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Pearse Doherty welcomes special sitting of High Court on ESM Veto

29 May, 2012 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Sinn Féin Finance spokesperson Pearse Doherty has welcomed the decision of the High Court to hold a special sitting at 8pm this evening to hear his application for a Judicial Review in relation to the Referendum Commissions comments on May 3rd that the government no longer had a veto in relation to the ESM.

Deputy Doherty said:

“It is our belief that the Referendum Commission erred in fact and law when they made a statement on May 3rd that the government no longer had a veto in relation the ESM. 

“This statement has been used repeatedly, by advocates of the Treaty as one of their key reasons for a yes vote. This is despite the fact that the Referendum Commission qualified their position on May 18.

“However the failure of the Referendum Commission to retract the original statement and to adequately publicise their subsequent clarification has meant that the incorrect account of the matter has continued to be quoted widely. 

“I welcome the fact that Judge Hogan has mentioned the possibility of a telescopic hearing which could lead to lead to the substantive issues being dealt with tonight. Sinn Féin is absolutely certain of our view that Ireland will continue to have access to emergency funding regardless of the outcome of the referendum.” 

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