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Adams accuses government of cowardice on referendum

24 January, 2012 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has accused the government of a ‘cowardly and unacceptable’ refusal to commit to holding a referendum on the Austerity Treaty that is scheduled to be discussed at this weekend’s European Council meeting.

And he warned that if passed the Austerity Treaty will “see a significant surrender of fiscal sovereignty handed over to unaccountable unelected bureaucrats and the imposition of right wing austerity policies on Irish and EU governments in perpetuity.”

The Sinn Féin leader and TD for Louth was speaking this evening in the Dáil during a debate on Sunday’s European Council meeting.

Mr Adams said:

“It is clear that the main focus of the Irish Government has been to ensure that a referendum will not be held on the Austerity Treaty. The government is afraid of the people.

“The democratic imperative must be to ensure that the people decide on any agreement with such far-reaching consequences.

“The intergovernmental treaty being negotiated by EU leaders will not solve the Eurozone crisis. It will make matters worse. It is bad economics and bad politics.

“What is being considered is not a fiscal compact. It is an austerity Treaty. It seeks to impose right wing austerity policies on Irish and EU governments in perpetuity.

“The introduction of a 0.5% of GDP deficit limit in state law will mean that the government will have to implement austerity budgets not just to 2015 as required by the EU/IMF programme, but for its full term of office and beyond. This will mean a decade of austerity.” ENDS

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