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Lenihan's crisis Budget was political and cowardly

Peter Sutherland spoke well this week in an RTE interview. His interviewer was slightly sycophantic, treating him as an exalted person, missing out on hard questions, particularly the political questions; but Peter knew well how to deal with that. He gave a positive and confident assessment of Ireland's standing in the world, the good future potential for the economy, the resourcefulness of people generally and the positive parallels that exist when Irish circumstances are measured against those of Germany, say, or Belgium. The world, he said, was sharing in the difficulties of the crisis and Ireland would come through.

His confidence was itself a reassurance. And those who love this country, including myself, cannot help but have been heartened in spite of a harsh and unbalanced Budget.

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