teak wrote:Firstly, public health concerns are acceptable grounds for planning reversal.
Secondly, as the local public rep, he has a clear duty to take the concerns
of locals into consideration, even if also being minister.
(If he came from Castlemartyr, would it be okay by you for Gormley to so act ? )
Optics only bother those who put the vision of functionary orthodoxy ahead of
their ultimate duty as public representatives.
He cannot be a hands off Minister - like he is supposed to be, leaving the LA and EPA to do their job and assess the health risk - and at the same time appear to act to undermine the very process his absence "sanctifies" - that seems like pure Gombeen Man politics.
Call it by whatever other term you wish, it is not playing the game - it appears to be a form of clientilism, or playing to the gallery - looking like he's trying to ensure at least one seat in the next DÃ¡il for what will be his decimated party.
Nothing to do with optics - the process was gone through in great detail and his foreshore license stunt appears to be indirect ministerial interference.
I'll give hime one thing - he's got a tough mental attitude - pity he wasn't in power to curb the excesses of FF earlier in the last decade.
Would he have evne tried to do so?
Hard to say.