What’s the difference between Ross O’Carroll-Kelly and Paddy Cosgrave?
Isn’t it obvious?
Ross O’Carroll-Kelly went to UCD while Paddy Cosgrave attended Trinity. Ross followed the rugby route to success but Paddy took the road less travelled at the time, a hard road where you have to answer every question with “So”.
Ross is a gobshite. Paddy is the founder of a tech startup.
Everyone following the narrative so far? Good.
There’s absolutely no similarity between Paddy Cosgrave and Ross O’Carroll-Kelly.
On the one hand, Ross thinks that the world is there to provide him with whatever he wants in life, but on the other hand, Paddy Cosgrave believes that he has the right to speak to a prime minister and have the government push down hotel prices, control traffic in our capital city and force a private company to provide broadband services so that he can hold a conference.
Oh, wait. Shit. All of a sudden here’s a fictional rugby-jock gobshite looking a lot like the uber-geek entrepreneur trying to persuade our government that it should turn our capital city inside out in order to suit his conference.
Damn! What do these two lads have in common?
Easy. A sense of entitlement.
But at least Ross has a sense of his own absurdity. while, judging by his radio interviews today, it’s not clear that Paddy understands he isn’t God. For that matter, it isn’t even clear if Paddy knows he’s not Garth Brooks, based on the self-pitying interviews he’s been giving since the start of this farce.
What precisely did he expect the government to do about hotel prices? And if he thought the government could somehow control that, why did he not think they might put a limit on the absurd charges he imposed to attend the Web Summit? Is it one law for Paddy and another for everyone else?
What exactly did he think the government should do about broadband in the RDS? Was that not a commercial matter between him and the people renting the space to him?
It’s worth reminding ourselves of some of the things Paddy wanted from State agencies.
- Free use of the Mansion House, Wood Quay and Herbert Park, where he planned to erect marquees, though he did promise to reinstate the ground after insofar as we reasonably can.
- A €100 contribution from the city council for each attendee from abroad.
- A free Garda escort for those he considers to be VIPs.
- Free Leap travel cards for all staff and attendees.
- Free shuttle buses to and from the RDS and circulating to hotels around Dublin.
- Free closure of three city-centre streets so that he can hold a party.
- Free advertising for his event.
- A large space to be set aside in the airport for registration of his attendees who incidentally, are paying anything between €600 and €5,000 for the privilege of gong to his trade show.
Some of the demands are plainly delusional or impossible.
- Temporary Dublin-bike stations.
- Controls on hotel prices.
- Better WiFi in the RDS, which has nothing at all to do with the government.
He didn’t want much, really.
Paddy Cosgrave: this year’s Garth Brooks.
This is the document released by the Web Summit organisers. The last few pages list Paddy’s demands, or “asks” as he prefers to call them. Well worth a read.
For an alternative view, here’s Professor Lucey who is, of course, quite wrong.