I can’t say specifically what the A&B press …

Comment posted Good appointment to council press office by Integrity? Not in theCondemall.

I can’t say specifically what the A&B press office do but more generally a council press office’s duties will include the likes of:

Dealing with media enquiries.
Producing internal and external communications including things like staff magazines, and also keeping people like MSPs, us punters, other partners etc informed about services and issues.
Maintaining the council website.
Managing the ‘brand’ of the council to ensure consistency.

It is actually an important part of a council and effective if managed well.

Recent comments by Integrity? Not in theCondemall

  • Russell offers to meet Council administration to discuss Castle Toward
    Where are the direct criticisms of officers?

    The standards commission takes those a lot more seriously than criticisms of councillors. Criticism of councillors tends to be considered largely as fairly typical political point scoring rather than a matter for investigation.

    ”Leaking information’ as a breach very much depends on provisions in legislation on what constitutes confidential and exempt information. Just because The Council hasn’t rleased it doesn’t make Cllr Breslin publishing it or making it available a definite breach of the code.

    However, at the risk of sounding like Simon, if you are so convinced there has been a breach of the code then why not go ahead and report it? I note that the council’s chief executive has not done that yet, maybe she doesn’t feel there is grounds for a complaint. However you seem very sure so instead of rattling cages on a forum with no jurisdiction why not take it to the body that has that jurisdiction?

  • Audit Scotland now conducting third consecutive investigation of Argyll & Bute Council
    I take your point about the permission not being rescinded making you feel it pointless pursuing the case. I know as well as anyone, and possibly better then most, how frustrating pursuing this sort of thing can be. I just recommend doing it if possible, if only to make things different in future.
  • Audit Scotland now conducting third consecutive investigation of Argyll & Bute Council
    I would echo that Simon. It was my post in Malcolm’s video. I haven’t and wont offer an opinion on Malcolm’s issue for the same reason as you, that being that I haven’t investigated the issue in detail.

    However speaking more generally I would always encourage someone who feels a council has behaved inappropriately to take their complaint to the correct body.

    If, for arguments sake, Malcolm’s story stacks up in the manner he has presented it, then he has been poorly treate. Agreeing or disagreeing with him should have nothing to do with political viewpoints or any possible personal opinions on the personality. We can’t all like each other but we all deserve fair treatment by our council.

  • The black arts of political spin betray SNP fears in Argyll & Bute
    And Bill Walker claimed just shy of £7,000 to pay for a hotel less than 30 miles from his home because he liked to have a drink and therefore couldn’t drive home!

    Guilty people in every party. The sooner people accept that and start focusing on how to put things right rather than playing holier than thou about their own party the better.

  • Russell offers to meet Council administration to discuss Castle Toward
    A councillor doesn’t have to declare an interest when meeting with a community group. A councillor is elected to represent the community,

    As for sharing emails none were confidential, all would be made available via FOI.

    Criticising officers specifically in public could be a breach but I thought most of Cllr Breslin’s criticisms were of Cllr Walsh? Have I missed something?

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17 Responses to I can’t say specifically what the A&B press …

  1. Congratulations on your appointment Aileen.

    May I on behalf of the Museum thank you for your interest and assistance in our activities.

    A new opportunity for you with which I wish you every success.

    Kindest regards.

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  2. Newsie, is that the same Dunoon Observer that you exclusively revealed was due to close before Xmas last year??

    “bunker mentality and dubious practices”? Pffft.

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  3. Is this also the same Dunoon Observer that doesn’t report on fatal accidents and never seems to follow up on stories that do not involve ferries?

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    • Well said JimB. You’re not the only one who notices that the Observer never follows up on reported stories. Most frustrating. This weeks paper was all police reports and courts, golf and bowls ! Then again baybe nothing happened……….

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  4. Good appointment. Aileen is a well known and respected journalist in Argyll, big loss for the Dunoon Observer but ABC needs the quality in these positions. Don’t imagine this administration will give her the same amount of fire fighting the last lot created.

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  5. When the Jo Smith saga eventually comes to some conclusion does this mean everybody who was abused by the press office under the various councillors and officials orders will get their day in court.Anything else is a complete waste of time.
    As a interested bystander what exactly does A&B,s press office actually do.

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    • I can’t say specifically what the A&B press office do but more generally a council press office’s duties will include the likes of:

      Dealing with media enquiries.
      Producing internal and external communications including things like staff magazines, and also keeping people like MSPs, us punters, other partners etc informed about services and issues.
      Maintaining the council website.
      Managing the ‘brand’ of the council to ensure consistency.

      It is actually an important part of a council and effective if managed well.

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  6. Whilst I wish this lady success in her new appointment, I can’t help thinking that this indeed is a very safe appointment by the council. The Observer’s lack of criticism of A&B over the past few years has been obvious to all, no doubt guided by the fear that they may lose local government advertising (something that should have happened years ago!). Still, looking on the bright side, one less member of staff should help their dire finances.. and probably increase the coverage of golf and bowls!

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  7. Yes newsie, you are welcoming her now, but i wonder how long it will be before you turn on her when she doesn’t want to deal with you. Never mind, no doubt you can make up something and add a gate to the end of it. I wish the woman all the luck in the world, she will need it.

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  8. By the look of this site she’s got her work cut out. What few on here seem to have twigged is that Ms McNicol will be required to protect the council’s reputation, just the same as her predecessors will have tried to do. From what I’ve read of Argyll & Bute Council, it has been its own worst enemy, conducting some kind of witch hunt until it had nobody in place to prevent the complete car crash that was the Martha Payne/NeverSeconds fiasco. Ms McNicol is no longer a journalist, she has been employed to act as gamekeeper rather than poacher. No doubt, in due course, she will fall foul of the self-righteous vitriol all too apparent in this blog. Best of luck to her, I wouldn’t have touched the post with a barge pole.

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