Tuesday 17 October 2017

Hard-pressed Irish voters won't stomach much more pain to keep euro dream alive

German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her new year message.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel delivers her new year message.

Patricia McKenna

THE findings of the recent Red C opinion poll showed that 72pc of Irish people would be unwilling to make further sacrifices to ensure the survival of the euro and that 69pc were unaware that a new voting system, giving bigger EU member states more power and taking power away from smaller member states, will be introduced during the coming year.

Our Government and political establishment should not dismiss the significance of these findings as just more euro-sceptic nonsense.

On the issue of paying to keep the euro project alive, Red C asked people: "If the continued existence of the euro required people in the eurozone to accept cuts in pay, pensions or welfare provisions, would they be willing to do so or not?" Almost 70pc said they would not be willing to accept such cuts to ensure the continued existence of the euro, while 27pc said they would.

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