Alas, it seems nothing has been learned from the Republic's tragedy. The first people to be targeted by the IMF and our own overpaid 'economic illiterates' are not those who caused the downfall, but the lowest-paid and those who lost their jobs because of the greed of the richest.
Almost 100 years ago, the south of Ireland stood against the British Empire to secure independence and self-determination. Now their sacrifice has been squandered by the greed of bankers, developers and their political allies.
My two grandfathers both laid their lives on the line in 1916. They would be disgusted to see how their courage has degenerated into the selfish Me-Feinism which has bankrupted the Republic's economy and which is still asking the most vulnerable to again pay the price for their greed.