Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Kehoe must come clean about Treaty – Mythen

An Enniscorthy Sinn Féin councillor has called on Deputy Paul Kehoe to come clean about the terms of the fiscal compact treaty and the truth about funding available to us in the event of a no vote. Cllr Johnny Mythen said that Deputy Kehoe had a responsibility as Fine Gaels senior representative in County Wexford to set the publics minds at ease after his colleague Minister Michael Noonan made ‘threatening comments’ regarding next year’s budget being dramatically tougher in the event of a no vote.

Cllr Mythen said;

“Comments made by senior members of Fine Gael, in particular Finance Minister Michael Noonan, have been highly reckless and the very definition of scare mongering. It seems after the household tax controversy Fine Gael are now intent on bullying through even the most decisive issue. Twenty thousand Wexford people are unemployed and people across the county are living in economically dire straits. These comments are a clinical attempt to scare these most vulnerable of citizens into submission.”

“Recently our Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said that a no vote would result in a much harder budget next year. It is outrageous that a senior member of government would make such a clear effort to intimidate the Irish people into accepting a treaty that is now clearly set to be rejected. Fine Gael, Fianna Fail and Labour party people who have made these kind of comments are in breach of their ethical responsibilities as elected representatives.”

“I’m calling on Deputy Paul Kehoe to address the concerns of the people of Enniscorthy and County Wexford over these scare tactics. As a minister of state he should clarify his party’s gross misconduct of using threatening innuendo's which have nothing what so ever to do with the Austerity Treaty. These statements are highly reckless and clearly of an intimidatory nature. Deputy Kehoe must come clean with his constituents and admit that a no vote does not end our chances of future funding from the EU, does not mean harder budgets and certainly does not mean that Ireland will be in a worse situation than if we were to ratify this treaty.”

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