I'm Irish and this sort of thing is very much restricted to the rural areas where the sense of community is strong. Also the banks and politicians
don't have the will to begin widespread repossessions of all the properties in mortgage arrears.
It would drop the property value of current home-owners (ie. voters) houses even further if a flood of cheap repossessed houses entered the property
market for quick sales.
I bought my house for €285k, at the height of the property boom it was valued at €420k, and now it's probably worth around €230k ( after 9
years or so )
Don't applaud the Irish too much, as a nation we're actually quite docile.
We've been hammered by tax increases and public service cuts.
A Cavan cheating entrepreneur called Sean Quinn ( en.wikipedia.org...
) was responsible for everyone in Ireland paying an
"insurance levy" to bail his company out.
We've had health levies, ( levy = stealth tax ).
We've had pension levies to pay for the public sectors defined benefits pension schemes, so the private sector workers have the lesser defined
contributions schemes, and have to contribute to pay for these lazy state workers pensions.
We've strong public sector unions like the Dublin bus union, trying to hold Dublin hostage to keep their overpaid jobs and pensions for a low IQ
Previously, we got free drinking water, now they've started installing meters and people are going to have to pay for drinking water.
They're also introducing a property tax... so home owners will have to pay for the pleasure of owning their own home. Despite the fact that a lot of
us paid the 4% stamp duty tax on the sale of the house.
So I had to pay the Govt €15k to buy my house 9 years ago.
This charge starts off around €300, but it's the thin edge of the wedge, and they're sure to beat us with increased charges every year from now
Previously, people paid for a television license, if they had a TV.
Now, that most people have registered their details with the state for the property tax, they're going to automatically deduct a "broadcasting
charge" to fund the overpaid state TV Channel "RTE".
In the height of the "celtic tiger", when the Irish economy was doing well, they let over 100,000 Africans into the country. We have agreements
with the EU to allow the movement of labour across EU states.
But there was no reason to let 100,000 Africans into the country just to fill in the lower paid, lower IQ jobs that the Irish weren't willing to fill
at the time.
Now, with high unemployment, they're a further drain on the weak economy and reproducing like rabbits, filling up our local schools.
39% of Nigerians are unemployed and they've an aggressive attitude when they don't get what they want in a shop or politicians office. One
politician, a mayor in Naas couldn't handle their aggressiveness and made a public statement to that effect, which brought his career to an abrupt
No... the Irish aren't as feisty as our reputation might suggest.
Nobody has been imprisoned in our banking sector for the widespread abuse that bankrupted the country.
Every family now has a young member who is leaving for Australia, New Zealand, America etc...
Ireland has been destroyed by corruption, lax weak willed immigration policies, no financial regulation, no penalties for corrupt officials in fact
that tend to get a "golden handshake" payoff to keep quiet.
All the rich and going to the UK and America to declare bankruptcy as it's a shorter term to recovery than in Ireland. While the decent middle
classes are stuck with their debts for life, and the "working classes" are on generous social welfare benefits and would be economically worse off
if they found a low paying job.
So, all you uninformed people from outside of Ireland should know the truth.
The Irish spirit has been broken a long time, there's no general uprising, it's only the odd case of strong community spirit in rural areas fighting
In the housing estates of Dublin, where there's a load of immigrant Africans and Muslims who keep to themselves, the community is fragmented and