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Carol Hunt agrees with the St Vincent de Paul that 'national hari-kari' is being performed on the self-employed

Published 21/08/2011 | 05:00

'National hari-kari," is what the regional president of Cork's St Vincent de Paul society, Brendan Dempsey, called it last week on RTE's Today with Myles Dungan.

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And being performed on the "backbone of Irish society", no less. Was he talking about the mass exodus of our doctors, teachers, nurses or young third-level educated sons and daughters? No, although our historical ability to ignore the ill-effects of emigration is unsettling at best. Perhaps it's the chronic austerity budgets that are crippling every household at present and look set to get worse before they get better (if they get better). Not that either, although it does have a bearing on his anger. No, what Dempsey is talking about is the people who are at the bottom of the scrapheap, those who are entitled to absolutely zero, zilch, nada, where crippling poverty comes knocking at the door. The people whom he says are the one reason (apart from the fall-out from the floods) that the St Vincent de Paul in Cork is in financial crisis and faces ruin by early next year.

It's the self-employed. The people, as he says, who are now to be found in the local SVP offices, asking for food because they quite literally have no money whatsoever.

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