Stephen Kinsella: The Magic Numbers

Stephen Kinsella: The Magic Numbers
Minister for Finance Paschal Donohoe delivered his Summer Economic Statement last week Picture: PA

The reality of the Summer Economic Statement is this: there is very little available to spend on anything

Leprechaun killing isn’t an exact science. Because they are fairies, the best advice is to use cold iron to kill the little chaps, or at least ward them off, which is why people place horseshoes above doors. The reference to cold iron comes from Rudyard Kipling’s eponymous poem, but probably dates much further back. Iron is a symbol of modernity, of progress: it’s anti-magic. Why wouldn’t it kill mischief-makers from the pagan era? Those currently plagued by leprechauns should consult Katharine Briggs’ gorgeously illustrated Dictionary of Fairies for other choice remedies.

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