It is not necessary to leave Cork to see examples of flood- protection work undertaken by the Office of Public Works that must colour views of that organisation’s idea of sustainable infrastructure that enhances and protects its setting.
Perhaps it should not be surprising that work on starting — or in this case, not starting — the largest and most expensive flood-defence system in the country’s history has been the target of so many objections, studies, plan revisions, delays, court actions, plan revisions, and even a European Court ruling on the risks to protected habitats.
The impact on Ireland’s food of key societal and historical changes, over the past 8,000 years, will be illustrated by one of the show gardens at the five-day Bloom festival, which begins at the Phoenix Park in Dublin today.
In a little over a month almost 400,000 voters in Cork, Limerick, and Waterford will decide on a proposal to have directly elected mayors run their city. That idea is one of four to be determined on May 24. Local and European elections, and a referendum on our divorce legislation, are also scheduled.
Environmental specialists working on the Bandon River flood relief project in the West Cork town have said they raised concerns with the company who subcontracted them about the porous nature of a haul road the night before it suddenly drained, leading to stricken fish become trapped.
The vast majority of building materials used in the Irish construction sector are either sourced in the UK or enter Ireland through international distributors in Britain and represent a major risk for the industry, according to executives at the National Construction Summit in Citywest last week.
More than 50 State-owned former garda stations shut during the recession are still lying empty in cities, towns and villages despite an urgent need for housing and ongoing calls to increase security in communities across the country.
The culture that defines any organisation is set by those at the very top of the managerial pyramid. If the boss couldn’t give a fiddler’s then it is pretty unlikely that staff will have any commitment to a culture of customer care either.
Health Minister Simon Harris is facing growing calls to fully correct the Dáil record and admit to opposition claims he misled the public over the children’s hospital costs crisis in an escalating three-way game of cat and mouse among rival parties.