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Citizens crying out for real leadership

I live in Sandymount, a mixed south Dublin suburb which many outsiders would regard as prosperous. I have been one of its public representatives since 1974 when I was elected to Dublin City Council.

Over the Christmas and New Year many people have spoken to me. Some are angry at the long Dail recess, until January 27, at a time when the country faces a serious crisis. A lot of people -- small business owners, professionals and pensioners -- are worried, but all are frightened. They are fearful about having to let loyal staff go or about their own jobs. They are deeply concerned about the value of their pensions as blue-chip bank shares collapse and dividends are cancelled.

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