The attack came after Irish broadcaster RTE noted that the country is currently receiving €915million from the EU recovery fund. In a damming reply
The attack came after Irish broadcaster RTE noted that the country is currently receiving €915million from the EU recovery fund. In a damming reply, the IFP hit back: “They leave out the fact that we are paying in a whopping €18.7bn.”
Following up the piece, the party called on the broadcaster to correct the misinformation.
The tweet said: “#Irishfreedom have asked @rte for correction to their misleading figures on Ireland’s contributions. They leave out the fact that Irish taxpayers are liable for €18.7bn in the EU recovery fund. It is an article designed to deceive and con the Irish people.”
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A third tweet broke the figures down into yearly sums according to the party.
It said: “RTE Deception: “Ireland’s average net contribution from 2018-2020 stood at €377million.”
“Reality: 2018 €270million (final figure)… 2019 €684million (final figure)… 2020 approximate €700million, (final figure out in Nov/Dec)”
Commenting on the tweet, one disgruntled person, Ian Thewis, said: “Sound familiar, the EU pay us for a play area in a park and we pay for a new motorway in Europe.”
However, many people in Ireland are still very much in favour of the EU.
A poll by European Movement in Ireland suggests that 84 percent of those asked agreed that Dublin should remain linked to Brussels.
The figures were remarkably uniform across the Republic of Ireland.
During the Brexit referendum, the electorate in Northern Ireland also voted heavily in favour of remaining in the EU.
The overall result saw 55.7 percent choose to stay in the bloc, while 44.23 percent wanted to leave.
Unionist and Nationalist geography heavily influenced results.
The Irish Freedom Party state they wish to restore national democracy to Ireland by leaving the EU.
Main issues covered in the manifesto claim they want to take back control of law-making, currency, trade policy and borders to name a few.
Current problems over the Northern Ireland Protocol have sparked anger from the Unionist community in the North of Ireland, with the DUP leader recently threatening to call an election at Stormont if the situation fails to resolve.