Let­ters to the Ed­i­tor

Bray People - - Colm Lambert -

Dear Ed­i­tor,

My name is Yvonne Ka­vanagh, I work in Ad­min­is­tra­tion in The Health Cen­tre in Bray, Co. Wick­low.

I am ex­tremely dis­mayed and an­gered at the de­ci­sion taken by Gov­ern­ment on the pub­lic ser­vice pen­sion levy in what is sup­pos­edly a demo­cratic na­tion.

I left Ire­land in the 1987 and lived in var­i­ous coun­tries. I had to leave my fam­ily just it ob­tain a life and a de­cent stan­dard of liv­ing. I re­turned to Ire­land in 1996 with noth­ing and worked very hard to get an ed­u­ca­tion and to get the job that I have.

I didn’t get mil­lions from the Celtic Cake no mat­ter how hard I worked. Sadly, I have learned since I came back to Ire­land and with the ben­e­fit of a so­ci­ol­ogy de­gree that the Ir­ish will al­ways be kept down.

I don’t feel guilty for hav­ing a job or for any­thing that I own and I won’t be made to feel guilty, I worked hard to get what I have, I came from noth­ing.

That day of re­li­gious rhetoric, that we should be grate­ful for hav­ing just enough and guilty for hav­ing any­thing more is GONE!! 1. Sav­ing the bankers: If the gov­ern­ment wants to the bankers then the money should be on loan from the peo­ple and the bankers should pay it back with in­ter­est.. All of that in­ter­est should be paid di­rectly in to ev­ery Ir­ish Cit­i­zens’ bank ac­count, (TAX AND LEVY FREE!!!)

In ad­di­tion to this, banks should cut the in­ter­est from cur­rent loans and mortgages for the whole na­tion. Or The banks should re­duce per­sonal loan and mort­gage re­pay­ments, (By half at least) and ex­tend the du­ra­tion of those debts, (By Dou­ble at least). 2. Why have peo­ple lost their jobs? Jobs are be­ing lost be­cause the bank­ing com­mu­ni­ties were PER­MIT­TED to do their daily deal­ings with the blind eye of cer­tain min­is­ters. They were sell­ing worth­less loans and mortgages, (Bun­dles of se­cu­ri­ties), on to in­vestors.

When the in­vestors re­alised that th­ese se­cu­ri­ties were not go­ing to be fruit­ful they re­fused to in­vest any more money into the banks. That’s why we are in this mess. 3. The Pub­lic Ser­vice Pen­sion Levy: This is not a pen­sion levy it is a back­door pay cut. (Please note that the pub­lic sec­tor work­ers are not re­spon­si­ble for the credit crunch).

Call­ing it a pen­sion levy is a scam. The gov­ern­ment has mag­i­cally trans­formed a pay cut into a pen­sion levy so it can im­ple­ment the pay cut un­der a guise of le­git­i­macy. It is a con­fi­dence trick and it is de­cep­tive. 4. The shame of the Ir­ish: The Ir­ish Na­tion was down­trod­den for long enough by tyranny and ab­so­lutism. Those who came be­fore us fought long and hard against it so that we could all ex­pe­ri­ence and en­joy free­dom and democ­racy.

It seems that past ef­forts are be­ing un­rav­elled. Sadly, I be­lieve that this is only the tip of the ice­berg.

We, as a na­tion, put our faith into the peo­ple who gov­ern us and the fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions. We be­lieved that they would look af­ter our fi­nan­cial se­cu­rity and the sta­bil­ity of our fu­ture.

Those who sup­port the bankers and the greedy in­vestors should be ashamed of them­selves. I hope that th­ese peo­ple all sleep at night with the prospect of how their name is go­ing to go down on the in­fa­mous list of Ir­ish his­tory. Yvonne Ka­vanagh, Ark­low

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