Artists lead campaign for referendum on bailout
Actor Ger O'Leary performing Jim Larkin's 'The Risen People' at the Repudiate the Debt campaign outside Leinster House yesterday. Mark Condren
RENOWNED artist Robert Ballagh was among a small group of protesters who demonstrated outside the Dail last night as part of the new "Repudiate the Debt" campaign.
The newly-formed national alliance drew a crowd of about 50 supporters who are urging the Government to call a referendum on the State's banking-sector bailout and the nationalisation of the banks.
Supporters took to the makeshift stage to sing songs and recite poetry urging Irish citizens to reject the bailout.
Mr Ballagh said: "I think now is the time for moving on from anger to action."
"The people just have to take things into their own hands because I don't think that the strategies being employed are working."
Organiser Eoghan O'Neill (28) told the Irish Independent: "We're here to say that this debt is not ours and we won't take it and are demanding a referendum on the socialisation of the debt."