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As a people, we are unwilling to take on any responsibility

Published 09/12/2012 | 05:00

Our failure to hold people to account is a national trait we must address if we are ever to recover, says Carol Hunt

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THE Austeri-tea drinking mother smiles beatifically as she reads the letter written by her emigrant daughter. The voice of comedian Eleanor Tiernan, rising ever higher with impotent rage, rails against the lack of accountability of anybody for anything in Ireland, and the way we go on and on about this lack of accountability but never hold anyone accountable for it. While watching this, and the many other razor-sharp sketches on Thursday night's Ireland's Pictorial Weekly, I realised it wasn't so much brilliant satire as depressingly truthful social commentary.

God love us (because nobody else does), but we really are a very sick country.

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