Thursday 23 March 2017

World is in our hands on St Patrick's Day - we should really be all over it

Dan O'Brien

Dan O'Brien

The water in the fountain on the South Lawn of the White House flows green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in Washington. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst
The water in the fountain on the South Lawn of the White House flows green in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day in Washington. Photo: Reuters/Jonathan Ernst

Here's a modest proposal for the day that's in it, even though it may not seem so modest to some. This column proposes that every person who is in receipt of a salary paid for by the taxpayer must be contractually bound to go abroad to represent their country in the week around St Patrick's Day.

If that were to happen there would be a much bigger outflow from the country each year of politicians and civil servants at this time. It would also mean more taxpayers' money being spent on travel costs.

To some, such a proposal will be met with indignation. Some people believe that politicians and mandarins travelling abroad is nothing more than junketeering.

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