“The conduct of a number of EU governments over the past number of weeks has been alarming.
“They have effectively closed down the Greek banking system and held the Greek Government and people to ransom.
“To its shame the Irish Government took the side of the strong against those in need of support and solidarity.
“It is obscene for Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fáil to lecture the Greek people while generations of Irish people will be paying off debts that are not of their making.
“The decision is now with the Greek government and parliament. I wish them well in their deliberations.
“Today could well be the day when all pretence of a Europe of equal states and people was lost and replaced by a Europe of the powerful and the wealthy.”