31 Oct 2008
Before I begin. Remember the Public Accounts Committee’s hearings into the unxplained, multi million Euro cost overrun on the Ballymun Regeneration Project (how many Medical Cards would that pay for?). The report on the Committee’s findings was due to be published in September , but does anyone know if that ever happened? I can’t find it anywhere on the internet. All I know is that, due to an email ending up in the inbox of someone it shouldn't have, it became obvious that the Committee had no intention of taking anyone to task on why such a phenomenal amount of money should have vanished. If anyone can shed light on the matter, send me an email.

Meanwhile, some of you may have already noticed that Bono is getting up my nose.

The AP had a thing the other day about how ‘activist’ Bono believes that next week's US presidential election provides a great opportunity to "relaunch Brand USA". He made the comments, apparently, as he was addressing thousands of Starbucks employees at an, em, leadership conference.  

‘The singer talked about brands and what they stand for,' the AP reported. 'In Starbucks' case, he said, some might see it as a place to hang out and get coffee - but the brand can also signify social responsibility.’

Wednesday, November 12, 2008 3:53:39 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Interesting topics! I am glad to find a blog on Irish planning, and government and such. Are we fools to attach all our hopes and dreams to John G's powers of overturning ridiculous development plans and preventing outragous zoning? Who else can we turn to in this, the Age of the Developer?
Thursday, November 13, 2008 3:19:26 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Hi 'Studentplanner'.

John Gormley has no answers for us. Developers have no answers for us. An Taisce has no answers for us. Government sponsored development corporations have no answers for us. Local Authority planning departments have no answers for us.

The answer is a truly devolved system of local government where members of the community work together to map out their future. It's the only option.
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