Noonan to vote against treaty

Cllr Malcolm Noonan was the sole member of Kilkenny County Council to vote against a motion supporting the “Stability Treaty Referendum” at the council’s meeting on Monday.

Cllr Malcolm Noonan was the sole member of Kilkenny County Council to vote against a motion supporting the “Stability Treaty Referendum” at the council’s meeting on Monday.

Cllrs Eamon Aylward (FF) and Tomas Breathnach (Lab) abstained from the vote, which saw all other members present voting in favour of it.

The Green Party councillor, who said he was speaking in a personal capacity rather than on behalf of his party, said he would be voting No in the referendum on May 31.

He said the treaty “fails to recognise the wider crisis in Europe,” including the 50% unemployment rate among young people in Greece and Spain. Cllr Noonan said it would also take powers away from the directly elected European representatives and give it to unelected bodies.

He cited the example of the recent collapse of the Netherlands government because of a failure there to agree on budget cuts, despite being one of the strongest economies in Europe. For a country such as Ireland in a weaker position, he said, it did not bode well.