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Local and national

SINCE Deputies Mattie McGrath and Noel Grealish may soon withdraw their support for the Government, it is naive of Dick Roche to condemn them for their “localism”.

While I am no fan of the two deputies in question, Mr Roche should realise that what happens at the parish pump is a bellweather for the broader stage.

Patrick O’Connor

Maglin House

Farranlea Road

Victoria Cross

Cork


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