Saturday, April 28, 2012

Austerity Treaty Road Show hits Enniscorthy & Gorey

Wexford Sinn Féins Austerity Treaty Road Show visited the towns of Enniscorthy and Gorey today in its on-going effort to make the public aware of the dangers of ratifying the fiscal compact treaty on the 31st of May and of the alternatives that are available to us. Speaking before the road show began; Cllr Johnny Mythen insisted that there were alternatives to voting yes to this treaty.

 “There are alternatives to permanent austerity,” Cllr Mythen said, “Sinn Féin has consistently argued that the only way out of recession is to seize the initiative by investing in a major stimulus programme. If the core EU nations like Germany who are pushing this treaty are serious about ending the Euro zone crisis then they need to see that investment in Ireland is more worthwhile than forcing constricting austerity down our throats.”

“If the EU increased the lending capacity of the European Investment Bank it would allow member states like Ireland to roll out major projects in order to generate employment, increase competitiveness and improve the social and economic infrastructure, leading to both immediate and long term economic growth. Immediately the EIB could aid struggling member states to stimulate their economies and by doing so reduce their deficits without destroying their countries in the process. In the long term the EIB could act as a mechanism for recycling a portion of budget surpluses from core EU nations into the economies of periphery nations which would benefit people across the union.”

The people of Enniscorthy seemed genuinely interested in what the hardworking members of Wexford Sinn Féin had to say, including a few members of Fine Gael who snuck out of Minister Paul Kehoes office to get a better look. As usual the government chief whip was nowhere to be seen.

Later the Road Show moved on the Gorey where afternoon shoppers were treated to the site of Angela Merkel operating a Brendan Howlin TD puppet, one of the many images emblazoned across the Austerity Treaty Information Centre. Many thanks to all those locals in Enniscorthy and Gorey who signed up to the Wexford campaign against the Austerity Treaty today.

The Austerity Treaty Road Show will be back in Wexford Town next weekend, but keep an eye out for her making unscheduled appearances across rural Wexford over the coming days. You can sign up to join the rapidly growing campaign against the Austerity Treaty in County Wexford by simply texting JOIN followed by your name and address to 086-2397192. Also you can learn more about the terms of the austerity treaty at

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