EU deal sets in stone the loss of Irish sovereignty
The President of the Workers’ Party, Michael Finnegan, has said that the Irish people have a moral right to a referendum on any treaty or treaty amendments that would further erode Irish sovereignty.
Mr. Finnegan said that thinking aloud from the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste about whether a referendum was needed was not good enough. What had been agreed today (Friday) in Brussels constituted a further erosion of Ireland’s right to decide its own policy on key issues and this was something the Irish people must be consulted on.
“Despite their promises to fight to regain lost sovereignty, the government have ceded even more of our country’s independence this week. While we do not yet know the full content of what has been agreed, or what may have been conceded in non fiscal areas, it is clear that a fundamental shift of power towards the central axis of European powers has been made”, said Mr. Finnegan
“It is not long ago since the Taoiseach and others in the government were accusing the previous government of financial treason, but these new changes set in stone that loss in sovereignty and make it irreversible. If it is not legally incumbent, and that is a matter to be tested, then it is definitely morally incumbent on the government to allow final decision on this new treaty to be made by the Irish people”.
“If “, said Mr. Finnegan, “a referendum is to take place, and it is the Workers’ Party view that this is essential, then this referendum must be carried out without subterfuge, pressure or dishonesty. The Irish people are not in a mood to set in stone the erosion of our national sovereignty that was so easily given away. If a referendum does not take place it will be because the government and the EU establishment are terrified about letting the people have their say”.
Issued 9th December 2011