Our debt may yet overwhelm us

The Greek government is in negotiations with private sector creditors to reduce its debt burden. Ireland is indeed, "not Greece". By Michael Taft.

'We have a human rights issue at Vita Cortex'

I remember reading an interview with Otto Frank, the father of a young girl whose diary changed, forever, the way the world viewed human suffering. In the interview he uttered the poignant words, “I believe that it’s everyone’s responsibility to fight prejudice.”

Prejudice (noun) 1.unreasonable feelings, opinions, or attitudes, especially of a hostile nature

NAMA, social housing and the Leasing Initiative

We may end up paying twice for NAMA sourced social housing units - and the State may not even end up owning them. By Eoin Ó Broin.

On Wednesday 21 December 2011 Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan announced that NAMA were to make 2,000 properties available to the Government for social housing.

Sheer bloody cheek

The troika's almost contemptuous dismissal last week of the concerns of the Irish people gives a good insight into the mentality of our EU overlords. By Vincent Browne.

It was the insolence of the troika members that was the most striking feature of their dreary press conference in the bleak European Commission offices on Dawson Street last Thursday. Polite insolence, but insolence nonetheless.

'Why are the most egregious offenders here not being pursued?'

Andy Storey of the Not Our Debt campaign was on RTÉ’s Late Debate last night with, amongst others, barrister Paul Anthony McDermott and Labour TD Joanna Tuffy. He explained what the campaign was about, what the consequences of suspending payment of the debts incurred by Anglo Irish Bank and Irish Nationwide would be, and why the Irish people do not have a moral obligation to pay for the excesses of individuals such as Seán Fitzpatrick and Michael Fingleton.

A good start to the new year

2012 is looking up, with two achievable and realistic debt justice initiatives being proposed this week. By Michael Taft.

Ever since the crisis began, progressives have been on the back-foot, forced to react to the agenda driven by the orthodoxy. However, 2012 has started on a more hopeful note. There have been two initiatives that can provide the basis for a common-sense counter-agenda, not only capable of winning considerable support throughout society but – and this is always key – of winning.

Campaigners call for halt to Anglo debt repayments

A new campaigning network of local and global justice organisations, Debt Justice Action, has today called on the Government to stop paying the debts of the former Anglo Irish Bank/Irish Nationwide Building Society (INBS).  The campaign group – encompassing a coalition of representatives from the trade union, community, faith-based, global justice, environmental and academic sectors – argues that the debts of these now state-owned institutions are not the responsibility of people in Ireland.