Reply To: an taisce-and rumours of them going bust
I agree that An Taisce aren’t the only ones who are of the belief that other more sustainable settlement options exist.
However directing all resources and PR towards this issue has done the organisation serious damage.
It is the current minister’s opinion that some of the previous An Taisce PR (pre John Bowler) was actually conter productive. It did little other than to energise oponents of the strategy that is in most county development plans, the National Spatial strategy and wider EU spatial policy.
Megaphone diplomacy delivery of opinion has been the problem, not the message.
Given the work done by Peter Hennessy and Frank Corcoran on rural sustainability, I would hate to see it ignored due to over concentration on one issue.
In many quarters An Taisce has to prove itself again, this will be done. Ultimately Ireland will be better off with a consensus reached by discussion.