Accounts of borrowing from a moneylender and the spiral of secrecy, poverty, and debt that ensues.

Individuals who had to resort to borrow cash with high interest rates from moneylenders describe the pressure they came under to make the repayments.     

There was one money lender used to lend me a pound on a Monday and I'd have to give him back one pound five on Friday and it went on that I borrowed up to four pounds off him.

One woman explains the criteria required to get a loan in the first place whereby you must be recommended by a friend who acts as guarantor for the loan. 

If you don't pay, they must pay.

Despite her best efforts to repay the loans, her debts have continued to rise. 

When you get in with moneylenders, it's impossible to get rid of them.

Another man explains how became involved with moneylenders through an introduction from a friend. One loan led to another to another. He resorted to selling off his furniture to keep up with the repayments until he had no furniture left and couldn't repay his debt. 

This episode of 'Newsbeat' was broadcast on 11 January 1968.

'Newsbeat' was a half-hour feature programme presented by Frank Hall and ran for 7 years from September 1964 to June 1971. 'Newsbeat' went out from Monday to Friday on RTÉ television and reported on current affairs and issues of local interest from around Ireland. The final programme was broadcast on the 11 June 1971.