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Bailing out wealthy homeowners: the uncomfortable truth

The startling article from the Guardian published in June 2011 went almost unnoticed and unheeded in Ireland. It was a little article which entirely tore apart the myth that Ireland's hotels are the cheapest in Europe, forced to reduce prices by hostile receivers in predatory bailed out banks. Nobody in Ireland reported this Eurostat report. Conor Pope's Pricewatch column remains, aside from a small number of radio shows, the only newspost to persistently monitor the state of consumer prices in Ireland. Ineeded there is regular reporting on the impacts of mortgage interest rate changes in various media outlets, but information is based on guesswork, anecdotal evidence and sometimes downright spin.

For example there is no central, reliable source of information on the exact borrowings and financial status of mortgage holders in Ireland, aside from that held by the banks themselves. This effectively means that there are no independent reliable sources of assessment on the i…

When homophobic sins come back to haunt . . .

I was shocked last week to discover that somebody is organising a womens night in the Turks Head. I even discovered that they had a night in May, from here. From similar posts on boards.ie and the style I recognise from somebody who is a real menace on the scene. A self appointed "expert" who pushes a vision of identitity which to be honest is a blinkered ideology that could be quite harmful to people in that position, who really has no credentials aside from life experience, but this is dangerous as this is a highly sensitive issue that needs deep care when dicsussing.

The sad reality is that anybody can appoint themselves as an activist and get into organisations to push talks, seminars, presentations etc. People really don't know better and a lot of harm can be done. It does seem that a couple of organisations have been willing to block this kind of pushy activism and its unfortunate that its crawled into the social scene with little resistance.

The facts on the …