Fianna Fáil Councillor to vote no in Stability Treaty

Fianna Fail Cllr Francie Gilmartin has told the Leitrim Observer that he has made the “personal” decision to vote no in the upcoming stability treaty.

Fianna Fail Cllr Francie Gilmartin has told the Leitrim Observer that he has made the “personal” decision to vote no in the upcoming stability treaty.

The Keshcarrigan councillor will defy party policy and vote no in the treaty on May 31, but said he will not be campaigning for others to vote no.

“I would not be in a party that would tie my hands,” he stated. He said he has decided to vote no, partly because “I don’t know enough about the treaty.” We already voted enough on European issues, he said. He added he feels this treaty leaves us with “little to no choice” and that “we will lose our sovereignty” and he disagrees with the bank debt issue.

Cllr Gilmartin said he will not be advising people how to vote, because “I wouldn’t have authority from my party.” He agrees with Deputy Eamon O’Cuiv on his stance on the upcoming treaty. He said soon “We will need to ask Europe can we be allowed to sneeze.”

To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.