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Irish Government should support PMB motion on European Debt Conference – Carthy

3 February, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Speaking in advance of the Private Member’s Motion to be discussed in the Dáil today and tomorrow, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Constituency Matt Carthy has called on the Irish Government to support calls for a European Debt Conference.

Carthy said:

“I would like to commend the technical group for using their Private Member’s time to have this important issue discussed in the Dáil.

“It is in Ireland’s best interests to support the calls made by Syriza for a European Debt Conference.

“Precedent for such a conference exists – ironically, it was the London Agreement of 1953 reached after such a conference that helped establish Germany as the economic heavyweight it is today.

“Again and again the Fine Gael and Labour Government has shown no desire or ability to negotiate in the best interests of the Irish people.

“This Government has proven that it is happy to stand over widespread hardship, destruction of public services and one third of children in this state living in poverty rather than stand up to the elite of Europe.

“Enda Kenny showed his cowardice when he meekly toed the line and aligned himself with the most conservative elements of the European establishment in Davos and also when he bluntly rejected the idea of a debt conference when questioned about it by Gerry Adams in the Dáil.

“If Enda Kenny and his Government are not going to stand up for Irish Citizens then they should remove themselves from office and allow the people to elect a Government that will.”

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