Eamon Dunphy today spoke out in support of the Greek government and declared support for the 'No' side in Greece's referendum as to whether they will accept bailout terms from the European Central Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the European Commission. Dunphy has revealed he plans to lead a rally in support of the cause in Dublin tomorrow.
Speaking at an event at Buswell's today, Dunphy revealed that he has been involved in the campaign for a day, but decided to speak out and lead the rally in solidarity with Greece and also to highlight how Ireland have, in his eyes, been overly-harsh upon Greece.
Ireland has chosen to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people I would consider responsible for this calamity for the Greek people.
Dunphy also highlghted what he believed to be a wrongful portrayal of the Greek government (SYRIZA) who rejected the Troika's measures:
The Irish media portray SYRIZA as some kind of airhead revolutionaries. They're not. Their politicians speak better English than Michael Noonan or Enda Kenny, and they are more economically competent than our Central Bank.
It was Dunphy's most notable public comment on Greece and Greek people since this, from Euro 2004. The video includes the line "the only people who Greece inspire are the ones who can't play football". You can finish the gag from here.
Twitter's reaction to Dunphy's support was mixed:
Eamon Dunphy and Russell Brand back Syriza. You know the thing in your brain that stops you saying stupid things? They don't have it #greece
— Paddy Murray (@paddytmurray) July 3, 2015
Go offline for a couple of hours and Eamon Dunphy is the saviour of Greece??! Have they not suffered enough? — Aoife (@msaoife) July 3, 2015
Eamon Dunphy is right, our government has the cheek to lecture Greece after what we've been through. Our government just bent over to Troika
— Kevin Madden (@_kevinmadden) July 3, 2015
Via: Irish Times