Saturday, 22 November 2014

Bushmills Christmas Tree 2014


They say there are two sides to every story 
- and here are the two sides of the Christmas tree 
that Moyle District Council has had erected in Bushmills.

It looks as if it has been dragged through a hedge!

The 'morning after the night before' look

Today's replacement

If the first was damaged in transit, why was it erected?

Lighting problems in 2011

This blog has attracted a lot of attention but a tree is much less important
than the threat to the future of Dalriada Hospital in the north-east corner of County Antrim
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Friday, 21 November 2014

#SaveTheDal - Farmer Fury Tractor Rally in Ballycastle

"Minister braves the protesters at Dalriada"
Anne Kelly video
#‎savethedal Farmer Fury Tractor Rally In Ballycastle .... what an amazing turnout proud of our community and the way they have pulled together and supported this. .. Anne
Nicole's video :: Danny's video

Tractor convoy on Quay Road

The Northern Health and Social Care Trust may attempt to restrict the flow of information by postponing Board meetings, discontinuing corporate communication updates and other means but silencing critics is no easy task in this modern media age.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

#SaveTheDal - Ministerial points to ponder

Time is running out
Will the shutters come down this week?

The NHSCT Board appears to have run for cover
It's usual November meeting has been pushed back to December 2
ie after the 'temporary' closure date, November 30

The NHSCT Board ceased publication of its corporate communications updates in June 2014.
This means less information for Board members and staff as well as for concerned citizens.
It symbolises a retreat to the bunker.

Might the enforced changes lead to an increase in operational costs rather than a decrease?

Why change what isn't broken to an untested new arrangement?

Letter from the previous Health minister, Edwin Poots, earlier this year.

Did the level of commissioned activity decrease through lack of interest/promotion 
or was a decision taken to curtail it?

Edwin Poots, ex-Health minister, and Tony Stevens, NHSCT CEO

Official language can be so slippery!