Home Sweet Home

Do you know your neighbours?

According to a survey organised by the Labour Party, more than half of those living in the counties surrounding Dublin aren’t involved with their community. Home is simply somewhere to go in the evenings to sleep for many people in Kildare, Meath, Louth and Wicklow.

And despite what you might think if you listen to the constant stream of notices from the AA about the latest delay at the Red Cow, over half those commuters travel to work by bus, almost one quarter walk or cycle, and another 5% take the train. Only 15% drive to work, which makes you wonder about the wisdom of spending billions on roads in the past decade.

The survey results, compiled from 1533 responses out of 80,000 forms which were sent out, were published by Senator Dominic Hannigan, the Labour party spokesman on the commuter belt.

That made me pause. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as a spokesman on the commuter belt.

While I’m sure he has a busy calendar, perhaps he might also devote a little time to coming up with a better title.

Spokesman for the Pale has a nice ring to it.

By Gerard Cunningham

Gerard Cunningham occupies his time working as a journalist, writer, sub-editor, blogger and podcaster, yet still finds himself underemployed.