There are wigs on the Green at the moment over a proposal to introduce a 'flagship' drive-thru McDonalds in one of Ireland's finest and most dignified locales, Sandymount.
According to the Irish Times, there have been a number of objections from locals, including that:
The revolting residents are being supported in their crusade for old decency by Labour councillor Kevin Humphries, who complained:Several objectors said the proposed restaurant would “substantially alter the settled, peaceful and residential nature of this older part of Dublin”. They also criticised the lack of consultation with local residents.
Is it Labour policy to object to proposed McDonald's restaurants throughout the State? Or are they ok with the lumpen proles stuffing their fat faces with Big Macs so long as the quality don't have to be subjecting to seeing them?“This is already an extremely congested junction. The proposed location is close to the Aviva Stadium, the O2 and Irishtown Stadium and if this McDonald’s drive-thru was allowed, there would be compete gridlock. The traffic implications alone would make this development unacceptable.”
However, in addition to the traffic problems, there were real concerns for the health of children in the area, Mr Humphreys said. The site backs on to St Mathew’s primary school and is also close to the Star of the Sea primary school.