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.
“The financial stability of Ireland is integral to the financial stability of the Eurozone. If this state remains locked out of the bond markets come 2014 the EU will provide emergency funding, from whatever source is available. It will do so irrespective of the outcome of the treaty.
“The real question in this referendum debate is not where the Government will get the money to run the State if we vote no. It is, where will the Government get the money if we vote yes.”
A second public meeting on why Sinn Féin is advocating a No vote is to be held in Lecanvey Community Centre, Westport on Monday May 21 at 8pm.