Our debt, our fate, our right to know
Though the truth is slowly emerging about the night we mortgaged our futures for the banks, questions remain, says Daniel McConnell
Monday, September 29, 2008, was the night that Irish history was changed forever. The night that the mistakes, the debt and the greed of a small group of elite bankers became the problem of every Irish man, woman and child. The night the Celtic Tiger died.
It was an extraordinary event: the rich buccaneering captains of the free market coming cap in hand, begging for State help. By the following morning, their private negligence had become a public noose -- one that has all but choked the life out of this country.
In the two years since the €440bn blanket bank guarantee, much has been written and spoken about what happened, how it happened, and under what circumstances.