Who Is Killing The GoCars?


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Damage to two GoCars in Blackpitts, Dublin 8 from suspected arson attacks last night

The GOCar car sharing service was last night hit by two separate incidents of suspected arson on their vehicles.

GoCar Head Of Operations Jonathan Roche responding to the attacks in Dublin 8, said:

“As a small Irish business, an attack on two vehicles worth €15,000 each is obviously a huge disappointment for us, but it is an isolated incident and we’re reassured by how swiftly and thoroughly the Gardai have been dealing with it.

This is an ongoing investigation so we cannot currently comment any further on details of the suspected arson.

These 2 cars are consistently very busy, and with them off the road our members are inconvenienced and we’re losing out on essential revenue.

Our cars are like our shop for any small Irish store, and this attack will cause many knock-on effects for our business with a small team.

We’re confident the benefits of GoCar are being felt by both members and non-members, as each GoCar takes up to 14 private cars off the streets of Dublin and Cork


Go Car

Pics via Darragh Genockey

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31 thoughts on “Who Is Killing The GoCars?

    1. Starina

      ah but really they’re clearing spaces for parking because each Go Car takes up to 14 private cars off the streets of Dublin and Cork.

      1. Cot

        Except, that they don’t. No one in the area uses Go Car. They just dump the Go Cars in an area where locals can’t get parking.

        1. Rob_G

          People who drive Go-Cars are entitled to park them on the public road, same as any other motorist. If ‘locals’ want a guaranteed parking place, they should have bought a house with a driveway.

          1. Cot

            You obviously don’t understand the Go Car model. Go Cars have allocated spaces in Dublin 8. If they parked them where-ever there was a free space, that’d be fine. But they always clog up the same space. Most people in the area live in flats or houses without driveways, so that’s not an option.

          2. Rob_G

            Do you think Go Car got these spaces for free?

            “Most people in the area live in flats or houses without driveways”.

            – that is unfortunate. I’m sure that they understood when they were buying their home that there was a risk that they would not get their preferred parking space 100% of the time.

          3. Cot

            No, Go Car didn’t get the spaces for free. The council wanted to make a quick buck whether the residents agreed to have the Go Cars in the area or not. And that’s why Go Cars will be vandalized/ burned for the foreseeable future.

          4. Rob_G

            “…whether the residents agreed to have the Go Cars in the area or not. ”

            The public road belongs to the council, and no-one else. Your tacit condoning of wanton acts of vandalism is a bit worrying…

          5. Cot

            Well, quite frankly, it doesn’t matter what you argue. Go Car’s days in D8 are numbered. The people have spoken.

          6. Turgenev

            Why should private cars be allowed to “clog up” road space, for that matter? Why are people allowed to use public roads to store their private property? If there was no on-street parking there’d be at least a third as much room for buses, cyclists and even those many cars with one person each in them.

          7. topsy

            Turn. Cyclist should be BANNED from public roads. They are a total nuisance for those of us who can afford to drive a car and like our comfort.

          1. spudnick

            Yes, it would be nice to remind Cot of that remark when his gaff is burgled or wallet nicked, and make him feel better by telling him “the people have spoken”.

          2. B Hewson

            Hopefully the culprit is caught and an file sent to the DPP, they get legal aid and after hundred of hours of expensive public servants and lawyers time, they are released on a suspended charge by an arrogant and out of touch judge. That will be the outcome society wants.

    2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      And the arsonist is………….


      I find this case was too easy for my superior detective brain.

  1. Sheik Yahbouti

    On an unrelated topic, can I just mention that I received my motor Insurance renewal notice today. Despite no accidents, claims or convictions, and a ‘no claims bonus since the year dot’ I am being asked for two hundred and change in extra premium. This Government will approve, and stand over, this gouging??

    1. ivan

      They will. And the Insurance industry will tell you it’s because Legal Fees but still be *terribly* coy about releasing any verifiable data because commercial sensitivity.

      Just assume the position, there’s a good chap!

      1. Sheik Yahbouti

        Ivan, me poor little hole is getting awfully sore at this stage. Would armed insurrection be an option at all?!:-D

        1. Liam Deliverance

          @Sheik – It might!, it might be the only option left eventually, when our backsides are red raw and we have been discarded because we have no more money left in our threadbare pockets.

          1. Neilo

            Trapping elected officials in cars for a few hours is the best our native Trots can manage: Wolfie Smith must be rolling in his grave even though Robert Lindsay still walks among us.

    2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

      Ring around. You’ll get it back to normal price. I think I ended up getting it with Bank of Ireland (who knew?).

      1. Caroline™

        Ring around, sure that’s the problem!

        (It’s his bum you see. It’s getting too many willies forced up it. He needs a mercy felching from a benevolent insurer.)

  2. Cian

    Few possibilities. They’re often the only car left parked overnight in a rough area; there’s no chance of the owner randomly knowing the mammy of the scrote that firebombed it; and as an absolute outlier there’s a nutter cyclist I work with hates them as he thinks city dwellers shouldn’t be allowed drive at all.

    I’ve a feeling its not the last one. Although I may have to keep my eye on him.

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