Irish famine inspires fight against poverty, says Bono

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Ireland's historic experience of famine has inspired the country to help tackle global poverty, U2 frontman Bono said today.

The rock legend is part of the Government's Hunger Task Force, which was set up last year and met for the second time this afternoon in University College Cork (UCC).

It was established to examine how Ireland can help combat world hunger, particularly in Africa.

The singer, who has become as famous for his aid work as his music, said Irish people around the world understood the need to eradicate hunger and poverty because of the country's famine experience.

"All the Irish around the world know and feel the poetry in this idea, with Irish history rhyming to eradicate hunger," he said.

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