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Eamon Dunphy 'ashamed' of Irish Government stance on Greece

The Greek Solidarity Committee press conference today (Pic credit: Ireland4Greece Facebook page)
The Greek Solidarity Committee press conference today (Pic credit: Ireland4Greece Facebook page)

Eamon Dunphy was one of the speakers at a press conferecne today urging Irish solidarity with the Greek people ahead of their upcoming referendum on a bailout deal.

The Greek Solidarity Committee held a press conference today to offer their support to Greece in what they see as their battle against austerity measures being forced on the struggling country.

Greece will go to the polls on Sunday to vote on a referendum on whether to accept an austerity package put forward by international lenders in return for a further bailout from the eurozone rescue fund.

An opinion poll today said the result is very much in the balance, with Yes at 41.5% while 40.2% will be voting No, and 10.9% undecided. The rest said they would abstain or leave their ballots blank.

The implications of a No vote are as yet unclear but it would be perceived by many as a vote to pull out of the EU.

At today's event Dunphy, Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger, UCD's Dr Julien Mercille, Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan and IT Carlow lecturer Thomae Kakouli spoke in favour of a No vote.

Dunphy said he was 'ashamed' of the Irish Government's hardline stance on the issue of Greece debt, saying our Government should be supporting the Greek people.

"I'm here from a working class background from Ireland to support those suffering in Greece," said Dunphy.

"What's happening in Greece is an attempt by hardline neoliberals to overthrow a democratic goverment," he added.

Dunphy also criticised the Irish media, saying they have created a 'false narrative' created by Brussels.

And, of course, he had a great line disparaging Irish politicians.