People get really taken aback when they describe the current mortgage crisis and the prospect of widespread evictions in Ireland in the media. But how similar are the events? How does the possible repossession of a modern home with a Celtic tiger mortgage have in common with the eviction of tenant farmers in 19th century Ireland during the Land War?
"A vast social change is gradually taking place in Ireland. The increase of emigration on the part of the bulk of the small capitalists, and the ejectment, by wholesale, of the wretched cottiers, will, in the course of a short time, render quite inappropriate for its new condition the old cry of a redundant population. But this social revolution, however necessary it may be, is accompanied by an amount of human misery that is absolutely appalling." - THE ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS. [Dec. 16, 1848.]