Do you have a genuine claim to citizenship, or are you as Irish as soda bread biscotti?

Originally published by Jennifer O'Connell in The Irish Times

The Taoiseach has announced a referendum will be held on extending voting rights in presidential elections to the Irish abroad – an announcement that is not without logistical implications. As Minister for the Diaspora Joe McHugh has warned, figuring out who is potentially eligible to vote would be a “massive piece of work”. In the interest of expediting the process, here are 17 scientifically robust and deadly serious questions we might consider posing to the non-resident Irish, to help determine whether their claim to citizenship is genuine, or whether they are as Irish as soda bread biscotti and Michael Flatley.