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Gemma O'Brien, a 34-year-old married mother of two, is one of thousands of frustrated Kildare commuters who spend a gruelling two or three hours in bottleneck traffic each day.

3rd December, 2005

Gemma O'Brien, a 34-year-old married mother of two, is one of thousands of frustrated Kildare commuters who spend a gruelling two or three hours in bottleneck traffic each day.

But like many mothers driving to work in Dublin from the ever-expanding commuter belt, Gemma's main concern is not the dark congested roads she faces each morning.

Rather, it's the thought of taking her children out of the family home for ten hours each day to...

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