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Sweeney stirs up a storm with small print on poster

Paddy Clancy - Irish Independent

Independent general election candidate Ann Sweeney had tea with a difference yesterday.

Her soothing cuppa was accompanied by a scathing condemnation of what main party politicians have done to Ireland.

Supporters who looked closely at one of her election posters were able to read her disgust at her country being in hock to the IMF and EU. In unparliamentary language, the small print read: "B****x to the bailout".

The 53-year-old, who had her first Sunday afternoon tea session at her Carrig Rua Hotel in Dunfanaghy, Co Donegal, was even more interested in supporters reading her literature about what major assets Ireland has.

She believes there is enough gas and oil off the Irish coast, much of it off Donegal, but for now it is all foreign-owned.

Ann said: "There's about €600bn of it there in the lifetime of the Corrib field and Bertie Ahern signed it over to Norway, Shell, Statoil and a Canadian conglomerate on a 25-year retrospective tax-break.

"Norway now has a universal healthcare service on those profits."