Offaly backs recall of ‘flawed’ An Taisce report

OFFALY County Council has agreed with calls for the recent An Taisce report into planning among local authorities to be rescinded after the report was slammed by the County and City Managers’ Association [CCMA] as been “fundamentally flawed” from a number of perspectives.

OFFALY County Council has agreed with calls for the recent An Taisce report into planning among local authorities to be rescinded after the report was slammed by the County and City Managers’ Association [CCMA] as been “fundamentally flawed” from a number of perspectives.

This week, a spokesperson for Offaly County Council confirmed that it agreed with the CCMA calls to have the report, in which Offaly was placed in 11th position, recalled but had nothing further to add to the recent statement issued by the representative group last week.

According to Hubert Kearns, CCMA Chairman, both the presentation of indicators and the reporting of statistics throughout the report are flawed and report are flawed and require further major revisions. The CCMA claimed the logic and justification for choosing the particular battery of indicators chosen by An Taisce is not given in the report while the authors of the report made no reference to the existing battery of performance indicators for local authorities which are publicly available and are independently verified on an annual basis.

An Taisce subsequently subsequently withdrew the report and they have now published the report with amended tables. However, the CCMA still has serious issues with the report including their use of statistics and the method they use to rank local authorities is lacking any statistical rigour.

“There is a lack of clarity on what weighting is, if any, has been been applied to individual indicators chosen by An Taisce. The grading system developed by An Taisce is an ‘unbalanced scorecards’. The raw data used to generate the rankings and league tables should be presented as an appendix to the report to ensure that the results can be verified.

“The unknown authors of the An Taisce report ought to have attached greater importance to the accurate use of statistics and the report is missing a chapter to explain clearly how the ranking model deals with weighting issues to ensure there is no urban or rural bias.”