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Neilstown canvass shows strong public opposition to Austerity Treaty

5 May, 2012

Speaking during a canvass in Neilstown, North Clondalkin Sinn Féin representative and campaign director Eoin Ó Broin said that, “every single house we called to said they were voting No to the Austerity Treaty”.

Sinn Féin TD Aengus Ó Snodaigh said, “the clear message on the doors today is that people have had enough of the cuts and stealth charges of Fine Gael and Labour and will not support a Treaty that means more cuts.”

Ó Broin said:

“Neilstown in North Clondalkin is like many communities across the state. People here are experiencing first-hand the disastrous impact of the tax hikes and cutbacks of the Fine Gael and Labour government. Families are struggling every day with unemployment, loss of vital public and community services, social welfare cuts and stealth charges.

“Every single house we canvassed today said they were opposed to the Austerity Treaty and intended to vote No on May 31st. The main reason they were opposing the Treaty is because they were opposed to more cuts and tax hikes in the future.

Deputy Ó Snodaigh said:

“Today’s canvass was very encouraging. People were engaged with the issues, were following the debate and clearly understood the costs of a Yes vote.

“If this kind of reaction is mirrored elsewhere in the country then the Government is going to have a very hard job passing this Treaty.

“People were also angry with the Government’s attempts to bully the electorate and in many cases told us that the scaremongering by the Yes side was strengthening their resolve to vote No.” 

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