KILKENNY -- The favourite red herring of the Kilkenny People in January 2004 is "progress on the ring road extension." On the week that important documentation arrived for public comment in County Council Offices, the Kilkenny People fail to mention it or acknowledge its significance. Once a 30-day period elapses, the documentation will be used to announce a tender for construction of a railway bridge needed for the ring road. This was the only impediment to finishing the ring road extension.
Instead of stating these facts, reporter Sean Keane throws up a red herring, alleging there is no money for road works earmarked for Kilkenny's ring road. The National Roads Authority (NRA) does not have a slush fund they use to dangle funds in front of councils. To get money, you tender for works and give the NRA an estimate. Then funding comes. Either Keane does not know how the funding process works or he simply wants to bang his drum around a money tree. I see it as red herring journalism and believe readers deserve better treatment.