Fianna Fáil Director of Elections for the Stability Treaty Referendum, Timmy Dooley, has said Sinn Féin is only telling half the story to people in a bid to deliberately confuse and mislead people ahead of Thursday’s vote.
Speaking while canvassing for a ‘Yes’ vote in Killarney, County Kerry this afternoon Deputy Dooley said: ‘True to form, Sinn Féin are content to run their referendum campaign by telling people only half the story. Referencing the ESM Treaty in his Ard Fheis address Gerry Adams said: ‘Funding will be provided, and I quote, where it is ‘indispensable to safeguard the financial stability of the euro area as a whole and of its Member States.’
He actually followed that quote by saying ‘don’t be fooled’ “which is ironic, given that the very next sentence in the Treaty says ‘The granting of any required financial assistance under the mechanism will be made subject to strict conditionality.’
“The next page of the ESM Treaty then sets out the strict conditions. It states that ‘the granting of financial assistance in the framework of new programmes under the ESM will be conditional, as of 1 March 2013, on the ratification of the TSCG [Fiscal Stability Treaty] by the ESM Member concerned.’
Deputy Dooley said: “Sinn Féin has form in misrepresenting basic facts, having been caught misquoting a series of leading economists in their campaign literature. But this is even more serious as Gerry Adams is clearly misleading citizens and creating confusion where there doesn’t need to be. If Sinn Féin was serious about letting citizens make a decision based on the simple facts, Gerry Adams would acknowledge that he’s got this wrong.
“With only a few days left in the campaign we need honesty and clarity from both sides. There is a clear desire on the part of the ‘No’ side to sow confusion on what is a vital issue for Ireland. A strong ‘Yes’ vote on Thursday will ensure greater stability for the country and certainty of funding if we need it. That is a fact that cannot be denied.”