Carol Hunt: People are dying in debt and desperation
With the pain being shared so unevenly, the coping classes are no longer coping.
'A CHILD has died," the coroner said, "from starvation" in inner city Dublin. The "abnormally large unemployment problem" is decimating the country and the debts we are being forced to pay to others are crucifying the country's coffers.
The minister speaking in the Dail chamber doesn't think that focusing on the very real hardships so many Irish citizens are being forced to suffer is good optics. Paying debts and being good Europeans is viewed as being more important than rising poverty and the deaths of children. Choices have to be made.
As the minister says: "There are certain limited funds at our disposal. People may have to die in this country and may have to die through starvation."