You have to hand it to Dublin City Council.
For sheer crass stupidity they really take some beating.
For years now, Ireland has been in recession, and shopkeepers are doing everything in their power to entice the few that have the cash into their shops. A lot have failed and the shutters have gone up for the last time.
Now you would imaging that Dublin City Council would be doing everything in its power to help the shops along. It should keep its rates as low as possible by not squandering its cash reserves. It should be trying to entice people into the city to keep the remaining shops afloat.
So what is it doing?
It’s are going to rip up Grafton Street which is the heart of the shopping district.
Grafton Street is pedestrianised, and only opens for traffic for a short while for deliveries. It is not a traffic thoroughfare. It doesn’t matter is the surface isn’t 100%. However, Dublin City Council are going to rip up the entire street at repave it at a cost of €2.5 million, which is cash which it doesn’t have. The Council reckons it will take a year to complete the job, and during that year, access will be difficult even for pedestrians. There will be noise, dirt, dust and filthy great lorries trundling up and down. Jayzus but the shopkeepers must be only fucking delighted!
There are times when I honestly feel that I have entered some surreal parallel universe – a universe where normal logic is completely inverted.
Or maybe I have finally cracked and I’m just imagining all of this?