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Labour Party should support referendum on NAMA – Morgan

17 September, 2009


Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Arthur Morgan TD has refuted the claim by Labour Party Chief Whip Emmet Stagg that Sinn Féin is incorrect in its interpretation of the provisions in the Constitution which would allow for a referendum on the NAMA Bill. Deputy Morgan said that the Labour Party should be supporting a referendum on NAMA and that the public would be puzzled that the Labour Party preferred to take "pot-shots" at Sinn Féin rather than concentrate their fire on NAMA and the Fianna Fáil/Green Government.

Deputy Morgan said:

"Labour Party Chief Whip Emmet Stagg is wrong when he claims that Sinn Féin has misinterpreted Article 27 of the Constitution which provides a mechanism for a referendum on NAMA. In his statement Deputy Stagg cites Article 23 which is concerned with the time for the consideration of Bills in the Oireachtas. He then refers to Article 32 which has nothing to do with this issue at all, although this may be a proof-reading error on the Deputy's part, an error that hardly qualifies him to accuse Sinn Féin of 'skimming' the Constitution.

"Let us be very clear. Sinn Féin wants the NAMA Bill rejected in the Dáil and in the Seanad and we are doing all in our power to mobilise against it inside and outside the Oireachtas. Our appeal to TDs and Senators was to indicate their support for a Petition to the President under Article 27 in the event that that becomes necessary. Obviously if the Bill is rejected there would be no need for such a move and that is what we want to achieve first and foremost.

"The Labour Party should be supporting a referendum and many people will be amazed that, rather than concentrate their fire on NAMA and the Fianna Fáil/Green Government, Labour prefers to take pot-shots at a Sinn Féin proposal advanced in a genuine effort to put further political pressure on this discredited Government." ENDS

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