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Tallaght sample ballot shows 98% of people against EU/IMF bailout

15 December, 2010

Sinn Féin’s Seán Crowe today held a sample ballot among unemployed on the EU/IMF bailout in Tallaght. Councillor Crowe held the ballot to coincide with the passing of the Dáil motion on the deal today.

Out of 150 members of the public who voted 148 voted against the deal while just two people said they don’t know what it is about and spoiled their votes.

Councillor Crowe said:

“Judging by this sample poll the result would suggest that the EU/IMF deal would be overwhelmingly rejected by the people if they were given an opportunity to have their say.

“Contrary to what Government TDs such as Charlie O’Connor and Conor Lenihan have been saying there was and is a better way. We need to set the Irish economy on a new trajectory that seeks to stimulate economic activity, create jobs and gives confidence to the bond markets.

“This EU/IMF deal will actually bring a profit to many of the senior bondholder gamblers who contributed to our current difficulties.

“As it emerged last night, there will also be an additional 3% interest rate on European funds for Ireland as part of this deal.

“An extra add on to this deal is an obligation to bail out failed banks, the continued erosion of our economic sovereignty, massive interest rates and a succession of savage budgets that will target low and middle income earners.

“Those who voted for this deal will soon have to face the consequences from the electorate in an election that cannot happen sooner.” ENDS

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