We were lucky to even get a bailout
Published 21/03/2011 | 05:00
NO wonder our EU partners and the IMF are sometimes infuriated with our stubborn refusal to accept "a deal is a deal". As one irate Dutch journalist said to your reporter Emmet Oliver recently (Irish Independent, March 17): "Do you Irish ever accept any deals you make?"
Our friends are not yet attuned to Irish culture. By our very nature we are jobbers, tanglers and dealers. The older generation would be more familiar with these terms and remember, prior to the marts, the fairs and markets for all farm produce took place monthly on the streets of every town in the country.
So indoctrinated had we become in this art of wheeling and dealing that when a rural person entered a shop to buy a suit or a pair of shoes, they automatically started bargaining on the set prices.