Cllr Walsh and his letter to Dunoon Observer on 24 April 2015

I wrote a letter to the Dunoon Observer on 20 April regarding some of the budget cuts proposed by Cllr Walsh. My letter stated: letter to Dunoon Observer 20 april 15

The editor let Cllr Walsh see my letter to allow him to reply and both letters were printed this weekend side by side. Cllr Walsh’s letter stated: letter from walsh observer april 15

Regrettably, his reply was materially inaccurate so this morning he received the following: reply to Cllr Walsh 26 april 15

I am not holding my breath !

UPDATE 28 APRIL 2015 

Cllr Walsh replied late yesterday to say he would not make my deadline of 0800 today and would reply this evening. This may well be too late for the local paper to remedy matters so I have today placed a public notice in this week’s Dunoon Observer to make it clear Cllr Walsh’s response last week was misleading and inaccurate.

UPDATE 29 APRIL 2015

Cllr Walsh did reply late yesterday and the correspondence is at the link below. I was also in touch with the Dunoon Observer who now plan to reflect my views in an article this week. As a result, and in agreement with them, I have removed the public notice referred to above.

Of course, Cllr Walsh has not remotely apologised. In fact, he has dug in even more trying to make out that his reply in last week’s paper was accurate, when it was patently not. Not for him the apology, the attempt to remedy matters, to make the peace. Oh no, he is still the same Cllr Walsh he always has been. Someone recently let me see an article from the Dunoon Observer in April 2000 which referred to the time when he was severely criticised by the Ombudsman for his involvement in a planning issue. The person who suffered as a result, a Mr R, wrote the following words in his wonderful letter on 8 April 2000:

“Councillor Walsh’s reaction is typical. Not for him remorse or statements of contrition.  ….his very essence, trickery.  …..one would expect Councillor Walsh to hang his head in shame, apologise to the electorate and depart the political scene. But then again that would be an act of a man of principle and less than towering arrogance.”

Now read below and see if the quote above remains valid today.

emails between myself and Cllr Walsh april 15

Author: Michael Breslin

I am no longer a councillor with Argyll & Bute Council but given the appalling treatment I got from the senior officers and a few elected members, I plan to continue keeping an eye on what the council is doing.