This blog in the last while have been taken over by my AIE request on Irish Rail speeds, but I am at other stuff. Not everything will go to appeal, by using AIE you can get things notable and not so notable that you may not be given otherwise, see my AIE guide here.
Keep an eye on DublinObserver.com at least once a week if you have an interest in Dublin news.
On FOI and AIE: Here and there I should be uploading some updates, mostly small bits which are not online. And I’m working on new requests. For example, I have just submitted a request for data and contracts on Dublin Bikes under AIE, and under FOI — the city manager’s diaries, the Dublin City Council’s FOI logs, and their expenses database (thanks to Gavin at thestory.ie for pushing me to do the latter, and for letting me nick his preemptive defences for the same).
Using Access to Information on the Environment, I requested the list of protected structures on the Irish Rail network, this was the reply, I’ve moved the notes to the top here:
Below is a list of protected stations on our network. Please note the caveats at the end of the list.
All protected railway structures include ancilliary buildings including signal cabins, tank houses, water columns and goods sheds unless otherwise specifically stated in Local Authority designations
Structures under protection also usually include cartilage to the extent determined by local authority Protection Order
The list above may not be complete as additions are regularly made. Deletions are only made in the case of full planning approval by the local authority concerned and with regard to station safety and access enhancements which make such de-listing absolutely necessary
The Street Performance World Championship are hosting a World Record space hopper attempt in Dublin this weekend. Make sure to email them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re attending (one email per person apparently).
Bit late to blog on this, but anyway… Some interesting talk was coming from Irish Labour Party members — on twitter and elsewhere — about the Liberal Democrats back at the time of the UK elections.
The Labour Party, or at least members at different levels, seem oblivious to the similarities with their party and the Lib Dems. First, both have been the third party in mostly two-party systems. But more striking is their policy positions.
BEFORE READING FURTHER: If you’ve never heard of the Political Compass before then read their homepage. It’s mantra is that the old left-right scale is not enough, more is explained after you take the time to test yourself — you never know, you might be miles away from the political party you think you like.
My first Access to Information on the Environment request was successful. The request took advantage of the wide range of the definition of environmental information, it was as follows:
Under the Access to Information on the Environment (AIE) regulations, S.I. No. 133 of 2007, I am seeking all research on which the Road Safety Authority (RSA) has based its advice that cyclists should wear a helmet.
If the RSA cannot provide the above because it is third-party research which the RSA does not hold the copyright to, then this request should be viewed as a request to provide the details of the above information (ie title of the research, name/s of author/s, date/s published, volume and issue numbers, publications in which such were published etc).
It is preferred if this information is given in electronic format (plain text, word, PDF etc) and send by email. Otherwise in the same type of format sent on CD or DVD to below postal address.
My main point on this topic, as mention in the discussion, is that:
it’s wrong that such agencies are spending public money on what makes them be seen to promote safety rather than promoting actual proven safe cycling methods. And given the RSA’s position, further public money is spent by other agencies, departments, local authorities etc which follow the advice. Money which could be spent on cycle training or just providing better advice.
Dublin cycling news, including Dublin Cycle Chic, lecture on Building a Cycling Culture, community gardens cycle, Bike Week 2010 details, new Dublin Bikes and stations, and contraflow lanes across Dublin city centre at http://cyclingindublin.com/
A lecturer at DCU says students should make the most of their time at college to read as much as they can, because they’ll never have so much time to do so again. My twist on that is journalism students should also research subjects they’re interested in, as they’ll never be given so much time to do so again.