Archive for May 24, 2012
With one week to go, ICSA urges Yes vote
With one week to go, the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association is reiterating its call for a Yes vote in the forthcoming Referendum on the Fiscal Treaty (Treaty on Stability Co-ordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union).
The ICSA’s National Executive last week came out in favour of a Yes vote after a meeting in Dublin, which was addressed by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Mr Simon Coveney TD, and Professor Anthony Coughlan.
ICSA General Secretary Eddie Punch said, “stability is now of premium importance for Ireland. From a farming point of view, instability will further set back important decisions on CAP reform and a decision on the EU budget for the 2014-2020 period.”
Now it’s time to focus on the contents of the Treaty
Fine Gael TD for Cork South West, has welcomed the clarification at the EU leaders summit in Brussels that the text of the Stability Treaty will not change. Deputy Noel Harrington added that now it is time to focus on the facts and the contents of the Treaty in the run up to polling day.
“We’ve received categorical confirmation from the Taoiseach at the EU leaders’ summit that the text of the Stability Treaty will not change, putting to bed the false claims being made by those calling on us to reject the Treaty. We know what we are voting on, we know this will not change, so now is the time to focus on the facts.
“Despite what Sinn Féin and others have claimed, the Treaty is not going to change. Voting Yes on May 31st is in Ireland’s best interests, giving job creating investors the confidence they need.
“Voting Yes will also ensure we have access to the ESM, Europe’s new emergency fund, should we need it. The Referendum Commission has made this situation very clear on page 10 of their information leaflet sent to every home in the country. It clearly spells out the fact that only countries which ratify the Stability Treaty will be able to access this fund.
“So now that the two main myths about the Treaty have been dispelled, let’s focus on the facts. Let’s focus on what the Treaty means for Ireland and our future.
“The Stability Treaty will give investors’ confidence, it will ensure we have access to emergency funds if we need them, and it will make sure future governments stick to sensible budget rules.
“A Yes vote on May 31st will be a key step on our road to economic recovery, helping to bring about the right conditions for growth.”
Fine Gael’s Director of Elections for the Stability Treaty Campaign, Minister Simon Coveney, has today (Thursday) welcomed the clarification at the EU summit in Brussels that there will be no changes made to the text of the Stability Treaty.
“The clarification at the EU leaders’ summit that there will be no changes to the text of the Treaty categorically removes any doubt surrounding the Treaty.
“It’s time for No campaigners to accept the facts as they are, so that voters will not be confused by misleading information in the run up to polling day.