TODAY at the Committee discussing the Stability Treaty, Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams was challenged to explain how a leaflet being distributed to every home in the country was misusing quotes by three of the country’s most eminent economists in making an argument against the treaty.
Senator John Gilroy, Seanad Spokesperson on Finance for the Labour Party, expressed dismay at the level of cynicism being displayed by Sinn Féin.
“This is just terrible stuff and probably a new low in Irish political discourse”, Senator Gilroy said.
“I felt that the Sinn Féin President was less than confident when asked to explain his party’s opposition to the Treaty. When challenged to discuss some of the more complex details of the Treaty Deputy Adams seemed anxious to evade giving a straight answer.
“When asked about access to funding from Europe in the event of a ‘No’ vote, Deputy Adams said it was ‘complete nonsense’ but when I pressed him on the matter he could not elaborate further.
“I felt that Deputy Adams missed an opportunity to fully explain Sinn Féin’s position on the Stability Treaty and whether this was down to a lack of briefing or his lack of confidence in the Sinn Féin position, it is disappointing, I had looked forward to a robust exchange of views”, Deputy Gilroy concluded.