Government has no mandate to ratify austerity treaty without referendum
Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has said the government has no mandate to ratify the new Eurozone austerity treaty without consulting the people in a referendum.
Deputy Adams was speaking today after comments from Finance Minister Michael Noonan on the requirement for a referendum.
He said: “This treaty will inflict a decade of austerity on the Irish people yet the government is attempting to deny them a vote on it.
“Fine Gael and Labour have no mandate to ratify the new Eurozone austerity treaty without consulting the people in a referendum.
“If the government manages to negotiate its way out of a constitutional requirement for a referendum there is still a democratic imperative to put it to the people.
“The people must be afforded the right to judge this treaty for themselves.” ENDS