Garry Doyle's tour diary: jaywalking fines would clear Ireland's debt

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Garry Doyle's tour diary: jaywalking fines would clear Ireland's debt

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Ireland take on Australia in Sydney today in the series decider
Ireland take on Australia in Sydney today in the series deciderRICK RYCROFT/AP

Sunday, Melbourne
A siren noisily fills the Melbourne air. The police car stops, the officer shouts at a jaywalker who embarrassingly waits on the pavement for the policeman to reprimand him. Notes are jotted down, a name and address collected. It’s a A$70 (about €45) fine to jaywalk in most Australian states. Imagine if that law were transferred to Ireland. The national debt would be cleared in a week.
Thur sday, Sydney Hospital
A waiter and waitress from a city-centre restaurant appear in A&E with identical back problems. Each noted that the symptoms began after they served a posse of travelling Irish rugby writers the previous evening. “The amount of times we had to bend down to pick up all the names that were being dropped…

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