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Gilmore potentially undermined EU Presidency – Adams

21 June, 2013 - by Gerry Adams TD


Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has said Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore over egged the outcome of negotiations on a potential EU deal on the Multi-annual Financial Framework 2014-2020 (MFF).

Mr Adams said it was not the first time Irish Government Ministers have tried to oversell the results of their negotiations at EU level, but Mr Gilmore’s actions have potentially undermined the Irish EU presidency.

Gerry Adams said:

“Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore over egged the outcome of negotiations on a potential EU deal on the Multi-annual Financial Framework 2014-2020 (MFF). The European Parliament has said no such deal has been concluded.

“The Tánaiste also allowed media reports to elevate a mere proposal by the Irish Presidency to the European Council, to the achievement of a deal.

“As a consequence of his actions the Táinaiste has created a storm of opposition to what was negotiated and some MEPs have now come out against it.

“This is not the first time Irish Government Ministers have tried to oversell the results of their negotiations at EU level. We have come to regard this as a hallmark of the current government’s behaviour.

“Mr Gilmore’s attempted media manipulation of ongoing negotiations has badly backfired and has potentially undermined the Irish EU presidency.”

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