Ms Joanne Taylor
Clerk to the Northern Ireland Appeals Service
The Appeals Service (NI)
PO Box 2202
Belfast BT1 9YJ
Your Ref: BE/6784/19/45/O
Monday February 10th
Dear Ms Taylor,
RE: THE FEBRUARY 14TH 2020 ORAL HEARING OF MY PENSIONS CREDIT
Thank you for your letter dated January 28th.
On account of the several remaining unresolved difficulties (and associated
uncertainties) referred to below, I feel I cannot sensibly attend the oral
hearing that has been arranged by your Office for February 14th 2020.
However, I am willing to consent to
the Tribunal Hearing proceeding in my absence if it decides to do so.
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In connection with an email I copied to Mr Brendan Glynn (Principle
Lawyer at Patrick Hogan and Co in Ballinasloe, County Galway, Republic
of Ireland) on January 29th, I have been hoping that he (or one of his
colleagues perhaps) might by now have provided me directly, or
indirectly via my brother (Mr Gerald Finnerty) and my half-sister (Ms
Marjorie Dolan), with a written explanation as to why his law-firm
originally refused to secure the loans received by me from my brother
and half-sister against my home in County Galway.
As I understand it, the fact
that the loans in question have not been secured is, in effect, the only reason my
Northern Ireland Pension Credits payments were suddenly cancelled
(with no advance warning and without notification) on March 21st 2019, which in turn led on
directly to the cancellation of my housing benefit payments some months
I have been hoping that I might have received a written explanation from
Mr Brendan Glynn by now (either directly, or indirectly via my brother
and half-sister) regarding the reason/s Patrick Hogan & Co originally
refused to secure the loans in question, which my brother and
half-sister originally asked lawyer Greg Nolan of Patrick Hogan & Co to
implement sometime around March 2007.
An unedited copy of the January 29th email of mine (referred to above),
which I copied to Patrick Hogan and Co, can be viewed at the following
Unfortunately, I have heard nothing from Patrick Hogan & Co in response
to my January 29th email. Had I received the written statement I have
been hoping for, it was my intention to provide the Northern Ireland
Appeals Service with a copy of it well ahead of the Appeal Hearing date.
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Difficulty #2 (Re: Two letters handed to me by Dr David Cheyne GP on
January 24th 2020)
During an appointment I had with Dr David Cheyne GP on January 24th, he provided me with copies of two letters relating to my ongoing
efforts to get treatment -- of a kind that makes sense to me
-- for the C-PTSD (Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), I have been
suffering from for an uninterrupted period of 20 years or so now.
One of the letters in question, dated August 6th 2019, has been written
by the Belfast Primary Care Talking Therapies and Wellbeing Hub
Councillor Peter Pallin, and a scanned copy of his letter can be
viewed at the following www location:
As can be seen at the www address just above, Mr Pallin's letter
contains no mention at all of the letter I sent through the registered
post to Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Paul Bell on November 3rd 2018, a
scanned copy of which can be viewed at:
My letter to Dr Bell at the address immediately above was an attempt by
me to try to ensure, for the purpose of I being provided with proper treatment
(as I see it) for the C-PTSD I am suffering from, that the growing set of difficulties I listed
at the address just above might make it more easy for others to see the "overall
problem" in a holistic
"characterized by the belief that the parts of something are intimately
interconnected and explicable only by reference to the whole"
I tried to ensure that Mr Pallin was fully aware of my November 3rd 2018
registered letter to Dr Bell using the letter I sent through the
registered post to Mr Pallin on July 23rd 2019, a scanned copy of which
can be viewed at:
For some reason unknown to me, it appears (to me) that Mr Pallin must
to ignore (more or less) the contents of the July 23rd 2019 letter at the
address just above; and, he certainly refused very strongly, and
absolutely, to discuss any of the message-text contents with me.
As Mr Pallin has mentioned the subject of "anger issues" of mine in his
August 6th 2019 letter, and for the benefit of those who might not know,
I feel I should point out here that angry outbursts are a recognised
symptom of C-PTSD, as evidenced in the list of symptoms at:
I would also like to point out that I tried to minimise the risk of my
C-PTSD symptoms being exacerbated, through the use of the registered
letter I sent to Dr David Cheyne GP on December 13th 2018, as can be
seen in the scanned copy of that letter at:
I do not know why Dr Cheyne GP was unable to meet the request I made in
the letter referred to in the paragraph immediately above.
One further matter, which puzzles me, is that Mr Pallin's letter
dated August 6th 2019 (referred to above) is addressed to a
"Dr Dunlop", who I believe is Dr Holly Dunlop GP at the
Ormeau Road Surgery, where I am a patient. Please know that I have no
recollection of ever meeting Dr Holly Dunlop GP, or of ever
communicating with her in any way. The only
medical doctor I have ever communicated with at the Ormeau Road Surgery
is Dr David Cheyne GP.
The second of the two letters, handed to me by Dr Cheyne GP on January
24th, was dictated by
Consultant Psychiatrist Dr Barbara English on August 30th 2019, and a scanned copy of it can
be viewed at:
As can be seen in the scanned copy of Dr English's letter at the address
immediately above, Dr English
"does not see that secondary care
Psychiatric Services have anything further to offer Mr Finnerty (myself)
at this point."
As Dr English has not made any mention of my
letter to Dr Paul Bell dated November 3rd 2018 (referred to above), my
feelings about taking the psychotropic and antipsychotic medications Dr
Bell suggested I consider remain as stated in Section 5
November 3rd 2018 letter to Dr Bell.
Dr English's August 30th 2019 letter was also addressed to Dr Holly Dunlop
In connection with both Dr English's and Mr Paul Pallin's letters
(referred to above), I feel I should also point out that I have never
received any reply of any kind
to the letter I sent
through the registered post to Psychiatric Nurse Helen Elder on August
2nd 2019, a scanned copy of which can be viewed at:
The following excerpt is from my August 2nd 2019 letter to Psychiatric
Nurse Helen Elder:
Also, I would like to take this opportunity to point out to you and your
The Primary Care Talking Therapies and Wellbeing Hub that the type of "talking therapy" I have long
since felt most in need of, and which I believe would be of most benefit
to me, is the kind which is supportive of -- and which is capable of
empathising with -- the
observations set out in the "Dealing with injustice"
article written by Clinical Consultant Psychologist Dr
Marie Murray for the Irish Times several years ago. A scanned copy of
the article in question, which was originally handed to me by Senior
Psychiatric Social Worker Gerard Madden on April 19th
2006, can be viewed at the following www location:
As a matter of interest, it is my understanding that Clinical Consultant
Psychologist Dr Marie Murray is a graduate of Queens University Belfast.
On January 24th I asked Dr Cheyne GP if it would be possible for him to
refer me directly to a suitably qualified and experienced psychologist; and, assuming I
understood him correctly, it appears that he cannot do this, because he
is not allowed to apparently.
I feel I should also make it clear that I still do not have any access
to professional legal advice, or representation.
Although I am not sure how relevant it is (if at all) to my Pensions
Credit Appeal, I nevertheless feel I should inform you that The
Disability and Carers Service
(Castle Court, Royal Avenue, Royal
Avenue, Belfast BT1 1HR) have entitled me to "Attendance Allowance"
from and including November 14th 2019. Their Case Reference Number is:
Later today I will complete and return by post the form you included
with your January 28th letter which relates to the matter of I formally
consenting to the Tribunal Hearing proceeding in my absence, if the
Tribunal decides to do so.
Web Site: http://www.humanrightsireland.com
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Scanned copy of Page 1 of the November 3rd 2018 letter referred to
above, which was sent by me through the registered post to Consultant
Psychiatrist Dr Paul Bell.
Scanned copies of all 8 pages of the November 3rd 2018 letter, which
contain "live" www links, can be viewed at:
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