Ballyhea group meets EU Monetary Affairs official

Wednesday 27 March 2013 20.53
The weekly protest first began in March 2011
The weekly protest first began in March 2011

A delegation from the Cork village of Ballyhea has met the Chair of European Parliament Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee Sharon Bowles in Brussels today.

The group is opposed to the EU-IMF bailout for Ireland.

Ms Bowles told the delegation that she believed the Irish debt burden to be “unfair” and agreed to help the group try to meet a senior official from the European Central Bank.

The group, which now alternates between Ballyhea village and the nearby town of Charleville, held its 100th protest against the payment of billions of euro to bondholders in January of this year.

Protestor Diarmuid O'Flynn, who began voicing his opposition to the payments to bond holders in 2011, said today he believed Irish people needed to stand-up and object to the bailout.

The delegation has met Fianna Fáil's MEP Pat the Cope Gallagher and Independent Marian Harken.

Later, they will meet other MEPs including Labour's Nessa Childers and Fine Gael's Sean Kelly. Tomorrow their protest shifts to the Dáil.

Keywords: ballyhea, bailout

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