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Alexis Tspiras throws feta cheese and Greek yoghurt at Michael Noonan outside Leinster House*

*It wasn’t really them.

IRELAND’S TOUGH STANCE on the Greek crisis and insistence that it will not support debt relief for the struggling eurozone nation hasn’t pleased everyone.

The Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras probably isn’t happy about it.

Which is why he poured his country’s famous yoghurt all over Finance Minister Michael Noonan outside Leinster House this afternoon, as IMF chief Christine Lagarde looked on:
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As you can see, it’s not quite them.

It was members of Greek Solidarity Committee Ireland (GCSI) which wants an end to austerity in Greece and is calling for a No vote in Sunday’s much-antipcated referendum on the country’s bailout.

Helena Sheehan of GCSI said:

At stake in the coming days is not only the future of more than 10 million people in Greece, but of all of us in Europe who say there is an alternative to endless austerity and government by bankers.

Feta cheese was also thrown at the poor model pretending to be Noonan:

IMG_6793 Source: Hugh O'Connell/TheJournal.ie

This was a reference to the Fine Gael minister’s now infamous remarks three years ago that Ireland has few economic connections to Greece.

“Apart from holidaying on its islands, I think most Irish people don’t have a lot of connections with Greece. If you go into the shops here, apart from feta cheese, how many Greek items do you put in your basket?” he asked at the time.

Read: Greece has another €10.3 billion in debt due in 2015

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