Ireland’s PM faces backlash

Steve Dinneen
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FURY over the handling of the financial crisis engulfing Ireland could soon see the government driven from office.

Prime Minister Brian Cowen has nose-dived in opinion polls amid widespread belief he lied to the public over the state of the nation’s finances.

With an increasing threat of civil unrest and growing calls for the government to call a general election, it seems Cowen’s days are numbered.

A poll commissioned by the Irish Sunday Independent found voters are “deeply resentful” at the manner in which they believe the government “lied” to them.

An editorial from the same newspaper read: “All Fianna Fail [the leading party] could offer the people was deceit, grand-standing and empty hands.”