Civil Service secrecy speak

PJ Howell, Director, Environment Section, Fingal County Council (Whew! There’s a title) was interviewed on Morning Ireland (4th item) about the requirement to remove election posters.

After confirming that fines had been imposed in the past he was asked to name the political parties involved. He immediately reverted to what I call ‘Civil Service secrecy speak’.

“We wouldn’t want to say that now.”

This reaction is instinctive; it’s bred into all Irish public/civil servants. If a question is asked that even hints of actually informing the public, the shutters come down.

Like his colleagues ‘across the border’, (See below) Mr. Howell seems to be more interested in protecting the law breakers than naming and shaming them as an example of good law enforcement.