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Wednesday 7 December 2016

Editorial: Chaos reigns in Greece

Demonstrators shout slogans during a rally by supporters of the 'No' vote to the upcoming referendum in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Wednesday, July 1, 2015
Demonstrators shout slogans during a rally by supporters of the 'No' vote to the upcoming referendum in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Wednesday, July 1, 2015

So the Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras remains defiant - addressing that nation on television yesterday he urged his people to reject a bailout.

He called for the No vote in this Sunday's referendum just 24 hours after he wrote to creditors offering to accept their bailout offer if some conditions were changed. His country has now defaulted on an IMF loan and there are queues at bank machines.

The eurozone has been brought to the brink of disaster by the Greek rollercoaster yet again.

Nobody doubts the economic pain that the Greek people have endured - we're familiar with that experience here in Ireland.

Mr Tsipras's government came to power on a wave of anti-austerity populism, but it appears to have brought only more chaos.

The German Finance minister Wolfgang Schaeuble yesterday said: "I feel sorry for the Greeks."

If this debacle is not resolved soon we could shortly be saying the same of other eurozone citizens.

 

Don't suffer in silence

A QUARTER of Irish people feel that they have no one to share their troubles with.

Another two in five of us don't want to burden others with our problems, while 20pc feel embarrassed to ask for help.

The shocking statistics come from a survey conducted on behalf of the Samaritans helpline.

Today one young woman, Rita Bourke, bravely revealed how she reached out for help on a number of occasions when she was going through difficult times in her life.

She credits the Samaritans with saving her life.

"People shouldn't be ashamed to seek help" is her message - and she's right.

Everybody needs a little extra support at some point in their lives.

Whether it's a service such as the Samaritans, a family member, friend or neighbour, we should all take a leaf out of Rita's book and ask for help when we need it.

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