The Irish government has announced a new measure to tackle the country's financial woes; searching for pots of gold at the ends of rainbows.
Michael McFlattery, the Irish government's Chief Economist, stated; 'Well, we had a wee think about it all, and with countries relying on their natural resources to see them through hard times, we thought we'd exploit one of our own; Leprechauns and their lackadaisical approach to looking after their money'. He continued, 'I've set up a task force; firstly to prove definitively that leprechauns exist and secondly to look into ways of capturing rainbows, you know, in like a big net of something. And we're throwing all our security forces into finding the pots - the army and police are on 24-hour look out for any post-rain rainbow happenings.
When questioned about the cost if this initiative, Mr McFlattery was unwilling to divulge an exact figure, but suggested that if he said out loud it he'd probably throw up in his mouth again. 'Still', he added, 'at least we're not relying on any bailouts to help us along like them Greeks'.
Mr McFlattery seemed somewhat miffed when reminded of that fact that the UK government had, in fact, recently bailed out the Irish government to the tune of around £7billion. Mr McFlattery was further be-miffed having been told about the UK government's statement that the Irish had 'best get off and look for them pots of gold then', and that 'should they have no luck with the gold, we will accept magic beans'.