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Time to deal with corruption

John O'Shea writes in support of Bono's contention that corruption is a bigger problem than Aids, Malaria and TB put together in the developing world (Write Back, March 7).

Getting accurate data on corruption is obviously difficult, but it is an enormous problem. Mr O'Shea's refusal to talk in specific amounts and western beneficiaries amounts to a form of implied collective guilt.

Given the Irish people's experience at the hands of international financial institutions, this is something they might be expected to resent; the whole of the Republic is paying for the actions of a small number of corrupt, greedy, or incompetent officials. Ordinary Africans coming to the Republic pay a high price for that kind of blanket stereotyping.

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