Letters to the 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