Sinn Féin
March 27, 2012

Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams TD has welcomed the announcement of the date for the referendum on the Austerity Treaty and made clear Sinn Féin’s intention to campaign for a no vote.

Speaking in the Dáil Teachta Adams said:

“I welcome today’s announcement of a date for the referendum on the Austerity Treaty.

“I appreciate that this must have been a difficult decision for the Government to take given the lengths to which it went to try and avoid a referendum.

“But at least now the people will have their say.

“Sinn Féin believes this treaty is bad for Ireland and for the EU and will institutionalise austerity into domestic constitutional law and international law in perpetuity.

“It will cost taxpayers at least an additional €6 billion in public spending cuts and tax increases after 2015.

“It will mean more cuts to our schools, our hospitals and our community services.

“It will also mean more charges and tax hikes. There will also be significant new powers given to the European Commission and European Court of Justice.

“It will also undermine the Oireachtas and give significant control over economic and fiscal policy to unelected bureaucrats and judges in Brussels and Luxembourg.

“And that is why the European Trade Union Confederation is opposed to the Treaty.

“It’s why the French Socialists, the German Social Democrats and the Dutch Labour Party – all sister parties of the Irish Labour party, are opposed to this treaty.

“Austerity policies will not end the economic crisis.

“So, Sinn Féin will be vigorously campaigning between now and May 31st and asking the citizens of this state to vote no.”

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