Showing posts from November, 2009

The Cork Water Crisis

As a resident of the city, I'm not unsympathetic to the unusual circumstances which have produced the worst ever flooding to the city or even the shutoff of the water services for up to a horrifying 9 days.

What I am very angry about is the misinformation and inadequacy of services supplied to people by the emergency services. For those of you who might not know, there was and is no emergency out of hours water services hotline in the city. This exists in the north county and south county areas, but not in the city. A call to the FIRE BRIGADE was required in the city area, presumably so the council workers can go home at 5pm and sleep soundly in their beds. (Similar anomalies occur for example with clamping - you can be clamped at any time up until 3.30pm on a Saturday, but the phoneline to get declamped shuts down, so you can't be declamped, unlike in Dublin where there is a 24 by 7 service and 1 hour maxmimum wait time to get unclamped again).

For example certain local cou…

Don't be dumb: get the jab

Its astonishing how many people are ignoring the sound advice to take advantage of the H1N1 vaccine currently rolling out in Ireland. While many people think there is unnecessary panic, we have a few issues in Ireland that make this more dangerous - high levels of undiagnosed diabetes and very poor levels of good management for asthmatics. The former is due to a lack of screening, and the latter is due to the obscene costs of management (easily up to 1000 euros a year for medication plus GP fees). While a lot of people scoff at the fact that asthmatics are "overtreated" I can tell you that the reality for us is that you are basically stuck on the medication - for life. Losing 5 stone, getting fit and cutting out the fags didn't cure me, it made it possible to reduce my medication by about 50% (and the annual bill is now about 400 to 500 - still utterly obscene by any standards, the equivalent of a weeks wages for many people). So a lot of people tend to take their c…