Wednesday 7 December 2016

We're not looking for debt absolution -- just parity of pain

Published 30/08/2011 | 05:00

Ghost of a town:
Unfinished buildings
in Dublin City centre
Ghost of a town: Unfinished buildings in Dublin City centre

•As a mother whose husband has lost his business, this letter is rooted more in reality than hope. I try to hold on to both. I still hope that people who dismiss terms like "debt forgiveness" and "debt restructuring" will think again.

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I know there is no god of sacred credit sitting on cloud nine administering debt absolution, but I hope we can fix this.

I am too preoccupied with trying to buy school shoes and groceries to obsess solely about keeping a roof over our heads. But I do worry. And nobody called it "debt forgiveness" when they rifled all our pockets to pay for the extravagancies of those who ran the banks, and drove this country into the ground.

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