Despite very low turnout rates across the country the ‘Yes’ vote in the Stability Treaty came up trumps last week.
Fine Gael TD Tony McLoughlin welcomed the positive result but acknowledged it was not going to “solve all of our problems, but it will send out a crucial message to job creating investors who are thinking about coming here.”
His party colleague, Senator Michael Comiskey the Sligo/North Leitrim Director of Elections said, “By giving a strong endorsement to the Stability Treaty, we have put a crucial part of the jigsaw in place as we rebuild a working Ireland. Today’s result will help bring about the certainty needed for recovery and growth.”
Fianna Fáil Senator, Paschal Mooney, also welcomed the referendum results but stressed that the results showed “The people of Leitrim are sending out a strong signal that the Government must be held to account”.
“While I am glad the treaty has passed, the low turn-out shows that votes are not fully engaged,” he said.
MEP Marian Harkin pointed out that the ‘Yes’ vote in the Fiscal Treaty “represents the buying of time for Ireland to secure vitally necessary concessions including a deal on promissory notes”.
However not everyone was pleased by the result. Sligo councillor, Declan Bree of the United Left Alliance and patron of the People’s Movement said the “fear factor” had prevailed but warned that “the result shouldn’t be regarded as a mandate to impose the household charge, water tax and other austerity measures.”
Cllr Bree vowed that the fight against austerity measures would continue.