>After spending what seems like a year trying to get Eircom to provide me with a phone service for my new house, I now discover, in the week that I was finally connected, that I can never get broadband on the line. I have now had to organise a wireless broadband connection for myself, which was something I never particularly wanted to do (stories about the dubious quality of wireless internet services in Ireland abound).

Add to that the fact that in order to get the phone service, Eircom had to arrange for a manhole to be made in the footpath outside the new house and because of recent flooding on the main road, the tarmac around the new manhole seems to have collapsed. I have no doubt that some compo-maniac is going to turn an ankle near the manhole and make a claim against me.