Friday 23 March 2018

The spirit of rural Ireland is slowly dying, drop by drop

Penalising the vast majority of sensible drinkers for the recklessness of a few is killing country life, writes Paidi O Se

THE human spirit cannot be quenched. I know it's a cliche, but it's often said of survivors of the Gulag, concentration camps (invented, incidentally, by the British during the Boer War) and other places of terrible extremity.

But I issue a solemn warning here today that the spirit of rural Ireland is in danger of being seriously dampened, if not extinguished altogether, because of the hammering that is being taken by country public houses.

First of all, I have to say without any equivocation that I do not condone drink- driving in any shape or form, and that I believe the carnage on our roads is often due to irresponsible and inebriated drivers.

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