Tuesday, February 15, 2005

Wild West

On a recent trip to the Liffey Valley centre i realised how troubled Dublin's Westside is. Both on the bus to and from the shopping centre i witnessed drug abuse.
On one occasion a mother had her child with her as she shared a couple of lines of charlie. She then had the cheek of complaining she hasnt got enough money for her son's birthday. Likely she spent her social welfare feeding her habit.
A group of schoolboys then came aboard. One of them quickly routing through this womans jacket pocket leading to her uproar. When the woman and her friend get of the bus the boys, who had ripped up a couple of the seats, flung a section out the window hitting her on the head. The thrower resisting his friends chants to aim for the child.
On both journeys any woman with a child repeatedly roared at him/her to shut up while she engaged in drug use. It made me think what sort of homelife these children have and what type of people they may become as a result.
When not having to listen to the mayhem on the bus i tried window gazing to take my mind of things. Not much luck here. Nearly every wall was vandalised and many had scorch marks from arson attempts. Rubbish strewed across parkways and greens and houses were literally falling apart and or abandoned in some patches.
Children growing up in these hellholes have an awful handicap to overcome to achieve anything in life and many will turn out like their parents. Then they will have children of their own at an impossibly young age and treat them as they themselves were treated.
The cycle goes on and on and its up to local communities to fight to reclaim their lives from the minority of westsiders trying to destroy it. And i wish them well in trying to achieve it. But i fear they are fighting a losing battle.


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