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We'll think of the pain of losing our children when we vote

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Members of Eamon Gilmore's campaign team , from left, Kingsley Kelly, Conor Ryan, Hannah Deasy and Sam Ryan listen to Enda Kenny in studio during the TG4 debate in Connemara yesterday morning

Members of Eamon Gilmore's campaign team , from left, Kingsley Kelly, Conor Ryan, Hannah Deasy and Sam Ryan listen to Enda Kenny in studio during the TG4 debate in Connemara yesterday morning

Members of Eamon Gilmore's campaign team , from left, Kingsley Kelly, Conor Ryan, Hannah Deasy and Sam Ryan listen to Enda Kenny in studio during the TG4 debate in Connemara yesterday morning

Text received at 07.23: "Thanks for everything, Mom and Dad. Just on plane, will text when we land x x x"

Tears. Aertel page 572. FR7016, departed 08.09. More tears. Unreal feeling in the pit of my stomach -- loss, failure.

Thank you, Brian Cowen and Fianna Fail. Thank you, Anglo Irish Bank.

It's because of you that our daughter and her fiance, like thousands more, have left brokenhearted parents to grieve the loss of their beloved children.

Yes, our hearts are broken and yes, we are angry. It's tough to come to terms with this.

Will they be okay? Will they ever come back? Where can I get the money to go and visit them?

I lost my job and didn't get a golden handshake.

You might have taken our children and our happiness away from us but you left us one thing -- our votes.

Michael Swords
Drimaderra, Ballyhaunis,
Co Mayo

Irish Independent