The fair green isle of Oirland is to ban leprechauns in a bid to remove the unsightly little bastards who have been threatening small children, sheep and old ladies.
Some believe the move is more aimed at the government's attempts to get their hands on the magic crocks of gold the little folk are believed to have hoarded for centuries.
"We have no interest in the leprechauns precious crocks of gold, no interest at all in the sweet smelling golden coinage they store at the bottom of magic fields .gold .sweet, sweet gold .(drools) .." said one government official.
The leprechaun has been native to Ireland for hundreds of years. During the Great Famine years of the mid 1800's they were accused of stealing children's pocket money and many were shot.
Others say that they are a gentle folk and cite an accent proverb which read: "leprechauns are alright, ok?"
Leprechaun business groups, which own over two thirds of the countries land area, have said that they may have to resort to drastic measures to overturn the rule. Some have mentioned a fairy rebellion involving the large gay leprechaun population.
The ban will come into effect at the first full moon of the third Monday of the winter equinox in accordance with all Irish laws.