Sick Ireland in a nutshell

Mapping inequality? The International Financial Services Centre where the body of a homeless man was discovered.

Brendan Ogle: A homeless support group has described how the body of a homeless man was discovered in the International Financial Services Centre (IFSC) today. This needless loss of human life on our streets is a personal tragedy for this man, and for their family and friends. It is hard to escape the dark symbolism of deaths of people without homes within the IFSC.

This area was specifically established to celebrate and promote greed, inequality and tax avoidance and it places Ireland as one of the major hubs of global international tax dodging.  

The IFSC is home to €2,200,000,000,000 (€2.2 trillion) of wealth, a sum that is eight times the size of the entire Irish economy.  For some more perspective, €2.2 trillion would pay for the states current housing spend for over 400,000 years. Yes, you read that right: 400,000 years. 

Our entire economy is rooted in growing inequality, growing homelessness and depressingly, we witness regular deaths on our streets because people are living without a home. 

A man without a home dying at the IFSC?
What symbolism.
What irony.
What a picture of our sick, sick society.

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