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Christy Dignam: The bankers are still up here making millions... and we've 4,000 kids in homeless accommodation

11 July 2018 19:30
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Christy Dignam had some strong words in relation to bankers and homelessness when we sat down with him.

LONGSTANDING NORTH DUBLIN band Aslan will play the first of two gigs this Friday in the Iveagh Gardens in Dublin.

The band is marking 30 years since the release of their iconic first album Feel No Shame.

Ahead of the gig, Aslan’s frontman Christy Dignam sat down with to discuss their music, the highs and lows of the band throughout the years, contemporary pop music, the upcoming gigs, and his own struggles with his health over the years.

While talking, Dignam used some strong language to lay into contemporary Irish society and how it treats addiction, the ongoing homelessness crisis and the widening gap between the rich and the poor.

“If we put a quarter of the money into treating addiction that we put into fighting addiction and putting people in prisons and stuff like that.

Dignam also took issue with the Welfare Cheats campaign which ran last year while then-Social Protection Minister Leo Varadkar was in office.

“For example, Leo Varadkar came out a while ago talking about people on welfare and all ruining the… bleeding the country dry,” he said.

“This country is not bankrupt cos some bloke is claiming a hundred euros or two hundred euro a week.

“And we’re all fighting among ourselves down here while the bankers are still up here making millions.”

You can read and watch our full interview with Christy tomorrow evening on

Aslan play the Iveagh Gardens this Friday 13 July and next Saturday 21 July. Tickets for Saturday’s show are sold out but tickets remain for this Friday’s gig.


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