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Submission on Evaluation of Community Banking and Local Provision of Banking and Financial Services in Ireland

Feasta Currency Group members believe that community (or public) banking could form a central component of a healthy future Irish economy. There is an urgent need to expand this sector in Ireland in order to help protect the Irish economy from debt-related financial risk, stimulate community development and help bring about the transition to a growth-neutral financial sector.

Bernard Lietaer RIP

We were very sad to learn of the death on February 4 of Bernard Lietaer, a leading monetary reformer who had a great influence on members of Feasta’s currency group. He was the author of The Future of Money and Money and Sustainability: the Missing Link. Our good wishes go out to his family and friends. …

End of the Oilocene: the roar of the oil-fizzle dragon king

"Ireland’s policymakers exist in an insulated bubble; congratulating themselves on reducing the debt-GDP ratio and high employment due to the sleight of hand of low corporate tax rates, " writes Tim Clarke. He argues that Ireland is hugely vulnerable to a global financial crash triggered by net energy decline, coupled with rapidly rising extreme global debts and many other factors: "Talk of a 'Celtic Phoenix' excites dull short memories, and another property bubble is in the making."