Friday 20 April 2018

Landslide vote 'a sign of things to come', left-wing Irish TDs claim

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty was in Athens for the vote
Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty was in Athens for the vote
Niall O'Connor

Niall O'Connor

The overwhelming No vote delivered by Greek voters is a "sign of things to come in Ireland", left-wing politicians have claimed.

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy said resistance to austerity was growing throughout Europe, adding that any deal for Greece must involve a debt write-down.

Mr Murphy was one of two TDs who travelled to Athens for the result after receiving an invite from Syriza.

Speaking to the Irish Independent last night, Mr Murphy accused the Irish Government of adopting a "shameful stance" towards the Greek people.

"The Irish Government stuck up for German capitalism and big financiers basically in order to lay the boot into Greece," Mr Murphy claimed. The Dublin South West TD predicted a similar shift to the left here in Ireland, saying: "This is a sign of what's to come."

Sinn Féin finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty, who was also in Athens on the invitation of Syriza, said: "This referendum was held with the backdrop of fear and scaremongering by our own and other European governments.

"But years of brutal austerity have taken their toll on the Greek people, who have stood up to the bullyboys of the EU."

Finance Minister Michael Noonan last night said he noted the preliminary results of the Greek referendum.

"I hope that following this result the Greek government will continue discussions with fellow member states in an effort to provide certainty for the Greek people and return stability to their economy.

"Ireland will continue to engage in an effort to reach a successful conclusion to the negotiations," he said.

The Irish Government was seen to back a hard-line approach towards Greece. Last night Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin said the Government must now play a more constructive role.

"Europe is better and stronger when we are united in common purpose and debt sustainability plays a key part in this. We would hope also that the Irish Government might play a more positive and constructive role in the political process that follows now than it has to date."

Irish Independent

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