Garbage

A junket-free St Patrick’s Day, for most – Eoghan Harris, Columnists – Independent.ie

We follow and find ourselves at the annual Patrick Day’s Mass of the New York Sanitation Department. The faces that gaze devoutly at the altar are faces from home, filled with pride in their work, and how far they have come, as a people and as persons: the blue-collar Irish, salt of the earth, people who are prepared to fight and die for democracy, people who deserved better than the bad politics that has been patronisingly pumped into them for years, and people who, we later discover, are now fully signed up for peace in Ireland.

Who would have thought that bin collection involved fighting and dying for democracy? And to think I’d been complaining about the increased bin charges!

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2 Responses to “Garbage”


  1. 1 Locky March 24, 2009 at 10:10 am

    One of the problems with dying for democracy is, you lose your vote in the process.

    Bit of a conundrum, really.

  2. 2 Hugh Green March 24, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Indeed. In fact they should make it illegal, because they’re abandoning their democratic franchise. In fact they should make it illegal to be prepared to die for democracy because it undermines democracy. Now killing for democracy I can dig.


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