

The complaint was made to the Parish Priest in July 2005. The FAS Supervisor was due to retire at age 65 in June 2006. He should have been suspended or fired for what he was doing on Church premises working in a room with all young girls.

Two months after the Secretary complained to the Parish Priest she lost her job. The man who had the porn and did the harassment and sent risque emails using Parish computer did not even retire a year later in June 2006 at age 65 he got a further years Contract from the Parish Priest to stay on for a further year until June 2007 on his 66th birthday.

With all the scandals in the Catholic Church why would the Parish Priest allow this man to continue working there in Church premises?

I have always maintained that the Supervisor had some bargaining chip to keep his job.

When unfair dismissal hearing came up Parish Priest with hand on bible denied that the Secretary had told him about the porn yet later said he had asked her to put it back in the safe!!

He was also questioned about his private life for a lengthy period which was part of the reason the Secretary was dismissed as she knew too much.

All of this was stricken from the record of the hearing transcript handed out to the newspapers which meant there was NOTHING DAMAGING TO THE PARISH PRIEST OR THE CHURCH in the newspaper reports.

On the other hand lies and untruths about the Secretary were left in the reports in spite of clearance reports and letters being available to all but not accepted by the Church.

Writer has a letter signed by the top man in FAS Waterford admitting that the FAS Supervisor had the porn but that the employer the Parish Priest had taken care of the problem after legal advice.

The way the Parish Priest took care of the problem was to REWARD the man with the porn with a further 2 years working in the Parish in order to keep the job open at that time for a personal friend (unqualified for the job) who would take over at that time.

FAS have admitted verbally from Waterford that THEY WERE NOT ASKED TO SIT IN ON THE INTERVIEWS FOR THIS MAN'S REPLACEMENT and the lady who got the managerial high profile job at the Parish was previously a table tennis and sports teacher plus supermarket garage employee so it was jobs for the pals time.

FAS left it up to the Parish Priest to do as he liked with the money paid over to the Church and to run the FAS scheme as he saw fit which obviously means having staff on the premises who have porn, harass others with risque remarks, and unqualified supervisors!!!

With all of this going on the FAS scheme at the Parish which is a money cow for them should have been withdrawn long ago. Why is it still there?

When the Parish Priest unfairly dismissed the Parish Secretary for 7 months he ILLEGALLY put FAS CE staff in to her job which is not allowed under FAS rules.

This man thinks he is God and can lord it over all.

THE PARISH IS OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE BRAY.

The Parish Priest is Fr. Larry White.

FAS letter can be seen on Indymedia regarding the porn. +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thank you for highlighting the other side of the corruption within FAS as well as the financial that we are hearing so much about.

It is time that the schemes around the country were thoroughly investigated and the money in FAS spent on the real people who need genuine help and training to get employment and not used to fund "sponsors" in the community who see FAS as their "cash cow"
giving them free staff (while firing other paid staff and putting them out of their jobs) instead of being used for the genuine service it is meant to offer to the unemployed or those trying to return to work.

There are many sides to what goes on behind the scenes that often the public are not aware of.

The above case is the subject of a future EQUALITY TRIBUNAL HEARING involving this Parish and the Parish Priest there.

Eileen Wickham said...

As a retired Supervisor I can only comment on my own experience Community employment is an excellent opportunity for people on the live register to retrain and give themselves another chance to choose a new career. Sponsors are wonderful people if they work within a voluntary community ie. a Community development project or a caring community. Yes of course they are given 15 or so participants in the workplace but this work is only giving them work experience. the real aim is to get them training in the area of their choice and to develop their social skills and enhance their self esteem. yes they get a wage for the 19.5 hours they work per week and believe me both the participants and the communities benefit. Some of these communities are in a disadvantaged area and avail of the facilities offered by Community Development Projects by availing of Creche facilities educational programmes etc etc. So please don't knock Fas I have seen men from men's hostels regain their self esteem and self worth and the fact that they have a reason to get up in the morning is reward enough for a real caring Supervisor who works with each person on a one to one with the aim to get each person working within the one two or three year training period. Eileen Wickham
Retired Fas Supervisor

Anonymous said...

It is the Sponsor i.e. the Church that is being 'knocked' for bringing the FAS CE programme into disrepute by not taking responsibility for a Supervisor who had porn and was harrassing a member of staff thereby condoning what he was doing, and also that the sponsor again the Church and the Parish Priest BROKE THE RULES OF FAS for 7 months when they used CE staff in a full time persons job when that is against the rules of why the CE programme was created in the first place. The programme is only as good as its sponsors and if the sponsors do not have the right reason for running the programme in the community and look on it as free staff and earning money for themselves then it is wrong. The programme should be taken from them.

Anonymous said...

This was on Indymedia tonight

Prime Times Xpose on FAS and Church
by Bernadette Wed Feb 18, 2009 01:36

Very interesting to see Prime Time tonight and their programme on FAS abuses, wasting of money and how CE schemes are run, (or not run for that matter) on Church premises.

They turned up a lot of very interesting facts on a FAS CE Scheme whose sponsors was the Catholic Church and Parish Priest in Castlebar.

Seems over a period of 5 years the Church had got over €4 million Euro because their scheme was looked on favourably for funding because their business plan had included MEALS ON WHEELS SERVICES.

The story went on that the Church and Parish Centre for years had been drawing down money for the CE Scheme and did not stick to the Business Plan nor were they checked out and one man interviewed who was told by the Parish Priest to stop his investigations because they would cause trouble for the Parish admitted that not one meal had been prepared by FAS CE staff belong to the Church and just one FAS worker had worked part time in the kitchen. The fact was Meals on Wheels had been done by Social Services in the town during the years FAS would have understood the Church were doing it.

RTE also uncovered that the Church broke the rules as those involved in the CE programme are NOT allowed to take fees for running training courses themselves for the CE workers but they could see their names and payments for same.

A Priest there could not answer questions about the CE scheme and referred them to Sr. Mary Theresa but when they contacted this Nun she said the FAS scheme was not her responsibility so she could not answer any questions.

The bottom line was that the FAS CE scheme was OPEN TO ABUSE and it happens in Church run programmes like Castlebar.

RTE were able to show letters from the Church to FAS and vice versa.

It is maybe about time that this Prime Time programme followed up another Church scheme who may be using the same TRICK in their business plan of the MEALS ON WHEELS in order to get favourable funding because they have 3 or 4 staff working in a voluntary service here in Bray for meals on wheels but the Church is NOT providing meals on wheels OR distributing them.

From enquiries made the girls employed there just fill an industrial washing machine to do the washing up, do likewise with the potato peeling machine, count the number of containers going out for the dinners, take the frozen vegetables out of the freezer and sometimes keep an eye on the food that is cooking. In other words it is purely very basic domestic work. It is not rocket science and it is NOT running MEALS ON WHEELS. It is also not upgrading of skills for future job training.

This Bray scheme has also like Castlebar FAS CE scheme broken the rules.

Rules broken

PUTTING FAS STAFF INTO A FULL TIME PERSON'S JOB FOR 7 MONTHS WHICH BROKE RULES "BIG TIME"

ALLOWING A FAS SUPERVISOR (MALE) WHO HAD PORN IN THE WORKPLACE TO REMAIN IN EMPLOYMENT FOR 2 YEARS AFTER PARISH PRIEST VIEWED THE PORN.

PROTECTION OF YOUNG WOMEN WORKING ON THE SCHEME WAS IGNORED WHEN THEY HAD TO CONTINUE WORKING WITH HIS MAN IN THE SAME ROOM THE FAS OFFICE.

Let us HOPE the PARISH has better policies for THEIR CHILD PROTECTION.

EVENTUALLY HIRING AN UNQUALIFIED PERSON TO TAKE OVER THE FAS SUPERVISOR'S JOB WITHOUT FAS HEAD OFFICE STAFF SITTING IN ON THE INTERVIEWS. (This was confirmed by Mr. Marius Cassidy in Waterford Office in a phone call). SAID SUPERVISOR IS ONLY NOW OVER A YEAR LATER DOING HER OWN TRAINING PROGRAMME TO QUALIFY FOR THE JOB!!!

FAS SUPERVISOR QUADRUPLE JOBS - IS FAS SUPERVISOR, RUNS THE PARISH CENTRE FOR THE CHURCH, RUNS ALMOST EVERY GROUP IN THE PARISH TOO. THERE IS NO END TO THIS LADY'S WORK IN THE PARISH.

IS ALL OF THIS NOT A MAJOR CONFLICT OF INTERESTS THAT FAS SHOULD LOOK INTO? Is she working for the Church and MOONLIGHTING for FAS or vice versa?

Staff on the CE scheme at the Church do such menial jobs that it is certainly not helping them to upgrade skills. They are cleaning toilets and Parish Centre rooms and kitchen, making teas, that is the female staff. The males tidy up rubbish in the Church grounds. They are also sent out to chase away harrassed Parishioners who park in areas where the Parish Priest does not wish them to park. In other words what the FAS scheme offers the Parish in Bray is free labour paid for by the Government.

The Parish Priest knows ALL THE ANGLES having been involved in Dublin with FAS sponsored schemes including AN SIOL where he was on their Committee and was also involved with MILLENNIUM TRUST organised by them and who have a FAS staffed holiday home in Wexford for inner city families.

The Bray Parish is OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE.

The Parish Priest who tolerated the porn on work premises where staff ought to have been allowed to work in a porn free environment without having risque remarks made to them and risque emails being sent on their PARISH computers is Fr. Larry White PP.

Why is the FAS scheme allowed to remain in this Church?

Have FAS looked into the man on one of the Church Committees who is not from the Parish being a fairly high ranking staff member of FAS? Would the Parish get more favourable treatment because of him being there - can he get the Parish out of scrapes with FAS?

As Prime Time said tonight about Castlebar the SAME THING should be said about this Bray scheme.

IT NEEDS A FULL INVESTIGATION BY PEOPLE OUTSIDE OF FAS.



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Elaine said...

With all the rot in FAS it is time that this Bray scheme was checked out thoroughly.

It does seem like the rot has set in there and it is questionable why it is still allowed to run the scheme. As writer above states it is WHO YOU KNOW now that you get to run (and keep) a FAS scheme not what you do with the scheme or the quality of it. If you have FAS higher ups on your Committees then of course they will turn a blind eye to ABUSES. There should be an OUTSIDE INVESTIGATION TO THE ENTIRE FAS SCHEME AT OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE BRAY AND ITS SPONSOR FR. LARRY WHITE PARISH PRIEST.