We have a major problem here in Ireland.
While the rest of the world frets over minor trivialities such as Brexit, Mexican walls, Federal shutdowns, yellow vest protests and other such fripparies, we have a disaster in the making here.
We have pre-paid travel cards called Leap cards and apparently people are worried that their names are being misspelled on them.
In Irish, the acute accent [known as a “fada”] on a vowel comes into play, so that “a” is different to “á” and people are complaining that the accents are missing. The likes of Liam Ó Maonlaí are complaining that their name appears as Liam O Maonlai and they are distinctly unhappy about this. After all, they can see those fadas on their computer screens so why can’t they see them on their Leap cards?
This is front page news, and is likely to rival previous tragedies such as the suspending of ferry services to the Aran Islands and the lack of broadband in Ballykissmyarse.
Naturally this will become an issue of major debate and will probably see millions being spent rectifying the problem. It wouldn’t surprise me if there will be a judicial inquiry over the whole fiasco as well. We love judicial inquiries over here and have several of them running at any one time.
And the rest of you thought you had problems?