Implications for Local Government of Professor Kevin Rafter’s Panel On Civil Service Accountability

Editor, The Kerryman, Sir The merger of town and county councils filled many column inches before the recent local and European elections, and much was written about the loss of local control and the dangers of excessive centralisation. The forecasts may or may not be justified, but the public would take them more seriously if … Continue reading Implications for Local Government of Professor Kevin Rafter’s Panel On Civil Service Accountability

An Open Letter to Local Representatives About Quangos in Heritage, Arts And Tourism, May 2014

The question was posed again in recent weeks on local radio about why tourism/heritage initiatives have failed to deliver services, and why it was necessary to set up Kerry County Council’s Forum on Tourism. It seems appropriate to address this question in the light of Tralee’s 800th Anniversary, the new Local Government Act, and the … Continue reading An Open Letter to Local Representatives About Quangos in Heritage, Arts And Tourism, May 2014

I Urged The Creation of a Learned Institute (Kerryman newspaper, 28 Nov. 2013)

The absence of educators and students from some of the recent conferences held in Tralee, including the international Roger Castment conference, gives food for thought, and indeed raises concerns for the fate of history in the current curriculum, and not just history but philosophy and the other humanity subjects as well, indeed the fate of … Continue reading I Urged The Creation of a Learned Institute (Kerryman newspaper, 28 Nov. 2013)