Tuesday 21 November 2017

PIP's trophy-home gaffe just another glaring example of two-tier citizenship

It makes our blood boil. We take to radio comment lines and social media to let off steam. And then we forget about it for a time – until yet another example of Ireland's two-tier system of citizenship slithers into the open.

A nest of snakes was unearthed on Mary Wilson's 'Drivetime' show this week, when a Personal Insolvency Practitioner (PIP) made a land grab for well-heeled debtors, as opposed to the little people, arguing that hospital consultants and solicitors had more cause to stay in their trophy houses than PAYE workers. No doubt, members of the professional classes who are up to their oxters in buy-to-lets are stampeding for his door.

Despite the perfect storm he whipped up, PIP Jim Stafford did the State some service. He let in the light of day about access to the new insolvency arrangements: they will not be available on an equal basis to all citizens.

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