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Irish government being left behind as debate across EU moves on – Mac Lochlainn

21 May, 2012 - by Pádraig Mac Lochlainn


Sinn Féin Foreign Affairs spokesperson Pádraig Mac Lochlainn has challenged the government to move beyond inaccurate soundbites and actually debate the content of this Treaty.  

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn said “This Treaty will not bring stability or certainty.  It will give constitutional protection to the type of policies being pursued by Angela Merkel, which are now being rejected by serious politicians across the EU.  It is clear that Fine Gael and Labour are on the wrong side of this debate and are fast being left behind by events across Europe.”

Deputy Mac Lochlainn said:

“With only ten days to go it is clear that the fate of the Austerity Treaty rests with voters who are, as yet, undecided.

“The question most people are asking themselves is; how will this Treaty affect them and their families, what will it mean for the country in the future?

“I would urge voters to look beyond the Government’s threats and at the actual content of the Treaty.

“This Treaty will not bring stability or certainty.  It will give constitutional protection to the type of policies being pursued by Angela Merkel, which are now being rejected by serious politicians across the EU. Things are changing rapidly but the Irish government seems to be oblivious to what is going on across the rest of Europe. It is clear that Fine Gael and Labour are on the wrong side of this debate and are fast being left behind.

“The government is unable to identify any positive benefits to supporting this Treaty because there are none. The Treaty will mean more austerity in the future. This will lead to more unemployment and emigration. It will cost an extra €6 billion in cutbacks and tax hikes. It will also see more powers being handed over to the European commission and European Court of Justice.

“Every day there is more evidence that austerity is not working. The number of households in mortgage distress has reached a staggering 115,000.  People simply do not have enough money to keep a roof over their heads.

“More austerity means more consequences such as this. This Treaty is a bad deal for Ireland and for Europe. We need a change of direction.  We need solutions that are going to work.  We need investment in jobs. Be positive, vote No on May 31st.” 

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