Clearing up the mess left by the last taoiseach is never easy, especially when they turn out to be your new best toxic friend

Last week, someone sent me an e-mail entitled ‘How to spot a toxic friend’.

30th August, 2008

Last week, someone sent me an e-mail entitled ‘How to spot a toxic friend’.

It invited me to ask myself the following five questions, in order to weed out the potential snakes in my social circle: ‘‘Do your friends pretend to be supportive but undermine you at every opportunity? Do they laugh off your troubles, or imply that somehow they’re your own fault?

‘‘Do they like to remind you...

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