'Irexit' gathering momentum claim meeting organisers
Twenty-five people were in attendance at a controversial 'Irexit' meeting which was held at the Ballygarry House Hotel last Friday night.
The meeting made national headlines last week after Bec Fahy of the People Before Profit made allegations that the group was racist and urged people to call the hotel and demand that the talk be cancelled.
The meeting, which was organised by the group 'Irexit: Freedom to Prosper' included a number of speakers who each outlined the reasons why they believe that Ireland should follow Britain's lead and leave the EU - an idea that organisers said is gathering momentum around the country. Wearing green 'Make Ireland Great Again' hats, organisers welcomed Frank Shinnock, a farmer from Fermoy to speak first.
Describing the government parties as "Fianna Filth" and "Fine Goons" and using terms such as the "SS Gestapo" in Dublin, Mr Shinnock made comparisons between the EU and the Soviet Union - and described the EU as "an anti-Christian totalitarianism system."
"Nice and Lisbon [treaties] were the start of the destruction of democracy. The majority of the people in this country voted no for 'Nice' and voted no for 'Lisbon' and then we were told to 'go again lads' To me, that's anti-democratic. These people, they have no respect for democracy. They are federalists," said Mr Shinnock on Friday night.