Sacrificial gifts to banking empire
King of Kings, Darius the Great, the leader of the 'pre-Roman' Persian Empire, believed that the destruction of opponents' cities was a waste of resources -- so he would send ambassadors to demand a symbolic gift of earth and water from his quarry, and thereby take control without bloodshed. The policy was, of course, backed up by a mighty military.
It is quite amazing how little has changed in 2,500 years. Ireland is a small state on the edge of the world facing demands from outside forces. The international monetary system, which pumped billions of euro into this country, is now demanding that it be pumped back out again.
There is no symbolism about the compelled gifts we are offering up. So far we have delivered tens of billions of euro to our struggling banks. But the teeming hoards are not satisfied. We are forced to borrow at even higher rates of interest from the international bankers, so that we can pay back the international bankers.