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We're fixated on things that don't matter

The Republic is like a curragh in danger of sinking from the backwash of the world's financial super-tanker being battered by an economic tsunami.

Yet the media is fixated on a presidential election that has about as much relevance in the overall scheme of things as who the next mayor of Valentia Island in Kerry will be.

We have an amazing capacity in this country for denying the obvious. Maybe it's a comfort blanket; perhaps denial is a defence mechanism. Political leaders, however, have a greater responsibility than the ordinary pundit.

Perhaps this is what makes our island so attractive to tourists: we take everything seriously except what really matters.

JOSEPH KIELY

Donegal Town, Co Donegal

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