Ireland locks people up for non payment of debt???!!!!!

It turns out that the Republic of Ireland locks people up for non-payment of debts.

Of course, this is a law applied against the poor. Ireland isn’t the sort of country where people who went to the right school, or who know the right people, get locked up for non-payment of debt.

But I’m staggered to learn that the notion of a Victorian debtors’ prison is alive and well and living in Ireland.

And it gets worse: there was a court ruling very, very recently that somebody can’t be locked up for non-payment of a debt if they can’t pay, only if they won’t pay. So they’re updating the law to codify this.

They’re not updating the law to bring it into, like, the twentieth century or anything. They’re just refining their nineteenth century law on locking people up who don’t pay their debts. Wow.

(pause for effect)

Fuck, I sound like somebody I would hate.  Fuck.

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One Response to “Ireland locks people up for non payment of debt???!!!!!”

  1. steffiw Says:

    yup we have dog licences here,banks close on saturdays,only cities have gas lines(we country folk have gas bottles or oil)no proper p.e facilities,grass in middle of roads,our village has 1 bus a day going one way and 1 bus a WEEK going the other and yet we are close to cork city-we are at best 20yrs behind…

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