Dublin City Centre - A sad sad place to be

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I was in Dublin City Centre today. I haven't been there for maybe a year but alot has changed since then. I thought there was alot of poverty, junkies everywhere! Alot of people from other countries walking around shouting in their native tongue. I have to say I was appalled. It was really horrible to see. I really felt like a foreigner in my own town, it was so sad :(

Are other counties suffering in this way?
 


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I was in Dublin City Centre today. I haven't been there for maybe a year but alot has changed since then. I thought there was alot of poverty, junkies everywhere! Alot of people from other countries walking around shouting in their native tongue. I have to say I was appalled. It was really horrible to see. I really felt like a foreigner in my own town, it was so sad :(

Are other counties suffering in this way?
A nice dose of racism to start the day.
 

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I was in Dublin City Centre today. I haven't been there for maybe a year but alot has changed since then. I thought there was alot of poverty, junkies everywhere! Alot of people from other countries walking around shouting in their native tongue. I have to say I was appalled. It was really horrible to see. I really felt like a foreigner in my own town, it was so sad :(

Are other counties suffering in this way?
Ditto Waterford,full with heroin as well, and I see our local FF TD on the paper boasting about getting more social housing which will be occupied by overseas spoofers .
 

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When the likes of Tallaght, Blanch, Liffey Valley etc all sprung up - there has been a gradual and constant tendency for people in those areas generally to keep away from the city centre.

As a kid in he 80s, it was a highlight for me and my bro's friends etc to bus it in to town - I don't have that anymore in any way.

Foreign people etc has nothing to do with it although what the thread creator has stated is true. Dublin city centre to me is a fake artificial impersonation of Ireland.

I always tell friends when coming to Ireland that if they know someone in the suburbs, take a trip out. That is where you will find the regular people.

Temple bar is simply another strip as seen in tenerife, ayia napa, ibiza etc.
Its dressed up not to be, but really it is.

PS: As a kid, Henry street in the run up to Christmas was a fantastic place to be:)
 

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Park a truck on double yellows outside leinster house and about 15 squad cars are down on your case in a matter of minutes. Sell heroin in broad daylight on the main streets of Dublin City and you are sorted. Great city alright.
 

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Oh man, I know how you feel. Just had a night out here in Los Angeles. Bloody Mexicans are EVERYWHERE. Why don't they go back to where they came from, instead of doing the lousy service jobs and hard manual labour?

Oh wait a mo: like millions of Irish, I'M THE FRIKKIN' FOREIGN IMMIGRANT!

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Mods, curious: just what does a chap have to do to earn a ban around here? And how come charmers like "OLD IRISH" can start a thread, and I can't?
 

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Oh man, I know how you feel. Just had a night out here in Los Angeles. Bloody Mexicans are EVERYWHERE. Why don't they go back to where they came from, instead of doing the lousy service jobs and hard manual labour?

Oh wait a mo: like millions of Irish, I'M THE FRIKKIN' FOREIGN IMMIGRANT!

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Mods, curious: just what does a chap have to do to earn a ban around here? And how come charmers like "OLD IRISH" can start a thread, and I can't?
How are things in LA? State workers still getting paid in I.O.U's ?
Are you getting welfare and social housing there?. Just wondering. Does the U.S have an historical obligation to Mexico?
:roll: Reactionary,smug,numbskull.

PS: By the way,do you think it is acceptable that the Mexicans are forever consigned to doing these low paid menial jobs? Do you really think it helps them?
 

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sounds no different to 1980s Dublin.

lets be honest like - Dublin was always a kip. never liked the city.
 

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How are things in LA? State workers still getting paid in I.O.U's ?
Are you getting welfare and social housing there?. Just wondering. Does the U.S have an historical obligation to Mexico?
:roll: Reactionary,smug,numbskull.

PS: By the way,do you think it is acceptable that the Mexicans are forever consigned to doing these low paid menial jobs? Do you really think it helps them?
I think you're missing the irony in his post.
 

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A nice dose of racism to start the day.
He is actually speaking fact. I see this everyday in the city center. And it's getting worse pretty much by the day. It is deeply embarrasing for Irish people in there and of course tourists.

Junkies, beggars and immigrants in packs with each other who could'nt be arsed speaking English. I hear more foreign languages in Dublin city streets then English. That is simply a staement of fact. And if you have not noticed that then your living in a pretty impressive bubble.

As for the junkies. The zombies are absolutely everywhere. The city center is becoming no go. Sad but true.

There are more junkies, scumbags, beggars and immigrants in the city center then ordinary Irish people. And it's going to be the same today as it always is now. The real turning point appears to have been in the last year. The city center is getting bad and more importantly it's getting dangerous and uncomfortable to be in.
 

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I was in Dublin City Centre today. I haven't been there for maybe a year but alot has changed since then. I thought there was alot of poverty, junkies everywhere! Alot of people from other countries walking around shouting in their native tongue. I have to say I was appalled. It was really horrible to see. I really felt like a foreigner in my own town, it was so sad :(

Are other counties suffering in this way?
Have to say I was there in similar circumstances last week - i.e. first time for ages (I left the city ten years ago, having moved there in the mid-70s and in the interval also lived in various parts of Europe).

I did note a rise in clearly wasted and/or indigent types, but given the state the country is in that's hardly surprising in its biggest city. What struck me most was the terrific rise in diversity that's obvious there compared to the 70s/80s/90s, and the fact that nowadays there are times when it feels far more like you're walking around in a large European city that it has ever felt in my lifetime. Personally I think that's a great thing, given how deathly & dispiritedly dull the homogenity used to be.

As for "people from other countries walking around shouting in their native tongue" - and presuming you're not talking about hen parties - I don't really get your point. Should they be shouting in Irish?
 

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Have to say I was there in similar circumstances last week - i.e. first time for ages (I left the city ten years ago, having moved there in the mid-70s and in the interval also lived in various parts of Europe).

I did note a rise in clearly wasted and/or indigent types, but given the state the country is in that's hardly surprising in its biggest city. What struck me most was the terrific rise in diversity that's obvious there compared to the 70s/80s/90s, and the fact that nowadays there are times when it feels far more like you're walking around in a large European city that it has ever felt in my lifetime. Personally I think that's a great thing, given how deathly & dispiritedly dull the homogenity used to be.
+1000


Dublins great ... night of culture last week was fantastic, enjoyed by open minded people of all age groups and created a fun and festive air in Dublin... we finished off with some wonderful (cheap) Korean food on Parnell Street.

Plenty to do and enjoy in Dublin if you have a brain cell and bother your arse ..... but much better to have a whinge eh
 

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I love the place, warts and all - its home, where I grew up and where I am connected to. If you choose to see the bad, thats all you will see. All cities of Dublin's size and bigger have their problems but they generally have far more to redeem themselves.
 

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It's a dirty ole town!!
 

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How are things in LA? State workers still getting paid in I.O.U's ?
Are you getting welfare and social housing there?. Just wondering. Does the U.S have an historical obligation to Mexico?
:roll: Reactionary,smug,numbskull.

PS: By the way,do you think it is acceptable that the Mexicans are forever consigned to doing these low paid menial jobs? Do you really think it helps them?
You need to read the post in total before you post. You missed the point completely.
 

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I was in Dublin City Centre today. I haven't been there for maybe a year but alot has changed since then. I thought there was alot of poverty, junkies everywhere! Alot of people from other countries walking around shouting in their native tongue. I have to say I was appalled. It was really horrible to see. I really felt like a foreigner in my own town, it was so sad :(

Are other counties suffering in this way?
You obviously didn't see too much of the city in the '80s when it was pretty miserable place a lot of the time. As others have said the diversity and physical improvements have added greatly to the city. Still far too many skangers around though.
 

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I love Dublin City . It's a real city. PEOPLE live there. Yeah it has a load of crap but that's inevitable when you get all sorts of people crushed together in a tight area.

Think of New York in former decades. One of the most celebrated cities that ever existed and a complete slum. Look at it now, a shopping centre and holiday home camp for A list celebrities and corrupt bankers. Who wants to be somewhere like that?
 

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A nice dose of racism to start the day.
If people are uncomfortable in their own capital city i think that needs to be addressed other than shouting RACIST! at everyone and anyone.
 


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