The Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has called on the Taoiseach to seek a meeting with and formally offer the Government’s support to the new French President Francois Hollande in efforts to formalise a growth agenda alongside the Stability Treaty.
Deputy Martin commented, “The election of President Hollande can and should be a welcome boost for those seeking a ‘Yes’ vote in the upcoming referendum. We have consistently called for Europe to do more in terms of encouraging growth. The regime change in France brings added momentum to the case for added growth measures. I believe that formalising a growth agenda alongside the Stability Treaty would be a strong addition to the Treaty and would demonstrate to the people of Ireland that Europe finally understands the need to take more positive action to encourage economic recovery. The Taoiseach should quickly seek a bilateral with the new President to emphasise Irish support for the growth agenda.
“Progress on a growth agenda would also give those advocating a No vote the opportunity to prove their good faith. Would they advocate a ‘Yes’ vote if growth measures were formalised? Given their opposition to every initiative and development in Europe over the course of the last fifty years, I suspect that the goalposts would move and they would find another reason to remain negative.
“This Treaty is not the whole answer to the problems facing Ireland and Europe, but it is part of the answer. A ‘Yes’ vote brings clarity, certainty and a pathway to recovery.”