TAOISEACH Enda Kenny exhorted supporters to maintain a final push for a Yes vote in tomorrow’s (Thursday) referendum on the fiscal treaty, at a campaign stop off in Portlaoise last Friday evening.
“Don’t let up on this occasion,” Mr Kenny implored supporters. “This won’t be alright on the day unless you go out and put your X on the Yes box. Do not cut off that line of investment.”
The Taoiseach said that it was the most important referendum in years. “This Yes vote is the most important thing that our voters, our electorate, will do for a very long time,” he stated.
Mr Kenny told supporters the choice was simple. “No creates confusion, uncertainty, lack of clarity and indecisiveness, not good for investment, No rules out access to funds for the country if we needed them. We simply cannot afford to leave that insurance policy in the dark.
“You people in Portlaoise own this referendum and you will not vote against your own children and you will not vote against your country. Yes is the right thing to do here.”
Mr Kenny also drew attention to Ireland’s upcoming Presidency of the EU, which commences next January. “During our six month term lots of things will be decided on, such as the financial frameworks for the EU Budget 2014-2020; CAP reform and the whole issue of the Single sFarm Payment; the conclusion of the single market, single patent and data protection and copyright, which is so important for us here in Ireland.
“I intend to follow through these with greater flexibility for trade, the conclusion of agreements with Canada, Japan, India and China which means jobs for Portlaoise if we can get our act together.”
Accompanied by Deputies Charlie Flanagan and Marcella Corcoran-Kennedy and MEP Mairead McGuinness, Mr Kenny did a walkabout of Laois Shopping Centre, always managing to keep one step ahead of anti-Treaty protesters. Members of the Campaign against Household, Water and Septic Tanks Tax and anti-Treaty campaigners heckled and attempted to shout down the Taoiseach upon his arrival and at various stages during the walkabout.