What he says

The Slugger O’Toole blog has an excellent post about the DUP’s sweetheart deal to keep the Tories in power in the UK in relation to infrastructure in Northern Ireland. If you want the executive summary, just look at the maps in their post – it says everything that I could say about the tribal politics of HM Colony NI.

https://sluggerotoole.com/2017/06/28/the-400m-for-infrastructure-in-the-conservative-dup-agreement-will-only-exacerbate-northern-irelands-east-west-divide/

Ulster Canal Greenway

The Fermanagh Herald reports positive news – we don’t have to wait for Brexit to kill off the “restoration” of the Ulster Canal.

Waterways Ireland are now pushing ahead with the Ulster Canal greenway, which is the way of delivering most of the benefits of the “restoration” of the Ulster Canal, but at a far lower cost as it doesn’t involve restoring the canal.

Rope bridge in Kells, Co. Kerry

Bet you didn’t know there was a Kells in Co. Kerry (nor that there is a Kells in Co. Antrim) in addition to the more well known one in Co. Meath, all three of which had railway stations at some point in their life (there is another Kells in Co. Kilkenny, plans for a railway to which did not succeed).

Enough about the railways – this post is about a competitor to the Carrick a rede rope bridge with the owners of Kells Bay House and Gardens having built a 112ft long rope bridge as part of the attractions in their estate. The bridge will be open to the public as part of the entrance fee to the gardens from 8th April 2017.

No lifebuoys on Sarsfield Bridge, Limerick

As a libertarian, I am in two minds about this one. On one hand, I hold the view that if someone wishes to kill themselves, not only should they be let but society should have a formal process to facilitate it. Having said that, society is a long way off such a policy and as such, back to the issue at hand and Limerick City and County Council’s assertion that lifebuoys cannot be placed on protected structures. My understanding of the inclusion of a structure on the Record of Protected Structures is that this just requires planning permission for alterations/additions.

Therefore, in the absence of a specific law/court case, I am inclined to call BS on the assertion of Limerick Council that lifebuoys cannot be placed on Sarsfield Bridge.

Luggala Estate for sale

Of tangential interest to IH, given its original funding source, the Daily Telegraph reports on the historic Luggala Estate in Co. Wicklow being put up for sale by its owner Garech Browne – one of the many heirs to the Guinness fortune. If you have €28m to spare….

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/property/house-prices/guinness-family-puts-grand-gothic-estate-michael-jackson-stayed/