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The term "gypsy" is no longer very pc, so they are referred to as "travellers", "itinerants" or "nfa"s [no fixed abode]. They seem to be all over Ireland and spoken about in derogatory terms by the locals. They look Irish but distinguish themselves by their coarse behaviour and language. Comments abound about the women having bleached or dyed hair, wearing brassy jewellery and sloppy clothes. When they get married they apparently spare no expense, with everything OTT; dress, cake, reception, drinks etc.
They reportedly avoid taxes and always seem to have lots of cash, and overuse and abuse state benefits where and when possible. A woman came to see me for treatment of her asthma, so I put her on the nebuliser. Because she carries a GMC medical card she does not pay for treatments. Her husband thought this looked cool, so asked if he could also go on it!

Although one may see settlements of mobile homes or caravans in places, we are told many travellers occupy state-benefit houses for a year or two before moving on, which are usually wrecked by the time they leave. The men drive rudimentary "pony-traps" , which look like a bent pole attached to the harness, at high speed along country roads, with the poor horse caked in sweat.
Limerick City has been plagued with gangs and serious crime for 6 years now. Apparently it all started with a gypsy 15 year old girl being refused entry to a pub for being underage. She was offended and called in reinforcements to redress the issue. This resulted in the bouncer of the pub being beaten up and murdered. Since then the retaliation has continued to fuel the fires of violence in the city.

Posted by davidsandi 07:53 Archived in Ireland

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