Celtic Tiger Verdict
The Docklands was completely revamped as part of a regeneration project in the Celtic Tiger years
Ireland today is not a joyful spectacle. The older generation, which has worked hard and continues to work even in retirement, and whose hopes for a better life for their children did not materialize. Young people, who start their lives with disappointment in what is happening in their home country and who are again forced to leave their homeland and emigrate, as their ancestors used to do.
The worst thing, in my opinion, is that still few people from all these ordinary people understand that it is impossible to LIKE SO. It is impossible for the whole country to live in debt for decades, paying high interest from banks on mortgages for a house, car, education, vacation. Millions of people throughout the state voluntarily give their earned money to the owners of just three banks on the Emerald Isle and create for them and their children a truly luxurious life now and more than a secure old age in the future.
Looking through the Irish press, listening to the news channels, I watch what is happening and I think - the desire to live beautifully is natural for a person and is always understandable, but how do you want to treat the whole nation, which, as criminals say, "threw" a bunch of fat cats vices - greed, laziness, ignorance ...
Dublin during Celtic Tiger years
The people of this country have a very serious problem that cannot be ignored. This is the problem of drinking. I foresee the cues of my readers - they say, where is this problem not? In Ireland, drunkenness has been erected in as much tradition. I remember how I worked a week ago on weekends, looking after three boys, whose parents left children with me, their temporary nanny, on Friday and Sunday, and went to a local pub to sit with friends and have a drink. In Western society, this term is used as –socializing - communication and alcohol use with friends, colleagues, etc., away from home. So, the parents of those children are both the kindest people, but you are my God! In what form this family exists and in what conditions do these children live! And these parents are not alcoholics, not homeless, their mother works on television, father is a builder, but in the house there is dirt and poverty, the boys sleep on bare mattresses, as if it was an orphanage somewhere in the former Soviet Union. ... Once we talked with their parents about the problem of alcoholism, I said that it exists in Russia, and the father of the boys began to tell me, a Russian journalist, that fathers in Ireland allow their sons to start drinking from the age of 15. So he said “My father, when I turned 15, allowed me to drink beer and bring my friends home so that we would not do it on the street.” But that's not all. In Ireland women and women drink their husbands together and on a par with men, and this is also a tradition of rest culture. They come home after work and under the TV they sip vodka with tonic or red wine, and so - every day, on weekends - more, to completely relax ...
Dublin after years of Celtic Tiger
Adults bring children of any age or bring with them to pubs and restaurants, this is the rate of Sunday rest of the entire Irish family, because Irish women do not like to cook a Sunday lunch for the family, and often dinner in general, preferring to feed children with purchased fast food, and this the norm of domestic behavior of women in the family is also customary. In the pub, their children constantly, from year to year, see dad, mom, relatives, friends of the family drinkers ...
Unfortunately, I do not draw pictures of horror. This is the life of almost every Irish family. Female domestic drunkenness is one of the reasons why so many children with various mental disorders of children are born in Ireland.
So economists ’arguments with numbers in their hands and endless debates of deputies in the Parliament - whether to borrow in a European bank or not and how to get the country out of a deep crisis - remind me of a situation when they try to treat a neglected disease this very disease.
Yes, of course, the Celtic tiger phenomenon was. There were millions of financial injections from the European Union, only one America donated $ 40 million for the development of the Irish economy, and many opportunities were provided for reaching a different standard of living for the whole nation, for the entire long-suffering Irish people. Hundreds of thousands of immigrants from all over the world literally poured into Ireland just a decade ago, and they were doing it — and they still do it — all the black, hard work, while the Irish people in offices started getting very high salaries, buying silk bed linen, hanging around gold jewelry, bought branded clothes and spent on one wedding 40 - 50 000 euros. Today, every second Irishman would be happy to receive such money for the entire year of work. But - there is no work and no more such high salaries. Or if they are, then again only for their own or for the elect. It is not for many hundreds of thousands of ordinary Irish people - without a good education and powerful relatives. There is a social benefit, which for the last three years by order of the new Minister of Welfare
Irish Parliament from the inside, there is a debate of deputies on (TD in Irish)
Ireland became a republic in 1922 and a significant number of parliamentary seats for a decade were occupied by members of the Irish Conservative Party, the Fianna Fial party. To understand what is happening today, we must not forget that this party was made up of wealthy and very rich people, and according to the notions of capitalist society that were natural for themselves, pursued a corresponding political course for the development of the economy in the country. The conservatives have been with the actual authorities for more than 80 years. In the parliamentary elections of 2007, I covered the election campaign in the newspaper, interviewed deputies of different parties in Parliament, and I remember very well who ordinary Irish people voted for - the average Irishman gave more votes to the conservative party Fianna Fail, whose members, being in all leadership , high positions and positions, created for themselves, their families, relatives such conditions under which everyone could "do" - no, not earn hard work - a huge amount of money, and that it was their actions just through several Only years led this country to a banking crisis. Just one example to illustrate - two of the owners of Anglo-Irish - the Anglo - Irish Bank - lent each other huge sums of bank money, but the simple Irish paid interest on them.
'' Sorry, guys, but we were forced to cut your social benefits by 873 million to help friends. Thank you guys ..''.- to the queue of unemployed
Another interesting face from the same company. He was prosecuted. Looking into the camera with clear eyes after the court session, the banker told the journalist, “Why should I tell the judge where I keep my money?” Read - my stolen millions. And this is one of the richest Irish family clans. Do you want to know how much was given to him? Three months. And since the trial began before Christmas, the lord was released to the family so that, like all good Catholics, he could spend Christmas in a warm family circle.
But I remember well another meeting. Two days before Christmas, I walked through the center in the evening, I was met by a group of young people. The guys asked me for a light, but I do not smoke and there were no lighters with me. We got to talking and the guys told that they are builders, just returned from England, where they could not find work either. When I asked where they were going to look at night, they replied that they were walking through the streets during the day, trying to find any job, knocking on the doors of restaurants from the back door and offering to wash the dishes for dinner, and go to an overnight house for the night. I gave the young Irish some money so that they would celebrate Christmas, which they had been robbed of in their native country and I am afraid they did not understand that they were simply robbed. How millions of other decent and hardworking Irish people, the main honest taxpayers of the country, who have no education in closed, private schools, without connections in high society, who grew up in a country with a tragic historical past, which for centuries has been trampled upon by English heels and therefore they want to live so beautifully. Unfortunately, I can not say that money for an ordinary Irishman is all that he seeks, for which he lives and works.
There is such a thing as the human factor. From my personal position as a journalist and person, in everything that happened in Ireland, the Celtic tiger has nothing to do with it. He jumped, but he landed very badly, and if the economy of this country recovers from such a deep crisis, then, as the entire current situation in the political course of Ireland shows, it is very soon.
You are welcome to do your conclusions now.