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Jody Corcoran: Kenny's moment of truth is nigh

The Taoiseach must force a final deal on the debt crisis, as public patience has run out

Published 02/12/2012 | 05:00

WHAT does Greece have that Ireland does not have, the Taoiseach was asked in the Dail last Tuesday – to which various suggestions emerged from the backbenches, not least this from the chairman of the Labour Party: "Sunshine."

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The seemingly flippant remark may have been more apt than Colm Keaveney had intended to explain why people here have, generally, remained stoic in the face of five years of austerity.

But after the Coalition has been 21 months in office, the public's patience has almost run out, a point likely to be reinforced after the Budget this week, which will see a further €3.5bn in cuts, bringing to almost €30bn the amount taken from the economy since 2008.

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