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Dáil debate needed before EU summit: Adams

6 December, 2011 - by Gerry Adams

Speaking before today’s Dáil session and the second stage of budget announcements, Sinn Féin president, Gerry Adams TD, said:
“We understand that the government will have the Van Rompuy report on the changes which he is proposing.
“We want the government to share that with all the political parties here. We want a debate in the Dáil on these matters, this week and before the Taoiseach leaves.
“We also understand, from reading in the media, that the French president and German chancellor have agreed their propositions, which, if we believe what we have been told, includes treaty change which will enshrine austerity measures as part of EU law and penalties for those who don’t keep to that. All of those matters need to be discussed in this Dáil.
“We can’t have any repeat of what happened before: where issues affecting citizens here and parliamentarians here are discussed in the German parliament or for that matter, in the French parliament.
“So, we are calling upon the Taoiseach to give time for this, but most particularly to share the report with the rest of us. So there can be a full discussion so that he can tell us what he intends to do at this European Union summit.”

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