Jobs and sovereignty top treaty campaigns

THE Laois campaign on the EU Stability treaty got underway last week with the Yes side promising jobs while the No campaign claimed the treaty would mean control of the country would remain overseas.

THE Laois campaign on the EU Stability treaty got underway last week with the Yes side promising jobs while the No campaign claimed the treaty would mean control of the country would remain overseas.

Fine Gael Party Chairman Charlie Flanagan has urged the people of Laois to vote Yes

“A Yes vote is a key step in our recovery and will be crucial if we want to continue attracting inward investment. I am urging everyone across Laois to come out and vote Yes on May 31. This Treaty is in the best interest of the country as we continue along the path to recovery. The Treaty is about Ireland; it is about what position we want to put ourselves in as we get back on our feet as a country”

He admitted that “the Treaty doesn’t have all the answers” but will help to restore stability.

“Inward investment is a very important part of Ireland’s economy. Job creating investors have made a number of significant announcements in the last few months, bringing thousands of jobs to this country. I particularly welcome the ringing endorsements form the various farm, business and sectoral interest groups since the campaign began. These groups recognise how important a functioning Eurozone with Ireland at the heart of is for our recovery.”

As posters went up, the No campaign claimed the EU Treaty means further loss of sovereignty.

Sinn Fein’s Deputy Brian Stanley said the main purpose of the Treaty is to ensure that ordinary citizens pay bank debts in full, despite the fact that they are not their debts and they had no hand, act or part in creating them. He said there is a direct link between the bank bailouts, the cuts in services, the new charges and this “Austerity Treaty”.

“The effect of this treaty will be to completely undermine what little is left of our political and economic sovereignty. It imposes a form of economic bondage on citizens and ties the hands of elected Governments. Rules regarding economic policy, debt and state deficit targets will be rigidly enforced regardless of the negative effects on the economy.”

He said Fine Gael and Labour claim they are trying to reclaim sovereignty.

“At the same time they are frightening people to vote for a Treaty that would mark the greatest blow to Irish democracy since the Act of Union 200 years ago,” he said.

Voting takes place on Thursday, May 31.