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international / eu / opinion/analysis Friday April 27, 2012 16:29 by O.O'C.   text 2 comments (last - sunday april 29, 2012 12:58)
The German austerity dictate is leading to new economic and social turbulence in the indebted counties of the southern Euro-zone. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Wednesday April 25, 2012 18:07 by O.O'C.   text 3 comments (last - wednesday may 02, 2012 09:59)
The grandly titled "Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union" is supposedly about "stability" in the Eurozone. Yet the treaty warns us that money from the new permanent European Stability Mechanism bailout fund will only be given to States that have ratified it. read full story / add a comment
wexford / eu / press release Wednesday April 25, 2012 10:51 by Oisín Ó Conail   text 7 comments (last - friday april 27, 2012 19:07)
The new County Chairman of Wexford Sinn Féin has called for a no vote to the so-called "Fiscal Compact" Treaty in the upcoming referendum - (formally, the intergovernmental Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union). Oisín Ó Conail, a farmer and recent economics graduate from Foulkesmill, was elected the new Chairperson of Sinn Féin in County Wexford, at a Comhairle Ceantar meeting in Enniscorthy last Tuesday night. Mr Ó Conail said his first duty would be to help lead the County Wexford campaign of opposition to what he terms ‘the Permanent Austerity Treaty’. read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / feature Tuesday April 24, 2012 06:00 by Sonya Oldham   text 20 comments (last - thursday may 03, 2012 12:45)   image 2 images   1 attached file
Once again we are being asked to vote on yet another EU treaty. This time it is the Fiscal Treaty otherwise known as the permanent austerity treaty. Most of the people of Europe are against this treaty and they are once again relying on us although as usual most of the governments of Europe are for the treaty because well they represent the people in power -the large banks, corporations and financial elite in general. As we know they call the shots these days in every country and it has got to the stage where "investors" will lend money to governments and charge a nice rate of interest too and in this way they get to decide how much they will allow governments to spend on luxuries for the middle class and poor like health, education, social welfare, pensions, water and sewage etc. And since the financial crisis they have come to the realization that none of this is neccesary. In fact the only arms of government really required are the police, army, courts and prisons. Anyhow in this feature the folks from People's Association Watchdog have done a really good job in going through the Fiscal Treaty line by line and doing alot of other research and analysis to discover and explains what it really means. And don't forget if enough of us vote No, the government will be back to give us plenty of more chances to vote Yes, just like they did with the Nice Treaty and the Lisbon Treaty. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Saturday April 21, 2012 22:59 by Republican Sinn Féin
As part of its campaign against the 26-County Austerity Treaty Republican Sinn Féin have launched a campaign website: www.nofiscaltreaty.net read full story / add a comment
national / eu / news report Wednesday April 18, 2012 13:17 by O.O'C.   text 2 comments (last - tuesday may 01, 2012 09:56)
Legal Proceedings have taken by Thomas Pringle TD, member of the Dáil for the Donegal South-West constituency, challenging the Irish Government on fundamental aspects of a far-reaching amendment to the EU treaties. Both the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Treaty and the Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union (Fiscal Compact) Treaty are under consideration. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday April 18, 2012 13:00 by O.O'C.   text 1 comment (last - wednesday april 18, 2012 14:55)
A referendum on the Fiscal Treaty (‘SCG’/Stability, Coordination and Governance) is to be held in Ireland in May but the related European Stability Mechanism Treaty (‘ESM’) is not to be similarly scrutinised, much less put to the people for approval. Yet both treaties are explicitly linked and interdependent. According to the ESM Treaty both treaties are ’complementary’. The ESM Treaty is illegal under EU law as it stands and is therefore unconstitutional, being in breach of existing EU treaty principles which have been approved by the Irish people in previous referendums and are now part of our law. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Wednesday April 18, 2012 12:23 by O.O'C.
Constitutional challenge in Ireland by Independent TD to the European Stability Mechanism (ESM) Treaty and the Art.136 TFEU amendment to the EU Treaties purporting to authorise this Stability Mechanism. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Saturday April 14, 2012 12:02 by O.O'C.   text 1 comment (last - saturday april 14, 2012 21:25)
Peoples Movement campaigns: against any measures that further develop the EU into a federal state; and to defend and enhance popular sovereignty, democracy and social justice in Ireland. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Monday April 09, 2012 09:20 by Sonya Oldham   text 3 comments (last - monday april 30, 2012 09:46)
Does the Fiscal Treaty benefit Ireland? read full story / add a comment
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday April 04, 2012 18:51 by O.O´C.   text 4 comments (last - thursday april 05, 2012 19:47)   image 2 images
In a move clearly aimed at trying to upstage and divert attention from an extremely embarasing Sinn Féin private members’ motion on the ESM Treaty, the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan, told the Dáil on 21 March that the Government is
“now negotiating with the EU authorities, and principaly with the ECB, on the basis that the €3.06 bilion cash instalment due from the Minister to IBRC [Irish Bank Resolution Corporation] on 31 March 2012 under the terms of the IBRC promisory note could be settled by the delivery of a long-term Irish government bond. The details of the arrangement have still to be worked out.” read full story / add a comment
Quelle stroke!
national / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday April 04, 2012 01:10 by O.O´C.   text 3 comments (last - thursday april 05, 2012 19:43)   image 1 image
The stroke? Sign up, virtually ‘on the q.t.,’ to a new permanent euro-zone bail-out fund, the European Stability Mechanism, to which Ireland will be “irrevocably and unconditionally” obliged to the tune of €11 billion, while all the time making great palaver about holding a referendum on the Fiscal Compact Treaty. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Monday April 02, 2012 15:04 by O.O'C.   text 3 comments (last - thursday april 05, 2012 19:27)
The Government wants the Dáil and Seanad in the very near future to approve a hugely important amendment to the EU treaties without any referendum, even though this amendment and its legal and political consequences would mark a qualitative change in the direction of the EU and in the character, scope and objectives of the Economic and Monetary Union. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Thursday March 29, 2012 09:38 by Sonya Oldham   text 3 comments (last - saturday march 31, 2012 12:10)
The People's Association Watchdog are calling for a deferment of amendment Article 136, and ratification of the ESM untill after the referendum on the 'The Fiscal Compact' so the people of Ireland can make an informed choice without fear or favour.
We further require that the government ensure our sovereign right to say yes or no by ensuring a referendum on the ESM.
This letter is avilable for all to send to our public representatives.
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national / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday March 06, 2012 19:41 by O.O'C.
The Government's announcement of a referendum on the so-called "Fiscal Compact Treaty" (properly titled the Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union/TSCG) calls in question its original intention to introduce the quite different European Stability Mechanism Treaty (ESM) to the Dáil for approval of its ratification on Tuesday or Wednesday next, or else sometime in the present pre-Easter Dáil term, as the Taoiseach recently announced. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / opinion/analysis Monday March 05, 2012 02:13 by O.O'C.
We should work for a powerful No vote in the referendum on the Permanent Austerity Treaty, but we should also not be distracted from the anti-democratic process that the Government is using to bring the European Stability Mechanism into being read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Wednesday February 29, 2012 18:49 by cropbeye
If there is a vote on the Euro compact campagainers should not go up a blind alley.

A lot of Irish Government and establishment figures dont actually know much about the workings of Europe in depth when you scatch
the surface.

Dont waste time on them. read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Wednesday February 29, 2012 13:25 by O.O'C.   text 2 comments (last - wednesday march 07, 2012 10:27)
After they had agreed the final wording of the intergovernmental agreement—the "Treaty on Stability, Coordination and Governance in the Economic and Monetary Union"—the member-states of the euro area pronounced that the treaty “represents a major step towards closer and irrevocable fiscal and economic integration and stronger governance in the euro area,” which they claimed “will significantly bolster the outlook for fiscal sustainability and euro area sovereign debt and enhance growth.”

According to the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, the euro-zone member-states have set themselves on an “irreversible course towards a fiscal union.” She told an international gathering at Davos:

“We have to become used to the European Commission becoming more and more like a government.” read full story / add a comment
national / eu / press release Tuesday February 28, 2012 01:30 by O.O'C.
DO YOU KNOW that Ireland could hold the Eurozone at our mercy regarding our national debt, the Anglo-Irish promissory notes and the terms of the Troika’s Memorandum of Understanding? This can be done by requiring a referendum instead of Oireachtas approval of the “Decision” of the EU 27 to amend Art.136 of the EU Treaties so as to authorize the establishment of a permanent €500 billion fund for the Eurozone, the “European Stability Mechanism Fund”, to which Ireland must contribute €11 billion? read full story / add a comment
international / eu / opinion/analysis Tuesday February 28, 2012 01:02 by O.O'C.   text 1 comment (last - tuesday april 17, 2012 12:42)
“It would be tragic and fatal if we were to lose democracy on the road to saving the euro”

- Dr Andreas Vosskuhle, President of the German Constitutional Court, 2011

“There are 27 of us. Clearly, down the line, we will have to include the Balkans. There will be 32, 33 or 34 of us. No one thinks that federalism, total integration, will be possible with 33, 34, or 35 States. Clearly there will be a two-speed Europe: one speed that moves towards a Federation for the Eurozone and one speed for a Confederation within the European Union.”  

- French President Sarkozy, 8 Nov. 2011 
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