19 Jun 2008

Remember that Public Accounts Committee Hearing into the Half Billion (I must be misprouncing the words Half Billion - no one seems to be taking any notice) cost overrun on the Ballymun Regeneration Project? Last week I posted that, with the exception of FF’s John Curran, the PAC had given Department officials an easy ride at the Leinster House hearing as regards where the money had gone and why the project was taking so long.

Since the hearings, John has been promoted to a Junior Ministerial position which means that his (and his alone serious) concerns about the situation will not make it into the Committee’s final report which is due in September. Apparently, there’s nobody around to take up the reigns form Deputy Curran: the unofficial word filtering back is that the Committee will let the whole thing slide. The half bill overrun is dead and buried.

Thursday, June 19, 2008 4:12:50 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Rehouse Dublin first and maybe win a few awards to show how socially progressive we are.

I guess with overuns like this it's why the construction of a new Ennis National school (circa. 700 pupils including my first two darlings) building has been shelved. It would seem that our 'new' government has decided not to cater for its younger citizens after our 'old' government gave approval for a new building on a green field site late last year.

It's worth a trip to Ennis to see the 18th century conditions that the kids and teachers of the Ennis National work under; with the highest number of Prefabs in the country and where resource teachers now teach in the Hallway (they wouldn't even give them another lousy Prefab) - Real progressive!

Of course under the new government contracts, such over runs will never happen again!
Thursday, June 19, 2008 6:59:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)
Mike, I'm not too far from Ennis and would like to have a look at the school you're talking about if that's possible. Send me an email at info@garrymiley.com if you get a chance. Cheers.
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