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Ireland's Deepening Malaise - What Can Be Done?

Is Trichet embarrassed by what he
 wrote to Lenihan?

This week in Ireland:

  • The Government changes its stupid mind and decides not to cut allowances for home carers, thereby saving the health service untold millions and reducing misery levels.
  • A Real IRA commander is shot dead on the streets of Dublin in broad daylight. Nobody yet arrested, armed police checkpoints around the city.
  • The IMF is concerned that the Government doesn't know what it's doing and asks for explanations. The IMF could be on to something.
  • The Irish Government is afraid to cut the salaries, entitlements and allowances of the under-worked and overpaid public sector and civil service workers who are slowly choking Ireland. They'd prefer to borrow money from the IMF to pay the wage bill.
  • Seven reports are published on widescale Catholic Church sexual abuse of children and the cover-ups and the reporting delays that followed. "Sure, it's only child rape."
  • Children are back to school and most parents (except those that work for the State) are at their wits' end, not knowing how they'll put food on the table after forking out on average €500 per child. And that's for 'free education'. Third level? Forget about it!
  • The energy 'regulator' is allowing Bord Gais (State-owned gas distributor) to increase prices by 8.5% next month. Bord Gais asked for a 7.5% increase. No, I can't explain this either.
  • The 'threatening letters' sent by then ECB President Jean-Claude Trichet to Brian Lenihan "should not be published", according to Trichet. The letters, which resulted in 2010's catastrophic bank bail-outs which have ruined Ireland for the foreseeable future and directly caused much of the malaise that stalks our streets, have never been made public.

The malaise and depression on the streets is palpable. Some fear the rise of fascism to fill the void, much as happened in Germany in the 1930s. Others say that the IRA could yet return. Whatever happens, Ireland is now a vassal state, owned by the IMF and the European Central Bank, raped by the Catholic Church and betrayed by her 'leaders'. There is actually only so much that her people can take.

The first step that must be taken is for Trichet's letters to be made public immediately.

www.GaryJByrnes.com

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