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President Higgins needs to get a grip on economic realities facing Irish citizens

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They argue that all these roles and their big paychecks are, of course, absolutely essential despite the evidence to the contrary.

Despite all the promises about shrinking the state sector here to a level more appropriate to a country of our size -- and a country that recently went bankrupt to boot -- little has changed.  Life -- and a very good life it is too -- goes on for the top layer in Irish society.

Meanwhile the ordinary people -- the middle class -- are squeezed mercilessly.

Is it any wonder people here were cynical about the president’s Christmas message and him waffling on about holding seminars about ethics (all at the public expense)?  As my old teacher used to say, he needs to cop himself on.

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