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Ireland faces a choice between lucre and liberty

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Austerity quite appeals to Irish Catholics: it's the obvious loss of sovereignty that troubles us

Mary Kenny guardian.co.uk, Friday 25 May 2012 22.00 BST

Although church attendance in Ireland has declined – in some places, dramatically – 84% of the Irish population still defines itself as Roman Catholic. And many of those Irish Catholic values still remain in the deposit of the national psyche.

That, I believe, is one reason the Irish are not uncomfortable with the concept of economic austerity. "Austerity" is the due enactment of penance, following sin or self-indulgence. I've heard scores of people all over the country say: "A bit of self-denial will do us no harm at all. Sure, we went over the top altogether with mad spending."

When the Celtic tiger boom went bust, a friend of mine, the writer Martina Devlin, publicly confessed to the shameful act of


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  • The media and the elites sold Ireland down the river and continue to do so...

    The people will only be happy when the state broadcaster is shut down and all the lobbyist's have been character assassinated.

    The central bank was in direct involvement in keeping practices open that allowed house prices to soar and soar. This article tries to make the average Irish person into a heroin addict.

    Shame on them.

    The banks sold Chase Manhattan flavored mortgages in a country that didn't install More..

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  • Why does the author put "growth" in quotation marks? As though austerity can save wealth when none is being produced.

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