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    Unlike the Greeks, the Irish are facing up to their plight

    People here in Ireland are looking, with bewildered incomprehension, at what the Greeks are doing, says Melanie McDonagh.

    By Melanie McDonagh
    Published: 7:48AM BST 03 May 2010
    A riot policeman flees a petrol bomb in Athens Photo: Reuters


    During the last bout of Greek riots protesting at austerity budget measures – which were unhesitatingly repeated yesterday – there was one banner that stood out from the rest. “Greece is not Ireland!” it proclaimed. “How true,” we murmured, thinking along the lines of sun, rain, cooking and drink. But, seen from Ireland, where I am now, the fact that Greece isn’t Ireland isn’t so bad.
    Both countries are living through a ghastly, prolonged, morning-after-the-night-before financial crisis after years of sunny self-indulgence, from which really hellish retrenchment – or debt default – is the only way out. But Ireland isn’t taking to the streets, unless you count the pensioners who staged a cheerful, sing-along sit-in in a Dublin church when politicians threatened to curb their medical entitlements last year (they won). The cutbacks started 18 months ago. And people here are looking, with bewildered incomprehension, at what the Greeks are doing.
    Everyone seems to know one thing about the Greeks: they retire at 50, or 55. “What do they think the alternative to a deal is?” said a friend of mine in Cork, wonderingly. The engineering firm he used to work for is imposing 30 per cent pay cuts; his daughter, an engineer, is going for interviews in London because “there are just no jobs”. But his wife, a teacher, is about to vote in favour of the government’s latest austerity deal, which will freeze her pay for the next four years. That’s on top of the 17 per cent pay cut she took last year, if you count the increase in pension contributions. Can you see the Greeks doing that? Or the British?

    Unlike the Greeks, the Irish are facing up to their plight - Telegraph


    Er......Nope.

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    Unlike the Greeks the Irish are only one generation from the farm,they can all remember the bad days and is not so hard to go back to it,plus their benefit system pays twice the amount the UK does

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    Well even the Irish are embaressed about the money they have had from the EU over the last few years, so much that they couldn't envisage asking for more !

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