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Freedom denied

Regarding Fianna Fáil and Eamon Ó Cuív, I find it very disturbing that the TD does not have the moral freedom to campaign for a no vote in the coming referendum or to state his view throughout the campaign.

Fianna Fáil should be seen as a anti-democratic party that has joined the hysterical “yes club” on anything that the EU sends our way. The public should be concerned that they have no voice on anything that may concern them in relation to EU affairs, if it in anyway disagrees with the German and French power houses that tell Merrion Street what to do.

Is there a grain of democracy to be found anywhere within this country?

Maurice Fitzgerald

Shanbally

Co Cork


Lifestyle

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