People being asked to endorse austerity - Bree

The people of Ireland will be asked to endorse savage cuts in health and education, growing unemployment, bank bailouts and extra taxes if they vote ‘Yes’ in this month’s fiscal treaty, according to Sligo Councillor Declan Bree.

The people of Ireland will be asked to endorse savage cuts in health and education, growing unemployment, bank bailouts and extra taxes if they vote ‘Yes’ in this month’s fiscal treaty, according to Sligo Councillor Declan Bree.

Addressing members of the People’s Movement - Gluaiseacht an Phobail at the weekend, Mr Bree claimed that, if passed, the treaty will “institutionalise austerity”. The Sligo based representative said that by writing austerity policies into law, “it effectively makes it illegal for an Irish government, now and in the future, to implement policies other than those approved by the un-elected European Commission and the European Council.”

Mr Bree continued: “The government clearly understands that the forthcoming referendum will be a battle between people’s fear and their anger, and they have been determined to make fear the centrepiece of the Yes campaign. Enda Kenny claimed that delivering a ‘Yes’ vote in the Referendum was more important for the future of the country than any General Election. Meanwhile, the Labour Party has been sticking to the Lisbon’s ‘Yes for Jobs’ strategy, warning that multinational companies would be fleeing the country within hours of a ‘No’ vote.”

The former Labour representative also said that growing opposition to austerity in France, Germany, Greece and the Netherlands confirms that “Mr Kenny and Co are out of step with the people of Europe.” He concluded: “Fine Gael and Labour are marching to the drumbeat of the bankers and bondholders in the financial markets who are the ones driving the austerity treaty to try and ensure that their profits are secured by insisting that they are paid first without any concern for public services, health and social needs. The treaty is a bankers treaty and the ordinary people of this state can make a resounding statement that will reverberate throughout Europe, by rejecting the bank bailout and rejecting austerity by voting ‘No’ on 31st May.”