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Name a date for Austerity Treaty referendum – Mac Lochlainn

20 March, 2012 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn


Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs spokesperson Padraig Mac Lochlainn has today called on the government to name a date for the referendum on the Austerity Treaty.

Deputy Mac Lochlainn called for an honest and clean campaign on the content of the treaty without the scaremongering that has been part and parcel of the yes side’s strategy in previous referenda campaigns.

Speaking today Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

“The government has had enough time now to deliberate on a time for the referendum. The date should now be decided and made public.

“Sinn Féin intends to mount a major campaign across the state in opposition to the ratification of this treaty.

“We will fight this treaty on the basis of what is contained in it and we call on the yes side to do the same. We want an honest and clean campaign without the scaremongering that has been part and parcel of the yes side’s strategy in previous referenda campaigns.

“This requires the government to postpone the legislation on the European Stability Treaty until after the referendum takes place and to veto it if the people reject the Austerity Treaty.

“Sinn Féin has tabled a private members motion on this issue for debate in the Dáil this week. The motion outlines the history of this controversial blackmail clause and the Government’s support for it.

“The motion also calls on the Government to confirm that it will not ratify the ESM Treaty or the amendment to Article 136 of the EU Treaties until after the people have voted on the Austerity Treaty in the referendum.

“It calls on the Government, in the event of the rejection of the Austerity Treaty by the people, to seek a further amendment to the ESM Treaty removing the blackmail clause, and using its veto on this matter if required.

“This would allow the public to debate and decide on the Austerity Treaty on its own merits, free from the blackmail implicit in the threat to deny future bailout funds.

“If this motion is defeated in the Dáil it will be a clear indication that the government is intent on using scare tactics in order have this treaty passed.” ENDS

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