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Tánaiste canvassing in Ballymun with Dep John Lyons

Posted on May 04, 2012

Ballymun

This afternoon Deputy John Lyons accompanied the Party Leader Eamon Gilmore to canvas in Ballymun and he has written a post for us about the day.

It was an honour today to welcome the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Eamon Gilmore out to Ballymun to discuss the Stability Treaty with students, local business people and residents.

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Stability is necessary for growth

Posted on May 02, 2012

eamon jobs initiative - The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore
The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore

Speaking to the IIEA this afternoon, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore called for an 'open, constructive and truthful' debate about what the Stability Treaty means for Ireland.

Deputy Gilmore said the Stability Treaty is an important part of Europe's response to the crisis in the euro because we cannot have stability and growth in Ireland without stability and growth in Europe.

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Are you registered to vote?

Posted on April 30, 2012

With polling day for the Stability Treaty just four weeks away, the Labour Party's Director of Elections, Minister Joan Burton is calling on everyone who is eligible to vote to make sure that they can vote.

The general supplementary electoral register allows new voters to register and existing voters to update and amend their contact details. The deadline for this register is on Monday 14th May. The deadline for the postal and special electoral register is this Wednesday, May 2nd.

With these deadlines in mind it's crucial that people check the register in time, so that they can ensure that they can get their polling cards in time for the May 31st vote on the Stability Treaty.

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Launching our Stability Treaty poster

Posted on April 30, 2012

Launching our Stability Treaty poster - Launching our Stability Treaty poster with Minister Joan Burton (Director of Elections), the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Deputy Dominic Hannigan (deputy Director of Elections).
Launching our Stability Treaty poster with Minister Joan Burton (Director of Elections), the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Deputy Dominic Hannigan (deputy Director of Elections).

This morning we launched our Stability Treaty poster with Eamon Gilmore TD, Joan Burton TD and Dominic Hannigan TD.

'It's about stability' is written across the poster and this was emphasised by the Tánaiste and Party Leader Eamon Gilmore when he said: "I don't claim that the Stability Treaty is the solution to all our problems. But it's a very important part of the solution. For a stable euro, for investor confidence and for recovery, for a vote of confidence in our future, I urge everyone to support it."

[Listen below for a short audio file of the Tanaiste speaking after the launch.]

listen to ‘Eamon Gilmore speaking at the launch of Labour's Stability Treaty poster’ on Audioboo

 

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Permanent link | Comments | Categories: Foreign & European AffairsJoan Burton

Stability Treaty sends out robust message to global investors

Posted on April 27, 2012

Speaking in the Dáil about the Stability Treaty, Deputy Michael McCarthy said that contrary to much of the 'ill-conceived rhetoric being peddled by anti-treaty sides' this is a stability treaty and 'its ratification is fundamental to the growth of the economy'.

"By ratifying this treaty, Ireland is sending a robust message to potential global investors that this is a country that is confident, united and is a place worthy of doing business and in which to create jobs. It is not the solution to the jobs crisis but will lock into the Government's broader pro-jobs and pro-growth strategy and will send a strong signal to the world that Ireland is serious about stability."

You can see the rest of what Deputy McCarthy said in the accompanying video.

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Leaders' Questions, April 26th 2012

Posted on April 26, 2012

Leaders' Questions today saw debate on the Stability Treaty and lone parents, you can see the full exchange in the accompanying video.

 

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A vote for the Treaty is a vote for economic stability

Posted on April 25, 2012

"We must be mindful of the fact that at the very core of its title is the word 'stability'. This must resonate with each and every one of us who have craved this in previous politically and financially insecure times... Restoring stability to the euro is a critical step in removing ourselves from our current predicament. The Treaty will be play a crucial part in realising that objective," Senator Lorraine Higgins told the Seanad this week during the debate on the Stability Treaty.

"A vote for the treaty will be a vote for economic stability and economic recovery. Irrespective of that, the train is leaving the station and Ireland must be on it. A Yes vote is a vote for a better future."

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A Guide to the Stability Treaty

Posted on April 24, 2012

What is the Stability Treaty?
The Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and monetary Union was agreed in January 2012. It will enshrine fiscal rules in Irish law to create confidence and stability in the euro.

What are the goals of the Stability Treaty?
It is intended to foster budgetary discipline (balanced budgets), strengthen coordination of economic policies, improve governance of the euro and support the achievement of the EU's objectives for sustainable growth, employment, competitiveness and social cohesion.

How many States have so far supported it?
25 EU States, including Ireland, supported the Treaty. Only the Czech Republic and UK opposed it; neither have the euro as their currency. Ireland is the only State to have a referendum.

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Permanent link | Comments | Categories: Foreign & European AffairsJoan Burton

Stability Treaty is about making sure mistakes don't happen again - Gilmore

Posted on April 19, 2012

Speaking in the Dáil this week about the forthcoming vote on the Stability Treaty, the Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore said if the Stability Treaty is about anything 'it's about making sure great mistakes are not made again'.

He said: "It's about getting a sustainable, fair and people-focused economy here in Ireland and across Europe where public money is available for public services and job incentives, not paying down debt. And as I have said now on many occasions, it's about the euro in your pocket.

"So when we're voting on 31 May, let's not use our vote on issues unrelated to the Treaty. Let's - all of us, here in this House - keep the debate focused on the Stability Treaty and Ireland.

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Deputy Hannigan reports on the Committee on the Referendum of the Stability Treaty

Posted on April 05, 2012

In this post Deputy Dominic Hannigan gives us an update on the meetings taking place in the Committee on the Referendum of the Stablity Treaty, you can read what he said below and see what he said in the accompanying video.

This week saw an intense programme of meetings of the Committee on the Referendum on the Stability Treaty.  We heard from a series of speakers from a wide range of backgrounds, arguing both sides on the Treaty debate.  We listened to the views of Irish MEPs, Ambassadors from several EU member states, parliamentarians from other member states, academics, economists and representatives of Irish civil and interest groups.

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