Martina Devlin: When parents can't feed children, it's not a recession, it's a catastrophe
AS a people, we are partial to ambiguity and to diplomatic speech, which allows what's happening in Ireland today to be described as a recession. That belongs to the same category of euphemism whereby World War Two became the Emergency.
This is no recession, it is a catastrophe. Four years into the economic downturn -- another of our delicate turns of phrase -- the reality of austerity is blindingly visible.
For downturn read meltdown. For cutting back read cutting people no slack. For parity of pain read disproportionate pain.