The opposite of poverty is not wealth. In too many places, the opposite of poverty is justice.
Attac Ireland works and stands in solidarity with debt justice campaigns working to resist illegitimate debt in Ireland, Europe and globally.
Ireland, in per capita terms, has endured the largest bank bailout of all time. The total estimated cost of the bank bailout is approximately €70 billion.
Attac Ireland rejects the idea that citizens should pay the debts accrued through the speculative activities of private banks.
In particular, we call for and work towards
- The freezing of the ‘Anglo bonds’ (see http://www.debtireland.org/news/2014/04/02/patrick-honohan-do-the-right-thing/)
- An end to the Irish government’s boycott of the UN Committee on Sovereign Debt Restructuring
- A European Debt Conference
At the 2014 Attac European Summer University in Paris, Attac Ireland contributed to a workshop on ‘Women and Austerity’, which highlighted the particular effect unjust debt repayments and austerity policies are having on women in Ireland.
Perspectives on the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and Argentina’s Debt
The undersigned call on the US, the EU, and Canada to exclude any form of Investor-State-Dispute Settlement from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), from the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) and from all other trade and investment agreements.