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Declan Lynch: Thank God for squeezing us beside England

The benefits of our proximity to England should outweigh almost any misfortune, writes Declan Lynch

Published 15/05/2011 | 05:00

According to Morgan Kelly, there was just one of the G7 finance ministers who spoke up for Ireland in her hour of need. That was George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer.

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It was not Timothy Geithner, representing our so-called friends in America. Geithner, in fact, screwed us for about €20bn. No, the only voice raised in our defence was the voice of the Englishman, urging them to go easy on poor Paddy.

And there has been very little comment on this, probably because it reminds us of something about ourselves that we know already, but that we do not want to know. It reminds us that, for all our troubles, we are still just across the water from England. And that being so near to England is a good place to be.

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