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Two Republics

•Before I start I want to say Ireland is a great country, we have a great past and God willing we will have a great future.

Over the years many of our politicians have worked hard and honestly to make a better life for the Irish people.

I don't think I am the only one who has noticed that we have built two republics.

We have the Republic of Ireland and the Republic of Dail Eireann.

In the Republic of Dail Eireann top civil servants are on wages they no longer earn or deserve.

Retired politicians who ran this country into the ground are paid large pensions which they may not even get a chance to spend. I nearly said 'earned' instead of 'paid'! Nepotism is rife in the banks but a mere €500,000 wage will not suffice.

And what is happening in the Republic of Ireland? A lady of 65 years of age, Teresa Treacy from Tullamore, Co Offaly, is in prison because she defended her rights. There is little doubt that Ms Treacy was and is an honest, hardworking person who has over the years quietly served her country to the best of her ability.

Could I suggest an exercise to be undertaken by our politicians, civil servants and everyone in Ireland this weekend? When 'Amhran na bhFiann' is being played at the All-Ireland football final we might all stand with our heads held high and remember Teresa Treacy, in this, Ireland's new and equal society.

John Donohoe
Portarlington, Co Laois

Irish Independent