Re: Re: A Nation at War with its Capital City?
You have to admit that Liam Lawlor and Ray Burke, both Dubliners, are prime examples of destructive forces towards Dublin that can’t be blamed on anti-urban bias.
That Ireland that we dreamed of would beâ€¦ a land whose countryside would be
bright with cosy homesteads, whose fields and villages would be joyous with the
sounds of industry, with the romping of sturdy children, the contests of athletic
youths, the laughter of comely maidens, whose firesides would be the forums for the
wisdom of serene old age. Eamonn DeValera, The Irish Times, 18 March 1943
Ha ha ha.
Ireland was a much more rural society in 1943. Cities were plagued with heavy industry
Anyone remember John Major saying this about England:
the country of “long shadows on county grounds, warm beer, invincible green suburbs, dog lovers and pools fillers and – as George Orwell said ‘old maids bicycling to holy communion through the morning mist’.
Not very different from Dev’s rubbish. Just some sentimental stuff for the voters. I wouldn’t read anything into it. Anyhow CutePanda, you missed decentralisation where the government attempts to move 10,000 jobs to their constituencies over 5 years, while 50,000 jobs are being created in Dublin each year. Har har.