“It seems the seagulls have lost the run of themselves completely…”
Probably one of the best quotes to have come out of the Oireachtas in a long while is by Senator Ned O’Sullivan on the nationwide issue of mischievous Irish seagulls.
And what has caused all the fuss you ask? Well, they’re stealing ice creams off of children.
Last week, the Irish media picked up on Jonathan the seagull who was apparently terrorising the people of Waterford.
He was known for swooping rapidly towards joggers, and then, wait for it; laughing as he flew away, pleased with his prank.
WLRFM radio station said: “Waterford has been put on ‘high seagull alert’ following numerous reports of swooping and dive-bombing by a lone seagull.
“Jonathan has swooped down at joggers and some reports say he appears to ‘laugh’ afterwards. It is advised that you don’t eat any food, such as ice-cream or a sandwich, while walking in this area.”
thejournal.ie website today reports that Jonathan may be dead, but it seems the issue of seagulls is an issue not just confined to Ireland’s south-east coast.
Fianna Fail’s Ned O’Sullivan today called on the Minister of Environment to address the issues of seagulls in the capital, who are keeping people up at night.
“I think something needs to be done to address the seagull problem here in this city,” he said.
“They’re very raucous, they’re keeping people awake and I saw that they’re getting so cheeky now that they attack young children and dispossess them of their lollipops and stuff like that.”