Ireland’s rail gauge, the distance between two load bearing rails that make up a single railway line, has a strange history. The standard gauge is 4ft 8inches. Ireland’s is 5ft 3inches. During the 1800s, each new railway line chose its own gauge, and in 1845/6, a commission was set up to essentially split the difference, meaning that Ireland has one of the most unique (and uniquely expensive) rail gauge systems in the world.
Splitting the difference might work to get an issue through a committee, but it does not often help in solving practical problems.
In a similar vein, Ireland’s medium term fiscal plan has been published. The document is here. Looks like the government has not taken the ‘front loading of pain’ approach advocated by some commentators, nor the avoidance of austerity championed by others, and gone for a 3.8 billion euro, ahem, adjustment, this year.
I leave it up to commenters to judge the merits to this approach. The document makes for interesting reading. Chapter 4 in particular is an analysis of the debt position (and sustainability, obviously) of the State.