One of the country’s most senior trade unionists has accused the Government of “reverting to the tactics of colonial lackeys” by calling for the rate of house repossessions to be increased.
On Thursday John Moran, secretary general of the Department of Finance, told the Oireachtas Public Accounts Committee that repossession rates here were unnaturally low by international standards and that taxpayers could not continue to subsidise those living in accommodation beyond their means.
Siptu president Jack O’Connor said calls to intensify the rate of evictions was “reprehensible and barbaric”.
He said the Government should come up with better solutions to the mortgage crisis “than reverting to the tactics of colonial lackeys in 19th century Ireland”.
“The parallels between the graphic images of post-Famine Ireland and the prospect of our own authorities evicting people from their family homes to pay off debts to those at the top of the European banking system are striking,” the Siptu leader said.
“I suspect that the recent intensification in calls for such unspeakable cruelty is about pandering to the vultures of the global banking system in the context of the effort to return to the markets.”
Mr O’Connor said Ireland desperately needed to escape the troika’s “strait jacket” and access funding itself.
“But descending to the crucifixion of ordinary families is a step too far,” the Siptu leader concluded.
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