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Ban alcohol in pubs - is this an April Fool?

Remarkable letter in today's Irish Independent.

It was written in response to a letter, published yesterday, by Forest Eireann's John Mallon: Let's save Irish pubs - bring back smoking.

According to Edward Horgan of Castletroy, Limerick, John has got it all wrong:

Mallon bemoans the loss caused by "more than a thousand pubs (that) have gone bust".

This is not a loss but a gain for our society. Why not consider a ban on alcohol in pubs also, and get rid of quite a few more, and initiate a major improvement in our physical and mental health?

See: Pubs going to the wall is a positive thing for our society.

I did wonder if this was an April Fool but author does appear to exist and he's an ex-army officer, not the type to write spoof letters to national newspapers!

You can read and comment on the full correspondence on the Forest Eireann blog.

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Reader Comments (9)

Urrgghh - excuse while I rush off to vomit. This kind of puritanism makes me very, very ill.

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 11:47 | Unregistered CommenterPat Nurse

Are we surprised?

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 12:45 | Unregistered CommenterFrank

It's become impossible to sort April Fools from the daily diet of nonsense.

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 19:29 | Unregistered CommenterJoyce

It might be intended to be ironic. But then again, it is Ireland.

Friday, April 1, 2011 at 19:39 | Unregistered CommenterJunican

April Fool or not, perhaps it would just be easier for us Libertarians to start a new country - outside of UN/WB/WHO control, and with stringent citizenship laws on the non-admission of loonies.

We could also re-introduce the sensible Greek institution of Ostracism (subject to strict constitutional principles) as a deterrent to any and all mini-Hitlers.

Just a thought.

Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 14:00 | Unregistered CommenterMartin V

Mickey being new new peacemaker. Mouse in Mexico.Country's falling to bits. Who the hell thought these idiots would reform the smoking ban law? People getting murdered day in and out yet these fools do nothing about anything!!! Promisies promises Ha ha.

Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 15:00 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Janes

Peter -

Quite !

But who, I wonder, will seek to 'protect' the poor people of Libya from Secondhand Depleted Uranium ? Perhaps we should be grateful that our government seeks to 'liberate' everybody - apart from its own people.

Saturday, April 2, 2011 at 18:57 | Unregistered CommenterMartin V

Ha Martin
Justice begins at home does it not ? But our coalition freinds seem to have forgotten that. Instead of sorting this mess of a country out Mickey has led us into another usless pointless war while mouse sits on the sidelines blackmailing the so called Tories that if he dosen't get his own deals he wiil break the Coalition. Well good riddance to the lot!!!

im Peter James not Peter Janes

Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 13:45 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Janes

Peter -

For me, at any rate, Justice is a universal concept. And the Oil Wars (as future historians will doubtless come to call them) have little to do with it - whatever the Daily Comic would have an increasingly sceptical readership believe. The oldest trick in the book, of course:

"Be it thy course to busy giddy minds
With foreign quarrels; that action, hence borne out,
May waste the memory of the former days." (Henry IV)

Perhaps the Ban is but a minor (domestic) variant of that theme ?

Let's face it: this country isn't exactly short of 'giddy minds' right now. Why, I've heard otherwise sensible people declare their intention to-vote-Labour-next-time (to get-the-Tories-out). Jeez !

Yep - 'giddy minds' is about right.

Sunday, April 3, 2011 at 21:22 | Unregistered CommenterMartin V

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