Ógra Fianna Fáil today officially launched their campaign for a ‘yes’ vote in the Stability Treaty referendum with Fianna Fáil’s Director of Elections Timmy Dooley TD and Spokesperson on Finance Michael McGrath TD. 

Ógra Fianna Fáil’s national campaign will use social media as a key driver to highlight reasons why people should vote ‘yes’ on May 31st. The campaign will include a tour of key urban areas in cities around the country. 

Uachtarán Ógra Fianna Fáil, Eamon Quinlan said: “Voting ‘yes’ on May 31st will send out a clear message about Ireland’s future and stability and I believe a strong showing from young voters would send a clear signal that Europe must work together to solve the economic crisis to the benefit of everyone. 

“Over the last number of weeks Ógra Fianna Fáil has extensively debated the referendum on the treaty and our members believe that there is a much stronger case for voting ‘yes’ rather than face the unknown that comes with rejecting the treaty. Passing this referendum will strengthen Ireland’s hand in negotiations with other EU leaders and encourage greater international confidence in the country.”

In a video interview for Ógra Fianna Fáil’s campaign, Party Leader Micheál Martin said: “Firstly, this Fiscal Treaty represents an important step forward for Ireland and for Europe. It is a common set of rules that the members of the Eurozone and eight other countries have agreed to in terms of balanced budgets to support the currency. Secondly, and crucially,  if we ratify the treaty it gives us access to a permanent funding facility if we need it. 

Deputy Martin said: “The bottom line is we will need about €18 billion in 2014 to fund public service, education, health and welfare. The facility gives us definite access to that money a ‘no’ vote is in many ways a pathway to uncertainty. We have our own decision to make in Ireland… in my view it makes absolutely no sense at all to try to pretend that you can vote ‘no’ and put yourself into a strong position to negotiate on the bank debt.” 

Eamon Quinlan criticised the government for not holding the referendum on a weekend:  “The fact that the vote is on a Thursday will deny many young people the opportunity to vote on an issue that is critical to the future direction of the country. Both Fine Gael and Labour have continually pledged to hold elections and referendums on a weekend to increase turnout, particularly among young voters. It was the Taoiseach himself who said this referendum was more important than a general election because of what is at stake for young people in the future and for future generation. 

“Ógra Fianna Fáil is setting out the reasons why we believe people should vote ‘yes’, people can follow that at www.twitter.com/ografiannafail on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ografiannafail and keep an eye out for details of Ógra campaign events around the country. Our first event is taking place in Dublin on Grafton Street today further dates and locations will be announced over the course of the referendum campaign.”