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Irish jails are filled with victims of a particularly inequitable ‘capital punishment’ – those with no capital get the punishment, while the rich who have led the country to ruin go free

1st May, 2010

Caroline McCann’s problems didn’t start with the credit union loan. They had taken root a long time before that.

She suffered from alcoholism and psychiatric issues, and she couldn’t read. She lost a daughter in tragic circumstances, and was forced to take out a loan to cover the cost of her funeral.

It wasn’t long before she began to miss payments. In 2003, her credit union obtained a judgment...

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