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Government has no mandate to ratify austerity treaty without referendum

23 January, 2012 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said the government has no mandate to ratify the new Eurozone austerity treaty without consulting the people in a referendum.

Deputy Adams was speaking today after comments from Finance Minister Michael Noonan on the requirement for a referendum.

He said: “This treaty will inflict a decade of austerity on the Irish people yet the government is attempting to deny them a vote on it.

“Fine Gael and Labour have no mandate to ratify the new Eurozone austerity treaty without consulting the people in a referendum.

“If the government manages to negotiate its way out of a constitutional requirement for a referendum there is still a democratic imperative to put it to the people.

“The people must be afforded the right to judge this treaty for themselves.” ENDS

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