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Voting Yes for Stability Treaty is a vote for recovery

Posted on May 08, 2012 at 03:51 PM

Launching our Stability Treaty campaign - The Labour Leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Minister Joan Burton and Deputy Dominic Hannigan at the launch of our Stability Treaty campaign
The Labour Leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore, Minister Joan Burton and Deputy Dominic Hannigan at the launch of our Stability Treaty campaign

Today we officially launched our Stability Treaty campaign. Speaking at the launch the Tánaiste, Eamon Gilmore said, "Labour is calling for a YES vote in the referendum, because we believe that the Treaty is necessary to stabilise the Euro and underpin investor confidence in Ireland. A YES vote provides certainty on how we can continue to fund the State. We believe it provides a platform for stability at home and in Europe, on which we can build economic recovery".

Eamon Gilmore also pointed out that Labour has always argued that the solution to this crisis lies in growth and job creation . He said, "Now is the time to move forward, not back. Now it is the time to say Yes, to the Stability Treaty, and to move Europe on to the pro-growth agenda. Growth and stability are not opposites - they go together. To have growth you need stability, to have enduring stability you need growth."

Director of Elections, Minister Joan Burton noted that although the Labour Party's campaign officially begins today, the Party has been working hard to ensure that people know what the treaty is about.

Echoing this, Assistant Director of Elections, Dominic Hannigan explained that the Labour Party campaign will see 20,000 posters distributed throughout the country. With 250,000 introductory leaflets already issued, we will also be printing 650,000 of our new leaflet which will go to branches all over the country as part of their local campaign.

MEP Nessa Childers highlighted the gravity of the issues facing the Euro. "This is the biggest economic crisis since WWII...While political parties like Sinn Féin have the luxury of taking any position on the treaty, my party, the Labour Party does not have this luxury. Instead we have to take up a position of responsibility and think in the long term, avoid unnecessary risks, and act in the interests and economic future of the country".

Also present at the launch, MEP Emer Costello said that the Treaty was but one, albeit a very important, part of a much wider response to the economic crisis, while MEP Phil Prendergast outlined the prominent role MEPs will play in communicating the European context of the treaty to voters.

You can see photographs from the launch on Flickr and keep up-to-date with the latest campaign information by following Labour on Twitter.

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