Perhaps. Perhaps. Perhaps.
I was stopped for long enough to remove my camera from my pannier, frame the shot, take two pictures, put the camera away and cycle off. At least 2 minutes. Long enough, I think, to be able to ascertain whether there was a Garda executing his emergency duties in a nearby location that would have required him to park in that spot. And guess what...?
"Motorists are often obliged to perform far more dangerous and fast paced courtesy manouvers"
Then they are driving too fast. It is incumbent on a motorist to drive with sufficient care and attention to be able to stop or alter their behaviour without endangering themselves or others. Not to do so is considered dangerous driving, but unfortunately the danger inherent in such behaviour is often only apparent when an unforeseen incident occurs, by which time it is often too late.
Anyway, I'm done on this one. You know by now PDLL that we fundamentally disagree.
Though I might add: when you're in a hole you stop digging.
To go back to a previous element of this thread (and another one on which I've disagreed with many members here), this article might be of some interest. It''s about rule-breaking cyclists in England and community opposition to their antics. You know how I feel already, I think- there's no need for me to rehash my points of view. In essence, I could have written 90% of this article.
Braking Point, by Will Storr, Observer Magazine, 4th June 2006