ireland: what are we doing?
January 15, 2004 at 11:38 am #706734
i just got this via email: any thoughts?
Earth to Mars
* Distance: Approx. 77 Million kms
* NASA Spirit Cost: Approx. 321 Million
* Launched: 10-06-2003
* Landed: Jan 2004
* Status: Working
* Length of first two lines: Approx. 25kms
* Luas cost so far: Approx. 675 million
* Construction of Line A, commenced in September 1999.
* Status: Not working
Just to give some idea of scale, if there were to be an Irish mission
launched in the morning, at this rate it would take 13 million years to
get to Mars, without actually working, in spite of costing EUR208 trillion.
Idiots. But sure, aren’t we gas when we’ve drink taken.
January 15, 2004 at 11:53 am #739410sw101Participant
Is spirit wheelchair accessible? regulations compliance can be a real strain on the budget
January 15, 2004 at 11:56 am #739411
well everything is p.c. over there so i can just presume it is while also instructions are in spanish as well.
January 15, 2004 at 6:26 pm #739412
This is just more cynics having a go. Without sounding stupid, and by the way I have a sense of humour:
1. They didnt build fully electrified railway lines to mars
2. The research and development cost of the whole programme for a mission to mars is a lot more substantial to that of the development of a space vehicle. ie: the spirit.
January 15, 2004 at 7:57 pm #739413Paul ClerkinKeymaster
NASA Spirit doesnt have to return home and do the trip again tomorrow 😉
January 15, 2004 at 8:48 pm #739414dc3Participant
One encouraging sign that LUAS is getting close to the Planet Red Cow is that vandals, yes vandals, indeed, in saintly Ireland have been stoning the Luas on test.
“Men are from Mars, Luas is from project planners”
January 16, 2004 at 9:31 am #739415
first of all i’m from galway and live in galway. i don’t care about ti to be honest because it doesn’t affect me. so i’m not a cynic , i infact think it’s a good idea so u are without a sense of humour. and i never said anything about a mission to mars i just mentioned spirit. but the price we are paying and yes i pay taxes too so i am paying for it, is absolutely stupid as i demonstrated.
January 16, 2004 at 12:11 pm #739416
I didnt mean to imply you were a cynic. I received that e-mail too and was referring to the person circulating it, not you personally
January 16, 2004 at 12:16 pm #739417
ooops sorry then. i’m not a cynic at all thankfully. i believe that it’s about time for such public transport even though i would have prefered to see a metro. hopefully galway is next!!!!!!!!! but it is
funny the comparsion. it’s reflects our ( as a country) waste of money on infrastructural projects though. it really shouldn’t cost that much.
January 16, 2004 at 1:04 pm #739418
Metro all the way but Luas is a start. The costs of an underground can definitely be justified by the benefits to the economy. if Dublins traffic was halved it would be worth approx 3.5billion to the city each year in increased business etc etc etc
January 16, 2004 at 1:08 pm #739419AnonymousInactive
When they start digging, what will they find? Another Wood Quay or another Carrickmines Castle? Can you imagine the fun we would have?!!!!!!!!!
January 16, 2004 at 1:10 pm #739420
hmmmm… fun! lol.
January 16, 2004 at 1:12 pm #739421
dig the thing and tie up all those hippy tree hugging b******s in some forest. Granted archeological remains need to be preserved and investigated but they shouldn’t be allowed to deprive the city of VITAL infrastructure.
January 16, 2004 at 1:14 pm #739422
January 16, 2004 at 2:20 pm #739423AnonymousInactive
I am only pointing out what will inevitably happen when we start to dig for a metro system. It will actually be interesting to see what is found, if anything, underneath the city. I am not saying that it should stop a vital piece of infrastructure from being built. It should just be thought about as being an aspect of the construction process.
ps: FIN, what does ‘lol’ mean?
January 16, 2004 at 2:33 pm #739424d_d_dallasParticipant
“laugh out loud”
January 16, 2004 at 2:34 pm #739425AnonymousInactive
January 16, 2004 at 2:37 pm #739426
there could be loads of stuff underneath…execpt if it digs so far so as to miss all of it, but enev so the tree huggers will be up in arms…protect everything!!!!
January 16, 2004 at 2:42 pm #739427AnonymousParticipant
Re the ‘Underground Dublin’ Thread
“Despite most of the interest cited on this thread there are very few underground ‘spaces’ in Dublin.
A couple of railway tunnels, several culverted rivers and the odd bomb shelter usually shallow and dating from the last war.”
Don’t worry The Metro has full An Taisce support and the gag was well delivered
January 16, 2004 at 2:45 pm #739428
oh! sorry didn’t see that thread…so there is no viking settlements or anything like that? that makes it an awful lot easier…
January 16, 2004 at 2:48 pm #739429AnonymousParticipant
Only a gridlocked surface
January 16, 2004 at 2:52 pm #739430AnonymousInactive
It would definitely make things alot easier.
January 16, 2004 at 4:41 pm #739431GrahamHParticipant
The metro would go much deeper than any Viking ‘layers’ wouldn’t it?
The inital bore holes may reveal some finds, but otherwise I think we’d be going to deep for any problems – of the historic variety that is.
January 16, 2004 at 4:45 pm #739432
that’s what i thought.
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