18 February, 2007

Up where the air is clean


I just couldn't resist that title link. Anyway, it was great to take advantage of the sunny weather on Saturday, and climb with the kids to the top of Katty Gallagher, near Shankill, as those of us who grew up on the side of Carrig Golligan affectionately call it. The Sugarloaf mountains are in the distance with the Glen of the Downs just about visible in the middle of the shot. Katty's only 912 feet high, but when I was a child it felt like the Alps. The Leeson family have farmed the fields in the foreground for hundereds of years, but have been getting offers for their land that they couldn't refuse. That new road on the right is the entrance to the relocated Dún Laoghaire Golf Club, about to open, even though planning permission hasn't yet been granted for the controversial development on the old club lands in Dún Laoghaire.

I knocked on Monica Barnes's door on Friday afternoon. She was in great form, and seems to be relishing her retirement from national politics. We mulled over the choices available to voters in Dún Laoghaire in a few months time. I asked her for her number four vote, as my election manager Kealin Ireland dragged me away from the door, and her cheery wave as I left made it seem like I was well placed for a 'consideration'!

The auction politics are continuing, with Labour and the PDs setting out their stall over the last two weekends. It's our turn next weekend, and we'll be heading west to the city of the tribes to give Mayor Niall O'Brolchain a boost, and watch the sun go down on Galway Bay, and hopefully a pint in Neachtain's as well!

Bob Geldof is facing a bit of competition this summer apparently. Al Gore seems to have jostled him aside and is behind the LiveEarth -'A Concert for a Climate in Crisis' this July. 070707, -mark the date in your diaries. Of course if you feel going to a gig is too frivolous a way of tackling global warming you can always take up your mouse and play the BBC's new climate challenge game, as president of the 'European Nations'. I suspect José Manuel Durão Barroso hasn't had a chance to try it yet, probably too busy with the Bolkestein Directive.

1 comment:

Aurélien said...

Now he should be too busy withe the services of general interest (public services).... But of course the Commission doesn't do anything when the socialist party, the greens, the socialplatform, the trade unions, etc claim for a framework directive to protect our schools and hospitals crudely subjected to niternal market and competition rules.
To force the Commission to react to this situation, sign the petition launched by the European trade unions confederation and supported by socialist party, greens, social platform....
For a Europe more social!
http://www.socialeurope.info/