H/t reader squodgy:
“Just visited Dublin, and was astounded at the number of beggars, many from eastern Europe. Literally one every 10 paces around the big shops where construction work was being carried out laying new tram tracks. It seems from the attached blog that professional begging gangs have moved in.
So I started asking individuals about their thoughts on the E.U., recalling that Ireland had a referendum & voted OUT, but EU told them to have another vote until they voted “IN”. So they voted “IN”.
The general theme now is that since the second vote, the EU have funded many big infrastructure projects, to the extent that the employment level (excluding the beggars) …see…
is massaged by EU funded work, none of which is anything but papering over the cracks.
One person’s response was a gem, “We don’t really want the federalism or remote bureaucracy, but now, we’re so fucked, we need the EU more than ever.”
Have stayed a night or two in Dublin some weeks for past while…but have to sat begging is getting out of control
Have stayed in camden court, walk from there down camden street theres a beggar every 50 yards, if you pass by they throw a smart..you have a nice day bud as if its your fault there begging…went into carmelite church on Aungier street and see beggars terrorising old ladies leaving the church forcing them to give them money…
light a cigarette and you have bums from all corners looking for a smoke & 2 Euro for the bus??
Turning the place into a kip as this carry on.