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national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday April 18, 2012 13:00 by O.O'C.   text 1 comment (last - wednesday april 18, 2012 14:55)
A referendum on the Fiscal Treaty (‘SCG’/Stability, Coordination and Governance) is to be held in Ireland in May but the related European Stability Mechanism Treaty (‘ESM’) is not to be similarly scrutinised, much less put to the people for approval. Yet both treaties are explicitly linked and interdependent. According to the ESM Treaty both treaties are ’complementary’. The ESM Treaty is illegal under EU law as it stands and is therefore unconstitutional, being in breach of existing EU treaty principles which have been approved by the Irish people in previous referendums and are now part of our law. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Wednesday April 18, 2012 12:23 by O.O'C.
Constitutional challenge in Ireland by Independent TD to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Treaty and the Art.136 TFEU amendment to the EU Treaties purporting to authorise this Stability Mechanism. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Saturday April 14, 2012 12:02 by O.O'C.   text 1 comment (last - saturday april 14, 2012 21:25)
Peoples Movement campaigns: against any measures that further develop the EU into a federal state; and to defend and enhance popular sovereignty, democracy and social justice in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Monday April 09, 2012 09:20 by Sonya Oldham   text 3 comments (last - monday april 30, 2012 09:46)
Does the Fiscal Treaty benefit Ireland? read full story / add a comment
international / eu / other press Wednesday April 04, 2012 19:07 by lefty   text 2 comments (last - monday april 01, 2013 20:55)
A greek pensioner and world war II hero, shot himself on front of the greek parliament to die with some dignity rather than waiting until he had to search for food in garbage cans, and becoming a burden to hs children. Apparently Suicide rates have soared in greece. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Monday April 02, 2012 15:04 by O.O'C.   text 3 comments (last - thursday april 05, 2012 19:27)
The Government wants the Dáil and Seanad in the very near future to approve a hugely important amendment to the EU treaties without any referendum, even though this amendment and its legal and political consequences would mark a qualitative change in the direction of the EU and in the character, scope and objectives of the Economic and Monetary Union. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Thursday March 29, 2012 09:38 by Sonya Oldham   text 3 comments (last - saturday march 31, 2012 12:10)
The People's Association Watchdog are calling for a deferment of amendment Article 136, and ratification of the ESM untill after the referendum on the 'The Fiscal Compact' so the people of Ireland can make an informed choice without fear or favour.
We further require that the government ensure our sovereign right to say yes or no by ensuring a referendum on the ESM.
This letter is avilable for all to send to our public representatives.
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international / eu / other press Friday March 23, 2012 20:23 by abc
'We’ll continue to discuss and make sure that what we’re looking at is substantive,' the EU foreign policy chief said. read full story / add a comment
international / eu / other press Tuesday March 13, 2012 20:24 by a
The European Commissioner for external relations has said Israel should transfer money due to the Palestinian Authority it has held back since Hamas won the Palestinian elections in January.
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday March 06, 2012 19:41 by O.O'C.
The Government's announcement of a referendum on the so-called "Fiscal Compact Treaty" (properly titled the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union/TSCG) calls in question its original intention to introduce the quite different European Stability Mechanism Treaty (ESM) to the Dáil for approval of its ratification on Tuesday or Wednesday next, or else sometime in the present pre-Easter Dáil term, as the Taoiseach recently announced. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Monday March 05, 2012 02:13 by O.O'C.
We should work for a powerful No vote in the referendum on the Permanent Austerity Treaty, but we should also not be distracted from the anti-democratic process that the Government is using to bring the European Stability Mechanism into being read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 29, 2012 18:49 by cropbeye
If there is a vote on the Euro compact campagainers should not go up a blind alley.

A lot of Irish Government and establishment figures dont actually know much about the workings of Europe in depth when you scatch
the surface.

Dont waste time on them. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Wednesday February 29, 2012 13:25 by O.O'C.   text 2 comments (last - wednesday march 07, 2012 10:27)
After they had agreed the final wording of the intergovernmental agreement—the "Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union"—the member-states of the euro area pronounced that the treaty “represents a major step towards closer and irrevocable fiscal and economic integration and stronger governance in the euro area,” which they claimed “will significantly bolster the outlook for fiscal sustainability and euro area sovereign debt and enhance growth.”

According to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the euro-zone member-states have set themselves on an “irreversible course towards a fiscal union.” She told an international gathering at Davos:

“We have to become used to the European Commission becoming more and more like a government.” read full story / add a comment
national / eu / event notice Tuesday February 28, 2012 14:41 by Michael Youlton
The government is hiding behind the referral of the agreement to the Attorney General, attempting to give the impression that the final decision rests with her office and that an opinion by her that a referendum wasn’t required by the Constitution, would be the end of the matter. This is false. The Attorney General only advises, it is the government that is supposed to decide.

Say No to EU Austerity Treaty – Bailout People Not Banks – Public Meeting, Liberty Hall, Monday March 5, 7.30pm read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Tuesday February 28, 2012 01:30 by O.O'C.
DO YOU KNOW that Ireland could hold the Eurozone at our mercy regarding our national debt, the Anglo-Irish promissory notes and the terms of the Troika’s Memorandum of Understanding? This can be done by requiring a referendum instead of Oireachtas approval of the “Decision” of the EU 27 to amend Art.136 of the EU Treaties so as to authorize the establishment of a permanent €500 billion fund for the Eurozone, the “European Stability Mechanism Fund”, to which Ireland must contribute €11 billion? read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 28, 2012 01:02 by O.O'C.   text 1 comment (last - tuesday april 17, 2012 12:42)
“It would be tragic and fatal if we were to lose democracy on the road to saving the euro”

- Dr Andreas Vosskuhle, President of the German Constitutional Court, 2011

“There are 27 of us. Clearly, down the line, we will have to include the Balkans. There will be 32, 33 or 34 of us. No one thinks that federalism, total integration, will be possible with 33, 34, or 35 States. Clearly there will be a two-speed Europe: one speed that moves towards a Federation for the Eurozone and one speed for a Confederation within the European Union.”  

- French President Sarkozy, 8 Nov. 2011 
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 21, 2012 01:04 by O.O'C.   text 7 comments (last - tuesday february 28, 2012 15:24)
The Government seems determined to push ahead in the next few months with the ratification of two important treaties: the “Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union” and the revised “Treaty on the European Stability Mechanism.”

The two treaties would make member-states of the euro zone into regimes of economic austerity, involving deeper and deeper cuts in public expenditure, increases in indirect taxes, reductions in wages, sustained liberalisation of markets, and the privatisation of public property. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Friday February 17, 2012 10:47 by Gregor Kerr   text 2 comments (last - tuesday february 28, 2012 16:50)
The fiscal treaty, as agreed by EU governments, is clearly an austerity treaty and will impose serious levels of economic and financial pain on Irish workers for years to come. In his blog ‘Notes On The Front’ Unite economist Michael Taft says “The Government, in signing the Fiscal Treaty, has effectively committed itself to introducing up to €6 billion more in tax increases and spending cuts in the medium-term, over and above what it has already planned”.[1]

The prospect of such an approach is horrific and should shock all of us into action. Unless this is resisted we can expect even further tax increases, wage cuts and a slashing of all public services over the next couple of years. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Friday February 03, 2012 09:31 by Declan Cullen   text 2 comments (last - saturday february 04, 2012 10:27)
The people of this nation are is fed up with the corruption, lies and theft that is ongoing in this country and carried out by our so - called leaders, and rightly so. But now with all the aforementioned becoming more apparent, the people of this nation should now understand WHY this really happened in .............. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / news report Sunday October 16, 2011 00:05 by reporter   text 2 comments (last - tuesday october 18, 2011 14:01)
The Dutch papers are full of it. The crisis loans imposed on Greece, Portugal and Ireland are generating huge profit. Holland is lending 390 billion at historically low rates and they are lending monies to Ireland at historically high rates.
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