No lifebuoys on Sarsfield Bridge, Limerick

As a libertarian, I am in two minds about this one. On one hand, I hold the view that if someone wishes to kill themselves, not only should they be let but society should have a formal process to facilitate it. Having said that, society is a long way off such a policy and as such, back to the issue at hand and Limerick City and County Council’s assertion that lifebuoys cannot be placed on protected structures. My understanding of the inclusion of a structure on the Record of Protected Structures is that this just requires planning permission for alterations/additions.

Therefore, in the absence of a specific law/court case, I am inclined to call BS on the assertion of Limerick Council that lifebuoys cannot be placed on Sarsfield Bridge.

Dismantling the Gasometer – Sir John Rogerson’s Quay

H/T to the Dublin Dockers Facebook page for this link to the RTE archive, with an extract from a 1994 programme (in Irish) about the dismantling of the gasometer on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin. The clip also contains scenes from the adjacent gas works and the former gasometers on South Lotts Road (now the Gasworks apartment complex).

The clip may be subject to territorial viewing restrictions.

National Trust car parking charges

I covered this issue previously in relation to another NT site where I was charged what I considered to be an exhorbitant charge to park at an out of town site with no other realistic means of getting there. The NT are now in the firing line in relation to recently initiated charges at the Levant Mine site in Cornwall.

Whislt I understand that heritage venues need to cover their costs, where there is no other realistic means of getting to a venue, to charge people to park there is killing the goose that lays the golden eggs.