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    have any amount of a road under them since McSharry was minister

    I'm reading Kevin Barry's short story "Fjord of Killary". He's Irish and I can't understand the context of this sentence:


    “You’d make good time coming out of Sligo, normally,” Bill Knott said. “Unless you had a Thursday on your hands. But of course them f**kers have any amount of a road under them since McSharry was minister.”

    Does anybody know what the phrase in bold means?

    Here's the link to the full story: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/20...ord-of-killary


    Thanks a lot!
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 06-Jan-2015 at 22:19. Reason: Asterisked the swear word.

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    Re: have any amount of a road under them since McSharry was minister

    It means "an unlimited amount of road under them" which in turn means that they can do whatever they like. I enjoyed the NewYorker piece, a delightful example of Irish dialect.
    Last edited by probus; 07-Jan-2015 at 05:49.

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