As the sweeping recommendations of the Bord Snip report are digested across the political system and the public service, politics and public debate in Ireland are entering a bitter and divisive phase.
Just listen to the terms used on the airwaves: attack, assault, cruel, savage, slash and burn. This mood will be heightened in autumn, when the process to decide which cuts will be implemented and where they will hit gets under way in earnest.
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