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One Irish TD is travelling to Greece for a possible Syriza victory party

Paul Murphy says a Syriza win could provoke a ‘further radicalisation in Ireland’.

SYRIZA HAVE STRETCHED their poll lead ahead of tomorrow’s Greek election and one Irish TD is travelling over for what could be a seismic victory.

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy is travelling over to “support” Syriza and expresses his party’s “solidarity with working class people in Greece”.

The Dublin West TD says he will be visiting election centres and will be at Syriza headquarters for the exit poll results expected tomorrow at 5pm. He will also attend a Syriza rally planned for tomorrow night.

“The formation of a left government will have huge implications, not just for people in Greece, but right across Europe,” says Murphy.

It can decisively breach the mantra that ‘there is no alternative’ to austerity. It will correctly place the question of unsustainable debt front and centre across Europe. It will raise hopes of people and will provoke a further radicalisation here in Ireland.

The latest poll from Greek broadcaster Mega TV has given Syriza a 6.7% lead in the polls ahead of tomorrow’s vote. The party held a lead around the 5% mark earlier this week with party leader Alexis Tsipras vowing to restore “dignity” to the hugely-indebted country.

tsipras Tsipras waves to supporters ahead of tomorrow's vote. Source: Facebook/Alexis Tsipras

“We will do whatever it takes to save the dignity of our people,” Tsipras said yesterday.

In the name of the crisis and the bailout deal, EU charter obligations are not obeyed. The human rights charter is not applied, labour laws that exist in Europe are not applied, fundamental democratic rights are not respected.

The left-wing party are running on an anti-austerity platform and are calling for a European debt conference that would see a write-down of the country’s crippling debt repayments.

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