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 Scannall - The Life and Career of Liam Lawlor

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PostSubject: Scannall - The Life and Career of Liam Lawlor   Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:34 pm

RTE 2 - right now.
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PostSubject: Re: Scannall - The Life and Career of Liam Lawlor   Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:35 pm

Ah, that reprobrate. He was the Fianna Fáil TD for my area for a good long while and often to our cost.
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PostSubject: Re: Scannall - The Life and Career of Liam Lawlor   Mon Aug 25, 2008 9:52 pm

Interesting biography. Although some of it is new to me, I expect most of this is common knowledge.

In 1974 he was elected Councillor - after hurling for Dublin.

Described by residents as "Pragmatic, insightful and influential". "Big car, driver and a big house in Lucan" "An ideas man"

Some of his land in West Dublin was zoned by Dublin County Council. Lawlor had backed Colley instead of Haughey - Haughey reversed the zoning decision.

Harry McGee claimed that every large housing estate in Dublin in the early 80s and 90s involved corruption of officials. Councillors came in and voted without heariing the debate on planning matters. FG and FF Councillors were working together to overturn planners recommendations,

It emerged that LG in the 70s stepped down from the chairmanship of a sugar company due to conflict of interest.

He was investigated by the Flood Tribunal - The Supreme Court ruled that he did not co-operate with the Tribunal and he was sent to jail twice. After a month in jail e began to cooperate to some extent.

He had a huge Merc. He had no job other than county councillor.
4.7 million had passed through his accounts in various countries from 1983-2000.

October 2005, Lawlor was in Russia on business and died.
So far, no mention of his associations with Ganley in London and Albania.

The programme as usual tried to suggest that he was loved by residents of the area. Maybe in the leafier parts of Lucan, but from the users of the crumbling "Quarryvale Community Centre" shown in the programme I didn't hear a good word about Lawlor or any other politician.
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PostSubject: Re: Scannall - The Life and Career of Liam Lawlor   Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:12 pm

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Harry McGee claimed that every large housing estate in Dublin in the early 80s and 90s involved corruption of officials. Councillors came in and voted without heariing the debate on planning matters. FG and FF Councillors were working together to overturn planners recommendations,
This is what I find most annoying and sickening about this place - professionals and engineers are employed then ignored - to massive cost environmentally, infrastructurally and socially. How the hell can a bunch of tools like these bar stoolers be allowed to override decisions of planners and whatever skullduggery they got away with ?! Surely to God they should be subject to decisions of planners, not the other way around i.e. they decide if and when it goes ahead not where and how.

Can we not make laws to prevent these hoors ruining our country?
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PostSubject: Re: Scannall - The Life and Career of Liam Lawlor   Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:14 pm

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Can we not make laws to prevent these hoors ruining our country?

But who makes the laws? Other politicians make the laws and they're sure as hell not going to let this cozy arrangment be broken up when it is to their gain.
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PostSubject: Re: Scannall - The Life and Career of Liam Lawlor   Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:18 pm

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Auditor #9 wrote:

Can we not make laws to prevent these hoors ruining our country?

But who makes the laws? Other politicians make the laws and they're sure as hell not going to let this cozy arrangment be broken up when it is to their gain.
What kind of thickos are we in fairness? We have this planning tribunal going on and not even a single law will be passed as a result will it to prevent this kinda gangsterism from running rife again. And a massive civil service out there bleeding everyone dry and they doing sweet damn all either about it.

At the next election we should all bring guns to the polling booths then shoot ourselves in our own feet and get it over with.
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PostSubject: Re: Scannall - The Life and Career of Liam Lawlor   Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:19 pm

Aarrgh the mere mention of Lawlor drives me into convulsions of rage and hatred and bile - aaarrgghhh!
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PostSubject: Re: Scannall - The Life and Career of Liam Lawlor   Mon Aug 25, 2008 10:20 pm

Auditor #9 wrote:
Ard-Taoiseach wrote:
Auditor #9 wrote:

Can we not make laws to prevent these hoors ruining our country?

But who makes the laws? Other politicians make the laws and they're sure as hell not going to let this cozy arrangment be broken up when it is to their gain.
What kind of thickos are we in fairness? We have this planning tribunal going on and not even a single law will be passed as a result will it to prevent this kinda gangsterism from running rife again. And a massive civil service out there bleeding everyone dry and they doing sweet damn all either about it.

At the next election we should all bring guns to the polling booths then shoot ourselves in our own feet and get it over with.

Well, you're expecting legislators to legislate against other legislators. You're asking them to act against their own self interest so it is difficult to make any progress. You can make a difference by hounding out the most venal politicians at elections but this rarely happens.
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