A Bank Too Far

02 Oct

You just have to love the Irish (something you’d all do well to remember, let me mysteriously add). The Irish taxpayers are now the proud owners of two fucked-up financial institutions, which might require cash injections of up to 50 billion euro to keep their greasy bosses in Guinness and Irish-dancer hookers.

One individual decided to vent his spleen at this by driving a cement truck into the gates of the Irish parliament (The Dáil) last Wednesday. On the truck he had painted “Anglo Toxic Bank”, as one of the banks involved is called the Anglo Irish Bank.

This was fun, and the incident was immediately referred to as “cementgate” which is pretty hilarious. More hilarious still was the wave of tweets with the #cementgate tag that immediately followed. See the article here for a few of them. My own favourite:

paddylogue: “Nice headline on Clare Herald website: ‘Mortar Attack’ On Leinster House.”

Sweet. And thanks to the most excellent O.R. Melling (whose books you really all should be buying) for the tip-off.

/ paddy


Posted by on October 2, 2010 in Ireland


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4 responses to “A Bank Too Far

  1. anaglyph

    October 2, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    This would have to be the first time that the ‘-gate’ suffix actually made any sense. After the original Watergate (which really had nothing to do with gates) every kind of clandestine political affair gets to be called ‘Something-gate’ and the logic of doing it (or lack thereof) drives me bananas. At least the Irish news has funny stuff. Our news is just plain fucking tedious.

    • paddyK

      October 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm

      Agreed. The Irish are good at that. And at other stuff too. We’re really quite brilliant, to be honest.

  2. Wicked Shawn

    October 3, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I’m a big fan of the Irish. Although often mistaken for one, because my name is Shawn, which is not even spelled right for an Irish Shawn, and would be a boy, were I Irish. Which makes no difference since I am of Greek and French heritage. Yeah, my parents just thought it would be fun to give me a jacked up boys name to confuse people.

    Also, the bank prank…..full of the awesome!

    • paddyK

      October 5, 2010 at 5:41 am

      We Irish understand the confusion involved in American Irish-based names. My favourite is “Coleen” which derives from the Irish word “Cailín” meaning, literally, “girl”. So it’s like a dog’s name basically. Brilliant.


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