CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE AUSTERITY TREATY- Press Release
WE WANTED A REFERENDUM – LETS NOW FIGHT FOR A NO VOTE !!
Wednesday February 29th 2012
The economy of our country is going through a most severe recession, with the number of citizens unable to pay their mortgages and even cover their electricity bills growing daily. Many are leaving to find work abroad….consumption is down. There is no growth. The reason there is such a massive funding crisis in this State, with the combined debt in the hundreds of billions, is precisely because of the activities of speculators and banks, and the reason we have a regime of cutbacks is because of the austerity imposed to rescue their financial markets system from its crisis.
Yet the Fine Gael/Labour Party Government will be signing a new Treaty this coming Friday requiring tougher deficit and debt rules, greater powers for the EU Commission and the European Court of Justice and arrangements that will mean austerity budgets and impossible targets for the foreseeable future. The Treaty states that these arrangements would be binding, permanent and preferably constitutional. The word preferably was inserted to enable the Government to avoid a referendum despite a Red C Opinion Poll published which showed 72% wanting a referendum.
The government tried to hide behind the Attorney General. This didn’t work – the Attorney General said a Referendum is required. Now watch the FG/Labour cabal trying to come out of the mess they created .
A number of political organisations and individuals have organised a campaign against this austerity Treaty. The Communist Party, éirígí , the Irish Anti War Movement, PANA, the Peoples Movement, Sinn Fein, the Socialist Party, the Socialist Workers Party, the Workers Party, and the United Left Alliance in the Campaign Against the Austerity Treaty asking for a Referendum and a NO vote!
The first Public Meeting of the Campaign will take place on Monday, March 5th, at 19.30 hours in Liberty Hall.
Speakers will include Soren Sondergaard a Danish MEP from the Danish Peoples Movement, our MEP Paul Murphy, Richard Boyd Barrett TD and Jimmy Kelly, National Secretary of the UNITE Trade Union.
For more info please contact
Michael Youlton (PRO) 086 8159487 or Seamas Rattigan (Chairperson ) Tel: 086-8369793