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Gilmore admits government trying to negotiate way-out of referendum: Reilly

20 January, 2012


Sinn Fein EU spokesperson Senator Kathryn Reilly has today said that Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has effectively admitted that the government is negotiating a way-out of a referendum by asking for the word “preferably” to be added to the draft fiscal treaty.

The original version of the Treaty stated that the new rules “shall be transposed into constitutional law or equivalent” in countries taking part.

Speaking after a meeting of the Oireachtas European Union Affairs Committee today Senator Reilly said:

“Today, under pressure from Sinn Fein, the mask slipped and we can see as clear as crystal that the Irish government’s tactic in negotiations is simply to slip in a way of avoiding a referendum. Adding the word ‘preferably’ can only be done for one reason – to avoid the need for a referendum.

“Eamon Gilmore says he trusts the Irish people but we now know that behind closed doors in Brussels the mandate of the Irish negotiating team is to make sure that a referendum can be weaselled out of. The Tánaiste has effectively admitted this today.

“One must ask how much this has to do with the tighter connection between the European Stability Mechanism and any future bailouts. Austerity and Troika-inspired, FG and Labour implemented cuts are not producing anything except hardship for citizens. This treaty further enshrines these cuts as compulsory government policy and rather than fighting to resist them we see this government’s only concern is making sure the people don’t get their say.

“Sinn Fein will stand with the people and fight politically and legally if necessary to make sure the Irish people get their say on this austerity pact.” ENDS

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