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'Prague Spring' brings new hope

Published 17/04/2011 | 05:00

Could it really be the case that after years of unrelenting bleakness Ireland is finally beginning to experience a small 'Prague Spring'? It might appear strange to suggest the bonfire of the follies created by vainglorious businessmen such as Derek Quinlan and Sean Quinn is a positive sign.

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However, though painful for the individuals concerned, it is good for society that they are seen to pay the price for the fabulous carelessness with which they ran their affairs.

It would collapse the fractured psyche of our depressed country even further if, like so many other vested elites, from bishops to bankers and top civil service mandarins, they were to escape unscathed from the consequences of their actions.

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