Corruption Culture – The only crime is getting caught

BROWN ENVELOPES: Dan Boyle argues that the revelations in the recent RTE Investigates programme into corruption at council level are just another nod to a long standing culture that is defensive and unwilling to see obvious realities. The instinct of the traditional political system is to defend its collective honour, rather than admit that corruption exists in any form, needing to be quashed.

Castlereagh’s Deloitte report clears Iris Robinson

The Deloitte report into the awarding of the Lock Keeper’s Inn contract to Kirk McCambley was delivered to Castlereagh Borough Council tonight and gave everyone concerned – Iris Robinson, as well that of other councillors and council officers – a clean bill of health. After the private meeting of council, the DUP’s Jimmy Spratt said: Iris Robinson has been totally exonerated and that is very clear … There is absolutely no criticism of her at any point throughout the report. …

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éirígí: they’re not an intervention – they’re aiming for 0.3% at best

As we noted, at éirígí’s last Ard Fheis, they stated they would be making an ‘intervention’ in northern electoral politics. I recently suggested 22 council areas dissenting republicans considering electoral intervention could look at. Today, éirígí announced their candidates. A full two and it seems unlikely they will announce more. Two candidates, across 582 seats. That’s contesting 0.3% of the game at council level Some electoral ‘intervention’. Blank

Castlereagh Council fails to keep their promise to publish council minutes online

I experienced a sense of déjà vu when I browsed across to the minutes section of Castlereagh Borough Council’s website. It was only in the aftermath of the Iris Robinson / Lock Keeper’s Inn cafe revelations this time last year that Castlereagh reversed its previous policy and started to publish its minutes online. I’ve blogged over on Alan in Belfast about Castlereagh’s online presence quite a few times over the past years. The council put out a press release on …

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SF: More lessons on not making a clear statement

It is increasingly bizarre that is was DUP MLA Robin Newton who announced major changes on SF’s team at Belfast City Council while Cllr Tom Hartley declared any changes would merely be about phasing out dual madates: Sinn Féin is replacing a number of Councillors at City Hall in line with our party’s policy of phasing out dual-mandates With Deirdre Hargey, previously suspended from SF and dropped as a council candidate in 2005 over her actions during/following the murder of …

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Will you know who you’re voting for in May 2011?

Looks like there could be an(other) opportunity for parties to play candidate/co-option games in the Assembly and local government elections in May 2011. With at least two elections being held on the same day (never mind the strong chance of a voting reform referendum) some politicians may be fighting to retain several different jobs. Now double-jobbing has really only been addressed at an MP/MLA and MP/Council level, but a surprising number of MLAs have so far seemed happy to retain …

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Can’t keep water from leaking into the news – this time it’s a late pool

Artist's impression of interior of Bangor's planned Olympic-sized swimming pool

At long last, construction is due to start on the beleaguered plan to build an Olympic sized swimming pool in Bangor, providing a training facility the right length for talented and ambitious local swimmers. News outlets this morning were awash with details that Farrans had won the £38m contract, which includes £15m from the water-themed Executive. The BBC report that “construction on the new facility is due to begin before the end of August. It is expected to open by …

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Rogue pages on Antrim Council’s site…

Not sure how Antrim Borough Council acquired this page… Perhaps they’ve fallen on ‘hard’ times… [Yuk… ed] H/T Jason… Update: As Nevin notes below, there are loads of them, just fiddle with the numbers at the end of the URL…. Screen shot added to the left, for posterity… Update to the update: Ah, all fixed now… Mick FealtyMick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and …

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