SIMON Coveney TD, Fine Gael’s Director of Elections for the Referendum campaign on the Stability Treaty, has today (Wednesday) said Sinn Fein is trying to frighten the public with half-truths and misleading information about the Stability Treaty.
The Minister appealed to people not to be taken in by misleading, emotive and negative messaging by Sinn Féin – as they do not represent the principles behind this Treaty.
“This Treaty is about bringing stability to the Irish economy and providing access to emergency funds at affordable interest rates should we need it.
“I would encourage people to read this Treaty for themselves, when it is sent to every household in the country in a few days’ time. This Treaty will not solve all of Ireland’s problems, but is a significant positive step forward on our road to recovery.
“Sinn Féin’s approach to this campaign is to mislead and frighten people. It’s my job to ensure that everybody understands the full facts and positive intent behind this Treaty.
“Sinn Féin’s launch of their campaign today shows they are afraid of people hearing the truth about the Treaty – that it is the best option for Ireland to take, and that there is nothing to be afraid of in it.
“Sinn Féin has opposed every single referendum on a European Treaty since the 1970s. Their negative, unrealistic stance is predictable. Sinn Féin opposes everything, and makes wildly unrealistic promises, based on money that we don’t have. The simple fact is that they can’t tell you what would happen if we vote No, and they have no credible answer to how we will fund the country in that scenario.
“The Stability Treaty has very clear objectives; it is about responsible budgeting, and having access to the insurance policy of the European Stability Mechanism.”