From his state o’ chassis address, Enda Kenny TD, leader of Fine Gael and Taoiseach na hÉireann:
“Two years ago, the Irish people gave Fine Gael and the Labour Party a clear mandate to take the necessary decisions to achieve economic recovery and get Ireland working again.
Our plan is working.
People’s hard work and sacrifices are beginning to pay dividends. Ireland is rebuilding its reputation, restoring its confidence, laying the foundation for a better, brighter, more prosperous future.”
So who exactly are the people who have worked and sacrificed? You and me perhaps, along with the vast majority of the Irish people. However what of those who have been deliberately cushioned from the grim reality of life in modern Ireland? Those whose pampered lifestyles have continued through boom or bust? Those for whom personal hard work and sacrifice are laughable concepts? From the Irish Examiner:
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