Friday, May 18, 2012

Trinity Professor calls for No vote at Gorey Meeting

A retired Senior Lecturer Emeritus in Social Policy at Trinity College Dublin was among the speakers at a public meeting for the No to Austerity Treaty Campaign in Gorey last Tuesday night. Professor Anthony Coughlan, who has been a leading for EU reform in this country for decades, said that the Irish people "are being conned into voting YES" by the government and Irish establishment.
Professor Coughlan also said that the government was not standing up for the interests of the Irish people. He also pointed out the absurdity of Ireland voting on a treaty text that will no doubt be changed at a later date due to the election of President Francois Hollande in France and political instability across the continent. Even the Germans have not yet ratified this treaty.

Other speakers at the well attended meeting in the Loc Garman Inn on Goreys Main Street were local teacher, historian and Sinn Féin activist Fionntan O’ Suilleabhan, Kevin McCorry from the Peoples Movement and Wexford Sinn Féin spokesperson on the treaty, Oisin O’ Connell.

Mr O’ Connell said;

“The private gambling losses that the Irish state has taken on are unsustainable. It’s increasingly unlikely that we’ll be even able to pay them back. So when people on the yes side ask, where are we going to get the money if we vote no, the question should be, where are we getting the money to service these unsustainable loans to cover these private banking losses that are a direct result of uncontrolled casino capitalism.”

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