Fine Gael Mayo TD John O’Mahony has stated that a Yes vote in the upcoming Fiscal Compact Treaty referendum will help protect jobs we have and create jobs we need.
“Voting Yes will help us build a working Ireland and say yes to investment, stability, and recovery. Groups operating in the real economy – like the Small Firms Association, IBEC, and the Irish Hotels Federation – all understand that the treaty makes good business sense and will provide the certainty Ireland needs if we are to continue to grow jobs and attract inward investment.
Kieran Allen, a UCD academic and author of The Fiscal Treaty and the Euro Crisis: Reasons to Vote No, has claimed that Ireland faces 20 years of hardship if it votes yes.
Speaking at a meeting in Castlebar at the Welcome Inn Hotel last week, he said: “Ireland has one of the highest levels of debt in the EU, if measured according to the size of its GNP. Currently the country has a debt of over €180 billion and this will lead to a debt to GNP ratio of 150 per cent.
A Sinn Féin public meeting in Ballina last week on the fiscal treaty was addressed by Michael Colreavey TD and councillors Rose Conway-Walsh (chair), Gerry Murray, and Therese Ruane.
Speaking after the meeting Cllr Conway-Walsh said: “We were delighted with the turnout and the critical engagement that took place. There is no doubt that people want full knowledge on the treaty and the impact a Yes or No vote will have for them, their families, and their communities. Sinn Féin urge people not to succumb to the pressure from Fine Gael/Fianna Fail and Labour to vote yes for fear of access to funding being cut off.