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Government scaremongering has begun: Reilly

29 February, 2012


Sinn Féin’s spokesperson on EU Affairs, Senator Kathryn Reilly, has hit out an EU Affairs Minister Lucinda Creighton’s statement that a 'No' vote in the proposed referendum would send out the wrong message to investors.

Senator Reilly said:

“People have learned their lesson from Lisbon 1 and Lisbon 2. ‘Yes for Jobs’ was a meaningless slogan then and it’s a meaningless slogan now. The government should adopt a mature approach to this debate instead of resorting to scare tactics.

“Economists are at best split over the merits of this treaty with many saying it does nothing to solve the crisis in the Eurozone.

“The idea that investors would be scared off is pure bully-boy tactics. The fact is that it is in Ireland’s economic interests to reject this treaty as it would introduce a generation of austerity and would rule out the type of investment and stimulus the country needs. No amount of scaremongering can change that.”

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