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Gilmore “got it wrong”: McDonald

27 April, 2012 - by Mary Lou McDonald TD

Gilmore “got it wrong”: McDonald
Speaking in response to comments by An Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore TD this morning, Sinn Féin deputy leader, Mary Lou McDonald TD, said that he had “got it wrong”.
“The Tánaiste talks as if the ESM were a done deal. It is not. In order for it to come into effect, he and his government, have to sign up to it.
“They should never have allowed any kind of connection between the treaty the people are going to vote on, which is all about austerity, on the one hand and the funding needs of the state on the other.
“Firstly, the way round this is to change government policy to make sure we don’t need another bailout. Secondly, the government has to make sure that it does not sign up to a measure which excludes this state. And that is its prerogative: it has the authority and the power to do that.
“The point is that the government can go back and seek to remove the conditionality which was introduced at a very late stage. It was done cynically to block any real debate on the austerity treaty and to use the political tactic of scaremongering and bullying.
“What the Irish people are being asked to sign up to is very deep cutbacks and austerity. Eamon Gilmore needs to tell the people where he and his government propose to find the additional billions of Euros in cuts that this treaty would mean.
He has to be straight in respect of funding. There is no prospect whatsoever that the state will go under and I say that with absolute certainty because to do that would be to damage the Eurozone and jeopardise the Euro and the EU leadership will not allow that to happen.”

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