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People are utterly beleaguered with the capital at the moment, and they are starting to see evidence of a defective Dublin everywhere they look

Ellen Coyne


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Queues to get through security at Dublin Airport have caused frustration for passengers

Queues to get through security at Dublin Airport have caused frustration for passengers

Queues to get through security at Dublin Airport have caused frustration for passengers

It’s been a rough enough time for Dublin. By the time reporters had descended on Terminal 1, collecting anguished vox pops from would-be travellers trapped in queue purgatory, it had already been decided that the airport shambles could not and would not be regarded as an isolated crisis.

The dysfunction of the country’s international airport was immediately deemed to be just another symptom of a sick city, one that hasn’t been working properly for a long time. Plenty of people quickly stitched the airport into a bleak tapestry of Dublin, a city where the cost of everything is too high, the number of workers are too low and where the basics just keep malfunctioning.


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