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Garda wife's story used as the first shots in an ideological war

The 'Irish Times' story only plays into the hands of those who deny there is hardship, writes Eilis O'Hanlon

As symbols go, a garda sergeant's wife who can't afford to feed her children because of the recession has it all. No wonder it was, for days, the most read story on the Irish Times website, with correspondingly huge interest on RTE and in social media, where it was plugged relentlessly as a damning indictment of the Celtic Tiger gone wrong.

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