Friday 17 November 2017

James Downey: The horrors from a scary week lurk closer to home

James Downey

James Downey

THIS has been a scary week, and I'm not even thinking of shocking events in the eastern Mediterranean or the murder spree in Cumbria. No need to add to the millions of words already written on these subjects. I'm thinking about our own troubles and how they are interrelated.

Nothing could illustrate this better than the 'Prime Time' programme from Athlone. As it happens, I have always supported the plan -- if you can call it a plan -- to expand the town and make it into a city. In the event, the development took place in a way that demonstrates our failures in planning and government.

One silly idea was to call Athlone a "gateway" -- but in conjunction with Tullamore and Mullingar, not in its own right. More harmfully, the central development took place in a manner that could not, and did not, survive the crash.

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