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In brief: Independent candidate calls for probe into 'economic treason' allegations

Eamonn Blaney, independent candidate in Dublin North East and co-founder of the New Vision alliance of independent candidates, is calling for a formal trial to investigate the allegations of "economic treason" that have been levelled against the outgoing government.

"I am deadly serious. I believe our republic has been betrayed and, before we can start to rebuild it, we need justice. Those who have dragged us to the verge of national insolvency must be held accountable for their self-serving actions and made to pay for the crimes they have committed against their fellow citizens."

Son of former minister Neil Blaney, Eamonn added: "The State sought to destroy my father 40 years ago on totally trumped-up charges, all of which were thrown out of the District Court. I am now going to challenge the State to bring formal charges against the people who have brought about the economic destruction of our State.

"That's the largest crime ever committed in our history. This isn't just about ensuring justice is seen to be done. If a trial establishes that the people who gave the banks a clean bill of health, cooked up Nama and signed up to the EU-IMF loan are traitors, then the guilty parties should not be getting bailouts. They should be behind bars."

Turfcutters fight on to get ban lifted

Turfcutters throughout the country are calling on General Election candidates to reverse the EU ban on harvesting raised bogs.

A public meeting organised by the Turfcutters and Contractors Association -- a voluntary group campaigning for the continuation of traditional turf cutting -- will take place today at 3pm in the Castlecourt Hotel in Westport, Co Mayo, with all candidates invited to attend.

FG pledges constitutional referendum

FINE Gael has vowed, should it form part of the next Government, to hold a constitutional referendum within a year in which the public would be asked to vote on a range of political reforms.

Among the proposals it would put to the people on what it calls 'Constitution Day' are a reduction in the President's term of office from seven to five years and empowering the Oireachtas to cut judges' pay.

Sunday Independent