Today Dublin airport closed for the second time in a week. The first time it closed the DAA cited unprecedented and unpredicted snowfall. Met Ã‰ireann confirmed that one single centimetre of snow fell. Dublin International Airport, paid for with hefty landing charges and taxpayerâ€™s cash, and they canâ€™t even cope with a single centimetre of snow.
Iâ€™m not sure how much snow fell in Dublin today, but the forecast was for two centimetres. The entire city ground to a standstill. The Luas red line closed partially, with reduced services on the remaining red and green lines, Dublin Bus abandoned service, the airport closed again, and every road in the city is treacherous. This isnâ€™t a heavy snowfall, yet weâ€™re utterly unable to cope.
The councils have said their failure to clear roads is because of a lack of salt. Whoâ€™s responsible for buying road maintenance supplies if itâ€™s not them? Our Lord Mayor said she was proud of the high standards of service Dublin City Council was delivering to cope with the weather. Perhaps they delivered a few extra bales of briquettes to the Mansion House, but the their performance looks underwhelming to me.
So, what do you think â€“ can Ireland Inc. cope properly with weather?