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'Aristocrats' and their excesses

Madam – Eamonn Maloney TD asserts that "with a population equivalent to that of Greater Manchester, there is no justification for a Seanad in Ireland" (Sunday Independent, April 28, 2013).

Might one suggest that by an extension of this logic the same can be said for that scandalously expensive string of white elephants posing as embassies?

These diplomats or "latter-day aristocrats", to borrow a phrase, represent a baneful throw-back to the heady days of republican excesses.

William Barrett,

Bletchingley, Surrey

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