Tuesday 21 October 2014

'Seagull came at me like a velociraptor and snatched hamburger from my hand' - Man tells Liveline

Published 18/07/2014 | 15:06

A man has claimed a seagull came at him like a “velociraptor” as he left a city centre fast food outlet.

The man, who was speaking on RTE One’s ‘Liveline’ programme, claimed the seagull snatched a burger from his hands as he walked down Grafton Street in Dublin’s city centre.

He told host Philip Boucher Hayes, who is standing in for Joe Duffy, that he was leaving Burger King on the street when a seagull “swooped it [his hamburger] out of my hand”.

The caller told Boucher Hayes he believes the city has a problem with sea gulls – and would be in favour of a “gull cull”.

He finished his call, with tongue seemingly firmly planted in check, by saying: “First it’s our burgers, next it will be our jobs and then our wives.”

Another woman claimed that seagulls would gather before children took a playbreak at the school she worked in.

A Seagull investigates a  discarded paper bag in Dublin's St Stephens Green .
17/7/14
Pic Frank Mc Grath
A Seagull investigates a discarded paper bag in Dublin's St Stephens Green . 17/7/14 Pic Frank Mc Grath
A Seagull investigates a  discarded paper bag in Dublin's St Stephens Green .
17/7/14
Pic Frank Mc Grath
A Seagull investigates a discarded paper bag in Dublin's St Stephens Green . 17/7/14 Pic Frank Mc Grath

The caller told the host that the gulls would be "swooping quite a lot" .

They would "be gathering before the 11am break, and they would be gathering again before the second break in the yard".

"They would gather in the year before the bell went for a break - they knew when food was going to be brought out."

The callers' comments come a day after a Fianna Fail senator called on the Government to take action against “raucous” seagulls that are attacking young children.

Ned O’Sullivan said seagulls have “lost the run of themselves” in Dublin City and are even taking lollipops from children.

Speaking in the Seanad, the Kerry politician said: “They are very raucous, they are keeping people awake.

They are getting so cheeky now they are attacking young children.”

Mr O’Sullivan said the new Minister for the Environment Minister Alan Kelly needed to take action.

Irish Independent

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