Is the snow a welcome distraction to the current economic crisis?

Is the snow a welcome distraction to the current economic crisis?

Is the snow a welcome distraction to the current economic crisis?Less than a week ago the headlines were full of doom and gloom regarding the economy, the IMF had arrived, details of the four year plan were revealed, we read about the up coming budget, the general election in January – the list is endless. While none of this has gone away the snow falls and icy conditions of the past week have now taken over and become the main focus of our news.

With snow falling relentlessly, Met Eireann warned again today there is no sign of a let-up in the Arctic weather with the freezing temperatures expected to hang over the country for up to another week. Forecasters also said between two and four inches of fresh snow will hit much of the country during today.

While the snow brings its problems and has made for difficult traveling conditions the snow has also brought people out and about in throngs. Many snowmen, snow angels, snowball fights, shut schools, crisp winter walks and sleigh and toboggan races are now abundance across the country.

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  • Is the snow a welcome distraction to the current economic crisis?
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  1. pauline reid at 12:51 am

    Yes I think its lovely to see, did my xmas decorations last Friday when the toy show was on “tradition carried on from when kids where small and stuffed on sofa while I got on with it” and then there came this snow to set the scene,ahhhhhhhhhhhh, of course it will bring problems, my water is fecked buy hey snow in a bucket to flush toilet etc., dreary looking view of estate gone, and no speeding deaths on roads, gettaway cars and muggings fecked…. bring it on – sunshine isn’t gonna make our problems melt – enjoy it while you can – my cup is half full not half empty… always look on the bright side of life… doo doo, doo doo doo doo doo doo! ; )

  2. michael moloney at 7:37 pm

    Yes, the snow is something else to talk about, other than our finnancial melt down–good– think again- the loss of retail busines,people not able to get to work,
    hardship on the older generation,lots of damaged vehi cles,and more.
    Michael

  3. Alberto at 7:07 pm

    It does. Snow make things smoother, and infuse calm and peace therefore, yes it is a distraction and makes economic state problems not so close as they were.

  4. sineadelizabethshaw@yahoo.ie at 7:00 pm

    I think its fantastic the snow that is in my opinion even when the snow is gone everyone needs to stop listening to the news its so negative and its adding to the stress people are under so switch off youll find you become more positive its going to happen whether we like it or not and as for our kids enjoy them their the best thing we will ever have.

  5. cole at 6:33 pm

    The snow certainly brings a peaceful picturesque setting, but unfortunatly with financial pain already gripping many im sure it justs adds to the long term struggle that many are enduring, and just takes the pressure off the politians, until dooms day next wednesday at least!!!!
    not that they have much to worry about anyway, sure they could just say they quit and enjoy their six figure yearly retirement plans, makes me sick!!

  6. Frank at 5:09 pm

    Christ it’s amazing how some people manage to complain about just about everything. Frankly I haven’t given a rats ass for Clowen or Comical Lenny or the complete mess Zanu FF have made of this country since the snow arrived.

    And why should I. The kids are having a great time, and so am I. I personally love driving in the snow. It’s easy once you get the hang of it. I especially love the way a blanket of snow makes even Dublin city seem peaceful.

    Now, I am going to light the fire, open a bottle of wine, smile at how nice my garden looks, and go on not giving a rats ass until the snow is gone, or an election, whichever is sooner!

  7. Stephen Byrne at 4:57 pm

    Welcome distraction! i don’t think so; higher utility bills, An austerity budget to delight us next week, hopeless RTE reception, restricted travel services, older people confined to their homes,children at home instead of being at school, farmers unable to look after their stock. Definitely NOT a Welcome distraction.

  8. Claire at 4:57 pm

    Agree with you there Laura! Well said Reeves. I was watching TV3 news last night and by the way they were talking about the snow / their tone of voice, it seemed like they were giving about the snow and looking for someone to blame… hello, its the weather! and as Reeves said Snow is part of the natural wonders of the planet. Instead of complaining and getting angry / being annoyed about the snow, people should go out and embrace and enjoy it. There is too much negative thinking and moaning in this country!!

  9. Laura at 4:49 pm

    Reeves, I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  10. Joe So,mers at 4:45 pm

    Yes,m it makes life more pleasant if you don’t have to commute. It would be great if it knocked out Three Rock, Kippure and all other RTE transmitters to get the nay-sayers off the airwaves and stop the continuous and repetitive scaring of the nation.

  11. Billy at 4:41 pm

    No. Snow is an act of god. Our current crisis is an act of eejits

  12. reeves at 3:41 pm

    Snow is just part of the natural wonders of the planet. Enjoy it while you try to figure out how the economy (that’s us) got itself into so much trouble. Then, instead of complaining about that too, try to understand that by allowing your government to intervene in the private sector, you have set up the economic problems. Removing government from the economic issues and focusing on private enterprise, the economy will do as it always does — bounce back when supplies are not up to demand. You seem to want your cake and want to eat it too. You can’t have it both ways. Either the government cuts back on reckless spending, and gets out of the private sector, or the country goes the way of all socialist countries — down the tubes. Or has it already gone that route? For the culprit, look in the mirror.

  13. J V at 2:56 pm

    No! The snow is like the Budget. When it starts to melt-down, we will see the gutters fall off our homes, pipes leaking and the insurance industry will claim that it was an act of God!

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  15. matt at 2:40 pm

    a welcome distraction? With business down 20% and travel chaos? Get real, this weather is bad news all round.

  16. Brian at 2:05 pm

    Loving the snow, haven’t thought about the great depression in a while.

  17. J.M at 1:59 pm

    No I think it just adds to the stress people already have.People who are already struggling to pay the bills with their severed wages are desperately trying to get to work to keep their jobs, resulting in a lot of excess stress, pressure and many accidents. One day was fun. Now its just painful.

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