How to revitalise Ireland’s tourism — 12 Comments

  1. You’re right, the craic’s  gone in the South.  And  France is far more relaxed – have you noticed the absence of signs and CCTV?  East Germans who hopped it over the Berlin wall probably felt the same way as a Brit/Irish leaving these accursed Isles.  Like there’s a weight off your back.

  2. A quick search reveals that there are 13 million smokers in the UK, 106,000 of whom are killed by smoking every year. Perhaps Ireland could develop a graveyard industry for the UK.

  3. Welcome Richard.  Indeed I did notice the lack of signs in France.  They do have the smoking ban, but they are far more relaxed about it.  It is becoming more and more like a communist state here.

    TT – With all due respect, that figure of 106,000 is the greatest load of bollix I ever heard.  Of the deaths in the UK, 106,000 may have been smokers, but they were also breathers, eaters and drinkers.  How can anyone possibly claim that smoking killed them.  Where did you get that figure?  ASH?

  4. TT – I did a little research on this.  I did a search for “smoking 106,000 uk” and got 8,760 results.  The problem was that they were all obviously quoting each other.  It took me a while to track back to the original source which was a report by the ‘National Health Agency‘ in 2004.  Reading through that document, it is full of assumptions and estimates.   It’s worth a read, but do so with an open mind.

  5. You only want more tourists cos your “target” count is a bit lean … 😉 🙂

  6. We all give up in the end. Smokers and non-smokers. If you want the country to generally live longer ban work (stress), ban cars (toxic pollution many times higher than cigarette smoke) and ban cities (same as number two).

    Easy. And then we’d all have much more time for TV.

  7. Con – TV?  Think of the radiation!!

    Radge – Nah!  Thanks for asking.  🙂

  8. i have a better idea.. go to France to have your health issues treated then so we wont have to pay for your cancinogenic habit CHOICES

  9. Three points.

    1.  If you are a non-smoker [which I gather you are] then I probably contribute considerably more to the exchequer than you do.

    2. I don’t have any “heath issues” thanks very much.

    3. My choice of lifestyle is my business and no one else’s.


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