Saturday 24 March 2018

Colum Kenny: Our society is on brink of collapse, fear bishops

Senior clergy warn of violence if 'wounds' from meltdown fester

Colum Kenny

Colum Kenny

IRELAND'S Catholic bishops will warn that the "wounds" caused by financial turmoil and government austerity measures could lead to violence in the streets.

They are also openly critical of the "bonus culture" of financial institutions and semi-state bosses earning six-figure salaries at the same time as budgets for vital services are slashed as part of government cutbacks.

In a statement to be issued tomorrow, the bishops will say ordinary people "would find it difficult to countenance the present position whereby large six-figure salaries continue to be awarded to senior executives of semi-state companies at the same time as cuts are being made to the minimum wage, disability allowance and State pensions".

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