LOCAL Fianna Fail Deputy John McGuinness has urged the public to vote ‘yes’ in the fiscal treaty referendum on May 31.
Deputy McGuinness also said that the Taoiseach should seek a meeting with and formally offer the Government’s support to the new French President Francois Hollande in efforts to formalise a growth agenda alongside the stability treaty.
“Mr Hollande’s election victory can and should be a welcome boost for those seeking a ‘yes’ vote in the referendum,” he said.
“Fianna Fáil has consistently called for Europe to do more in terms of encouraging growth.
“A new French government brings added momentum to the case for added growth measures. I believe that formalising a growth agenda alongside the Stability Treaty would be a strong addition to the treaty and would demonstrate to the people of Ireland that Europe finally understands the need to take more positive action to encourage economic recovery.”
The Public Accounts Committee chairman said that while the treaty was not the whole answer to Ireland’s problems, it was part of the answer.
“A ‘yes’ vote brings clarity, certainty and a pathway to recovery for Ireland,” he said.
“I also believe it will strengthen our position for investment and job creation which is something people in Carlow and Kilkenny recognise is deeply needed for the country.”