What part of “no” does Brendan Smith not understand?

On 11 February 2014 Brendan Smith [FF, Cavan-Monaghan] asked a written question and got a written answer:

To ask the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the level of expenditure incurred to date in relation to the feasibility study and any other studies undertaken in respect of the proposed extension of the Erne Navigation from Belturbet to Killykeen and Killeshandra; if his Department proposes to review the decision not to proceed with this project any further; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

Jimmy Deenihan [FG, Kerry North/West Limerick] said:

I am informed by Waterways Ireland that expenditure incurred to date in relation on this project, the Lough Oughter project, on the Erne Navigation from Belturbet to Killykeen and Killeshandra is €84,647. I am also advised that, on reviewing the environmental information from this process, Waterways Ireland considers that the environmental designations of this lake complex make the feasibility of the proposed navigation extension highly unviable.

I understand that Waterways Ireland does not, therefore, propose to pursue this project any further at this time.

The thing is that Mr Smith asked about Lough Oughter back in December and was told then:

On reviewing the environmental information from this process, Waterways Ireland considers that the environmental designations of this lake complex make the feasibility of the proposed navigation extension highly unviable. For that reason, I am advised that Waterways Ireland does not propose to pursue this project any further at this time.

Unless Mr Smith thinks that Waterways Ireland has won the Euromillions lottery since December, he is just wasting time and resources by asking again about Lough Oughter.

 

One response to “What part of “no” does Brendan Smith not understand?

  1. Maybe a certain obstinacy/firmness is appropriate. The de Lacy castle of Clough Oughter on a crannog in Lough Oughter fell into the hands of the O’Reillys (mainly) and was the last place to hold out against Cromwell. It seems to have been used both as a refuge (Owen Roe O’Neill) and a prison (Bishop Bedell, translator of the Bible to Irish). Publication of a monograph on the Castle by Con Manning who led an an archaeological excavation in 1987 is imminent. http://www.oracleireland.com/Ireland/Countys/cavan/z-cloughougher-castle.htm http://www.andymcinroy.com/gallaher2/262.htm Antoin

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