Accountability, but not public catharsis

Ireland suffered a brutal and humiliating economic and financial collapse. We know this to be a fact.

5th July, 2015

The country’s banks buckled under the weight of shoddy loans and shoddy regulation, the public finances collapsed and the country was forced into a humbling bailout when conventional creditors lost faith.

The demise of Ireland’s economic sovereignty was not the result of any one decision or any one event. It withered by degrees. It is easy to blame external forces and international factors for our catastrophe. Easy, but wrong.

The crisis,...

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