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Sinn Féin reveals details of European Council’s proposals in Dáil

8 December, 2011 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin leader, Gerry Adams TD, speaking in advance of tonight’s EU crisis summit, said in the Dáil today:

“Sinn Féin has seen a document detailing the European Council’s package of measures to be presented to EU leaders in Brussels tonight.

“The proposals include a number of significant treaty changes aimed at imposing austerity on EU member states. It also includes proposals for forcing member states to enshrine the same golden rules of austerity into member state law.

“Proposals being presented to EU leaders tonight in Brussels are bad for Ireland and bad for the European Union.”

The Louth TD went on to say: “The proposals seek to enshrine policies of austerity into EU and member state law. This will plunge us all into a lost decade of stagnation. It is bad for our economy and bad for our democracy.”

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The full text of Deputy Adams’ speech follows:


Gerry Adams TD, PMB Speech on European summit
08-12-2011

Ba mhaith liom tacú leis an rún.

I want to support the motion from the Technical Group.

I thank them for bringing it forward.

Sinn Féin rejects any further loss of fiscal powers for the Irish people.

Sinn Féin has seen a document detailing the European Council’s package of measures to be presented to EU leaders in Brussels tonight. The proposals include a number of significant treaty changes aimed at imposing austerity on EU member states. It also includes proposals for forcing member states to enshrine the same golden rules of austerity into member state law.

The proposals also seek to give the European Commission and the Eurogroup far reaching powers to interfere with national budgets. They want to take decision making on crucial areas of economic and fiscal policy away from democratically elected politicians and hand them to unelected Eurocrats in Brussels.

These proposals are bad for Ireland and bad for the European Union. They seek to enshrine policies of austerity into EU and member state law. This will plunge us all into a lost decade of stagnation.

The proposals are bad for our economy and bad for our democracy.

The proposals also include a prohibition on any burden sharing aimed at reducing the unsustainable levels of debt held by countries such as Ireland. This week the Taoiseach ruled out a debate in advance of today’s summit.

He refused to circulate the Von Rompuy proposals to the opposition despite the fact that the report had clearly been given to sections of the media.

That is no way to deal with these vital negotiations.

It is reflective of the arrogant way the Government is treating the Dáil.

The Government should circulate the Von Rompuy proposals to the opposition now.

An bhfuil cóip de na moltaí agaibh ansin a Theachtaí Dála Rialtais?

Muna bhfuil cén fáth?

Tá cearta ag gach pobal a chaitheann vóta anseo, araon linn an freasúra moltaí Von Rompuy a fheiscint anois.

Last week speaking here the Taoiseach made clear his support for the idea of enforceable conditions and stronger governance for the European Union and the Eurozone.
This is a mistake.

Is léir óna moltaí seo go bhfuil deireadh le h-aon cumhachtaí fioscach á mholadh, rud atá i bhfad Éirinn níos mó ná leasuithe teoranta ar an gconradh.

Agus, bhí an Taoiseach mar chinnire ar Fhine Gael, mar bhall den EPP (European People’s Party) a thabharann le chéile páirtithe eile cosúil libh trasna na hEorpa.

Aontaíonn an rialtas le tuilleadh lárnú a dhéanamh ar an EU.

I Meán Fómhair 2009 d’iarr tú ar dhaoine vótáil ar son Conradh Liospóin le tuilleadh cumhachtaí fioscach a thabhairt don EU.

Ach, níl Enda Kenny ansin mar chinnire Fhine Gael nó mar bhall den EPP. Caithfidh sé a bheith ann ag seasamh ar son cearta Éireannaigh an stáit seo.

The reality is that what is being proposed goes far beyond limited treaty change.
It clearly involves the loss of any remaining fiscal powers.

In the last week the French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed wide ranging changes to the EU treaties aimed at centralizing the control of the budgets of member states.

Last night it was revealed that they are proposing a new framework with the goal of creating a common tax base which would see an end to our advantageous corporation tax rate.

This may be nothing more than a negotiating ploy by President Sarkozy and Chancellor Merkel to frighten the Irish government into acquiescing on fiscal union in return for taking the corporation tax rate off the table.

Whatever the truth, for the government it is time to face facts.

The EU and the French and German governments want a strong and centralised fiscal union which requires this government to give away more of our economic sovereignty.

The message from Ireland must be a firm NO.

This is the only legitimate position for the Taoiseach to take.

It is also a position which will be favoured by citizens in all the member and Eurozone states, including Irish citizens.
Progressive citizens right across Europe are concerned at the loss of their rights.

Throughout this Euro crisis the French and German governments have taken upon themselves the role of European leaders – and keep getting it wrong!

The Taoiseach and the Irish Government so far have acquiesced in this.
Enda Kenny now needs to put on the Green Jersey.

He needs to act in the Irish national interest.

Sinn Féin is the only party in the Dáil which has been consistent in our position on successive EU referendums.

The latest developments show that what we warned against has indeed come to pass.

Sinn Féin argued that the Single European Act, the Maastricht Treaty, the Amsterdam and Nice Treaties were all steps in the transformation of an economic community of independent states into one big European State.

Is tionscnamh Frainceach, Gearmáineach é seo.
An é go bhfuil an rialtas tar éis glacadh leis nach dtabharfaidh said cead do dhaoine a vóta a chaitheamh i reifreann anseo san h-athbhliain.

An bhfuil faitíos roimh an rialtas roimh an bpobal bhreith a dhéanfar oraibh ?

One of our primary objections to this process was the fundamentally undemocratic nature of the union that was evolving.

The behaviour of the French and German leaders in recent weeks has demonstrated this very clearly.

Nicolas Sarkozy’s attacks on our corporation tax is clear evidence that these larger states are operating in their own interests.

During the most recent EU referendum campaign on the Lisbon Treaty Sinn Féin argued that a better deal was possible.

We also warned that the treaty would reduce Ireland’s say in Europe and would allow future changes to EU Treaties to be passed without a referendum.

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and Labour claimed that passing the Lisbon Treaty would lead to more jobs in Ireland.

Just this week the number of people on the dole in this state jumped to 448,000 and 54,000 have emigrated since the election.

It is clear that Fine Gael and Labour are desperate to avoid a referendum.

This is in line with the behaviour of previous governments who ignored the views of the electorate following the rejection of the Nice and Lisbon referenda.

A Thaoiseach, ar mhaithe muintir an oileáin seo caithfidh an Taoiseach seasamh ar son cibé daonlathais atá fágtha ins an tír seo agus gan
tuilleadh cumhachtaí a thabhairt don Bhruiséal níos mó greim a bheith acu ar bhuiséad an stát seo.

Céim eile siar a bhéas ann muna dtarlaíonn sé seo.

Ba chóir don rialtas ráiteas láidir a eisiú inniu ag rá nach bhfuileadar chun géilleadh d’aon lárnú cumhachtaí fioscach eile don Eorap.

The Taoiseach needs to spell out clearly that the bigger states will not be allowed to encroach any further on what remains of Irish sovereignty.

He needs to stand up to them.

He has to remember that he is there as an equal in an EU that is supposed to be based on equality between states.

The Taoiseach needs to make it clear that the government will not agree to further centralization of fiscal powers in Brussels.

That’s not the way out of the current crisis.

I am calling on the Irish government to reject the proposals being put to the European Council summit tonight. The solution is a combination of sensible fiscal policies and a credible growth strategy.

It is clear that the austerity policies being implemented across the EU, but particularly in the so-called peripheral states, is failing.

A European-wide investment programme accompanied by debt restructuring is needed.
The Taoiseach needs to make this clear at the EU summit today and tomorrow.

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