Reply from Walsh!

Cllr Walsh replied late this afternoon but only to me. My reply to that, copying in all other councillors, along with his reply is shown below. Make of it what you will. What I can say is that the allegation that we stage managed this issue is completely untrue. We knew that Robert wanted to make a statement, that was it. We didn’t know, nor do we know, what he was going to say.

I find it hard to think why I need apologise when all I did was ask what was said and why the chair changed his mind immediately after Cllrs Walsh and Scoular spoke to Cllr McNaughton.

From: Walsh, Dick Sent: 10 October 2016 14:31 To: Breslin, Michael Subject: RE: Today’s area committee meeting [OFFICIAL]

Classification: OFFICIAL

Michael

I refer to your communication below to all councillors outlining your version of events at the Bute and Cowal Area Committee meeting on Tuesday 4th October. I am replying not only out of courtesy but to provide an accurate account of these events given that your claims have been published online and circulated to a wide audience. I would prefer that they are not misled and are in possession of the facts and I trust that you will publish this response on your blog.

As you acknowledge and so the position is quite clear I have and had no role in the advice supplied by the officer to the meeting nor indeed with the determination of the issue, following that supplied advice, by the Chair.  I feel it is wrong and indeed disrespectful to professional officers, colleagues and of course the Provost and Area Chair when malpractice or wrongdoing is inferred to multiple readers. An apology should be given serious and urgent consideration by you.

Let me clarify the truth. The conversation held with the Provost prior to the start of the meeting referred to item 5 on the agenda concerning the Isle of Bute Jazz Festival. As this was on the agenda as the result of a member request and there was no officer report regarding this item, the Provost advised that he had copied recent emails and the press statement from the organisers of the festival to assist with the discussion and if needed. As it turned out that discussion was short and it was not necessary to do this. For the benefit of all readers it is also worth clarifying that it is by no means unusual nor is it inappropriate for members to have conversations or to share advice on agenda items prior to the start of a meeting.

It has been suggested to me that what transpired at the meeting and since then could have been stage-managed and set up for the purposes of securing headlines, and at the same time bringing the area committee process into disrepute and displaying considerable disrespect for colleagues, the Provost, the Chair and officers. I sincerely hope that this is not the case.

I have had a conversation with the Provost and the Area Chair on the above detail and would confirm that this is our collective response to your production.

Councillor Dick Walsh

So Alex’s complete change of mind over Robert’s statement must have happened by complete chance Dick. That simply isn’t credible.

 Michael Breslin

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.

3 thoughts on “Reply from Walsh!”

  1. That’s just a piece of *** that Walsh has written that’s how stupid he thinks the local community are and are that stupid they are going to suck that up. Walsh and his other defenders— make out that the public and opponents are a small cabal of irrational, dangerous, ill informed psychiatry patients—and thanks to Michaels Blog this has been exposed as false. This narrative has been wielded for years to discredit those challenging the Kilmoryolpy regime. To their dismay, this tactic is no longer working.

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  2. Psychiatric patients do not behave like this.
    Mr Walsh knows exactly what he is doing. But read between the lines, he has forgotten to mention how Councillor MacIntyre felt and is overly concerned about his entourage. Anyone outside of this small elite group is treated as lesser. It’s an excessively defensive email, and he is oblivious to councillor MacIntyre’s own feelings. He is obsessed with ‘respect’ but only for those in power. Does he write his own emails? He has put pressure on others to comply by his own admission, It is hard to believe some of his group would really want to go along with this. It now paints them all in a terrible light.

    I take it Councillor MacIntyre will be able to deliver his statement at the next meeting now that this misunderstanding has been cleared up by Mr Walsh?

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