Saturday 24 March 2018

Closer to Botswana . . . No sympathy . . . Blame bosses

A 45pc rise in VHI B plan -- I had to check to make sure I wasn't living in Zimbabwe. Maybe Mary Harney's famous quote should now be rewritten: Closer to Botswana than Berlin.

Conan Doyle
Co Kilkenny

  • Pardon me if I do not join in the sympathy for Ivan Yates. He owned a 160-acre farm in Wexford, had a state pension of €50,000 from his time in politics and was making in the region of €100,000 from his media appearances. His sources of wealth are a multiple of what an average person can earn.

Yet he is bankrupt. Why? Because he chose to run a gambling business. His profits in this business were on the backs of many compulsive gamblers. He who lives by the sword dies by the sword.

Please sign in or register with for free access to Opinions.

Sign In

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Don't Miss