Sunday, 9 January 2011

MCUI-UC, RRR, and the Freedom of Information Act

Motorcycle Real Road Racing Blog by Barbiegirl Northern Ireland
As it is the case that public money - your money, my money, some other guys money - is allegedly used to allegedly prop up the sport of motorcycle real road racing here in Northern Ireland by way of alleged handouts from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, for such alleged purposes as safety improvements - one has decided to find out more.

Allegedly, the Freedom of Information Act gives you the right to ask any public body for all the information they have on any subject you choose. Unless there’s a good reason, the organisation must provide the information within 20 working days.

Further more, it seems that everybody can make a request for information – there are no restrictions on your age, nationality, or where you live, therefore it would seem - moi can make a request.

Allegedly you can ask for any information at all - but - yes, there is always a 'but' lurking somewhere - some information might be withheld to protect various interests which are allowed for by the Act. If this is the case, the public authority must tell you why they have withheld information.

One then wondered what those various interests might be, whether those interests might include real road racing, so, one decided to try it out. Below is the first of several Freedom of Information requests one will be making about all things motorcycle racing in Northern Ireland - and of course anything bearing the fingerprints of the MCUI-UC.

Quite obviously, should it transpire that DCAL do not have available the requested information, during the course of their next meeting with those nice alleged cap in hand officials from the MCUI-UC - said MCUI-UC officials should have no problem with supplying the answers. As the Governing Body of all things motorcycle racing here in Northern Ireland, the MCUI-UC is after all a very open and transparent organisation - Limited Company.

The following has today been forwarded to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.

Could you please supply me with the following statistics, all of which relate to motorcycle road racing here in Northern Ireland as held under the auspices of the Governing body for the sport - the MCUI-UC also known as Motorcycle Union of Ireland (Ulster Centre) Limited, an organisation / limited company which allegedly regularly benefits from generous grants of taxpayers money courtesy of the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

Since January 1990 to the present, how many competitors have died as a result of injuries sustained whilst participating in an event in Northern Ireland organised under the auspices of the aforementioned MCUI-UC?

Since January 1990 to the present, how many spectators including children have died as a result of injuries sustained whilst attending an event in Northern Ireland organised under the auspices of the aforementioned MCUI-UC?

Since January 1990 to the present, how many competitors have sustained non-fatal injuries whilst participating in an event in Northern Ireland organised under the auspices of the aforementioned MCUI-UC?

Since January 1990 to the present, how many spectators including children have sustained non-fatal injuries whilst attending an event in Northern Ireland organised under the auspices of the aforementioned MCUI-UC?

I look forward to hearing from you promptly, as required by the legislation, and in any case within 20 working days.


Yours sincerly

Barbiegirl

Save Our Sport From Evil

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