Martin calls on Taoiseach to set out Ireland’s position following Merkel meeting

Published on: 16 November 2011

Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin TD has called on the Taoiseach to now spell out clearly what Ireland’s negotiating position is in Europe following his meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Deputy Martin commented, “It may have taken an unusually long time to organise, but I am relieved that the Taoiseach has finally sat down with the German Chancellor to explain the Irish position.  Having done this, surely he can now explain it to the Irish people.

“I have written to the Taoiseach and asked him in the Dáil to stand firm for Ireland and I have suggested three constructive demands of colleagues in Europe:

            – ECB commitment to ongoing support for sovereign debt.

            – A leveraging of the EFSF from within the resources of the Eurozone.

            – Limited changes to EU law focused on the financial system and the ECB.

“Unfortunately, the Taoiseach has refused on every occasion to confirm which if any of these suggestions he will embrace and has he has consistently failed to give any indication of what Ireland is suggesting to address the crisis.  The primary reason appears to have been a desire to withhold the information until he had the opportunity to discuss the approach with European Leaders.  Following today’s meeting, all excuses are exhausted.

“The Taoiseach ran an election campaign based on the claim that ‘Paddy likes to know’.  On this most critical issue facing the country, the time has long passed where he should come clean with the Irish people and explain to them what is being done and said in the European corridors of power in their name.”

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