News reaches Bock Central of a contretemps between the Health Service Executive and a well-known city-centre hotel concerning a drinks bill run up by an extended family which the HSE had put up for a couple of nights in the high-class digs. The extended family, which lives in West Limerick but has its roots in Galway, and which had been on the HSE’s radar for years due to fighting and committing crimes, is considered at risk, and therefore benefited from temporary rehousing in the hotel.
For clarity, the term at risk applies to the person who might attack you, and not to the victim. An at-risk person is at risk of killing you.
It seems the main risk was that one or more of the extended family would commit a crime, and therefore the decision was made to book them into the centre-city hotel for a couple of nights, where they made themselves at home by flinging used nappies out the windows.
Due to some small confusion, the hotel staff – who all come from countries where such behaviour is entirely unacceptable — somehow gained the impression that the extended family were HSE staff and therefore, for the first hundred or so pints, failed to ask who was paying for the drink. This is, presumably, because health board staff are in the habit of consuming large amounts of drink on the HSE tab. However, when it became obvious that the alpha-males of the extended family were determined to drink the bar dry, the staff sent an email to the HSE asking who was paying.
For whatever reason, the HSE confirmed that they were paying and the drink was allowed to flow once more to the well-known extended family, but when the bill eventually rose to over €1,000, management pulled the plug.
We’re reliably informed that the HSE ended up paying for half the binge after cutting a deal with the hotel.
Red faces all round, as they say in the tabloids.
History doesn’t record who paid for the clean-up bill of the destroyed hotel rooms or the street outside, but you can bet it wasn’t the HSE.
After this debacle, we hear the extended family went to Galway to meet up with other members of their extended family.
The well-known city-centre hotel, meanwhile, won’t be so quick to accept bookings from extended families, and we hear from reliable sources that they won’t be so quick to do business with the HSE in the future.