Friday, June 15, 2007

Dick "The Cock" Roche takes flight

Just before he was fecked out of office, The Cock Roche granted permission for the "preservation by record" (translation: "take a few pictures before the JCBs arrive") of the Lismullen site on the M3 route near Tara.

The National Monuments (Amendment) Act 2004 allows the Minister to grant permission to anyone:




 (a) to demolish or remove it [a national monument] wholly or in part or to disfigure, deface, alter, or in any manner injure or interfere with it, or

(b) to excavate, dig, plough or otherwise disturb the ground within, around, or in proximity to it, or

(c) to renovate or restore it, or

(d) to sell it or any part of it for exportation or to export it or any part of it, or

(e) to flatten it and put a road or whatever the hell you fancy yourself on top of it.

(from Section 5, amending Section 14 of the Principal Act, the National Monuments Act 1930)
 


Actually, we made up (e), but (e) is pretty well what it all amounts to. In effect, the National Monuments (Amendment) Act 2004 renders meaningless the concept of a national monument. All the Minister need do is consult (translation: ask and then ignore if you want to) the Director of the National Museum, sign the consent, and then head off in a huff to his new demotion, I mean job.

Dick "The Cock" Roche is good at that sort of shite. The cute hoor coup de grĂ¢ce being that the order was signed last Tuesday but never mentioned until yesterday. That is, they kept it hush-hush until Bertie was back as Taoiseach.

Newgrange: standing in the way of progress
Roche is hoping his plan for Newgrange takes off


So this leaves John Gormless, arriving in as Environment Minister, with a problem. The Greens say he wants to reverse the decision but the lawyers aren't sure that he can. How awkward, or is it?

Here's another way of looking at it: in negotiations the Greens agree to the order being signed but only as long as Roche signs it before leaving office. That way they get to wash their hands of it. They can pretend they want to change it, then say the law doesn't allow them to change it and it's all Fianna Failure's fault.

The helipad will include solar panels to keep the Greens happy


So the Greens get to go into government without having to take too much blame for the M3 vandalism, while Bertie gets his road and he gets the bonus fun of blaming Roche for it all, which is no loss because nobody likes Roche much anyway. What does Roche get? A Junior Minister job instead of the backbenches.

Not so awkward.