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McDonalds need to get the message ... locals in Greystones aren't lovin' it





A Safefood report, published this week, came up with a startling statistic. Some 70pc of Irish men are obese, as are 50pc of Irish women.

All of which will cause a huge burden on our health system.

It is just the latest in a long line of figures which reveal a damaging and, to be honest, mostly avoidable epidemic in this country, which costs the health services billions each year to combat, and is largely down to an unwillingness on the part of individuals to choose a healthier lifestyle.

So congratulations to the residents of Greystones, who are for the second time campaigning against the opening of a McDonalds fast food restaurant in their locality.

The proposed location is adjacent to three schools, conveniently close to the restaurant's primary target market.

It has already been once rejected by An Bord Pleanala but the fast food chain have launched a second attempt at bringing their own particular brand of high-calorie produce to the youth of Ireland.


McDonald's have, predictably, pointed to the number of jobs that the project will create, and denied that the location of the restaurant is deliberate.

"Proximity to local schools is not a deciding factor or part of the criteria for McDonald's when it comes to assessing suitable locations for new restaurants," it claimed, with a straight face.

To their credit, the residents of Greystones are refusing to give in, which has led to McDonald's trying to sweeten the deal by including a health and fitness studio in their new planning application.

Not only is this a slightly laughable attempt to curry favour with the locals, it is, ironically, one which sends out exactly the opposite message to what they would like.

After all, isn't it a tacit admission by McDonald's that their food makes you fat?