Retrieved for Ed Purposes by Pat Darnell | EXCERPT
" ... Many argue that Ireland has ineptly sacrificed to Washington and Brussels the gains of ancestors who fought over centuries for independence.
"This is not a rescue plan. It is the longest ransom note in history: do what we tell you and you may, in time, get your country back," wrote Irish Times columnist Fintan O'Toole, author of Ship of Fools: How Stupidity and Corruption Sank the Celtic Tiger."In economic history it's very hard to find examples of countries pulling off the kind of fiscal adjustment Ireland is currently trying to do," Tilford said.
Irish parliament to vote on bitter financial pill
BY PETER O'NEIL, EUROPE CORRESPONDENT, POSTMEDIA NEWS DECEMBER 6, 2010
" ... In Dublin, Prime Minister Brian Cowen is counting on the votes of two independent MPs in parliament to pass the austerity program required to secure the $90-billion "rescue" loans provided late last month by the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.