It was the height of summer in the city of Dublin and everyone was enjoying a summer fair. That is to say, except at the Dublin courthouse, where it was business as usual.
In the dock stood Murphy, a real down and out drunk, with a nose as red as a beetroot and breath like reeked of alcohol.
“With what is this man charged?” the judge asked.
“He was caught red-handed, Your Honour”, the policeman said, “picking the pockets of the farmers at the summer fair”.
The judge turned to Murphy and asked, “How do you plead?”
“Guilty, Your Honour”, Murphy replied, sullenly.
“Well, ’tis a heinous crime which you have committed”, the judge said. “You are fined €50 to be paid immediately”.
“Excuse me, your honour”, said the policeman, “but he only has €10 on him”.
“Very well”, the judge replied. “Put him back out in the crowd until he makes the money up!”
And that, friends, is Irish justice.
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