Magazine - December 2009 - January 2010
to home, Villager was amused to see John Fitzgerald, former
City Manager in Dublin getting himself and the Limerick Regeneration
Agency, headed by former Dublin City Housing Manager, Brendan
Kenny, in hot water for indulging nepotism to the serious displeasure
of Limerick City Manager, Tom Mackey.
employed his daughter on a large salary without bothering with
anything as tedious as an inter- view process.
Feeney, girlfriend of Southside Director, Brendan Hayden, was
recruited on a salary of 90,000 without competitive interview.
she had no third- level or other relevant qualification.
Brian McElligott, son of Regeneration Agency Director, Liam
McGelligott was recruited in Autumn 2007 without competitive
interview. He had no third-level or other relevant qualification,
thought the agency is now paying his way through a University
of Limerick project-management course.
noted that the Limerick Regeneration Agency didn't have to comply
with normal public-sector norms.
then that this is the same John Fitzgerald who so rigorously
- including with the benefit of a fat legal opinion -hounded
residents' representatives on the Grangegorman Development Agency
(which he also chairs) to comply with normal company law. They
were not to report back to the communities that chose them but
to observe the niceties of company law - i.e. silence.
reckons the Limerick agencies' boards are "not boards of
was amused too to see Jim Barrett resurfacing in Limerick. Barrett,
whose every post-democratic impulse (high-rise, no greenery,
no functionality, no consultation, no community benefit (see
for example, O'Connell St's spike) was wrong for Dublin where
he famously worked very closely with Fitzgerald, is now benefiting
from exorbitant per diem architectural-consultancy fees in Limerick.
puts the problems down to "destructive feuding" between
Limerick development agencies. Fitzgerald says he "loves"
the public service but they'll need to do things properly in
Limerick if they're not to go the way of some of the more challenged
of Dublin's development authorities - like Docklands for example.