Irish citizens are worried the bailout will divide the country
Share Now on:
TEXT OF STORY
STEVE CHIOTAKIS: So how are the Irish people feeling about asking their neighbors for help?
The BBC’s Louise Williams asked Dubliners how they’re feeling.
LOUISE WILLIAMS: There’s shame and anger on the streets of Dublin — shame that the once roaring economy has come to this, anger that the government and the bankers let it happen.
As she rushed to work, one government worker told me she feels like the country has had to put the begging bowl out.
Kathy didn’t want to give her last name but was worried this would divide the country.
KATHY: I think it’s a very sad day for all our patriots who gave their lives for this country. Look at the mess that we’re in at the moment. Hopefully we’ll stick together on this one, we won’t end up like the civil war.
Details are scarce on the program and the big question remains whether Ireland will keep its famously attractive business tax.
The Irish politicians continue to say it’s non-negotiable but many people here have lost confidence in their word.
In Dublin, I’m the BBC’s Louise Williams for Marketplace.
We’re here to help you navigate this changed world and economy.
Our mission at Marketplace is to raise the economic intelligence of the country. It’s a tough task, but it’s never been more important.
In the past year, we’ve seen record unemployment, stimulus bills, and reddit users influencing the stock market. Marketplace helps you understand it all, will fact-based, approachable, and unbiased reporting.
Generous support from listeners and readers is what powers our nonprofit news—and your donation today will help provide this essential service. For just $5/month, you can sustain independent journalism that keeps you and thousands of others informed.