'We' being Ray Burke and Bertie Ahern?
its sort of like the royal "we" except in this case it means "some gobshites I didn't vote for
Frank Fahey has his fingers in this business as well......then again if he didn't I'd be very surprised knowing his antics thus far....
In 2002, planning permission for a proposed refinery in County Mayo was refused by Senior Planning Inspector Kevin Moore, of An Bord Pleanála. His report stated: "From a strategic planning perspective, this is the wrong site; from the perspective of Government policy which seeks to foster balanced regional development, this is the wrong site; from the perspective of minimising environmental impact, this is the wrong site; and consequently, from the perspective of sustainable development, this is the wrong site".
Then Minister for Marine and Natural Resources Frank Fahey told the media that this refusal was "just a hitch". He was backed by local Fine Gael TD, now leader of that party, Enda Kenny, but opposed by another local Fine Gael TD, Michael Ring. Planning permission was not required for the onshore pipeline as the Irish government decided to classify it as an offshore development.
In 2003 senior executives from Shell sought, and were given, an interview with then Taoiseach Bertie Ahern and other Irish government ministers. Within a week, Ahern met with the board of An Bord Pleanála, who are appointed by the government. The board decided to ignore the inspector's report, and planning permission was granted soon after. Not long before, a huge landslide swept away the whole surface area of a mountain close to the intended pipeline route.
You'll note here the convenience of Bertie Ahern meeting with the board of An Bord Pleanála.
If you're in goverment and get a call from a FF councillor, TD, Minister, Táiniste, Taoiseach then you know how government in this country works.
I've said something along the lines of this before and it's been disputed but I'll say it again, most goverment employees are FF faithfuls and in essence got their jobs through knowledge of the party. That's how it is in this country. FF governments have appointmented the boards directly of more government quangoes that I know of any other governments.
If you're in FF and want something done, then with the right FF connnections, it can and will be done.