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Micheál Martin engaging in underhand scare tactics

14 October, 2008

Sinn Féin Dublin MEP Mary Lou McDonald has today reacted angrily to efforts by Minister Micheál Martin, during yesterdays meeting of EU Foreign Ministers in Luxembourg, to link the current financial crisis to the Lisbon Treaty describing his comments as “shamefully underhand scare tactics.”


The Dublin MEP said:


“Yesterday’s comments by the Minister are on wrong on many levels. The people have not taken an isolationist route as charged by the Minister. Ireland is at the heart of Europe and will remain there. The governments own research following the rejection of Lisbon shows that the Irish people are committed to the European Union. However this commitment is not a blind faith. The people of this state like so many across Europe are deeply concerned at the increasingly militarised, privatised and centralised direction that the EU is taking. The Irish government’s perpetual attempt to shirk this necessary debate simply has to stop.


“With regard to Europe’s ‘support’ during the current financial global crisis, arguably we are faced with such a fiscal calamity because many member state governments like the US and Irish have shirked regulating their financial sectors which has left ordinary peoples homes, saving and businesses so exposed. Here in Ireland our financial fate is even more in jeopardy due to the states over reliance on a falsely inflated property market. Such policy making has nothing to do with Europe; the blame lies squarely at the door of successive Fianna Fáil led governments.


“It is also worth noting the hypocrisy of the Minister as the government’s recent decision to underwrite Ireland’s financial system was one made the Oireachtas and not Europe, a decision that the government came under much fire for from their EU peers.” ENDS

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