We must unite in front of the world
WHAT a week we have experienced. Old hands in the political and financial worlds do not remember seven days quite like this since the 1980s when Charlie Haughey ran the country and governments and currencies fell like skittles.
Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan said he feels as if he is serving in a war cabinet and most of the country's weary, shell-shocked citizens feel much the same.
The last week saw a series of extraordinary events rolled out -- ranging from the arrival of the International Monetary Fund to a four-year austerity plan that will make almost every citizen poorer to the tune of thousands and is closer to a survival plan than the growth plan that the Government likes to pretend.