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Poll: Should the Irish public be given shares in bailed-out banks?

The UK is considering creating ‘people’s banks’ by distributing shares in certain banks to members of the public.

Do you want a slice of the cake?
Do you want a slice of the cake?
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THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT is considering a plan that could allow members of the public to say, ‘We own the banks’ – and mean it.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has backed the idea of distributing shares in the bailed-out banks RBS and Lloyds to every British voter. He said that it would be only fair as the British public have been “condemned” to take an interest in the banking system as a result of the global financial crisis.

As Irish taxpayers have also been essentially forced to bail out the banking system here, we are asking: Should we be given shares in our bailed-out banks?

Poll Results:

Absolutely - as long as they are free (672)
They should be offered to the public at a reasonable rate (142)
No - I don't want to have anything more to do with the banks (91)

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