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Eoghan Harris: Home truths and a reality Czech as we start new year

Published 01/01/2012 | 05:00

AS WE board the 2012 train, there is just time for a glance over the shoulder at 2011. Relax, I won't bore you with reviews of novels, plays or films. Just a brief political comment on an appalling year -- apart from the Queen's visit -- and a few farewells.

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Politically, Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore wasted 2011. Politicians who tell us things are tough, without taking pain themselves, are simply spin-doctoring. Time they cut the tough talk and took a tough pay cut.

The Oireachtas pension list published last week shows me at the bottom of the trough with €6,000 a year. Unlike some of the others I need the money. Freelance journalism is not for the faint-hearted.

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