10 Jun 2008

In my efforts to flush out planning nonsense wherever it might be, last week I began implementing my new policy of placing ads in the Classified sections of the local newspapers, inviting ordinary folk to assist me in my quest.


Carlow, where I know from my own experience as well as from discussions with others that things might not be as they ought, was first up. So. I sent the following copy off to the Nationalist and asked them to include it in their next issue:

If you are having a frustrating or difficult time on a planning application; if you feel you are being treated unfairly by the planning authority; or if you think that the Council is being in any way unreasonable with you on a planning matter, email me in complete confidence at info@garrymiley.com or go to my website at www.garrymiley.com

I received this response from the Nationalist:




Thank you for your e-mail. I have been asked to run your advert passed the ASAI http://www.asai.ie/ in order to check its suitability for publication in our title(s). I will come back to you as soon as they respond to my query.


Yours sincerely,


Advertising Executive

The Nationalist

(The ASAI is the Advertising Standards Authority.)


Then I received another email from the Nationalist:

Gary – the ASAI have come back to me to confirm that although the ad content does not infringe their code of standards, we are entitled to use our discretion in the matter of its publication. In the circumstances our General Manager has decided that it is in our best interests not to publish.


I apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Yours sincerely,


Advertising Executive

The Nationalist

Hillcrest, Hanover, Carlow

Wednesday, June 11, 2008 10:37:19 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Try the Carlow People
Dan O'Sullivan
Thursday, June 12, 2008 10:24:34 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
I can only assume the Nationalist is afraid that it may be removed from the approved public notice list, which I am sure would constitute a loss of revenue. The council in question is probably a customer, who they want to keep. The irony here is journalists are the very people who would not let anybody else away with this, customer or no customer, and more importantly expose you for it.

regards keep up the good work.
Fergal O'Dowd.
Fergal O'Dowd
Thursday, June 12, 2008 11:22:29 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Yeh, Fergal, I've gotten a few emails from people to say the same thing. I didn't realise what was going on. I'm sure, when the saw the ad for the first time they probably thought it was odd, but do not publish it... mmm. And the fact they sent it to the ASAI? What's that about? Especially when they knew they weren't going to publish it anwyway. I've sent the ad to the Carlow People instead.
Saturday, June 14, 2008 1:15:46 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
FFS. The sheer cowardice not to rock the boat in this country is sometimes mindblowing.

Anyway fair play Garry, I will keep a ear open in Donaghmede!
Saturday, June 14, 2008 5:30:08 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Clare Champion didn't run the ad either. How much power does Local Authority advertising revenue have over coverage of local issues, I'm beginning to wonder? I feel a crusade coming on.
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