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Running on empty . . . ESB pay . . . Family firms . . . TDs

What's the difference between frozen taps and Bertie Ahern?

The taps will run again.

Kevin Devitte
Westport, Co Mayo

  • Energy supplier Airtricity rightly celebrates the fact that 400,000 customers have already 'made the switch'.

Meanwhile, the chairman of ESB, Padraig McManus, enjoys a salary of €752,000 -- or roughly €2 for every customer lost to the semi-state body. Nice work if you can get it.

Pat Boran
Baldoyle, Dublin 13

  • In Memoriam, December 31, 2010.

Our friend closed his family store (opened by his father in 1943) after three years of increasingly poorer sales that he had supplemented from his own savings. Not only is this a loss for our friend and for his customers, but for Ireland as well.

What will we do as more and more family businesses close due to the poor decisions made by Fianna Fail, and the greed of banks and developers?

Colleen Fitzgerald
Dublin 14

  • Politicians, among others, have failed us and yet we are going into an election to put the same number of TDs back into the Dail.

Is there any way the public can force them to cut their numbers? Can we force a referendum?

I feel the people are ready to take them on and if there is some way, I would like to know about it.

Martin Forristal
Glenmore, Co Kilkenny

  • Bertie Ahern claims that he is very happy with his achievements in politics. It's obvious from that statement he had very low expectations!

Seamus McLoughlin
Keshcarrigan, Co Leitrim

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