We shared the wealth -- and now must shoulder the responsibility
Spending figures for the boom years show how Irish people must share some of the blame for this crisis, writes Ronald Quinlan
Published 18/12/2011 | 05:00
LAST week, the Sunday Independent published an article in which it asked the Irish people to move beyond the empty rhetoric of Taoiseach Enda Kenny, and to accept that they too had played a part along with bankers, developers and politicians in creating the crisis in which our country now finds itself. Our call proved to be divisive. While many readers welcomed the article, many more decried its contents on the basis that they had not, in any way, indulged in or benefitted from any of the excesses of the boom years. Today, we return to the issue of how the Irish people must share at least some of the blame, and must take some responsibility -- albeit to a much lesser extent -- for the state we're in.
Our list begins with the Irish people's love affair with property.