An arrogant and out-of-touch Government whose only strategy is to bully and terrorise the people and if that fails, make them vote again

Statement by the Communist Party of Ireland
17 May 2012

How can anyone take seriously this government’s campaign and what it says about the Permanent Austerity Treaty? 
     The minister for finance, Noonan, dismisses the impact of what is happening in Greece and the deepening crisis that the people of that beleaguered country have been plunged into, and its possible effect on our own country, by reducing his comments to “Sure we only import feta cheese.” That’s coming from someone who has his wealth invested in German government bonds. 
     This is followed up by another senior minister, Richard Bruton, who is clearly of the mind that no matter how the people vote there is simply only one acceptable answer, namely Yes, and if it takes one or more referendums, then that is what will be done. 
     As they continue to terrorise the people, using the example of what is happening to the Greek people at the hands of EU bankers, they hold this like the sword of Damocles over the heads of our people. They care little for the plight of our people and the destiny of our country and even less for the savage attacks upon the Greek people. 
     They continue to follow orders from the Chancellery in Berlin, whose primary strategy is to sustain the euro and the German and French banks at all costs, regardless of how many children in Irish schools faint from hunger.