Vote NO - austerity doesn't work: Adams
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD is in Ardee, Co Louth this evening speaking at a public meeting on the Austerity Treaty.
On the first day of formal campaigning in the referendum campaign the Louth TD urged citizens to "Stand up for Irish interests; defend jobs; defend Irish sovereignty; reject the threats of Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Labour. Vote NO on May 31st."
Teachta Adams said: "It is quite clear Austerity doesn't work. We've had six Austerity budgets in the last four years and the deficit has grown not reduced.
"Despite the governments calculated scare tactics citizens are increasingly realising that a NO vote in the referendum does not mean this state is locked out of the European Stability Mechanism or the European Financial Stability Facility (EFSF).
"This is nothing more than an empty threat being used to get people to support a treaty that judged on its own merits would not secure popular support.
"The government parties and Fianna Fáil are trying to distract citizens away from the real issues in this campaign which have to do with austerity policies and their impact; writing austerity into the constitution, and handing fiscal sovereignty over to the EU and European Court of Justice.
If passed, this Treaty will also impose an additional €6 billion in cuts and taxes on households and citizens struggling to survive at this time.
"The choice in the referendum is simple. It is between austerity policies that have failed and are crippling families across the state, or economic stimulus, growth and job creation.
"Voting NO makes sense."