New SIPO regulations will require the finances of branch organisations of political parties to be reported in greater detail. Given the large amount of fundraising that goes on at local level and the possibility of corruption highlighted by the Mahon and Moriarty tribunals this is a necessary check. FG & FF complaining that it places too much of a burden on their volunteers and head offices lets us know just how much money they have been collecting – and makes me think that some of that money should be spent on professional auditors rather than posters.
Democracy is Priceless
Fix It – Don’t Throw It Away
Sunday 15th September saw a blustery and periodically very wet celebration of harvest in and around the Ballyroan Community Centre and parish church.
Wanderers Ballyboden GAA club provided a kick about for the younger visitors.
A traditional tinsmith sparked reminiscences of having the gob burnt off you by hot tea in a hot tin cup as well as admiration for the craftsmanship of the handmade kettles, jars and mugs.
My favourite was Newgrange Willow Design whose display ranged from fruit baskets to a garden room in the process of construction. The double walls were insulated with straw and the roof awaited a thatch to make it cosy. Ronan Russell, the designer and basketmaker at the helm, grows his own willow and sources more from local farmers who are growing bio-willow as fuel. Given this cheap and sustainable material he is confident that he can build willow huts and imaginative play houses to order in a matter of weeks. Their willow deer sculptures helped Moynalty win the Tidy Towns competition this year, so watch out for some popping up in a tidy town near you.