Sunday 23 July 2017

A frightening combination

A combination of events and circumstances means that a bout of bad weather which brought the country to a standstill yesterday looks likely to do so again today. A few centimetres of snow, coupled with a shortage of gritting material, means planes stopped flying and buses stopped running, and it could yet lead to the closure of most of the national road network.

Excuses for a chronic shortage of road-gritting material have not been convincing.

In the absence of any clear explanation, or statement of intent, or even a word of encouragement from our leaders, we must try to figure out for ourselves why snow and ice have turned us, virtually overnight, into a Third World country. At least that is how a lone pensioner, who lives in Cork, described the world he sees around him, with elderly people struggling to stay warm, and afraid to turn off taps in case the water freezes, rendering them unable to wash, or even make a cup of tea.

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