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Symptoms are the physical signs of an underlying problem. At the moment the Irish economy has a series of symptoms which would send the average doctor fleeing to the hills. But according to Brian Lenihan everything is stable and the economy is fine thank you very much. Of course Mr Lenihan’s analysis was designed for the press and to settle the nerves of the international speculators. The role of the press being to present the public face the government wants to portray to the middle class and the working class. But now after only a few days, the Irish government faces more problems as the interest rates they have to pay on their Government Bonds hits record highs. Lenihan's claims have been proven as worthless.