Fishy findings

Jim Allister has not been taking ‘No’ for an answer about the government’s refusal to provide the fishing industry with tie-up aid. The refusal was supposedly based on an particular interpretation of an EC rule on state aid. Using the Freedom of Information Act, letter writing and questioning Allister has discovered that the Fisheries Division of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development had not sought any legal advice when they publiclly claimed any continuation would be a breach of regulations. In another example of bureaucratic ineptitude, the young man mistakenly targetted and blinded in an LVF gun attack has been refused compensation. The cause given was his personal failure to report it to the police. Apparently, his being in a coma was insufficient excuse. In the past ten years key public bodies here have seen significant reform, why has the Northern Ireland Civil Service escaped the same degree of attention

  • Crataegus

    It is high time that standards in the NI Civil Service improved, there are numerous tales of what could only be described as unprofessional behaviour, and being a bit slap dash. I was in the Planning office in Bedford Street not so long ago and the attitude of some of the staff and what they were saying to various people coming in went well beyond sloppy.

    As for the Compensation Agency they are probably the biggest bunch of crooks you will ever have the misfortune to cross, they loose files, invent formula and do everything possible to deny applicants and delay processing. My advice on anyone claiming, immediately get a solicitor who has experience in this field, quickly get an equally experienced loss adjuster, if anyone does anything for you get them to bill you for it and keep all records. And remember logic and fairness go right out the window. If you are in a partnership make sure the loss is set only against your part of the profit and any partners are protected from loss by you or they will end up carrying the loss and you will get no compensation. As I say they will do everything possible not to pay out what you are allegedly entitled to. I have known decent people who were forced into bankruptcy because of them.

  • bootman

    “The refusal was supposedly based on an particular interpretation of an EC rule on state aid. Using the Freedom of Information Act, letter writing and questioning Allister has discovered that the Fisheries Division of the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development had not sought any legal advice when they publiclly claimed any continuation would be a breach of regulations.”

    Another example of British misrule in Ireland, thanka for pointing this out Jim.

  • idunnomeself

    i don’t understand why it matters

    Are you saying that Civil Servants aren’t expert enough in the legislation (which they often write) to be able to understand it themselves?

    Do you think that they should take (expensive) legal advice as a matter of course?