Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs spokesperson Padraig MacLochlainn, responding to Michael Noonan’s statement today that any EU referendum would come down to whether Ireland wanted to continue in the euro or not, said government scaremongering on euro membership is an insult to the public.
Deputy MacLochlainn said:
“Michael Noonan’s announcement today is the opening salvo from a government which will attempt to win any possible referendum on the deal in Europe last week by instilling fear in people. The Irish people are smarter than that and they have already had their fingers burned by Fine Gael, Labour and Fianna Fail in previous referenda.
“In Lisbon they were told, 'vote yes to Lisbon, vote yes to jobs'. This Government, like the last, believes that it can lie, bribe, and blackmail its way to a referendum win. It is an insult to the public.
“Last week’s deal was an abject failure by all EU leaders, but particularly our own government, which would not even put the issue of Ireland's debt on the table. The EU does not need deeper fiscal union – it needs a growth strategy, a write-down of toxic debt, and for the ECB to recapitalise the banks. EU citizens, economists and the markets are scratching their heads at the pointlessness of last week's summit.
“The euro must be stabilised. Last week's deal does not do that. A referendum on last week's deal will be about whether people think that deal will fix the euro, not whether Ireland wants to remain a member of the euro. To present it as the latter that is scaremongering in the extreme and I hope the Irish people see through it.” ENDS