Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Public Service and Public Commitments - Northern Ireland Style

When Moyle District Council committed itself to the Model Publication Scheme in 2009** it was obliged inter alia:

  • To produce and publish the methods by which the specific information is made routinely available so that it can be easily identified and accessed by members of the public. 
  • To review and update on a regular basis the information the authority makes available under this scheme.

This image shows that the Council is well behind the times when it comes to keeping ratepayers and the general public up-to-date on Council business. The absence of a member of staff is not a sufficient excuse for a failure to honour the above commitments.

An old friend brought my attention to the failure of the Department for Regional Development to keep its website up-to-date.

Regular NALIL readers will know that Calmac/Rathlin Ferries Ltd last ran the Ballycastle/Rathlin ferry in June 2008! Perhaps the DRD is still paying part of the public subsidy to Calmac/RFL; this would explain the large and growing hole in the Rathlin Island Ferry Ltd accounts.

** Moyle DC has published Version 1.0 even though Version 2.0 was available in 2009.