How Irish

I know, I know, we shouldn\’t be making Irish jokes in these enlightened times. However:

Prawo Jazdy, presumed to be one of the hundreds of thousands of Poles lured to Ireland during its economic boom, was the Scarlet Pimpernel of motoring, leaving a trail of multiple identities and vehicles across the data base of the Republic’s Garda Siochana.

With not a single conviction by 2007 and more than fifty offences recorded, the police decided to take a closer look at Mr Jazdy, according to the Irish Times and Irish Independent.

The result was unexpected and embarrassing: in a letter that is now doing the rounds of Garda e-mail inboxes, a traffic division official wrote that it had come to his attention that officers inspecting Polish driving licences were recording Prawo Jazdy as the licence holder’s name. “Prawo Jazdy is actually Polish for \’driving licence\’ and not the first and surname on the licence,” he wrote.

4 comments on “How Irish

  1. About 20 years ago, I had occasion of a business meeting with a couple Korean businessmen, both of whom spoke fluent English. During conversation, I was asked whether I had any good jokes, it being explained that American jokes were very popular in Korea, especially among the after-work carousing parties that are the norm in their country.

    I obliged with a few, all of which were appreciated. The one that really cracked them up, though, nearly incapacitated with laughter”
    Question: “How do you get down from an
    elephant?”
    Answer: “You don’t get down from an
    elephant. You get down from
    a duck!”

    Bye and bye, one asked me “Have you heard any good Pollack jokes lately?” Obliging, I told a few and also explained that the same jokes were often called “Italian jokes,” or even, in Canada,
    “Newfie” jokes. They understood the concept perfectly and explained to me that “Pollacks” were a particularly stupid sort of people who came from the extreme south of Korea!

    At another time, another Korean businessman explained that the Mongolian-descended peoples were a higher evolutionary form than Caucasians, having evolved the epicanthal fold to protect eyes from too much light and a very convenient covering of skin to protect the penis.

  2. From an article entitled ‘Gardai blame migrants for drink culture’, written by Jim Cusack and published in ‘The Sunday Independent’ on 29th January 2006 –

    “Four people have been killed on the roads so far this year in the Garda’s Louth-Meath division. In all cases foreign nationals have been involved. Charges are pending in respect of three deaths which cannot be discussed for legal reasons.

    The fourth was Moldovan Andrei Vasitlita, 21, who drove off the main bridge in Drogheda in the early hours of January 23. No other vehicle was involved but it is understood that Vasitlita had very high levels of alcohol in his blood.

    Case after case of serious road incidents involving drunken driving, and driving without insurance and tax, are coming before every sitting of Meath District Court Circuit.

    Statistics show the high level of immigrants before the courts on alcohol-related charges. In the Oldcastle area, over 40 per cent of cases are against non-nationals.

    The next highest levels involve cases before Balbriggan court, where non-nationals – mostly workers from Baltic states employed in the market-garden business – account for just under 40 per cent. The average for the Louth-Meath division is now running at between 20 and 30 per cent for each court sitting.

    Gardai and judges are equally concerned at the dramatic increase in serious road traffic cases involving non-nationals in the area. Judge John Brophy, who presides over many of these cases, has spoken out about the abuse of traffic laws by non-nationals over the past year.

    He told one 19-year-old Latvian, charged with driving with excess alcohol and having no insurance last August:”You are a guest in this country. Respect our laws and our police force”.

    Navan Court heard that the young man had been drunk in his car with his girlfriend when he was stopped outside the town. The two had also been squabbling. Judge Brophy told him:”You endangered her life by allegedly driving while drunk and with no insurance. If I went to Latvia and abused one of your police officers, I’d end up in jail”.’

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