Motorists will not take kindly to being ripped off!

When a disaster (such as Russia’s assault on Ukraine) occurs, essential items become scarce. In a bid to offset a supply crisis, any good government will immediately put in place a series of emergency intervention strategies. As an example, in order to counteract what will obviously become a food security issue, farmers are now being urged to plant barley, grains and wheat.

  However, as the topic on everyone’s lips is not food but fuel, I thought I’d address what I view as the opportunistic and despicable practise of price-gouging which is allegedly taking place right across the country.

  It has been widely reported that quite literally within hours of the Government’s announcement to cut 15 cent a litre on diesel and 20 cent a litre on petrol, certain forecourts allegedly began fleecing motorists by callously cashing in on the fuel crisis. For the sake of balance, I must stress that even as a slew of images taken by irate drivers through rain-splattered car windows were being posted across social media, suppliers were denying they’d increased the price of their petrol and diesel after the Dáil had voted to cut the excise duty. Yeah right!

  On a personal level, I noticed that a garage I’ve often frequented had not only hiked their fuel prices, but the price on their LED display board (disgracefully high though it was), didn’t match the price on their pump, which was set considerably higher! I’ve got no idea (or proof) of what this forecourt owner’s intentions may have been, therefore I can only assume they hoped to lure drivers in by their elevated prices on the display (which were slightly lower than their nearby competitor’s), hoping they wouldn’t notice the ‘actual’ price at the pump!

  Again, this is just my theory, but as I believe this particular forecourt’s actions to be reprehensible, I didn’t purchase my diesel. I’ll be boycotting them in the future, not even dropping in to grab a bottle of water or a newspaper!

  While I do know that forecourts have no legal obligation to pass on the Government’s cut in excise duty to drivers, it’s my opinion that those who refuse are taking advantage. Drivers like me (with long memories) will not take kindly to being ripped off! If these fuel prices continue to shoot up, many motorists, myself included, will be forced off the road.

  People are at breaking point, and with the ever-increasing cost of living, the cost of heating our homes and the cost of running our cars, motorists, who may not be able to return to the workplace, may be forced to give up their jobs. If this happens and cars are taken off the road on a weekly basis, the fallout will be so substantial, it will have a very serious and negative impact on the nation’s economy.

  It’s time for the Government to do more than just roll out the (in my opinion) completely divorced-from-reality Transport Minister Eamon Ryan and his ridiculous ‘solution’, which was to ‘make what’s in the tank go further’.

  As I clearly don’t have Eamon’s smarts (joking), I have to admit that when faced with what are my seriously dwindling financial resources versus the rising cost of living and the alleged fuel price-gouging, never did I once consider making what I have go further. Doh! How did I ever get through life? Fair play to you Eamon, nobody could accuse you of being a few litres short of a full tank!

 

Lá fhéile Pádraig shona daoibh!

Pardon the pun, but I’m delighted the ‘green’ light has been given for the return of our country’s national day of celebrations, St Patrick’s Day!

  I’ve got no doubt that the festival, which has been cancelled for the past two years due to Covid-infused restrictions, will contain a whole rake of locally grown creative and talented participants, all eager to get out and perform for us.

  Not only is the return of this important event in our nation’s social calendar essential for our overall positive wellbeing – okay, I won’t lie, it’s the perfect excuse to drown the shamrock – it also sends a clear signal to the rest of Ireland that Roscommon is open for business!

  The past two years, and the horrific events unfolding in Ukraine, have literally drained the enthusiasm out of each and every one of us, and while I’ll continue to wear my mask in crowded indoor spaces and in supermarkets etc., the festival’s return means we’re hopefully winning the war on Covid.

  However, as we are not yet in the clear, because this awful virus still lurks quietly away in the background, it is with the best of intentions that, even as I wish readers a Lá fhéile Pádraig shona daoibh mór, I’d also like to remind you all to be careful and stay safe and well.

 

Abandoning defenceless new-born puppies is unforgivable

Despite having bullets, missiles and bombs raining down on their heads, the brave souls fleeing Ukraine still refused to leave their beloved pets behind. God bless their kind, caring, compassionate hearts.

  Being someone who not only adores and cherishes my dogs, viewing them as family members (because they are), I was delighted, albeit while also distressed, to see images and video footage of Ukrainian people clutching their fur babies close to their chests, with some even carrying them in shopping bags.

  I mention this on foot of an article I read this morning that Dogs Trust, a rehoming charity in Dublin, have revealed that a member of the public had discovered a box containing a litter of four/five day old crossbreed puppies dumped in their garden in Finglas.

  I don’t know about you readers, but it makes me sick to my very stomach to know that some callous, uncaring, cretinous human could casually abandon helpless new-borns in this country when in contrast, the people of Ukraine, fleeing for their lives under the most horrendous circumstances, manage to save theirs.