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Mapping Ha Foso – #Lesotho14

The first day of training started on Tuesday morning with planners from various councils around the country travelling to Maseru for the introduction meeting. We had also arranged a meeting with the National Bureau of Statistics to obtain as much data as possible from them to be used in our training. Wednesday saw us commence […]

Fingal Team land in Lesotho (#Lesotho14)

We set off from Dublin Airport on Saturday morning 8th of February and flew into London Heathrow, then we took a South African Airlines flight to Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo) and then almost 24 hours later we arrived at Moshoeshoe airport in Lesotho. We were greeted at the airport by our colleagues from the Fingal based […]

The Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho 2014

Following on from the successful trip we made in February 2013 (see below blog posts), the team from Fingal will embark on another mission to strengthen the partnership we have built up with the Ministry of Local Government, Chieftainship and Parliamentary Affairs in Lesotho. Last year we held training seminars on Geographical Information Systems (GIS), […]

Abolition of Seanad Éireann

Ancient Roman Emperor, Caligula once threatened to make his horse Incitatus a consul such was his contempt for the Roman Senate. Irish Premier, Taoiseach Enda Kenny hasn’t threatened to do anything like that but he is seeking to outright abolish the Seanad. It’s rumoured that Incitatus eventually became a priest… Anyway, there has been plenty […]

Church Street Tenement Collapse 1913

The collapse of a commercial building in Bangladesh in April 2013 is being reported as Bangladesh’s deadliest industrial disaster. Some 2,500 people have been rescued alive whilst (at time of writing) the death toll has risen above 1,000, according to the Bangladeshi Army.   This nine storey building housed nine garment factories and was located […]

Spatial Planning in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho

*Due to intermittent internet access and restrictions on logging into my website, I am only posting now. Week 1 I am currently in Maseru, Lesotho in southern Africa where I am part of a two man, one woman team of spatial planners from Ireland, more specifically from Fingal in north county Dublin. This is part […]

Spatial Planning in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho – Week 2

Following on from our meetings with the Deputy Prime Minister and his staff as well as the Director of Physical Planning in Maseru City Council, we agreed a programme to be delivered in week two.   We had prepared the Lab and installed the required software to support the GIS training. We needed a second […]

The National Children’s Hospital

It has been two weeks since Minister for Health; James Reilly TD announced that Saint James’s Hospital in Dublin 8 will be the site for the new National Children’s Hospital. This was a significant announcement following the controversy that surrounded the Mater site proposal. This was a proposal that could not previously get through the […]