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OF BANKS AND VULTURE FUNDS 10,700 mortgage holders got a nasty surprise over the August Bank Holiday weekend with letters from one of the country’s major banks, the PTSB , informing them that their loans were being sold on to Start, a US owned vulture fund. Start paid €1.3 billion for the mortgages to the … Continue reading OF BANKS AND VULTURE FUNDS 1809(2) CXXII
IRISH PROBLEMS, IRISH SOLUTIONS August is the silly season politically with the politicians on holiday, and any bad news in the form of tax increases or benefit cuts announced quietly when there is no one to face the public’s wrath. Not this year, though, with the economy doing very nicely thank you and no desire … Continue reading IRISH PROBLEMS IRISH SOLUTIONS 1809 CXXI
THE BEAUTIFUL GAME: THE TWENTY FIRST WORLD CUP The Twenty First Soccer World Cup finished in Russia on 15 July, with France, the best and most consistent side, winning an enthralling final 4-2 over the tournament’s surprise package Croatia, which joined the select band of countries, now thirteen, to have reached a World Cup Final. … Continue reading THE TWENTY FIRST WORLD CUP 1808 CXX
ORANGES AND APPLES Two referenda; in two neighbouring islands; two years apart. One produced an emphatic result taken by a well informed electorate on an emotionally charged issue. The other saw a slim majority on another emotionally charged issue. But in the latter case the campaign was marked by muddle, misinformation and downright public ignorance … Continue reading ORANGES AND APPLES 1807 CXIX