Of course they will! It is some sort of hard-wired response in Cork Council roads maintenance/eircom/esat/&c. “Oh look at all those bricks between us and our pipe! Well, just hack ’em up and fill the hole with tar.”
Just look at the few repairs which have been done on Patrick Street already – tarred in, sloppily or – even worse – bricks replaced with no mortar, loose and tripping. Wonderful!