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Government campaign has moved from threats to insults

18 May, 2012 - by Gerry Adams TD


Speaking today Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams said that “the government’s yes campaign has moved from threats to insults”. The Louth TD told the media that “having spent the first two weeks of the campaign threatening people Fine Gael has spent the last week insulting them”. Three weeks into the campaign they are still refusing to debate the substance of the Treaty and have yet to provide one positive reason to support its ratification.

Deputy Adams said:

“It is clear from the arrogance of Fine Gael spokespersons that they are completely out of touch with reality. This week we have seen the Taoiseach insulting people in Athlone, the Minister of Finance making jokes on the back of the hardship suffered by people in Greece and the Minister for Jobs and Enterprise telling people that the Government wouldn’t respect the outcome of the referendum.

“Having spent the first two weeks of the campaign threatening people Fine Gael has spent the last week insulting people. And still the Government has not provided even one positive reason to support the Treaty.

 “The Governments campaign is based on fear and evasion. They are asking us to sign up to new rules and regulations that will cost every single voter but refuse to tell us how much. They are asking us to write a blank cheque knowing that the cost will be at least €6 billion. 

“They are also asking us to hand over powers to the European Commission and European Court of Justice without any explanation of what that will mean not just in the here-and-now but for generations to come.

“The Austerity Treaty is a bad deal for Ireland and for Europe. Three weeks in to the campaign and the Government still refuses to deal with the substance of the Treaty. This is why the Taoiseach has refused to participate in a head to head debate.  People are beginning to see through their scaremongering and evasion.” 

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