I was listening to some DJs discussing the new Samuel Beckett bridge last night, and one commented that it had cost €8 million, after which another gasped and made a remark about how the money could have been spent on the health service. What? It’s one of those lazy remarks that Irish people throw into observations about public life that makes no sense. It assumes, for example, that building a bridge is some sort of vanity project, and that throwing €8 million into the other €16 billion the health service gets will somehow make a difference.
Well, it would have made a difference. We’d have no bridge.