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Irishman decides to mount Brussels statue...



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,061 ✭✭✭Baybay

    He’s not a poor fella, well, not yet anyway.

  • Registered Users Posts: 24,494 ✭✭✭✭Cookie_Monster

    90 million, be cheaper to make a new one sure.

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,287 ✭✭✭Gusser09

    He should pay up. Simple as. Apologies and move on with his life. A mistake. Trying to act the ejit.

    The line in the article that he said he didnt realise the damage he caused is laughable. He knew full well.

  • Registered Users Posts: 22,301 ✭✭✭✭endacl


  • Registered Users Posts: 29,335 ✭✭✭✭Wanderer78

    fcuking eejit, expensive lesson!

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  • Registered Users Posts: 555 ✭✭✭JeffreyEpspeen

    What is it in the Irish psyche that requires Irish people to make absolute <mod snip> retards out of themselves every time they go abroad looking for attention? You often see it with the football. Intl fans hanging around like deviants outside a lingerie shop in Copenhagen worrying women. The turnip face interrupting an interview in Qatar at the World Cup to go "Je suis baguette" like an absolute simpleton. And the embarrassment that was Euro 2016 with the Irish fans (often men in their thirties and forties) trying to surpass each other with attention seeking acts so they'd go viral.

    And you can't escape the Irish anywhere. You could be in a bar in the remotest part of Albania trying to enjoy a beer and a gaggle of them will come in loudly squawking and acting like <mod snip>.


    please refrain from abusive language.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,986 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

    That's why the Albanians are all heading for London.

  • Registered Users Posts: 906 ✭✭✭Everlong1

    It's because they're told from birth that to be Irish means "having a laugh/having the craic/ah sure we're only messing'/don't take anything seriously etc."

    I use online dating sites now and again. The amount of women who feel it necessary to stress that "I don't take myself too seriously" is astounding. I've never, ever, understand what this is supposed to mean. Don't take things seriously. Don't take yourself seriously. Meaning what ? I should act like an imbecile? When is it acceptable to take something seriously? If I'm out driving should I take that seriously? Or just ignore the rules of the road completely and drive however I want?

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,214 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    "I don't take myself too seriously" is code for "I'm basically a big child".

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,214 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    I'll bet alcohol had no part in this whatsoever...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 18,457 ✭✭✭✭bucketybuck

    I took that to mean he was too drunk to show much awareness of what had happened.

    Which is believable, because Paddy can't go abroad without drinking to excess.

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,810 ✭✭✭mrslancaster

    No lack of law enforcement in Brussels it seems.

    Have no sympathy for the guy. He caused damage to public property and should absolutely pay the €17500 it will cost to fix it. He probably thinks it is unfair/ severe etc because if it happened here he would walk away or possibly get a verbal warning or a paltry fine.

    Maybe our minister could learn a few things from the belgian authorities about law and order and policing our streets.

  • Registered Users Posts: 9,662 ✭✭✭John_Rambo


    €90m was the cost of the full three year restoration. The estimated cost of the damage "mad b8stard" did is €17,600.

    We see this in Dublin during GAA matches. Young men climbing statues as their friends cheer them on.

  • Registered Users Posts: 14,160 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    For me, not taking myself too seriously means I know how insignificant I am in the world in the grand scheme of things and I don't have a big ego. Down to Earth, if you like. This is something I would like to see in a partner so why not put it on your dating profile? I couldn't handle someone who does take themselves too seriously, i.e. posts their entire lives on Instagram and is obsessed with their looks, and there are plenty of people out there like that.

  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Arts Moderators, Sports Moderators Posts: 49,448 CMod ✭✭✭✭magicbastarder

    FWIW the €90m was what it cost to renovate the stock exchange. The statue had not cost €90m to restore.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,169 ✭✭✭Kaybaykwah

    …and that is why, in a nutshell my friends, I can never let myself trust an Irish person of either sex.

  • Registered Users Posts: 102 ✭✭rowantree18

    Wonder will he have to pay the 17k - curious as to how it would work in Belgium.

    I lived abroad in a country bordering several others. Friends visited and drove off to Austria for the day. I warned them not to mess with the Austrian rules/police. Apparently they were speeding and cameras had picked them up. Had they been locals they'd gave received a postal fine. But the border police (there was a border at the time) informed them of the fine when they stopped at the border. They messed and said they'd no cards or enough money left. The cops said no problem. We'll hold you for 48 hrs as is in our power, until someone comes and pays. If nobody comes it goes to court and you are held until then. You may call your embassy if you wish.

    They paid. Wish our gardai had similar power. Stop a lot of messers

  • Unregistered / Not Logged In Posts: 276 ✭✭Jazz Hands


    Get the case to court and summon him to appear , Implement the fine for criminal damage and recoup from him.


  • Registered Users Posts: 7,287 ✭✭✭Gusser09

    FFS I was waiting for this.

    I'm not having this irish Stereotyping going on. Plenty of other idiots from other countries act the "retard" when away. It's not unique to being Irish.

    Your type of post is a uniquely Irish thing though.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,788 ✭✭✭Deebles McBeebles

    Reading this thread, I reckon we should get him home, kill him and then sterilise all the Paddies. They can't be trusted.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 20,986 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

    There might have been. And ironically he damaged the building of the Belgian Beer Museum.

    "The newly renovated stock exchange building that accommodates the new Belgian Beer World experience only reopened on Saturday. The centre is devoted to Belgian beer culture and includes a beer terrace that can also be visited outside museum hours.

    It is not known whether our Irish visitor found inspiration at Belgian Beer World or enjoyed the offerings of the beer terrace or whether other pubs in the vicinity enjoyed his custom."

  • Registered Users Posts: 7,287 ✭✭✭Gusser09

    Maybe they need to raise the price of beer in Belgium. It's cheap I believe in the supermarkets. They should do MUP to prevent this. type of carry on.

  • Registered Users Posts: 2,737 ✭✭✭Ezeoul

    The man was arrested not long after the incident in a nearby fast food restaurant and police told Nieuwsblad that he was unaware as to the damage he had caused.

    What an absolute muppet. Trying to claim he was unaware of the damage he caused when there is a video of him looking at it.

    He should have to pay every cent.

  • Registered Users Posts: 431 ✭✭Become Death

    "I'm not having Irish Stereotyping!"

    followed by a negative stereotype of Irish people.


  • Registered Users Posts: 14,916 ✭✭✭✭elperello

    Mind you if he was sampling some of the local beers he might have an excuse.

    Some of them are seriously strong.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,169 ✭✭✭Kaybaykwah

  • Registered Users Posts: 20,986 ✭✭✭✭dxhound2005

    They should leave it as it is, and it will become an even bigger tourist attraction. It would be like trying to stick arms on the Venus de Milo.

  • Registered Users Posts: 25,339 ✭✭✭✭Strumms

    I’ve traveled extensively for about 25 plus since attaining adulthood.

    I have never attempted to scale any monument or building of cultural significance or otherwise….

    or indeed attempted to use some effort of careless eejitry to help my ‘mental health’……problem is with gimps of this ilk, they are conditioned to believe that there is no negative connotations or consequences to their behaviour and decisions . Because at home there is nothing in the manner of a deterrent. Just people dying to defend it and them.

    these fûckwits are starting to get us a bad rep…. What’s this lad, about 22 ?

    spoofing too.. “ not aware of… “. Yeah and he is pictured looking at it. Not two fùcks given…

  • Registered Users Posts: 16,214 ✭✭✭✭whisky_galore

    Ah shur I didn't break it atall.

    Ah shur spose sum wan else broke it.

    Twas only a bitta craic...etc

    Ah but Guard..

    I'd bet the farm there was the classic trying to squirm out of trouble card played.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 14,916 ✭✭✭✭elperello

    Manneken Pissed 🙂