Artists lead campaign for referendum on bailout
Published 13/05/2011 | 05:00
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."