The signs they are a-changin'
Road signage in much of Ireland seems to be the preserve of vindictive locals who spend their evenings switching around signposts in the hope of confusing visitors. In Limerick, however, misdirection appears to be official municipal policy.
Gerry McLoughlin, Mayor of Limerick, wants the street signs in his city emblazoned in Polish and "African" to make immigrants feel more at home.
"We have thousands of Poles and other foreign nationals here," he declared last week. "I would like to see some Polish and African signs going up."
There are somewhere between 2,000 and 3,000 languages spoken natively on the continent of Africa, so Mayor McLoughlin may encounter a few logistical difficulties.
In reality, his daft proposal looks suspiciously like an attempt to distract attention from the pressing economic problems that Limerick shares with the rest of the country. When the going gets confusing, the confused get lost.