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Sarkozy's fine words are no help

FRENCH president Nicolas Sarkozy's words of praise for Ireland will offer cold comfort to many of our citizens.

Speaking at Europe's debt crisis summit, the Frenchman stated that Ireland was "on the brink" three years ago, but is now "almost out of troubled waters".

Such comments may be welcomed by some -- chief amongst them Finance Minister Michael Noonan.

But the fact remains that many Irish people are struggling more now than they were in 2008.

We are continuing to deal with a toxic combination of rising unemployment, negative equity and increased mortgage rates and facing a fourth austerity Budget.

Greece, which hasn't done nearly as much as we have, is getting special concessions to deal with its dire economic situationt.

So save the sweet talk Mr Sarkozy and start telling us what concessions we can get.