2000-08-19 / Columnists

Meet The Irish by Harry McGuirk

Making the headlines in Ireland is the story of runaway inflation. At six percent at the moment with essential food prices leading other items, needless to say trade unions are so infuriated -- don’t be surprised if more strikes cause national confusion.

So many young couples have bought into new houses and apartments. If inflation continues and mortgage rates climb they will be in difficulties.

It might be of interest to people who earn their wages and get paid in dollars -- the punt (Irish pound) is quoted at a $1.15.

His Holiness, John Paul, came to meet some of the millions of young people from around the world who arrived in Rome for an extraordinary demonstration of love for their faith. At least 2,000 of these are from Ireland. His Holiness looked very pleased.

The terrible truth at this time is that Loyalists are burning Catholics out of their homes in the six counties.

On the second year of commemoration of the bombing of Omagh, County Tyrone, there were religious ceremonies of interfaith where the relatives and friends of those who died on the fifteenth of August two years ago gathered (Feast of Assumption). Lord have mercy on their souls.

We thank Wave Publisher Leon Locke for reminding the readers of the beautiful new shrine to Blessed Padre Pio erected in Pennsylvania. The saint turns no one away and speaking of healing, Margie is doing quite well with the therapy at Saint Vincent’s Hospital in Dublin. A lovely place.

There are so many accidents on the road. By the end of the year it looks like the death toll may run into hundreds of people. There are so many disasters between injuries and deaths you can expect the police will be tough, very tough, on people breaking the rules -- especially drunk drivers. If you are coming for the holidays, be careful. Enjoy Ireland in peace.


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