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Government must stand up to EU bullying — Adams

5 December, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD


Following today’s meeting between the German and French Premiers Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams TD said:

“Nicolas Sarkozy and Angela Merkel today made clear they seek a new EU treaty to centralize control of member states’ budgets. Such a Treaty would outlaw the burning of bank bondholders in the event of bailouts and severely limit the ability of member states to direct their own financial affairs in the interests of their citizens.

“Mr Sarkozy was quite blunt when he expressed both leaders’ desire that EU states embark on “a forced march” to save the Euro.

“The Irish Government must now act resolutely and clearly in the interests of this country and resist attempts at bullying the Irish people into a further surrender of sovereignty.

“Loss of fiscal powers for Ireland is now firmly on the agenda but the Taoiseach has so far refused to commit to holding a referendum so that citizens can have their say.

“If, as he claimed in his TV address last night, the Taoiseach wants to restore Irish sovereignty then he needs to state clearly now that he will not agree to the surrender of Irish fiscal powers to Brussels.”

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