Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2009/05/22/street_view_ireland/

Street View prowls the Emerald Isle

Red the new black for Irish spymobile, reader snap confirms

By Lester Haines

Posted in Bootnotes, 22nd May 2009 10:36 GMT

It's official: Ireland is about to fall to Street View's all-seeing eye, as this photograph from Tramore, County Waterford, proves:

Street View vehicle in Tramore, County Waterford

The sighting confirms local reports that Street View is operating in Cork, Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford, and we're obliged to snapper Keith for providing evidence that Google has in this case dropped all pretence at stealth and deployed an Orwellian red Opel, the better to warn fearful locals their privacy is about to be well and truly shafted.

Naturally, we've added this spot to our internationally-famous Street View mashup, currently boasting more than 900,000 hits. The map was updated yesterday, and features all new submissions forwarded by eagle-eyed Reg readers:

View the Map (opens in a new window)

Well, we couldn't in all conscience update the mashup without adding a couple of examples of surveillance feedback loops to the mix. Those of you not up to speed on this strange phenomenon can seek enlightenment here, while regular readers can get straight down to admiring Louis Blackburn in Norwich:

Louis Blackburn captured on Street View in Norwich

This is a cracker, too: Gareth Hannaford atop his bicycle in Edinburgh:

Gareth Hannaford caught on Street View in Edinburgh

And finally, since it's Friday, something for those of you who enjoyed our recent Colonel Sanders privacy exposé - further evidence of Google's commitment to protect innocents from prying internet eyes:

Blurred cat statue on Street View

In case you're wondering, Leigh Rooney explains that the search monolith has is this case blurred out his neighbour's concrete cat statue. Good work. ®