SIPTU General President Jack O’Connor has described calls for intensifying the rate of evictions as reprehensible and barbaric. He went on to call on the Government “to come up with better solutions to the mortgage crisis than reverting to the tactics of colonial lackeys in nineteenth century Ireland. The parallels between the graphic images of post-famine Ireland and the prospect our own authorities evicting people from their family homes to pay off debts to those at the top of the European banking system are striking.“I suspect that the recent intensification in calls for such unspeakable cruelty is about pandering to the vultures of the global banking system in the context of the effort to return to the markets. We desperately need to escape the Troika’s strait jacket and access funding ourselves, but descending to the crucifixion of ordinary families is a step too far. “