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Troika ‘leaving’ but the debts are staying

Brace yourselves for an orgy of self-congratulation from Taoiseach Enda Kenny, Finance Minister Michael Noonan, and company, when the Troika ‘leaves’ next week, despite the departure being illusory.

We, as a nation, will continue to be humiliated, and under the cosh of the EU/ECB/IMF sharks, until at least 2050, when our great-grandchildren will, foolishly, have paid off the private debts of bankers and developers.

That is the legacy of our corrupt and dysfunctional political-party system, which is dominated by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour, in collusion with senior civil servants and insiders.

The tragedy is that many of us believed the pre-election promises and thought that Kenny, with his massive majority, would make a difference.

The reality, after two and a half years, is more of the same; preservation of their own salaries and pensions, jobs for cronies, and complete capitulation and sell-out to the EU/ECB/IMF and bondholders.

If, in 2011, Kenny had the courage, leadership and the vision — given that Ireland was bankrupt — to cap all public salaries, including his own, at €100,000, and to slash the grotesque golden handshakes and pensions of politicians, bankers, advisors and senior civil servants, he would have brought the majority of the Irish people with him.

Such actions would have ensured national cohesion and an acceptance of austerity, rather than the chaotic, divisive and unequal society we are experiencing today.

Our tragedy, at our time of greatest need, is that we have been saddled with a cabal of self-serving career politicians who lack patriotism, leadership and vision.

Irish people may be compliant in the extreme, in meekly accepting the multiple, gross injustices foisted on us by the incompetence of our politicians, but we are not stupid; make no mistake, we will reserve our democratic protest until the upcoming elections.

John Healy
Bishopstown Road


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