Irish Justice 2
I hear Last year, 276 people were sent to jail for an average of three weeks for non-payment of civil debts (Irish Independent, June 15).
Five inhabitants in one large housing estate are currently fighting to avoid imprisonment for failing to comply with court orders to pay installments on credit union loans. One, an unemployed mother of two, is unable to pay back money she borrowed for her newborn baby’s funeral. A father of two was jailed over failing to continue paying his installments on a €7,000 credit union car loan after he became redundant.
These are ordinary people simply trying to salvage the bare necessities of life and retain their self-respect.
But this excuse doesn’t get any sympathy, in the law courts of the land.
There are Currently 50 top borrowers who it is believed to have, up to €50bn of the €80bn unpaid development loans due to be transferred at a bargain price to NAMA
One of the country’s largest developers is understood to have borrowings in excess of €2bn and it is believed several others have loans exceeding €1bn.
None of these individuals will ever see the inside of a jail and they continue to live in their palatial dwellings the banks and courts deal with these people completely different from the first 276 poor people I was talking about
No Doubt this second group of people place themselves above the rest of us and expect their money will keep them there too!
As I write this
I here on the radio that the tea pots belonging to Charles Haughey are going for auction
This important man was the countries Prime Minster during the 1980’s and bought a lot of shirts I am told and he got very rich as well!
He is currently lying 6 feet under in some cemetery north of the city of Dublin and I dare say not getting many visitors
This man it has emerged was excused hundreds of thousands of pounds of bad debts by one of the country’s largest banks whilst in political office
Last week I read that another well known politician (still knocking around) got similar treatment from another bank namely Bank of Ireland
The elevated egos of the rich and the powerful in this country is a throwback from the last century
What these individualist need to know is that this life in nothing more than a train journey and their stop will come soon enough!
They will then have to get off at their last stop.
Nobody complains in the cemetery!
We are all equal here; there are no rich and no poor
No inflated egos
We are all equal
All of us end up forgotten about, in the end!
You just fade away!