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Ruane's 'basket case' comment is irresponsible

I AM sure that I was not alone in being astonished by the remark by Education Minister Caitriona Ruane on the BBC's Spotlight programme that the economy in Northern Ireland was "a basket case".

This was more than a poor choice of words and while, at best, it may have been said in the heat of the moment or indeed in anger, at a time when the Republic's economy is in severe crisis more maturity is surely to be expected from a government minister.

Our own economy here is in enough difficulties and careless comments of this nature are unhelpful and irresponsible in the extreme.



TOM CAMPBELL

Alliance Councillor

Newtownabbey Borough Council

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