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Gormley to spend €120k counting frogs.


Digout

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The lead story in tomorrow Daily Mail, is a report about Gormley hiring 70 people to count frogs, and I presume its not French people, but the slimey animals.

This is being report a day ahead of the budget from hell.

What a country.
 

Marcos the black

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Crazy crazy crazy... What more can I say?
 

mryoungdan

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As long as they can still post all day long about the sea rising then these 70 will be gainfully employed. So what if they miss a frog or two because all frogs look alike to me and a few missing is of little concern
 

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Is this the start of the smart economy or the knowledge economy?
 

advertismo II

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All money for this kind of thing should be already provided for as a result of obligations under Habitats directive.
I'm sure there are people who are already under State employ who could carry out this sort of thing without much additional costs; it's a bit like the times when the give out about Gardaí costs for policing events -that's what they're paid for.

But I do think the possibility of the disappearance of an entire class of vertebrates from the country is an important issue and does deserve attention.
(no sarcasm intended - it just reads that way)
 

Malbekh

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Is it frogs or toads? I could understand if they were counting Natterjack toads, I don't think Common Frogs are even a protected species here.
 

teapot

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Actually, things like counting frogs are important to knowing about our eco-system - it's the way that the f-ing prat goes about it that pi$$es you off... 70 people who cared about this would volunteer and do the job because they wanted to - but No, he has to hire them - through FAS perhaps? Although I don't think that FAS have actually turned out anyone capable of taking part in a nationwide frog-count. Unless they got a phony diploma from some 'associate outfit' And I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Gormless has hired a consultant to guide him in this endeavour.

I still believe that things like this are important, before anyone starts 'trolling' me (I know who they are now,) as I say, it's the way that these fools go about it that hurts. Anyway, maybe he'll fall in a pond.
 

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Is it frogs or toads? I could understand if they were counting Natterjack toads, I don't think Common Frogs are even a protected species here.
They soon could be - general population collapse and even disappearance in many areas.
I uses to see thousands in Dublin; now about one every two years, washed down from the mountains, I think.

Interestingly, our Natterjacks might be a distinct sub-species present here since before the Ice Age.

Not sure how newts are doing - only ever saw them in Wicklow.
 

CookieMonster

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Actually, things like counting frogs are important to knowing about our eco-system
Yeah, and that's what we need right now.
 

advertismo II

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Actually, things like counting frogs are important to knowing about our eco-system - it's the way that the f-ing prat goes about it that pi$$es you off... 70 people who cared about this would volunteer and do the job because they wanted to - but No, he has to hire them - through FAS perhaps? Although I don't think that FAS have actually turned out anyone capable of taking part in a nationwide frog-count. Unless they got a phony diploma from some 'associate outfit' And I wouldn't be surprised to learn that Gormless has hired a consultant to guide him in this endeavour.

I still believe that things like this are important, before anyone starts 'trolling' me (I know who they are now,) as I say, it's the way that these fools go about it that hurts. Anyway, maybe he'll fall in a pond.
Fully agree with you; fair play.

Yes; I'm sure voluteers supervised by a few zoological specialists could do the job - sample sites are identified in different regions and counts take over a period of time.
Theres' a whole netwok of online volunteer surveys of this type in other countries; Birdwatch Ireland are the only comparable thing I know of here.
 

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If you can access EU funding to provide 70 jobs, then why wouldn't you? So what if its counting frogs or butterflies or bees - 70 jobs is 70 jobs!
 

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The lead story in tomorrow Daily Mail, is a report about Gormley hiring 70 people to count frogs, and I presume its not French people, but the slimey animals.

This is being report a day ahead of the budget from hell.

What a country.
John Gormley should be frogmarched out of the Dail
 

teapot

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Yeah, and that's what we need right now.
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That's as far as you read, apparantly. The other tree-huggin, frog-lovin long-hair hippie types on P.ie and me still have opinions about what the hell else is going on in this poor land, and are prepared to speak up about it. Try chocolate-chip-cookies, sweeten you up...
 

CookieMonster

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That's as far as you read, apparantly. The other tree-huggin, frog-lovin long-hair hippie types on P.ie and me still have opinions about what the hell else is going on in this poor land, and are prepared to speak up about it. Try chocolate-chip-cookies, sweeten you up...
I await you posting the reply to your letter to the Minister's office in this regard? Or does "speaking up" simply consist of having a bit of a moan about it on the internet?
 
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