• It is well-known that Ireland is two countries. There is the one within the cocoon of the M50 and its luxuriant suburbs of counties Louth, Meath, Kildare and Wicklow, and then there is the rest. Never has the divide been more graphically displayed than over the question of bin charges.
Those of us great unwashed who inhabit Culchieland are astonished at the attitude of that social elite, the Jackeens, who are being asked to pay a bin charge of €100 per annum, payable up-front.
I have lived in Culchieland for six years and my bin charge is currently €300, payable up-front. That is €200 more than is required of a Dubliner and I bet none of them has a septic tank either.