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Monday 25 September 2017

Treaty vote puts us all on the spot

The Government will breathe a sigh of relief if, as expected, it will not have to hold a referendum to approve the EU's new budgetary rules.

It is likely that such a referendum would be used as an opportunity to punish the Government for the tough austerity measure that are hitting our pockets.

However, clear heads are now needed when considering such an important issue, and it should not be used as a stick to beat the Government with.

The eurozone crisis has brought Europe to the brink. Now is the time to look at the proposed solution without emotion or axes to grind.

A failure to adopt the rules would mean that Ireland would not be able to access future bailout funds from March 2013.

The Coalition has until January 1, 2013, to put the treaty into law in Ireland. The deal struck in Brussels needs careful consideration on all our parts -- not just for us, but for the sake of future generations.

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