Wednesday 24 January 2018

Better bailout deal would resonate with angry public

Any party that tries to alter rescue terms would get a warm response from voters, writes Daniel McConnell

Fine Gael's Enda Kenny and Michael Noonan were in Brussels last Friday to tell Ireland's new enemy, EU Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, that they will seek to renegotiate the terms of last November's deal with the IMF, the EU and the European Central Bank.

Kenny and Noonan said they were doing so in the interests of the Irish people, who feel cheated, battered and punished for the crimes of others.

While their likely coalition partner, Eamon Gilmore, threw a hissy fit on Friday evening about the cosy in with Barroso, the latest Sunday Independent/Millward Brown Lansdowne poll, shows the FG duo's determination to seek a better deal is the overwhelming desire of the majority of the Irish people.

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