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national / eu / press release Wednesday June 06, 2012 12:07 by O.O'C.   text 2 comments (last - wednesday june 06, 2012 13:51)
The Government will seek Dail approval of:
The Article 136 TFEU amendment to the EU Treaties which authorises the setting up of the permanent Eurozone loan fund, the European Stability Mechanism
+ A motion to approve the ESM Treaty which is authorized by this amendment
+ A motion to approve future Government spending on the ESM,

A guillotined debate on the second reading of the latter Bill will take place TOMORROW. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Saturday June 02, 2012 22:48 by O.O'C.
The proposal to ratify the European Stability Mechanism Treaty as it stands and to approve the Article 136 TFEU amendment to the EU Treaties as authorizing the Stability Mechanism envisaged in the ESM Treaty, are unlawful under the EU Treaties and are therefore unconstitutional in Ireland and the other EU Member States. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Friday June 01, 2012 20:00 by D Martyn   text 35 comments (last - friday august 10, 2012 08:59)
Like lambs to the slaughter the Irish people ratified the Fiscal Stability treaty by a yes vote of 60.3%. Even members of the parties advocating the yes vote admitted fear and confusion were among the reasons why Irish people gave into the demands of the government. As they threw around buzz words such as stability, growth, investment and threatened a harsher budget if the treaty wasn’t ratified, it’s no surprise their school yard bully tactics won out. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / news report Monday May 28, 2012 21:19 by éirígí PRO   text 7 comments (last - friday june 01, 2012 14:24)   image 1 image   1 attached file
Over the course of the last number of weeks every household in the Twenty-Six Counties has received an 'information' booklet from the Referendum Commission. This booklet was supposed to provide an impartial and independent critique of the 'Stability Treaty', but in reality it could have been printed by Fine Gael or IBEC. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday May 22, 2012 13:01 by O.O'C.
The European Stability Mechanism is a crisis fund that comes at the price of €11 billion for Ireland, that EU countries will be able to gain access to should they ratify the Fiscal Treaty. But will it be a handy insurance policy for Ireland - or an economic straitjacket? read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Saturday May 19, 2012 18:28 by simple fisherman   text 6 comments (last - monday may 21, 2012 10:41)
As a simple fisherman I was forced to leave England because our fishing industry was destroyed by the European Union and to come to your lovely country to find work. I am hoping to help out on a campaign to save Ireland's Fish and to point out the hard lessons your English brothers learned and which may be of some small assistance to Irish fishermen. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Thursday May 17, 2012 16:25 by People's Movement   text 4 comments (last - friday june 01, 2012 16:33)   image 1 image
The People’s Movement launched their campaign for a No Vote in the upcoming Fiscal Treaty at a press conference today in the Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / news report Thursday May 17, 2012 01:27 by People's Movement   text 4 comments (last - friday may 18, 2012 14:42)   image 5 images
This evening, The People’s Movement organised a protest outside IBEC’s conference in The Westin Hotel, Westmoreland Street.

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national / eu / press release Saturday May 12, 2012 20:47 by Darcy   text 5 comments (last - saturday may 19, 2012 18:59)   image 1 image   video 2 video files
“I pay tribute to the ‘Farmers For No’ for coming together and calling for a No Vote…

…Contrary to popular belief and what the government is spouting, the sky won’t fall on our heads if we vote no on May 31st.

We will retain some flexibility and some ability to retain the control over our National finances and to be able to use those finances for the good of all the citizens of the country and not for the good of saving the financial institutions of Europe.”

- Thomas Pringle, TD (Member of Irish parliament) read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Friday May 11, 2012 15:07 by Paul Murphy MEP   video 1 video file
A press conference was held today launching the Socialist Party's http://www.austeritytreaty.ie website and the pamphlet “Austerity Treaty explained: how it undermines democracy & institutionalises austerity” (http://www.austeritytreaty.ie/the-pamphlet#) read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Friday May 11, 2012 10:01 by Sonya Oldham   text 3 comments (last - friday may 11, 2012 14:07)
Formal objection to the governments 'information' leaflet which we believe contravenes the mcKenna judgement. The introduction clearly shows a bias towards a Yes vote and contains many disputable claims which are not facts. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Thursday May 10, 2012 16:34 by Eugene Mc Cartan   text 5 comments (last - saturday may 12, 2012 13:24)
The suspension of the German government’s ratification of the permanent austerity treaty and the ESM treaty must send a strong warning signal to the Irish people that these two treaties pose a serious threat to their livelihood and to what little remains of their democracy and sovereignty. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / press release Thursday May 10, 2012 13:27 by People's Movement   text 3 comments (last - saturday may 12, 2012 17:02)
The elections in both Greece and France last weekend have witnessed a resounding rejection of austerity. These results coupled with news last night that Angela Merkel has been forced to postpone 'fiskalpakt' ratification under pressure from parliament, illustrate that the European Union’s intended ‘Austerity Treaty’ is coming away at the seams. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Tuesday May 08, 2012 20:44 by Darcy   text 5 comments (last - saturday may 12, 2012 13:29)   image 2 images
The Press Conference will officially launch our campaign for a No Vote in the forthcoming referendum on the EU Fiscal Compact / Stability Treaty and will be attended by Independent TD’s Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan and Thomas Pringle who will be our guest speakers.

Also Professor Anthony Coughlan, (Associate Professor Emeritus in Social Policy, TCD, and Director of the National Platform EU Research and Information Centre, 24 Crawford Avenue, Dublin 9), will attend as a guest speaker in his capacity as an expert on European Treaty Law. read full story / add a comment
galway / eu / press release Tuesday May 08, 2012 10:44 by Republican Sinn Féin
In a statement on May 5, 2012, Republican Sinn Féin Galway County Councillor Tomás Ó Curraoin has called for a No vote in the forthcoming referendum on the Austerity Treaty: read full story / add a comment
Warning: Permanent Austerity Ahead!
national / eu / press release Monday May 07, 2012 11:50 by O.O'C.   text 5 comments (last - saturday may 12, 2012 13:37)   image 5 images
The People’s Movement has opened an office in central Dublin for the duration of the referendum campaign on the Permanent Austerity Treaty. The office is at 5 Cavendish Row, directly opposite the Gate Theatre. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Monday May 07, 2012 01:23 by O.O'C.   text 3 comments (last - tuesday may 15, 2012 09:15)
“The Member States whose currency is the euro may establish a stability mechanism to be activated if indispensable to safeguard the stability of the euro area as a whole. The granting of any required financial assistance under the mechanism will be made subject to strict conditionality.”
- Proposed amendment to Article 136 TFEU of the EU Treaties by which the 27 EU Member States authorize the 17 Member States of the euro currency area to establish a Stability Mechanism read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday May 02, 2012 02:48 by Darcy   text 11 comments (last - wednesday may 09, 2012 15:42)   image 2 images   video 1 video file


This is the so-called ‘Blackmail Clause’ contained in Article 136 of the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Treaty. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday May 01, 2012 09:27 by Sonya Oldham   text 1 comment (last - wednesday may 02, 2012 15:59)
Does the Fiscal Compact Treaty Deal with the Cause of the Crisis? What Caused the Crisis? The collapse of the Irish banking system was principally caused by a failure of regulation and the reckless lending practices of the Irish and European banking system.
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Monday April 30, 2012 20:02 by O.O'C.   text 8 comments (last - tuesday may 08, 2012 18:47)
Professor Colm McCarthy
Department of Economics
Dublin 4

Sunday 29 April 2012

Dear Colm,

I am writing to you to make some points arising from your comments on the so-called Fiscal Treaty and the referendum on it on RTE’s Morning Ireland last Tuesday morning. read full story / add a comment
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