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Anglo Promissory Notes and a National Strike


This morning I went on the long enduring and worthy Ballyhea Bondholder Protest March, (today in Ballyhea, alternating to Charleville next Sunday) where the call by the President of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) Eugene McGlone for a National Strike was spoken about by those that attended the Austerity March yesterday in Dublin. For him to dabble in some hard left wing populism with no end goal or achievement set out, sums up neatly why Irish people don’t take part in mass protests. It was wishy washy and pointless.

While hearing this retelling and the heckling that was aimed at the union heads, a consensus developed on what would be a genuine and clear rallying point to hold a National Strike, the Anglo Irish Bank Promissory Note which is to be paid on the 31st March 2013. For the first time, I could see an achievable goal for the holding of a National Strike. So here’s my suggestion, the 31st of March is a Sunday, so why not have a National Strike on Friday the 29th March. Following the ‘bottling‘ of the issue last year by the Government with their late Friday evening drive around Dublin to play “pass the cheque game”, wouldn’t a clear demonstration of our unwillingness to countenance the payment of €3.1 billion of real money from exchequer revenues to pay for a zombie bank, to the Central Bank for it to be simply destroyed be a good enough reason for a calm, collected and determined day of peaceful protest?

As a people we don’t like to cause hassle or get into bother, we also dislike protests as we cant see what it they achieve, the Promissory Notes though are pretty easy to object to and the objective of a protest is simple, not to pay the money.

So are you up for a day out, to make a protest on one big issue that no person can claim was about 10,000 small issues and ignore the clear message?

We will not pay for Anglo Irish Bank.

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Photo Credit: Ballyhea Bondholder Bailout Protest

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About Brian Stokes

Spent seven years working as a Parliamentary Assistant and Personal Assistant in Dáil Éireann and the Department of Foreign Affairs. Studying History & Economics in University College Cork. Walker of a dog called Vimes.

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