Only in Ireland

One of the things I love about this country is that it rarely fails to give me a laugh.

Years ago they decided to build a ring road around Dublin.  After all, London had one so we had to have one too.  We are world leaders in keeping up with the Joneses.  Anyhows, at massive expense and disruption the motorway was finally built.

Then they discovered it wasn't big enough to carry the traffic so, at massive expense and disruption they widened it.  In fact they had to do that a couple of times.

Then they discovered there was horrendous congestion at the intersection with the main Cork/Limerick interchange [the infamous Red Cow Roundabout] so at massive expense and disruption they had to strip the whole interchange and rebuild it into a spaghetti junction.

In the meantime they decided to build a tunnel to take lorries off the streets of Dublin and link the port with the ring road.  They built the Port Tunnel.  Then when it was almost complete they discovered that it wasn't high enough to take the bigger lorries.  They still haven't sorted that little conundrum.

Now they are building a motorway through Galway.  The planning started a few years ago and in 2009 the proposed route was flooded.  There was a little bit of angst, especially when the experts told them that it might not be the best of ideas to run a motorway just there.  However they decided that the flooding was a "once in a hundred year event" and that they would proceed with their wonderful plans.

Their construction site is now under water

So now they have to go back to the drawing board again.  Sure what's €550 million between friends anyway?

If you want to fuck things up don't bother with a plan.

If you really want to fuck things up completely, ask our gubmint to do the planning..

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