Who is really to blame for the crisis?

Today, buried on the inner page of the Independent Business section there was an article stating that an Oireachtas committee found that the responsibility for the financial crisis in Ireland was largely down to regulators and ratings agencies (the same agencies who down-graded Irish debt in 09′).

Sadly, it didn’t make massive headlines, nor will it… If you could get a picture of Sean Fitz, or some scandal element to tag on then it would be everywhere, but the humble work of one of the few independent studies done on the matter, lacking sex-appeal & scandal will be widely ignored by the public, meaning everybody will still only see ‘banks’ as the source of the problem rather than as the conduit, when in fact the source of the problem was the gatekeeper, the person with their hand on the tap of the conduit, who allowed credit to flow too quickly for too long.

I had coffee with a well known economist last April and we spoke about this matter, he felt that it was …

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RTE Primetime features Irish Mortgage Brokers

Mark Little speaks to Aoife Walsh from Respond! and Karl Deeter of Irish Mortgage Brokers about the looming mortgage issues in the Irish property market, the commentary was on the recent IBF protocol (Irish Bankers Federation) whereby people working with their lender can get a further 6 month extension on dealing with their mortgage if they are in difficulty. While we broadly welcome the move we also believe that there are other motivations for it as well as some genuine questionable solutions.

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