From unicorns to leprechauns…. and I’m throwing down the gauntlet!

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A very lovely contact of mine recently gave me this superb unicorn gift in response to a blog I had shared on linked-in about… you’ve guessed it, unicorns! Since the subject of (allegedly) mythical creatures clearly struck a chord it got me thinking about other “fictitious” creatures that might be of interest in my blog (in a legal context of course!). And what better in the week approaching St Patrick’s Day than leprechauns? 

Moreover since many of those who attended our seminar this week requested we dedicate a future seminar to the issue of Brexit (don’t blame me, there are clearly those out there who can still stay awake at the mention of that word:-)) could I write a blog about leprechauns and Brexit? 

Well, here is it. It hasn’t been an easy challenge this one but did you know that leprechauns are protected under EU law? No neither did I. So my, question for you is what will happen to those leprechauns who live in Northern Ireland after we leave the EU? Will the British government enshrine the protection within new legislation? Will there be a max exodus south of the border? Only time will tell… 

And if my contact will accept the challenge of sourcing me a glittery leprechaun in time for our June seminar  I may just attempt to give you my view on the subject then!

Maybe the reason no one sees leprechauns anymore is because they are an endangered species. If that’s the case, they are actually protected from destruction under European law. The Sliabh Foy Loop trail in the town of Carlingford, the same Irish town where P.J. O’Hare spotted his famous leprechaun, serves as the official protected land for the country’s 236 remaining living leprechauns, according to a law filed with the European Union