Tuesday 24 January 2017

Not too big an ask to do something for ourselves

If the State can't get even the basic things right, it's time we got back to basics, writes Brendan O'Connor

Published 20/03/2011 | 05:00

Admittedly we weren't as traumatised as some of the other people who had been foolish enough to bring their kids to Merrion Square on St Patrick's Day. My kids were too young to really take it all in and for us it wasn't a big day out, just a stroll after work.

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Girls who couldn't have been more than 10 were dressed like prostitutes. Some of them probably weren't drinking and some of them, if they were, were not yet showing ill effects.

Others weren't doing so well. I saw some vomiting, one having her hair held back by an obliging guy. Others had clearly lost their friends and were staggering around half- naked and vulnerable. In case you might hope that these girls were just following the fashions and not being sexualised, there was also a bit of open air heavy petting and groping going on in the middle of the street.

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