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Helping Haiti

ON his recent visit to Haiti, Minister for Overseas Development Peter Power was visibly moved by the terrible conditions that still prevail six months after the earthquake.

It is to his credit that Mr Power sought to assess for himself the enormous difficulties that lie ahead in rebuilding the country.

The minister’s visit was both an endorsement and recognition of the herculean efforts made by Irish and other aid agencies that have done outstandingly in coping with the appalling aftermath of the catastrophe.

Mr Power commendably identified the ownership of land and planning as key obstacles to rebuilding the country and rehousing the destitute.

There is a formidable way to go, but Mr Power’s visit sends out a positive signal that Ireland’s commitment to rebuilding Haiti is strong.

John O’Shea


Dun Laoghaire

Co Dublin


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