Toiling through the Irish jungle

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Toiling through the Irish jungle

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Will voters give government a firm kick in the ballots?

Ireland: referendums or referenda? And “yes” or “no”?

It’s simple. “The annual structural balance of the general government must be at its country-specific medium-term lower limit of a structural deficit of 0.5 per cent of the gross domestic product at market prices.”

All the Irish have to do is agree this is a good thing, put it in the constitution and move on. If the concept proves too difficult, advice is at hand. Between now and voting day a procession of humourless steely-rim spectacled men from the dancing-is-the-devil’s-work economies of northern Europe will be in Ireland to provide alternative wording such as: “are you aware what side your bread is buttered on?” Our constitution is not an especially delicate one. And we like referendums. We have had enough of them to spark regular debate on the correct plural for the word. The explanation is sufficiently complex that, as far as

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Colm O Regan
Colm O'Regan is a stand-up comedian and writer 

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