Cities of gulls

Jul 17th, 2014 | By | Category: Ireland

It must be a slow news day. Garth Brooks is finally and irrevocably cancelled; the parliamentary recess is beginning; big sports stories are still weeks away; so we have a story of seagulls. The country’s leading newspaper reports a politician’s complaint, “Dublin seagulls have lost the run of themselves completely and must be stopped.” A member of the senate claims that, among other things, children’s lollipops are being stolen by swooping seagulls in scenes worthy of Alfred Hitchcock.

Four years ago, a similar story was reported in the English city …