Fianna Fáil senator Ned O’Sullivan is ready to take action against Dublin’s “cheeky” seagulls.
On Tuesday he spoke in front of the Seanad (senate) about the matter on their last meeting before summer recess.
According to O’Sullivan, the birds are becoming quite vindictive, “dispossessing [children] of their lollipops and stuff like that.”
He requested that the Environment Minister look into the problem with utmost seriousness, though he hasn’t yet suggested a specific plan of action.
He said that the menacing gulls are plaguing the city – keeping people awake at night with their raucous caws, snatching candy from children and preferring human waste to fresh fish.
“They really are vermin. They’re scavenger gulls. Dump gulls,” O’Sullivan said. “The seagulls have lost the run of themselves completely.”
He made reference to “Down with Pigeons,” a humorist essay by American writer Robert Benchley, in which the author imagines the pigeon population is out to get him, and that they’ll gather in flocks just to do him in.
“Well I’ve nothing against pigeons,” O’Sullivan said, “ I can take or leave pigeons. But I am very much against seagulls, and I think something needs to be done to address the seagull problem here in this city.”