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“Government is acting unconstitutionally”, “Ahern’s comments reveal Cabinet in disarray” - Ó Caoláin

30 November, 2010 - by Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin TD

Speaking at the Sinn Féin press conference this morning the party's Dail leader Caoimhghin Ó Caoláin said the Fianna Fáil/Green Government is acting unconstitutionally in not putting the IMF/EU international loan agreement to a vote of the Dáil. He said that the comments of Justice Minister Dermot Ahern that the Government was ‘bounced’ into the application to the IMF reveal a Cabinet in disarray. Deputy Ó Caoláin said:

“Under Article 29 of the Constitution there is an obligation on the Government to place before the Dáil all international agreements. The Constitution specifically refers to treaties that involve a charge on the public. If the Fianna Fail/Green Government persists in refusing to put the IMF/EU international loan agreement before a vote of the Dáil they will be acting unconstitutionally. The Constitution is very clear. It says:

Every international agreement to which the State becomes a party shall be laid before Dáil Éireann.

The State shall not be bound by any international agreement involving a charge upon public funds unless the terms of the agreement shall have been approved by Dáil Éireann.

“The claim by Justice Minister Dermot Ahern this morning that the Government was ‘bounced’ by the European Central Bank into the application to the IMF is extraordinary and reveals a Cabinet in disarray.

“This disastrous agreement has profound consequences for Irish society for many years to come. We call on members of the Dáil of all parties and all Independents to stand up now and oppose this deal and remove this Government.” ENDS

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