An open letter to the Government and people of Ireland, by Emma Lock


The Bogman’s Cannon

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As an English mother of two Irish children I had mixed feelings about attending yesterday’s ceremony , but my 6 year old son was very keen to see the Proclamation read out in front of the GPO and see the flag flying for his country.

About a month ago, after he had learnt about the 1916 rising at school, we visited Dublin to see the bullet holes in the GPO and discuss the whys and wherefores, the shenanigans and the bravery of the events of 100 years ago. I had hoped the experience would bring reality and relevance to his classroom tales. Today was a time to celebrate these brave men and women with his fellow countrymen.

Sadly, that was not our experience yesterday. Their innocent eyes were forced wide open to the blatant cronyism that runs this country. The disgusting attitude and discrimination of the haves and have-nots policy of the…

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We Need to Talk about the Banks


We need to talk about the banks – we really do.
And we need to keep talking about them, because everything that is wrong in this country today, stems from them.
To fix things, we need to treat the cause, not the symptom, and the cause in this case, is the banks.
The Central Bank Governor, Patrick Honohan, has told us that guaranteeing the junior bondholders was ‘clearly a mistake’, but we knew this already.
The ESRI’s man, John FitzGerald, told us that they made ‘a bad mistake’ – but we already knew this too.
The Finnish banking expert, Peter Nyberg, said that he didn’t think that there was criminality involved, but it was ignorance more than anything else.
But aren’t we all told that ignorance of the law is no defence?
And yet, there is no accountability and no responsibility.
We have all these guys in top paying jobs – still…

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