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Martina Devlin: Face to face with sad reality of dole and emigration

On the canvass with Richard Bruton

Published 17/02/2011 | 05:00

THE canvass was no primrose path of dalliance for Richard Bruton. Instead he heard a series of thorny stories about children emigrating, alcoholic sons whose mothers lived in fear of them, and unemployed people with little hope for the future.

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Typical of the encounters he had in his Dublin North-Central constituency yesterday was the one with mother-of-three Connie McEvoy.

"I have a 17-year-old son and all he talks about is emigrating as soon as he does his Leaving Cert," she said.

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