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Taoiseach announces Referendum on European Fiscal Treaty

Posted By Veronica On February 28, 2012 @ 5:12 pm In Uncategorized | 27 Comments

This afternoon, Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced to the Dail that a referendum to ratify the European Stability Treaty will take place. This follows advice from the Attorney General to Government that a referendum is necessary.

“At this morning’s Cabinet meeting, the AG conveyed her advice that, as this
treaty is a unique instrument, outside the European Union treaty
architecture, on balance, a referendum is required to ratify it,” Mr Kenny told the Dail.

“In this referendum, the Irish people can confirm our commitment to
responsible budgeting and, in doing so, ensure that the reckless economic
mismanagement that drove our country to the brink of bankruptcy will not be
repeated by any future Government,” he said.

In a follow up statement in the Dail, the Tanaiste,  Eamon Gilmore, said: “Endorsing the Treaty will be another important milestone for Ireland in our road to recovery. In the weeks ahead, as the Government puts in place the necessary measures for a Referendum, that is the case we will make to the people, and I am confident that the people will respond by saying Yes to the Treaty.”

The referendum, he said, would be a “Vote for Economic Stability and Economic Recovery.”

No date was mentioned as to when the referendum is likely to be held. From the statements by the Coalition leaders, it is clear that the Government case for a ‘Yes’ vote will be based on Ireland’s economic recovery. Of the Dail parties, it is anticipated that Fianna Fail will support a ‘Yes’ vote, whilst the Treaty will be opposed by Sinn Fein as a ‘vote for austerity policies’ and by Socialist parties.

For the record, both statements are reproduced beneath the fold.

Statement by the Taoiseach, Mr. Enda Kenny T.D. to Dáil Éireann
Tuesday, 28th February 2012

I am pleased to have this opportunity to inform the House that the Irish people will be asked for their authorisation, in a referendum, to ratify
the European Stability Treaty.

I strongly believe that is very much in Ireland’s national interest that
this treaty be approved, as doing so will build on the steady progress the
country has made in the past year.

That progress has seen international and investor confidence in Ireland
rising, leading to many new investments in our country – investments that
are creating new jobs for our people.

I want that flow of investment to continue and expand.

Ratification of this Treaty will be another important step in the
rebuilding of both Ireland’s economy, and our international reputation.

It gives the Irish people the opportunity to reaffirm Ireland’s commitment
to membership of the Euro, which remains a fundamental pillar of our
economic and jobs strategy.

More binding and enforceable fiscal rules as a result of ratification will
be good for both Ireland and the wider eurozone, and will cement growing
international confidence in Ireland’s recovery.

Long before any discussions of a new set of fiscal rules for the eurozone,
the new Government had committed itself to legislate for equally
challenging domestic deficit and debt rules.

In this referendum, the Irish people can confirm our commitment to
responsible budgeting and, in doing so, ensure that the reckless economic
mismanagement that drove our country to the brink of bankruptcy will not be
repeated by any future Government.

Putting in place this credible commitment to responsible budgeting will be
key to keeping interest rates low and unlocking credit availability for
investment and job creation. Lower interest rates also mean more resources
for the provision essential public services.

The creation of stronger fiscal rules is an essential element of the steps
that are needed to ensure stability, confidence and growth here in Ireland,
and in the Eurozone.

Throughout the process leading to this new Treaty, the Government has
consistently said that the final text would be referred to the Attorney
General for her advice as to whether a referendum was required to ratify it
in Ireland.

At this morning’s Cabinet meeting, the AG conveyed her advice that, as this
treaty is a unique instrument, outside the European Union treaty
architecture, on balance, a referendum is required to ratify it.

On foot of this advice, the Government has decided to hold a referendum on
this issue in which the people of Ireland will be asked to give their
authorisation for the ratification of this treaty.

On Friday, along with other heads of government, I intend to sign this
treaty in Brussels.

In the coming weeks, the Government will finalise the arrangements and
process leading to this referendum, including the establishment of a
referendum commission to ensure adequate public information is provided, a
referendum bill which will be debated in the Oireachtas, and draft
legislation to provide for the implementation of the treaty’s provisions
will be published.

I am very confident that, when the importance and merits of this treaty are
communicated to the Irish people, they will endorse it emphatically by
voting Yes to continued economic stability and recovery.

I look forward to that debate – one which I believe will produce a result
that will be seen in the future as an historic milestone in Ireland’s
economic comeback.

Statement by the Tánaiste  and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Eamon Gilmore TD, to Dáil Eireann 28th February 2012

A Ceann Comhairle,

Today, the Attorney General has advised the Government that it is best for Ireland to have a Referendum in order to ratify the European Stability Treaty.

On foot of that advice, and in line with our public commitment, the Government has decided to consult the people by Referendum, and to seek their approval for the Treaty.

In the weeks ahead, there will be ample opportunity for debating the detail of the Treaty provisions. In the end, what this will come down to is a Vote for Economic Stability and Economic Recovery.

When this Government was elected, one year ago, Ireland was in the depths of a political, economic and financial crisis.

In the past twelve months, that situation has been transformed, through the hard work and sacrifice of the Irish people

We have re-established financial and political stability, and we are working all out to achieve economic recovery.

It has been a difficult path for all of us, but, as a country, we have made important progress.

Our cost of borrowing has fallen.
We have substantially re-negotiated the EU/IMF Programme.
Our reputation internationally has been transformed.
Money is coming back into the country, and jobs are coming also.

Once again, we are seeing international companies investing and creating jobs in Ireland. Just yesterday, we saw the benefits of the renewed confidence in this country being translated into 200 more jobs in Cork. That in turn followed on from the announcement of 1000 jobs in Dundalk.

Those announcements were made possible by the turn-around that has been achieved in Ireland’s reputation and in the renewed sense of financial and economic stability.

Ireland has a small and extremely open economy. Our living standards, and our capacity to create jobs, depend on our ability to trade, and to attract investment. For that to happen – for economic recovery to be possible, we need stability – stability in Ireland and stability in Europe. The kind of stability that gives investors and families reasonable certainty about what the future holds.

Until we achieve that certainty at home and in Europe, confidence will not fully return to the domestic Irish economy, and our recovery will be delayed. We need a thriving and prosperous European economy that has moved beyond the present crisis.

That is the purpose of this Treaty. It is part of a package of measures being put in place in Europe, to stabilise the situation in the Eurozone. As I have said before, that is vital to our national interests.

The Treaty is an important part of that package, because it provides assurance that the kinds of problem that have emerged in Greece, cannot happen again.

Ratifying the Treaty will also provide Ireland with access to emergency funds in the future, if we need them, through the new European Stability Mechanism. Our intention is to emerge from the EU/IMF Programme without having to resort to the ESM, but the facility itself is an important backstop that will further enhance international confidence in Ireland.

After years of crisis, and sacrifice, the Irish people now have the basis on which to build a sustainable economic recovery. We now have an opportunity to go beyond the Casino capitalism that brought us to this point, and to build a sustainable prosperity, based on our capacity to sell goods and services abroad, to attract investment, and to re-build confidence in the domestic economy.

What this comes down to is
- What is best to attract investment to this country in order to create the jobs we need?
- What will make existing jobs more secure?
- What will help a young couple today to have the confidence to buy a house?
- What will help a person who has an idea and the drive, to start a business.
- What will help families plan and save for their children’s future?

As I said last December, if we have to have another referendum in this country, then so be it.

If that is what we have to do to save our currency, to restore our economy, to be able as a sovereign nation to borrow again on the financial markets and to ensure that no future government can ever again bring us to such a sorry state, then I am confident that the Irish people will do what is necessary.

Endorsing the Treaty will be another important milestone for Ireland in our road to recovery. In the weeks ahead, as the Government puts in place the necessary measures for a Referendum, that is the case we will make to the people, and I am confident that the people will respond by saying Yes to the Treaty.

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