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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Ireland Booming again - Bust around the corner

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During the recession the speculators waited like vultures for property prices to stumble and fall. They then pounced with the backing of their friendly bank managers and spineless government, snapping up both commercial and residential property at rock bottom prices. Now, with a lack of property to buy ( ordinary people can't afford to buy ) they are raising rents all over the county with the government turning a blind eye. Soon, ordinary people will not be able to buy or rent. The Boom and Bust cycle is starting all over again. 
The wealthy who made fortunes during the last boom ( Celtic Tiger ) are making even more because of recession and are on a no-lose roller-coaster. 
The government is blowing it's trumpet over the 100,000 jobs they have created. While very welcome, is it really a 100,000 real jobs? When we deduct all the part-time work, Jobsbridge and other schemes it's hard to tell what the real number is. Besides our low-tax-rate for the multi-nationals, what else did the government offer them? When are we going to stand as a nation where we can produce our own jobs and prosperity without going cap in hand to these multi-nationals who will flee as soon as things don't suit?
Why are all our nurses and doctors and other well qualified people fleeing the country as fast as they can get a visa? Why is our biggest export people? Why is rural Ireland decimated? Why are the banks still fleecing their customers after the bailout? Why is there no rent-control? Why are people homeless when there are so many empty properties? Why do all the Public Sector bodies not cooperate with one another? Why is it so difficult to get even the most basic of transactions to be carried out by government and local authority bodies? Why are all the professional bodies ( Legal, Consultants, Medical ) allowed to fleece the country with their exorbitant wage claims? The list is endless with no one willing to rock the boat to tackle these inequities in our society. 
We need to change a lot of things in Ireland, but, change is a very slow process and loses it's momentum as life progresses. The wealthy will always control us as they hold all the aces. We live in the illusion that if we study and work hard we may be able some day join the privileged few, but, they will always erect barriers to keep out the masses. The wealthy will always live off the back of the less well-off. Is there a better way to run the world, I don't know, time will tell. 

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