A recent article in the weekend section of the Irish Times gushed ‘there are tens of thousands of Nigeria’s Igbo tribe in Ireland’. As well as ‘a thriving Congolese community’.
Reflect on that for a few moments, and then join me as I head to Limerick in search of some other savage tribes, this time of the Irish variety. Now about 18 months ago I wrote about a €1.5 billion ‘regeneration project’ for the ‘deprived areas’ of that city. As I said in that post, deprived means that “they’re infested with criminal gangs, violent anti-social behaviour is rife, disputes between ‘neighbours’ are often resolved by way of arson or murder. The police run scared. In effect, society there has broken down, despite the presence of many decent families.”
Now the solution was a brave one. Essentially to knock down the existing housing stock and put the criminal gangs, arsonists and murderers into new houses. At which point they’d overnight become model citizens, staying in every evening to enjoy a warm cocoa before heading to bed at ten - prepared for another day of hard but honest work.
What could go wrong? After all, a sociology professor came up with the idea.
Well sadly, and amazingly, the new houses didn’t have the expected impact. According to the Sunday Independent, “the attacks, fire-bombings and threats continue, resulting in terrified families fleeing their neighbourhoods.”
Who could have imagined?
Our tax Euros at work.
Anyway, I'll leave you with a cultural quiz on Limerick:
Q: What does a Limerick girl use as protection during sex?
A: A bus shelter
Q:What do you call a 30 year old Limerick girl?
Q: What do you call a Limerick girl in a white tracksuit?
A: The bride
Q: What's the first question on a Limerick quiz night?
A: What the fuck you lookin' at?