“I would like to acknowledge and welcome my party colleague Éamon Ó Cuív’s confirmation that he will remain a member of Fianna Fáil and will not be campaigning against the party in the referendum campaign.  We welcome this clarity and Éamon’s determination to play a constructive role in the renewal of the party.
 
“The ongoing referendum campaign is an important one for the Irish people.  The Fianna Fáil party is clear in its view that Ireland must remain outward looking and a strong voice at the heart of Europe.
 
“We are also of the view that having called for a more robust financial response from Europe to help those countries experiencing difficulty, we should now move quickly to ensure we have access to this support if we need it.
 
“For these reasons, we believe that the Stability Treaty is an important first step on the road to recovery.  We will be campaigning in favour of the treaty and will be talking to members and supporters across the country asking them to vote ‘Yes’ on 31st May in the best interests of the Irish people.”