Ralph Riegel: Politicians have a duty to offer the Irish people a vision and a hope for the future
Thomas McCarthy tells Ralph Riegel of the parallels between our current crisis and what happened in the 19th Century
THE Celtic Tiger generation is now facing its historic Anglo-Irish moment. Poet, author and historian Thomas McCarthy, 58, made the pronouncement as he admitted he is fearful for Ireland as the country, for the first time in generations, clearly lacks a vision for its future.
The Cork-based writer and librarian warned that there are remarkable similarities between what happened in Ireland in the 19th Century and what the nation faces today.
"We are now such a damaged people -- I have great anxieties about the emotional damage that has been done to the Irish population," he told the Sunday Independent. "I have been a librarian all my life. When you work in a public library you get a feel for people and for the public mood."