Was It For This?



Ah here.

Anon writes:

In a bid for sustainability and eco friendliness AIB have bought all of its head office staff reusable cups….made in the UK.

That’s about 8,000 cups excluding branches. Good to know our money is being well spend…


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44 thoughts on “Was It For This?

  1. ElmoIsARat

    That’s 8,000 people with nice pension packages who should have been out of jobs 7/8 years ago, but for the imposed kindness of the people of Ireland. AIB should concentrate on attempting to return some of this largesse instead of wasting tens of thousands of Euro of our money on fripperies like this. Coffee mugs my arse.

    1. Happy Molloy

      whatever about Anglo and National Irish, the it was the right decision to save the AIB, the damage would have been astronomical had we not.

      we got similar cups in our work. I can see how it probably happened; board member suggests at quarterly meeting that we do something “green”, looks good in the annual report. This is a result.

      1. ollie

        Was AIB worth saving in it’s current format, really?

        This is the second time AIB has been bailed out by the taxpayer, it’s obvious that there’s something systemically wrong with the organisation.

        1. Happy Molloy

          but it wasn’t done for the organisations sake, it was to prevent the loss of the biggest bank in the state and along with that individuals and businesses deposits and massive disruption to the day to day operations of the country. At least the AIB truly was systemic, unlike Anglo which is one we can rightfully feel bitter over

          1. dav

            Both AIB and BoI LIED to the government about the extent of their potential losses. The only difference between them and ANGLO is they got away with it

  2. Scundered

    I wonder if people in the UK give out about stuff being made in Ireland in the same way, these posts always feel a little awkward.

    1. bisted

      …probably the opposite…but they’d be crying into their Jameson if they knew it was French owned…

    2. RichD

      I’m a Brit living in Dublin for 6 & a half years and no, generally-speaking, we don’t.

      I’m also wondering why it really matters where the goods that a company procures (regardless of whether it’s AIB or not) are made. So what are we saying here? Everything they purchase must be made in Ireland? Seriously? Is that even feasible? Everyone shops in Penneys but none of their products are manufactured in Ireland – what’s the difference? In this particular instance, does an Irish manufacturer of this type of cup actually exist?

      1. bisted

        …hi RichD…if we can spend 12 years learning Irish and still not be able speak it then you can be forgiven not getting the ‘was it for this’ thing after just 6 1/2 years…

        1. bisted

          …also, please stop using Brit as some kind of badge of honour…we use it as a pejorative…and if you lived here for 60 years you wouldn’t qualify as a West Brit…

          1. RichD

            @bisted I wasn’t using it as a “badge of honour”, and actually never do (or have). I was merely stating where I was from in direct response to Scundered wondering (and not to you, to be clear). I could have just as easily said “I was born in Britain and have been been living in Dublin for 6 & a half years”, or “I’m from the UK and have been been living in Dublin for 6 & a half years”. Would you have preferred either of those? Bit less badgey for you? Seriously.

            As for using “Brit” as a pejorative, what’s with the “we” you speak of? You’re saying all irish do that? Wow, speaking for an entire nation, fair play, I’m honoured. Oh and also, no, they don’t. Not at all.

            Don’t really see why you’re jumping on this to be honest.

            And yes, of course I get the “was it for this” thing, and in a lot less time than my duration in Ireland. But thanks for giving me the benefit of your lacking, unfounded doubt.

          2. bisted

            …here Rich…if the hard brexit includes a test for humour or long-windedness you’ll become an ex-pattie…

  3. Yowzah

    I’d imagine there’s be significant saving from waste disposal, as well as environmental benefits. Glad to see shorterm axe-grinding is still popular amongst those benefiting from the ‘Anon’ firstname

  4. De Kloot

    These threads always give me a giggle…. the fact that this is considered post-worthy and then in the best Daily Mail fashion, the rage sets in to the likes of Ratso above… Well, totes hilaire…. Clicked and baited.

  5. Anomanomanom

    Its posts like this that have been making BS go down hill. So its ok to be anti-english if its only because you want to be pro irish Products but if some one is pro irish as in help an irish person before a non irish then that’s racist. Also where are facts to prove AIB have 8000 head office staff, because it states for all head office staff.

  6. Janet, I ate my avatar

    could one not just take 5 mins and have a coffee from a cup like a civilised human
    “was it for this ” running around like frantic New Yorkers in the 80s with coffee on the go
    don’t get me started on the constant eating when walking or on public transport…

    1. Scundered

      I witnessed a fella eating a bowl of cereal on the train one morning, in the standing area by the doors (so easy to spill), the feeling of rage was overwhelming. But I think that was because he was eating so slowly, and having a conversation in between mouthfuls. #cerealtrainrage

  7. ReproBertie

    This is the “original reusable coffee cup”? Since when were cups not reusable? We still have some of the cups we got with a BP petrol promotion back in the dark ages and they work fine.

  8. ahjayzis

    What Irish company makes reusable mugs in anything like the quantity needed and how much more would it cost?

  9. The Old Boy

    How strange. Any office I ever worked in had an eclectic selection of ordinary mugs with enough for anyone who wanted them. No-one quite knew where they had come from and many seemed to have been in use since Methuselah was in short trousers. It’s hard to get much more environmentally friendly than that.

      1. bisted

        …I used to go to a pub in Bristol where the regular cider drinkers all had their own mug…unheard of to use someone elses mug and when you died your mug went up on a canopy above the bar – boot hill.

      2. The Old Boy

        There was indeed a certain type of character who brought a mug from home and guarded it for their exclusive use with fearsome jealousy.

    1. Happy Molloy

      It’s worthwhile spending twenty squids on a good earthenware mug. Keeps the tea fierce hot. Especially in high air con offices where the tea is cool before you sit back down at the desk.

      1. mildred st. meadowlark

        I make endless pots of tea, and just keep topping up with hot water/fresh teabags as required.

        There’s nothing but hot, black tea flowing through my veins.

  10. Jade

    If it makes any difference its an Australian company. They are good cups and it stops more non-recyclable cups going to landfill.
    But yes a definite bang of Greenwashing on this.

    1. bisted

      …they won’t be going to landfill anymore, they’ll be going to the incinerator…even if you don’t drink from disposable cups you’ll be able to breath them…

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