There’s a boodie on the radio talking about people who use this product.
Product? What product?
The Westlink bridge, that’s what. It’s not a toll. It’s not a bridge. It’s not highway robbery.
No. Now it’s a fucking product.
Everything’s a product these days, isn’t it? Even the thievery that allows a private company to charge you for crossing a bridge that the government should have built but didn’t.
And why didn’t the government build the bridge? After all, they built the huge motorway that delivers all its victims to be mugged. Indeed, they built a huge length of motorway – the M50 – at both sides of the Liffey and the only bit they didn’t build was the short stretch across the river.
Because that bit was intended to channel all the money into the pockets of CRH, or Roadstone as its better known: the company that lies at the heart of this country’s deep-rooted malaise.
It was Roadstone that operated the secret Ansbacher accounts from an illegal bank in their head office. It was Roadstone that gained control of all the County Councils’ quarries and seized a monopoly on roadmaking materials in this country, selling our own stone back to us. And it was to enrich Roadstone that Todd Andrews destroyed our rail network. It was Roadstone that bought an entire generation of politicians.
Roadstone own Fianna Fáil, and therefore it was no surprise that the taxpayer would fund the M50 construction but Roadstone would collect all the money.
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