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Start at the top and build up from the bottom to halt crisis

The economic and financial crisis facing Ireland is much greater than the Government will admit. The Taoiseach Brian Cowen was Minister for Finance when the storm clouds began to gather. But he ignored the warning signals and the advice from independent commentators.

Decisive action is required immediately -- above and beyond the timid measures which were put through the Dail on Thursday. Honest leadership is now needed. This government has been basking in the sunshine of the economic success which it inherited 11 years ago. I am not sure it has the experience or management skills to get us out of the crisis.

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