The leaflet drop introducing our new Councillor for ‘Gregory Group’ Mel MacGiobúin continues, working our way down from Infirmary Road. The weekend had us along the inner city and Clonliffe areas, then north west inner city and sections off North Circular Road.
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Dáil didn’t sit last week due to exodus of Ministers and Ministers of State abroad; but the office was very busy with constituent issues.
I don’t know what we ever did to, for, on or with St Patrick but I had the misfortune to walk through Temple Bar on Sunday night 16th – not too bad at 7.45 – crowds on the street drinking but at 10.45 on my way back to the car park it was mayhem and bedlam. Each few yards blokes urinating against walls which meant I was walking on rivulets of urine; then I was walking on masses of debris – plastic cups and bottles but also glass bottles. A lot of foreign accents which makes me wonder how much ‘culture’ they experienced over the weekend.
I thought it was illegal to drink on the street – now I don’t object to that generally provided people clean up but hundreds drinking on the street was something else – including drinking wine from the neck of the wine bottle. It was actually difficult to navigate my way through the crowds. I know the Gardaí have an arrangement with off-licences not to open before a certain time on St Patrick’s Day but that really is a joke after my experience on the Sunday night. I think pubs and bars should not be allowed sell alcohol in glass bottles if they are being brought out on the street and they must provide sufficient waste disposal facilities. I was glad to get back on to the north side of the Liffey.
St Patrick’s Day I went the opposite way – Dart to Howth; on the way back it was 14 and 15 years olds, many of them ‘out of it’ on alcohol. Very sad to see lovely young girls falling around drunk! Well done to Aratastic, BradÓg Youth and other groups in the bright and lively entry in Dublin’s Partick’s Festival Parade.
Quick interview in relation to Dublin Fire Brigade Ambulance Service – it is excellent and doesn’t make sense to change something that is working efficiently. That does not mean that other areas should not have the same level of service as Dublin – amazing the way comments can be misconstrued! Other events last week – I met the Palestinian Ambassador and then to meeting of North Inner City Drugs & Alcohol Task Force.