Sunday, 14 March 2010

Can There Be More Than One God? Clarification - Part One

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland


According to the General Competition Rules published online by the Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, the Federation Internationale Motocycliste (F.I.M.) is the one and only authority qualified to control organised international motorcycling activities throughout the world.

These rules also go on to state that the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland, being a constituent member of the F.I.M. and representing Ireland at the F.I.M., acts as the controlling body of the sport of motorcycling as laid down in Article 2 of its Constitution and Rules, and that all competitions shall be held under the GCR - General Competition Rules - and most importantly, continues thus: For the purposes of the GCR, Ireland shall mean all of Ireland.

On the dubious point of track safety, these General Competition Rules explains Track Inspection thus - The inspection by a duly appointed panel, of a Road or Short Circuit course to determine whether it is in a fit state on which to hold competitions, and defines the Clerk of the Course as being the Chief Executive Official at the Meeting.

Perhaps therefore, the Motor Cycle Union of Ireland would care to clarify their definition of Chief Executive Official, because according to other various sources, a Chief Executive is the most important role in the management of an organization, and here for your consideration, a small sample of the readily available professional definitions of that grand sounding job title as bestowed upon a Clerk of the Course by Motor Cycle Union of Ireland.

Chief Executive Official - the singular organizational position that is primarily responsible to carry out the strategic plans and policies as established by the board of directors - the most senior person working in a company or organisation who is responsible for running it - the singular organisational position that sets the direction and oversees the operations - the most important role in the management of an organisation - the highest individual in command.

An impressive job description by any standards, is it not - and who wouldn’t want any single one of those foregoing definitions adorning the pages of their Curriculum Vitae? Most likely the guy who allegedly may not have quite lived up to the posting from Hell that had been thrust upon him, probably by some comedian in need of yet another fall guy.

And there lies the problem with this conundrum, because it then clearly states: The Chief Executive at a competition is the Clerk of the Course under whose control come all the executive officials necessary to run the competition in a competent manner - and apparently as also published - it is the duty of an official to report to the Clerk of the Course any irregularity which has come to his notice.

Therefore, on that fateful Saturday, May 2007, during the ill-fated Tandragee 100 real motorcycle road race meeting, at which Mr. Bobby Edgar allegedly officiated as Clerk of the aforementioned Tandragee 100 Course - in his authoritative position of Chief Executive Official of the meeting, what role if any, did this person play in the tragedy that led to the cancellation of the event?

James Irwin, chief marshal at the course, claimed in his evidence during the course of the John Donnan inquest, he had warned the safety officers of the danger after seeing another rider, hit one of the same bales and break a leg, but Richard Nesbitt, alleged convenor of the road inspection committee for looking after competitors' and spectators' safety for the Motorcycle Union of Ireland Ulster centre, said he could not remember receiving any such warning from Mr Irwin, but the obvious question is this: Did James Irwin, chief marshal at the course, also warn the Clerk of the Course - the Chief Executive Official at the Meeting - and if not - why not?

Following on from the first accident allegedly caused by the alleged killer chicane that Saturday in May 2007 - what measures were immediately introduced by the Chief Executive Official, to alleviate the ongoing problems being caused by what was surely the most notorious of chicanes in the whole of real road racing? Were orders issued by the Chief Executive Official of the Meeting to have the chicane substantially modified, or removed altogether, and if so, to who were they made, and why were they not acted upon?

If however it is the case that the aforementioned Clerk of the Course, in his capacity as the Chief Executive Official of the Meeting, failed miserably to have the alleged killer chicane modified, or dismantled, then he allegedly failed in his alleged duty of care towards the riders and spectators alike?

And finally for Part One of Can There Be More Than One God? How many Gods were present at the 2007 Tandragee 100 real road race meeting, and did any of them actually care one way or the other about the safety of the competitors and spectators?

It was, said Senior Coroner John Leckey, by the grace of God that the inquest was not dealing with multiple fatalities.

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