A sad business
• I have just watched the nine o'clock news: Ruairi Quinn declared that the great sacrifice has been made, and Labour and Fine Gael have come together once more to save our nation.
Well, I have a story Ruairi, a true story about what is happening in every corner of Ireland as I write this letter. I stood in one of our county towns today and listened to a man tell me that after 40 years in business, he has been forced to close down. His son, who joined him from college over 15 years ago, will be out of a job.
This is a business that survived and grew in every other economic climate.