Anti-treaty campaign highlights ‘facts’

cAMPAIGNERS against the Fiscal Stability Treaty say they will outline the “facts” at a public meeting in Portlaoise next week.

cAMPAIGNERS against the Fiscal Stability Treaty say they will outline the “facts” at a public meeting in Portlaoise next week.

While Fine Gael held a poorly publicised meeting last week, the Campaign Against the Austerity Treaty (CAAT), is holding a public meeting in the Parish Centre, Portlaoise at 8pm on Tuesday, May 22 which will be addressed by Dr. Kieran Allen, a lecturer in Sociology in UCD.

“Come down to the Parish Centre, arm yourself with the facts, listen to the arguments and participate in what promises to be a lively, well informed debate,” said Ray Fitzpatrick, one of the meeting’s organisers.

Meanwhile, Fine Gael choose to use Facebook to promote a ‘public’ meeting on the Treaty in Portlaoise last week which was attended by its two constituency TDs and Minister of State Fergus O’Dowd.

While the Leinster Express was not invited to cover the event, Deputy Charlie Flanagan stressed the importance of “informing people about the Treaty.”

“We need to engage people in this discussion and inform them as to why they should support a Yes vote. The advantages of voting Yes to this Treaty far outweigh any reasoning for a No vote,” said a statment from his office.

Fine Gael said Minister Fergus O’Dowd echoed Deputy Flanagan comments and pointed to outside investment in the country. He also discussed the proposed €500m reservoir at Garryhinch near Portarlington.

Voting takes place on Thursday, May 31.