58 thoughts on “Woodlawn Rises

  1. Mister Mister

    I would genuinely like to know how many protesting are actually from the area, and only then can you say there’s large resistance from Woodlawn.

        1. Mé Féin

          Every one of them. Water thugs, the lot of them. A disgrace. Up from Tipperary saying fierce stupid shite … oh wait …

    1. Well that's that

      I’m glad that by protesting the water charges the protesters are causing huge extra costs for the installation of water meters to the taxpayer. How much does it cost to have that many Gardai observer workmen work?

      Protest the principle, not the action. Incurring more costs for unnecessary security is stupid. Let them install the water meters, the charge will be struck off and the meters will sit in the ground.

  2. Soundings

    If it costs €540m to install 1.1m meters or around €500 per meter installed, then, are these meter thingamajigs worth anything? The meter will be only part of the cost, I know, but am hugely surprised that something that’s probably worth, what? €50-100? is left so unprotected in the ground where it can be easily removed, as demonstrated on youtube.

    Given the number of ghost estates stripped of their copper and pipes, given the number of clothes banks raided by our Accession friends, I’m most impressed that these meters aren’t being exported in bulk.

  3. JimmytheHead

    Just another way of GMC/Denis O’Brien to charge the government even more money for an unwanted service. They send out 3 times more vans and people than they need, im guessing they’ll be sent home by the angry protesters in just enough time for the company to charge for a full days work…. big business guy makes a killing at our expense, again

    1. Soundings

      Very good point Jimmy, is the €540m charge for installing the 1.1m meters dependant on GMC being able to complete the work without disruption from protesters. Might that cost spiral? Can’t imagine GMC will pick up the cost for its staff to sit in their vans.

  4. Fe Dlowered

    This is all getting quite boring now. Pack of clueless gombeens “protesting” about the installation of something that currently makes sweet FA of a difference to what you’ll pay for water.

    And since when is anywhere in Coolock “Middle Class”?

    1. phil

      you do remember that this is a Republic, and citizens wherever they are from are afforded the same rights benifits and responsibilities as you are …

      Now Ill grant you the idea that some citizens my not be living up to their responsibilities as citizens but there is no need to turn that argument into a class issue …

      1. Fe Dlowered

        I didn’t turn it into a class issue. It started with the comment in the tweet that said “middle class estate”. Since that seemed important to the tweeter and the poster of this “story” I felt compelled to reference it.

  5. Rep

    While this probably makes me sounds like a complete snob, this is possibly the first time I have heard of anywhere in Coolock being described as middle class in a non-satirical way.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      Considering that just over 22% of Irish workers are on subsistence wages (ie – on the edge of poverty) according to the OECD, coupled with the numbers unemployed…. there’s not much of a middle left, and it too is moving to the lower end of the earnings scale…. IMO.

    2. Bobby

      I’m from Coolock and agree with you, for what it’s worth. It’s not middle class, and most here would be very proud of that fact.

    3. Spaghetti Hoop

      Interesting. Is your idea of middle class different than Joan Byrne’s? Perhaps the term needs some definition if it’s to be bandied around on the interwebs. I mean, who exactly constitutes an ‘upper class’ in a republic such as ours with no aristocracy or titles? Sounds like a label of convenience and of prejudice to me – and the people purporting it are overly-convcerned with judging folk simply by their gaff or what school they went to.

  6. Fergalito

    It does make you sound like a snob and clearly shows a bias based on stereotypes rather than any clear understanding. It also shows how easy it is to make cheap, lazy remarks regardless of how you perceive they will sound.

    Just another day on the internet i guess.

    1. Rep

      You are showing your bias by thinking I mean anything negative by my remark. I never said there way anything wrong with Coolock, merely that I have never heard of it being called middle-class. You inferred from this that I was being negative about it. It also shows how easy it is to make cheap, lazy assumptions based on your own bias.

    1. Caroline

      Me too, had to check the map. Possibly legit, if Oak (west of M50) and Lorcan/Castletimon (south of R104) are the boundaries.

  7. Fe Dlowered

    Just an Ordinary Day in an Ordinary part of Dublin populated by Ordinary people. All sounds quite Ordinary to me.

    See how offensive and derogatory that term can sound?

    1. Medium Sized C

      I guess its all relative.

      Because most of the time these days its used as a glorifying euphemism for working class people.

      1. Fe Dlowered

        I’m not sure that the frequent use of the term “Ordinary” by people like Joe Higgins, Paul Murphy, Pearse Doherty and Clare Daly is intended to be “glorifying”. The socialists need the Ordinary people to stay Ordinary and for more people to consider themselves as Ordinary or they’ll lose votes.

          1. Fe Dlowered

            Depends who you ask. Paul Murphy et al can’t be accused of being reasonable but they’re certainly ordinary in every sense of the word.

  8. Eugene Connolly

    I have been on both main marches which felt really empowering & genuinely communal (just to say..). I passed this convoy of vans & equipment this morning on my way to a funeral. There must have been at least 20 vehicles in a line parked outside the estate, I’ve never seen anything like it! Really oppressive vibe about it, totalitarian vibe, horribly intimidating. I still feel a bit sick in my stomach thinking about it, not quite the panzers rolling into Warzaw but everything is relative. Where’s Milan Kundera when you need him. Or Roddy Doyle, Dermot Bolger or even Joe O’Connor? We need a poetic voice to witness this NOW! Rant over(rolls up in foetal ball).

    1. The Insight

      Who was doing the intimidating? The lads sitting in their vans just wanting to do their jobs or the protesters who were a mix of locals and rent a mob eirigi types.

      1. One Dub

        The lads sitting in their vans…the protesters who were a mix of locals and rent a mob eirigi types. (sic)
        I think it’s usually the Gardaí, but the Éirigí crowd aren’t much better in fairness.

  9. Jarvis

    Watching the telly earlier , Nicola Curry said the protesters get on great with the GMC/SIERRA meter installers , giving them tea and
    toast in the estates ,,, next month , ,,,if the protesters pay taxes they will be paying for the dole money for the installers as they get paid per meter fit , no fits , no wages = dole

      1. One Dub

        Wait a minute, you seem to think like a Fianna Fáil supporter.
        (I mean that in a ‘retarded backwards’ sense, and nothing to do with the wonderful brand new party of gobshites who populate Fianna Fáil nowadays, because they’re a completely different shower of old men.

        I’m not affiliated with ANY political party. I hate them ALL equally.

  10. Brian

    Private vehicles blocking bus lanes should be fined €40 each. 26 vehicles would easily pay for the Garda overtime……………….€1,040.

    One would expect the workers to have some dignity and resign.

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