From Dr Michael Ryan to Cllr Brian Hall
16 October 2000
I have at last  completed my first draft of the
Business Plan, which I want you to review.
Also will you draft the section dealing with yourself (similar
to my own name one) as financiers look at the calibre and business
background of the promoters before they look at the viability
of the project.
It is also important that we select a good accountant at
your end as it will be necessary for him to finalise the business
plan and also the Memorandum and Articles of Association before
we register the company.
We also need to identify potential investors before we
complete the business plan so that we have a strong paid up share
capital to secure the company and also establish the board of
directors. We can however, in the meantime continue with two
directors, yourself and myself.
I am prepared to invest £20,000 Irish into the company,
along with approx £130,000stg loan in lieu of salaries
or fees over the first three years.
I have made the same provision for you as far as salary
is concerned, as I feel that this is good image building with
relation to the other investors and banks and also the Grant
Aid Agency (Leader+).
Gareth Scourfield will be away on holidays as
from Wed of this week until Nov 6th.
Any news  from the Purcell Bros ? This
would be a very important project if we can get our hands on
the Masterplanning and Project Management of this it would set
us up. I would be prepared to base myself for most of the time
in Pembroke Dock  if we can get in on this project.
By the way do you feel that they would be interested in another
financial and development partner for the entire project. I may
have someone at this end that might be interested in the right
type of project.
It is important that we keep in touch as frequently as
possible so will you give me a ring as many mornings as possible
between 9.30 and 10.30 am so that we can exchange urgent information.
I find it difficult to make contact with you and I don't like
ringing your home all the time .
I am meeting Seamus Brennan , Minister of State, Prime
Minister's Office and also Chief Whip on Tuesday next 24th in
Dublin at which I will be discussing possible networking with
Pembrokeshire County Council. By the way his brother Eamonn (CEO
Irish Aviation Authority) is at present bidding for the takeover
of the British Aviation Authority business and spends almost
all his time now in London. Does your good friend the Lord (Councillor)
have any influence in this area.
Have you any up to date information on PBI  (Richard
Packman). If any difficulties arise at that end ORA International
or Euro Resources would be capable of taking over the entire
operation. What is the chance of we taking over PBI on a buy
out? What do you think it would cost. We should be looking at
opportunities of buying out small competitors in the general
area  and bringing in our own expertise.
If you know of any such companies this is the best commercial
way to go. Our financial return would be much higher and quicker.
What we would in fact be doing is taking them over at low cost,
retaining the key personnel, utilising their contacts and business
networks and inflating our profit margins. We could gain a very
competitive march on any perceived rivals doing business this
way. In your new position  you would also come across
some small businesses, which may require small amounts of capital
injection, and again we could move in and take over majority
shareholding for little investment , but with our
core skills turnaround these businesses quite rapidly knowing
the future prospects for the area.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
Please destroy any of this confidential information as
I keep copies on my computer if and when you require them.
 "at last" - how long has this been in gestation?
Since before the letter of 3 September 2000 was written?
 "Any news" indicates this is not the first time
the two of them have discussed this issue.
 Head of Pembroke Design - a local firm of architects.
 Purcell Bros - owners of the Cleddau Bridge Hotel.
 Why would Dr Ryan want to base himself in Pembroke Dock "for
most of the time" if there was no intention to trade in
 Dr Ryan ringing Cllr Hall's home "all the time"
is further evidence that this project precedes 16 October 2000.
 PBI = Pembrokeshire Business Initiative. A privately run,
publicly funded business development agency which trades exclusively
 "the general area" = Pembrokeshire.
 Does "In your new position ..." indicate that
Cllr Hall was to use his position inside the council to help
himself and Dr Ryan to further their own interests?
 Hall was to identify small businesses in financial difficulties
so that these two predators could move in and "inflate"
their profits by taking them over on the cheap.
Attached to the letter is a five-page business plan designed
to appeal to investors in which it is stated under the heading
"Marketing" that "To date Dr Ryan and Brian
Hall have been requested to participate in a number of projects,
recreation & Conference Centre Project(Masterplanning and
Investment Project aligned to Pembroke Dock redevelopment
Commission Objective 1 Project Finance Design & Submission."
So much for the "contractually enforceable agreement"
that the company wouldn't trade in Pembrokeshire.
I would suggest the council dust it down and set about trying
to recover some of the more than £50,000 that ORA has already
Not that there's much hope of that because as I wrote on April
8 (see Con Tract) this enforceable
agreement isn't worth the paper it isn't written on.
There are several other unanswered questions:
(1) Why were Hall and Ryan allowed to spend four days in November
2000 in Pembroke Dock, at public expense, with a Mr Pat O'Sullivan?
Were Hall and Ryan on the council's business, or their own? [since
writing this I have uncovered evidence of at least five other
meetings between Hall and Ryan for which Hall claimed expenses
from the council].
(2) Was Mr O'Sullivan the potential "financial and development
partner for the entire project"?. The "someone at this
end that might be interested in the right type of project."?
(2) I understand that there was a meeting attended by Mr David
Thomas, Head of Marketing and Communications, Brian Hall, Dr
Ryan and the Purcell Bros sometime in 2002. When exactly was
this meeting held and what was discussed? [I have since discovered
that this meeting took place on 26 January 2001 and the Chief
Executive was also present. There was another meeting on 2 April
2001 when Hall, C E and David Thomas met the Purcell Bros]
(3) Who were the representatives of Pembrokeshire County Council
who visited Dr Ryan in Dublin to be "introduced to his achievements"
approximately one year before his appointment in August 2000?
(4) Is it true that Dr Ryan was appointed on the basis of verbal
references only? Who were the referees? Who drew up the short
list and interviewed the candidate(s)? [Note. the auditor's report,
which was published after this was written, records that no interviews
were carried out and that there was a single verbal reference
though "the information and comments received at the time
were not formally documented."]
I have drawn these facts to the attention of an outfit known
as the Institute for Management Consultants Ireland (IMCI) of
which Dr Ryan is a member.
IMCI's code of conduct requires:
"2.1 A member will disclose at the earliest opportunity
any special relationships, circumstances or business interests
which might influence or impair, or could be seen by the client
or others to influence or impair, the member's judgement or objectivity
on a particular assignment.
2.1.1 Rule 2.1 required the prior disclosure of all relevant
personal, financial or other business interests which could not
be inferred from the description of the services offered. In
particular this relates to:
any directorship or controlling interest in any business in competition
with the client;
any financial interest in goods or services recommended or supplied
to the client;
any personal relationship with any individual in the client's
any personal investment in the client organisation or in its
parent or any subsidiary companies any recent or current engagement
in sensitive areas of work with directly competitive clients;
any work for a third party on the opposite side of a transaction,
e.g. bid defence, acquisitions, work for the regulatory and the
regulated, assessing the products of an existing client."
At no time did Dr Ryan inform the council of his relationship
with Cllr Hall, nor did he ever tell the council of his and Cllr
Hall's intention to trade in Pembrokeshire, thereby breaching
the undertaking given in his letter of 3 September 2000.
Yet this Micky Mouse IMCI tells me that he didn't breach their
Code of Ethical conduct.
This should come as no surprise to anyone old enough to recall
that, not that long ago, Charles Haughey was the Prime Minister
(Taioshoch) of this corrupt little country.