Saturday, March 21, 2009

AP exaggerates ...

This has nothing what-so-ever to do with Donegal. But, I thought you'd find it interesting. The Associated Press ran an article going on about all the violence and mayhem at the Dublin St Patrick's Day Parade. This story was then picked up by media outlets around the world. However, it appears it's not true!
A report from Dublin-based Associated Press journalist Shawn Pogatchnik that went out on March 18, the day after St. Patrick’s Day, certainly confirms the old stereotype of the Irish being drunken animals.

Pogatchnik wrote that police “in the Republic of Ireland said they were still adding up the number of public-order arrests from Tuesday's festivities but said the total would easily exceed 200, typical for recent years.”

The Gardaí were contacted by Irish Central they basically said WTF!
However, when a Dublin Garda (Irish police) spokesman was contacted by IrishCentral, he said: “I don’t know where they got that figure from, but they didn’t get it from us.”

The spokesman added that St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin was “relatively quiet” this year.

But he did point out that there had been an increase in road traffic fatalities over the St. Patrick’s Day period. The Irish police commissioner Fachtna Murphy, “expressed his concern and disappointment at the level of fatalities” over that weekend.

There were also reports in a number of low-income suburds of Dublin of fire brigade crews being attacked with bottles. And there were riots in Belfast on St. Patrick’s Day, where 19 men were arrested in the Holylands area of south Belfast.

But according to witnesses, there was anything but “mayhem” at the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Dublin’s city center.

Is this a mistake, or someone painting a stereotypical image of the Irish?

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