Flicking through a copy of the Northside People, I chanced upon an article that dealt with a public park which had opened in the markets area of town. Sort of.
You see, the park - refurbished by Dublin City Council at a cost of €150,000 - is only open between the hours of 12 noon and 3pm.
The reason? It seems the authorities fear anti-social behaviour. This, despite the fact that the Bridewell Garda station is not even 100 metres up the road from the park.
What does it take to make the Irish authorities carry out their responsibilities?
It seems rather than deal with any instances of anti-social behaviour, the powers-that-be simply close down public facilities. It is the same if you go for a drive in the Dublin Mountains, car parks are simply shut and people must leave their cars on the narrow roads. Again, “anti-social behaviour” is the reason given.
So, we can conclude one of two things:
1) We have a super-strain of scumbag in Ireland, that no power on Earth could contain.
2) The relevant authorities – be they local councils or the civic guard – are simply not doing their jobs.
Tempting as it is - at first glance - to plump for option one, the second option is the only logical choice.
If you are in any doubt, try counting the number of police on the beat in any of our known socially troubled areas some evening. Or, less seriously, try parking your car in a (locked) public car park in the Dublin Mountains on a summer afternoon - while the shellsuits are still in bed only dreaming of forthcoming anti-social activities.
"With power, comes responsibility", the saying goes.
Not if you are in a well-paid position of public "responsibility" in Ireland, it doesn't.
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