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Letters: Helping our builders by helping Haiti

The earthquake in Haiti and the resulting human misery has once again focused minds on international aid. Are we as a country doing enough or, as many think, doing too much?

The earthquake in Haiti and the resulting human misery has once again focused minds on international aid. Are we as a country doing enough or, as many think, doing too much?

With Ireland facing economic meltdown, some say we should fix our own country before trying to help others, and it's a compelling argument.

However, what if by helping others we could strengthen our own country at no additional cost?

Our construction industry is on its knees, with thousands of builders, tradesmen and apprentices out of work. I suggest that the Government, working with FAS, offer these tradesmen two- to six-month contracts working with an Irish aid organisation such as GOAL. The salaries paid could be taken directly from our overseas aid budget. It's worth thinking about.

E McGuinness Kilkenny


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