‘Ireland, vote against EU austerity’

This video from Ireland is called Vote NO to Austerity Treaty on May 31.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Adams asks voters to reject austerity

Sunday 27 May 2012

by Our Foreign Desk

Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams called on Irish voters on Saturday to reject the EU fiscal pact in next week’s referendum to “break the cycle of austerity and inequality.”

In a televised speech at the party’s conference he said that while Sinn Fein ministers in Belfast were demanding more powers from London the Fine Gael-Labour coalition in Dublin was backing a treaty that would give away power to “unelected, unaccountable bureaucrats in Frankfurt and Brussels.”

He also rubbished claims that a No vote on May 31 would shut Ireland out of future EU funds.

“It is a good and patriotic and positive action to say No to a treaty that is bad for you, bad for your family and community, bad for society and entirely without any social or economic merit,” he said.

Mr Adams pointed to the country’s 450,000 unemployed and the 70,000 emigrating each year.

Citizens “need to ask themselves if the austerity of recent budgets led to jobs and growth.

“The answer is obvious. The answer is No — if you accept that, you should vote No.”

Three new opinion polls suggest that voters will back the neoliberal treaty by three to two, but also that the Yes vote is slipping away.

Government ministers have expressed fears that voters would vent their anger over punishing budgets, brought in since the country’s economy collapsed and was bailed out by Brussels.

In last year’s general election Sinn Fein went from five MPs to 14 and polls suggest growing support for its anti-cuts position.

Ireland is the only country that needs voters to back the treaty.

See also here.

UPDATE: Irish referendum results here. And here.

7 thoughts on “‘Ireland, vote against EU austerity’

  1. Sinn Féin now twice as popular as Labour, poll shows

    6:50am Sinn Féin support is continuing to grow and the party is now attracting more than twice as many voters as the Labour Party, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll.

    The poll also shows Fine Gael retaining its position as the biggest party in the State, while support for Fianna Fáil has increased for the first time since the last general election. (See interactive table below ).

    Satisfaction with the Government has increased since the last Irish Times poll five weeks ago but satisfaction with Taoiseach Enda Kenny has slipped.

    The survey was undertaken between last Wednesday and Friday among a representative sample of 1,000 voters aged 18 and over, in face-to-face interviews at 100 sampling points in all constituencies. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 per cent.

    The core vote for the parties compared with the last Irish Times poll was: Fine Gael, 23 per cent (down two points); Labour, 8 per cent (down two points); Fianna Fáil, 12 per cent (up one point); Sinn Féin, 18 per cent (up three points); Green Party, 1 per cent (no change); Independents/Others, 12 per cent (down one point); and undecided voters, 26 per cent (up one point).

    The decline in Labour support will be a cause of serious concern for the party. Support has almost halved since the last election and Labour now trails Sinn Féin in all parts of the country. The satisfaction rating of Eamon Gilmore has continued to slip and he is now far off the rating he held when Labour was in opposition.

    Fine Gael has slipped marginally, but the party is still comfortably ahead of all other Dáil parties and not far off its general election performance. Fine Gael remains the dominant force among middle class voters and farmers, the two categories most strongly in support of a Yes vote in Thursday’s referendum.

    The improved satisfaction rating of the Government to 27 per cent will be a boost for both Coalition parties as it represents a welcome reversal of a downward trend since the election.

    The poll also has good news for Fianna Fáil, with the party up three points to 17 per cent, and there is a significant jump of seven points in the satisfaction rating of leader Micheál Martin. The party’s stance in favour of a Yes vote has done it no harm and the leader’s showing in referendum debates has helped boost his profile.

    Interactive table of poll & election results from May 2007 – May 2012

    The Green Party remains stuck on 2 per cent and is struggling to make an impact in the absence of Dáil representation.

    The number supporting Independents and smaller parties has dropped by two points but there is still a significant level of support for parties and individuals outside the mainstream.

    The number of undecided voters, at 26 per cent, is high, given the intensity of the referendum campaign, and it indicates that large swings in support are likely before the local and European elections in two years.



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