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    Default Phil Hogan Minister for the Environment - and Auctioneer ? - Is Going To Rewrite the Planning Act

    Phil Hogan entered politics as a Kilkenny County Councillor on the death of his father, when he was 22 years old, rising to be Chairman of the Council and a member of the South Eastern Health Board. After unsuccessfully standing in the 1987 general election, he was appointed to the Seanad from the Industrial and Commercial Panel. He was returned to the Dáil from the Carlow/Kilkenny constituency in 1989, holding a number of front-bench positions, including that of Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, a position he resigned after leaking details of the budget to journalists. He has been Chairman of the Fine Gael Party, was ruthlessly supportive of Enda Kenny in resisting Richard Bruton’s Summer 2010 coup and is currently Director of Elections and frontbench spokesman on the Environment. His website claims: ‘Hogan needs no slogan’... a genial giant of a man. (The Village, March 2011)
    Our new Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, FG, is going to amend the 2010 Planning Act, a Green shaped piece of legislation, that attempts to limit scope for damaging, developer-driven, planning. He is anxious to loosen central control so that local authorities can “play to the strengths” of their areas. I'm not sure that Phil is the right man for this job.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/....html?digest=1

    Phil Hogan is a close personal friend of Michael Lowry and has been for decades. This friendship has in no way been disturbed by the findings of the McCracken Tribunal or Lowry’s resignation from Fine Gael.

    whhttp://www.irishtimes.com/blogs/poli...ing-fine-gael/

    Mr Hogan, who was born on July 4th 1960, marked his 50th birthday with some 150 guests in The Corner House in Bennettsbridge last Friday night. Mr Kenny spoke at the event, referring to Mr Lowry, who was also present. Mr Hogan and Mr Lowry are personal friends... A number of attendees quoted Mr Kenny as saying: “Is that a membership application form I see in deputy Lowry’s top pocket?”. Sources differed as to ether or not he was joking,
    Phil Hogan was/is an auctioneer. He has worked with Michael Lowry on land related matters since Lowry’s resignation. As a local authority member, in the past he has been instrumental in getting unexpected zonings through the system. At times it might have been hard to know whether he was functioning as an auctioneer or an elected representative.

    His own view about whether or not he is an auctioneer seems hazy. In 2004 in a radio interview he confirmed that he was one. In 2011, he told the Village that he had been an auctioneer “in the earlier part of his life”.

    http://www.independent.ie/business/i...le-476715.html

    Last week, I heard Phil Hogan, Fine Gael spokesman on Enterprise, making a public confession. He admitted on radio that he was an auctioneer "by profession". The author of this interesting article refers to the possibility of being “sceptical about Phil Hogan”.

    The Village interviewed Hogan just after the General Election and asked him about his career.
    http://www.villagemagazine.ie/index....ny-lowes-blog/
    Tony Lowes: If you hadn’t gone into politics what do you think you would have done?
    Phil Hogan: I had a small business in the earlier part of my life in insurance and auctioneering so I probably would have done that…
    Phil Hogan as Director of Elections for Fine Gael in 1995 had a hand in fund raising for the Party and in this capacity, had to do with Denis O’Brien. O’Brien and ESAT were“assigned to Hogan for action” by FG. As a result of their interactions, £6,000 were paid over by O’Brien to Fine Gael in the summer of 1995, when ESAT’s “second generation” bid was under assessment.

    The Broadsheet.ie has extracted some relevant correspondence from the Moriarty Report.

    http://www.broadsheet.ie/2011/03/23/...l-yours-sarah/

    Moriarty covers a meeting – did it happen, did it not ? – involving Hogan and O’Brien.

    Moriarty Report Volume 2 Part 2 Para 41.07 – mid Oct 1995
    “Both Mr. Mitchell and Mr. Hogan were then serving Fine Gael members of Daíl Eireánn and Mr. Mitchell was then also a consultant retained by Mr. O’Brien in respect of the GSM competition (!!!), and had effected the initial introduction between Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Lowry in February, 1995. Mr. O’Brien asked Mr. Fitzgerald had he heard any news on the licence, and Mr. Fitzgerald informed him, as was the case, that he had bumped into Mr. Lowry at the K Club Golf Classic, and that Mr. Lowry had then told him that Mr. O’Brien had made a good impression on the Department, and that he had good sites and good marketing.”
    Phil Hogan said he had no memory of this meeting. Mr. Fitzgerald stood by his evidence under questioning. Hogan said he never made any representation to a civil servant or to a Minister and that he was not involved in the process.

    The Greens may well weep at the prospect of Phil Hogan in the Department of the Environment.

    From the Village article again..
    Tony Lowes: Is it your policy to combine Coillte and Bord na Mona and privatise them?

    Phil Hogan: Yes: we are prepared to examine those proposals and to find resources from the sale of strategic assets.
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    Tony Lowes: Harry McGee, political correspondent of the Irish Times, recently reported that you wrote the ‘manual for chicanery’. Would you agree?

    Phil Hogan: I’d like him to define that before I would comment on it. It could be a compliment. I don’t know.

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    Jaysis, FF must be chuckling quietly in a corner. Sigh.

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    And yet...supposedly intelligent people voted for these 'people' ! Finding it hard to rest my case...perpetually...if ya know what I mean CF? Gonna rest the weary bones now...and...CF...thanks for previous kind thoughts, g'night!

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    NO NO NO this is beyond a joke. Auctioneers should not be allowed to be elected to County Councils never mind being put in charge of the Countrys Planning Process.

    If this is a measure of what we can expect from FG we are beyond doomed.

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    "King Herod to review Child Care Legislation"

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    what do you want all dubs in charge of everything. Dr. and Solicitors, god Help Us.

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    Irish Times running with more on our new Minister Phil Hogan (who it was appear was given the brief he wanted) and his plans for wreaking havoc on the planning system as the IT headline states "Minister risks returning to bad old days of planning" Looking at the current financial crisis and how the Irish people are paying for it this is absolutely the last thing we need :-

    Hogan wanted the Custom House, and got it. One wonders why. On his desk is a file recommending that independent inspectors should be appointed to investigate planning irregularities in six local authorities, including one (Carlow County Council) in his own constituency. Even before taking up his post, he described these cases as “spurious, mostly”. It seems unlikely, therefore, that the investigations will proceed.
    Clientelist politicians to their fingertips, both Hogan and Penrose may be expected to pay more attention to the concerns of rural lobbies than they will to the fate of Dublin and other cities. Whatever “review” they carry out of the 2010 Planning Act – and it is to be done jointly – will need to be watched closely to ensure that we don’t blindly revert to the utterly discredited status quo ante.

    Ironically for a man who told the Moriarty tribunal that he couldn’t recall being at a meeting with Denis O’Brien in October 1995 when the State’s second mobile phone licence was up for grabs, Hogan will be in charge of framing new legislation to ban corporate donations to political parties. More crucial will be whether this will shine the light of transparency into that murky zone where business meets politics.
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...293432244.html

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    "both Hogan and Penrose may be expected to pay more attention to the concerns of rural lobbies than they will to the fate of Dublin and other cities"

    You see this is why we need electoral reform. The current set-up means we only have 9 of the 15 ministers from Dublin but if we had a list system there would be no need to give any ministries at all to those culchies.

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    Bill Carey / Auctioneer and Councillor / Ex-Chair in Meath Co Co

    Sara's Daddy...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baron von Biffo View Post
    "both Hogan and Penrose may be expected to pay more attention to the concerns of rural lobbies than they will to the fate of Dublin and other cities"

    You see this is why we need electoral reform. The current set-up means we only have 9 of the 15 ministers from Dublin but if we had a list system there would be no need to give any ministries at all to those culchies.
    I don't think that's the issue. Planning policy and planning permissions don't cost any money (directly) to speak of, so he doesn't have to pick and choose where to do the damage. It can be general. All over the place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    I don't think that's the issue. Planning policy and planning permissions don't cost any money (directly) to speak of, so he doesn't have to pick and choose where to do the damage. It can be general. All over the place.
    Agreed, but it is the subject of lobbying, predominanlty rural as far as planning goes, because there is still the option of the caluse 4 stuff and then the override of the county manager (I don't think either of those was changed) which is exactly where culchie support comes in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    I don't think that's the issue. Planning policy and planning permissions don't cost any money (directly) to speak of, so he doesn't have to pick and choose where to do the damage. It can be general. All over the place.
    I expect that Hogan's term will be a low point in that department but that doesn't excuse the journalist for complaining about letting non Dubs into cabinet.

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    Default Could Someone Tell Phil Hogan The Country Has Already Been Destroyed

    While very much a la mode to scorn the Greens, they did manage to do something about the root cause of the property folly.
    And look what's happening now!http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...734cbd7856%2C0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kev Bar View Post
    While very much a la mode to scorn the Greens, they did manage to do something about the root cause of the property folly.
    And look what's happening now!http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...734cbd7856%2C0
    Frank must have been reading this thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by C. Flower View Post
    Frank must have been reading this thread.
    Hopefully.

    (Was out in Lusk the other day...just looking at the root of the evil)

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