29 May 2008



This is what I think would happen. Some orange bag of botox in RTE would stare at the off screen monitor in that way that’s supposed to convince us that they’re really looking at the big blue screen where the live-link appears to us at home, but not to them (i.e. the bag of botox) and say ‘We’re now joined by our Senior News Correspondent, Charlie Bird, whose live at City Hall. Charlie, what exactly is the situation on the ground?’ (Isn’t it funny that no matter what the story - Dustin’s failure in Belgrade, 9/11, wild cat strikes, etc – the botox always asks the same question: ‘what’s the situation on the ground?)  And Big Bird would say things like ‘unprecedented’ and ‘historic’ and ‘state of crisis’, as he always does no matter what the story.

Anyway, the topic here is that, unbeknownst to the rest of the country, the members of Clare County Council are, for all intents and purposes, on strike. Last week, the majority of the Banner’s elected officials decided to no longer exercise their (limited) powers because of the spectacular mess the county’s planning system is in (that development in Inagh which I posted about a couple of weeks ago (and which, I’ve since found out had an (alleged) falsely back dated document on the file would be enough to cause a planning crisis pretty much anywhere, but it’s only really the tip of what’s going on).

Councillors PJ Kelly, et al, requested a meeting with the County Manager (County Manager is a term I’m feeling increasingly uncomfortable using: ‘Dublin Imposed Puppet’ feels clunky. Dip, maybe? Lets give it a go and see how it feels.) The Dip showed up for the meeting with a team of other unelected types whom the Councillors weren’t expecting, including the Kilrush Under-Dip we’ll be posting about next week. The Councillors weren’t interested in talking to anyone except the Top Dip and walked out of the Dip’s office. Since then they’ve been on a work to rule.

In recent weeks, Clare and South Tipperary are outnumbering other counties in planning related emails, leads, etc., by (when combined) 8 to 1. I'd like to think that the Dispatch had some small part in having some Dip from Carrick-on-Shannon get an invite to Dublin to answer for himself. What I'm learning is that when you shine a light on the activity of some Dip or Dodgy Councillor, right thinking council officials - far from defending their pathalogical associates - are prepared to do the right thing.

More to come.

Sunday, June 08, 2008 11:46:54 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
it's very good. all right man
Monday, June 09, 2008 7:51:32 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Goodness. You're in Instanbul aren't you? What's your connection to Irish planning? You can email me directly if you'd prefer. info@garrymiley.com
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