Stabbed in the back, going forward

When I was at school in the eighties The Republic of Ireland was described in my Geography book as, “a developing country” – Fast forward twenty years and we have practically handed our sovereignty to the International Monetary Fund, banks and Eurocrats. A baffling, ‘rags to riches to rags’ story for the grandchildren no doubt.

I moved back to Ireland in 2004 after 10 years living in London. I couldn’t even being to explain how much my home country had changed in that time. Our insatiable appetite for property, luxury goods and status was reinforced in ‘Celebrity’ magazines and TV shows. Even in the bars and clubs, people spent their social time discussing house prices and shares between overpriced cocktails. The only way I could express this frustration was through my first political stencil, ‘Duty Free State’. I used the iconic image of 33 year-old Michael Collins, who risked his life and liberty to free us from oppression and reduced his legacy to a high street consumer. I’m not saying people should feel bad for buying luxury goods, however, the unsustainable speed at which we consumed meant that we paid no heed to the warnings and the whistle blowers. When it comes to possessions I use a simply mantra, “if your fear of losing a possession outweighs the enjoyment it brings, you don’t own it, it owns you”

Don’t vote for Fianna Fáil and their cronies. Challenge the opposition parties on their promises – get registered and whatever you do, VOTE

Left: Duty Free State (2006)          Right: Famine & Byrne (2009)

Stark contrast between the Celtic Tiger and the New Recession.


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