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It's official* --- northsiders are more honest than southsiders

Cash-filled wallets were dropped all over Dublin as part of an experiment. More were returned north of the Liffey… (*It’s not quite official).

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NORTHSIDERS. THEY’VE LONG been maligned as being ever-so-slightly less honest then their counterparts across the Liffey. However — now, finally we have hard scientific evidence to prove that the opposite is, in fact, the case.

Alright — in fairness, there’s not much science at play here, but the results of this ‘honesty’ experiment carried out by TV3′s Midweek still make for interesting reading.

Programme makers dropped a total of ten wallets at various locations around Dublin in an effort to find the most honest neighbourhood.

Five were dropped on the southside, and a further five on the northside. All were identical —containing business cards, a family picture, various loyalty cards, receipts, vouchers, and euro notes.

The results? Well, seven of the wallets were handing back — but there was a slightly greater return rate on the northside.

Here’s the breakdown:

South Side Locations:





Grafton Street-RETURNED*

Northside Locations:



Finglas- RETURNED*


Henry Street-RETURNED

*Wallet returned with no money

According to Midweek reporter Michael Ryan:

“I think 70% proves that we’re not a totally dishonest bunch. Most Dubliners, both north and south, I’m glad to say, would rather do a good deed than earn a quick buck.”

The show airs at 10pm tonight

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