Colreavy : Sinn Féin will be Campaigning for a No vote on the Austerity Treaty.

Deputy Colreavy has welcomed the announcement of the date for the referendum on the Austerity Treaty and made clear Sinn Féin’s intention to campaign for a no vote. The Government has announced Thursday 31st of May 2012 as the date for the referendum, this must have been a difficult decision for the Government to take, given the lengths to which it went to try and avoid a referendum in the first place.

Speaking on the issue Deputy Colreavy said “While I welcome the decision to hold the referendum, I am concerned that the Government have decided to hold the referendum on a Thursday which means that students and people working away from home may not get the chance to vote. Sinn Féin believes this treaty is bad for Ireland and for the EU and will institutionalise austerity into domestic constitutional law and international law in perpetuity. If ratified this treaty will cost taxpayers at least an additional €6 billion in public spending cuts and tax increases after 2015. It will mean more cuts to our schools, our hospitals and our community services.

At a time when we remember the hero’s of the 1916 Easter Rising we must remember the reasons for which so many men and women scarified their lives for, the right of the people of Ireland to the ownership of Ireland, and to the unfettered control of Irish destinies, to be sovereign and indefeasible. They proclaimed Irish Republic as a Sovereign Independent State, and they pledged their lives and the lives of their comrades-in-arms to the cause of its freedom, of its welfare, and its exaltation among the nations and yet we have an Fine Gael/ Labour government promoting a yes vote to a treaty which will not only impose more cuts and taxes but It will also undermine the Oireachtas and give significant control over economic and fiscal policy to unelected bureaucrats and judges in Brussels and Luxembourg and that is why the European Trade Union Confederation is opposed to the Treaty.

Our Government are promoting a yes vote on a treaty which is a far cry from the values of the 1916 proclamation and if passed the treaty would undermine democracy by centralising control on the hands of the unelected Eurocrats. The French Socialists, the German Social Democrats and the Dutch Labour Party – all sister parties of the Irish Labour party, are opposed to this treaty. They like Sinn Féin believe Austerity policies will not end the economic crisis.

For these reasons Sinn Féin will be vigorously campaigning between now and May 31st and asking the citizens of this state to vote no.”

To find out more information or to get involved with the No Campaign please contact your local Sinn Féin representative or my constituency offices in Manorhamilton – 071 9855099 or Sligo – 071 9154040.