Opinion Brendan Keenan

Friday 24 November 2017

We're wise enough to know pied pipers will only lead us back to cliff edge, aren't we?

European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Reuters
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso. Reuters
Brendan Keenan

Brendan Keenan

WE all know the scene in the movies where the heroine is clinging by her fingertips on the edge of the skyscraper. "I can't hold on any longer," she cries, just as the hero comes to the rescue.

There is no doubt that Irish households are clinging on by their financial fingertips. The Millward Brown opinion poll for this newspaper shows that many feel they can hold on no longer. Unfortunately, there is no obvious rescue in sight; just the prospect of an appalling drop into a second, more onerous, bailout.

The poll results suggest that people understand the terrible dilemma they are in. The Irish electorate is known for its sophistication. They want to be rescued from the financial pain but today's results suggest they know this may not be possible.

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