The despair of living in oblivion
THAT our political leaders are oblivious to what is going on in our society was truly reflected in a statement by Labour leader Eamon Gilmore: "I think that what has been happening in this country over the past couple of months is we are being talked into a state of despair."
The reality is the nation has been in the depths of depression for almost two years and the lack of sensible political action is not helping.
Four hundred and fifty thousand people are out of work. Thousands of homes are under threat of repossession because of owners being unable to meet mortgage commitments. Drastic cuts in health benefits and care of the young and the aged are worrying. Reduction in old-age pensions and social welfare are being suggested.