Sinkhole reveals politicians' tunnel to bars and brothels


A sinkhole that opened Tuesday on a busy Dublin, Ireland street may be related to a "long-rumoured" underground tunnel that politicians used to sneak into brothels and houses of ill repute in the 19th century.

"The King of England closed down the House of Commons and House of Lords in Ireland during the time when politicians were spending too much time in the brothels," historian Gerry Cooley told The "They built the tunnels from what is now the Bank of Ireland on College Green. If you dig deep enough anywhere around that area you are likely to find medieval artefacts or a part of the old 17th-to-19th century Ireland."