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Comment: Our present incumbents within the chambers of power have done much to protect the ‘haves’ while denigrating the ‘have-nots’. Listening occasionally however, might afford them the insight they are seemingly so incapable of.

Without saying too much about my place of employ or the nature of my work, when I am not espousing less than universal truths through this blog, I work within the homeless services sector in a facility that houses some eighty gentlemen presently experiencing ‘rooflessness‘.

The problems faced by these individuals are myriad in scope and the reasons for their predicament are similarly manifold, encompassing addiction, substance abuse, marriage/familial breakdown, mental illness, bereavement, criminality, sexual abuse and increasingly, redundancy, debt and financial fragility. The juxtaposition of so many men, and such a multitudinous array of issues invariably leads to confrontation and manipulation. As one might expect, money – both lending and owing – is an all too frequent catalyst for these incidents. A recent conversation about economics however with a group of these unheard voices I felt was worthy of mention on here, given that it summarised our current plight with a cogency our leaders[sic] might only dream of. Read More

Government’s conscious effort to present public with positive spin on crisis amounts to nothing short of political persiflage and cowardice. 

Michael Noonan, in his Budget 2013 speech to the Dáil declared sagely that, the ‘Irish financial crisis could be summarised in one word – debt’.

I am comforted by the Minister’s pecuniary perspicacity and I am quite sure that the special advisors who afford him such insight are worthy of their six figure salaries, however I have to admit to some misgivings. Given the Minister’s obvious economic acumen, I was surprised that in his speech to the Dáil he failed to mention once in the forty minutes he spoke for, the promissory note that still holds a gun to the nation’s head.

My analogy of a gun being held to the head of the nation is flawed of course, until I add that the gun being held to our heads, is in our own hands. This presents a far more accurate analogy. The insanity of the Anglo Promissory note, and the government’s continued blind obligation to paying it surely merited mention in a budget in which the finance minister had just highlighted debt as being the sole reason for the present penury we find ourselves in. Read More

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