Tuesday, October 24, 2006

More Govt Policy that ignores Govt Strategy

Within 12 months of the publication of Transport 21, thePDs have proposed moving Dublin Port to Bremore in what would be one of the biggest infrastructural changes in the history of the state.

The Taoiseach, attending an EU meeting in Finalnd, said he was "broadly supportive" of the idea.

Yet there is no provision for such a move in Transport 21, the Government strategy which is supposed to set out a coherent infrastructure development plan for the next 15 years.

This mirrors the situation where the 2003 Decentralisation scam completely ignored this same Government's National Spatial Strategy, published only a year earlier.

Is it any wonder that local authorities routinely ignore Government policy when they see the Government completely ignores its own major strategies?

How much money has been wasted on such strategy development exercises over the past decade when this Chump Coalition will continue to do their planning on the back of an envelope?

Footnote: Aired by Pat Kenny on his RTE Today programme (minus final paragraph). Published as a letter in the Irish Independent.

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