• Two letters in your paper on December 20 highlighted the failure of our political and media systems to issue a timely warning before the country got into the mess it now is in.
John Cuffe talks about the 'astronomical' and 'eye-watering' salaries that are paid to those who run our political and public services. He also tells the rest of us that 'we are fools' to put up with it.
Desmond FitzGerald draws attention to the 'astounding' level of expenses which are claimed by public representatives. He bewails the 'gullibility of the Irish people' for being fooled by TDs.