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History Repeats Itself – 2013 Dublin Bus Strike


In the summer of 1913, James Larkin called a general strike of the employees of the Dublin Tramway Company. It escalated to this point after William Martin Murphy owner of The Irish Independent, The Evening Herald, and of course the trams, banned workers from joining or being a member of Larkin’s union, the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. History would remember Larkin’s decision to go on strike as an impressive and tactical bit of timing on his part, as it coincided with the opening day of the Dublin Horse Show; one of the busiest days for Dublin’s public transport. This led to an agreement between the majority of large business owners in Dublin locking out their workforce, causing riots, civil unrest, and very poor conditions, and lasted nearly six months. Continue reading

News in Brief-Leave It Ouh Granny Joins Jedward In Panto

keep-calm-and-leave-it-ouhIf you’re reading this the world hasn’t ended – yet, anyway – and it’s nearly Christmas!

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer had a very shiny nose, and if you ever saw it, you would even say it glows. But actually “Rudolph’s nose is red because it is richly supplied with red blood cells, comprises a highly dense microcirculation, and is anatomically and physiologically adapted for reindeer to carry out their strenuous annual flying duties for Santa Claus.” This finding comes courtesy of a paper by physiologist Can Ince from Erasmus University in Rotterdam. “Using hand-held vital video microscopy used for imaging human nasal microcirculation in health, interventions and disease, we were able to solve an age-old mystery,” Prof Ince said.

Ten lords are leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids are milking, Eamon Gilmore’s swanning. According to Labour Senator John Whelan who accused his party leader Eamon Gilmore of being “out swanning around with Hilary Clinton” while he and other parliamentary colleagues were getting it in the neck from low-income working families. That’s going to be an awkward office Christmas party.

Grandma got run over by a reindeer but seven church goers in Limerick got clamped. A Parish Priest has given early Christmas presents to some of his parishioners after he bailed them out of their car clamping fines. The clamping occurred whilst the church goers were taking part in the annual carol concert in St Joseph’s Church, O’Connell Avenue, Limerick. After calling to the priest to express their concerns Fr Tom Mangan offered to pay the seven €100 fines.

Have yourself a merry little Christmas because with Bank of Ireland are to increasing their variable interest rate from 0.7% to 4% you’ll be paying it off till June. Enda Kenny said he “doesn’t like” the banks decision.

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas when you see the first ad for panto. No less than the Dublin Bus Jedward panto, imaginatively titled, Jedward and the Magic Lamp. And this year another Grimes is joining the gang. Granny, Ann Grimes – sadly no relation, shot to viral fame after interrupting a fight in Dublin with shouts of “ah here leave it ouh”. Now she is set to reprise her role breaking up a brawl in the Magic Lamp taking her celebrity to the next level, or another level anyway. The price of fame, a Jedward panto?

Whether you’ll be seeing Jedward or not News in Brief wishes you all a merry Christmas. Off now to drink gin and eat enormous amounts of chocolate coins. See you after Christmas for a look back at the year.

News in Brief-Quinn’s Getaway Foiled By Price Hikes As Molly Malone May Be Set To Emigrate

Even Molly Malone has had enough of the rain and the recession , the iconic statue at College Green could soon be off to Oz. Failte Ireland, the tourism board and Emirates Airlines have been in discussion about moving Molly, as part of Melbourne Cup celebrations, to the city for two weeks in November where she will join Ireland’s young work force. When even a bronze statue is emigrating it’s time to wonder if Ireland really is up a certain creek without a paddle. Wait for me Molly!
A flock of sheep have been stolen in Country Antrim. The livestock from the Knowhead Row area of Broughshane have distinctive blue heads (sprayed not genetically engineered) but are not tagged. Police are working hard to apprehend the thieves. Well that won’t be hard. They’ll be the ones stuck behind a flock of blue headed sheep.
With the Olympics starting in London tonight security across the country is at its highest. Except in Manchester where the security measures of the city airport were foiled by an eleven year old who attached himself to an unwitting family to bypass security checks. One commentator said; ‘If an eleven year old can get past security, so could a thirty-one year old’. I can imagine it now, six foot tall, bearded and affecting a squeaky voice, I’d say even Manchester’s clearly lax security might spot that one.
No doubt Peter Quinn would have found this story very interesting as he is also trying to run away – technically has run away. Having been sentenced to three months in prison for his involvement in the Quinn saga, and losing his licence due to drink driving earlier in the year, it hasn’t been going too well for Peter. According to sources he was showing signs of the strain before he made his departure, the poor lamb. He’s not the only one, his legal representatives have now asked to be removed from representing him in the future. Ouch!
         Of course if he could stump up a bit of cash, he could get a Bus Éireann ticket, but he’d want to be quick, prices are going up and I hear he’s not as flushed as he used to be. Commuters will apparently face a six percent rise in fares from January 2013 across the CIE transport links; Iaranród Éireann, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. To many of the unemployed population though commuting is but a distant dream.

Travelogues: A Little Something For The Journey

The posters featuring silhouettes that appeared on buses and trams all over Dublin during this (very rainy) May intrigued me.  Striking posters all bear an image of a member of the transport staff and a piece of text alongside. The text contains a snippet of memory or a notable experience from the staff member pictured. Feeling that they merited some investigation, I looked up the background to the mini memoirs. This is a fascinating art installation by American artist and DIT graduate Theresa Nanigian. You can see parts of it on buses, trains and trams in the Dublin area during the first two weeks in May. If you haven’t set foot on public transport for years, then try to do so before the exhibition finishes. It will be well worth the effort I promise. But how did it all come about?

To collect the material for her work, Nanigian spent nine months in a public transport ‘residency’. This involved talking to a wide variety of staff with Dublin Bus, Ianrόd Éireann, Bus Éireann, Luas, Dublin bikes and taxi companies. The results are quite eye opening; the stories are funny, touching and sometimes sad. I have been trying to catch as many of them as possible, but if you do not get a chance to see them, there is a website with all of the Travelogues content. Of great fascination are the boards detailing travel statistics. It has to be said that there are certainly some mind boggling ones for travellers to read. I particularly liked the figures about the lost property items left on public transport. Who would have thought that anyone would leave a prosthetic leg or a Samurai sword behind? Both are not items easily mislaid one would have thought. I would really like to know if they ever got collected.

The Per Cent for Art Scheme funded the public art project, with support from the National Transport Authority and the councils of Dublin City, Finglas, South County Dublin and Dún Laoghaire Rathdown. Metro Herald is the project’s media partner; you may have seen some of the work featured in the daily paper. As I mentioned above, there is a website giving all of the stories related and crediting the participants who gave their time to the project. While the pieces on the travel network will shortly be taken down, I hope that the web site will remain for public viewing. It has certainly been nice to have something different read on the way to work.

Regular Dart travellers will surely know about the poems that have been featured on the trains for many years, similar to the poems on the London underground project. Who knows, maybe we will yet have a long running Luas literary corner to brighten up the daily commute. Reading the carriage walls also means that you can read over someone else’s shoulder without being thought rude….

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