Mac Lochlainn welcomes Gilmore clarification on Treaty obligations
Sinn Féin’s Padraig Mac Lochlainn has welcomed Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore’s clarification on Ireland’s obligations under the austerity Treaty.
Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:
“There are some who argue that this referendum is simply about “enabling” ratification of the Treaty and that that is somehow different to placing it on a constitutional level. An Tánaiste today confirmed that Ireland will “honour” and “respect” the Treaty obligations. There can be no doubt after today’s comments from Eamon Gilmore that there are no loopholes here, this is a binding and permanent treaty.
“This is a step-up from the six-pack legislation that Labour rejected at the European Parliament but is now arguing should be placed on a constitutional level. One by one the excuses for supporting this Treaty are disappearing. Sinn Féin has shown how it is in the government’s power to remove the blackmail clause and Mr Gilmore’s comments today prove that wishful thinking about this Treaty not being, in the words of Chancellor Merkel, “binding and valid forever” is naïve at the very best. Nobody can hide behind wishful thinking on such a crucial issue.”