Deputy MacLochlainn will seek legal advice if Government refuses referendum

European leaders will gather in Brussels later where they're expected to sign-off on a new European Fiscal Treaty.

It's aimed at introducing tougher budget rules in member states.

Once the details are finalised, Ireland's Attorney General will be asked for legal advice on whether it needs to go to a referendum here or not.

Peter Spiegel of the Financial Times is in Brussels - he says Taoiseach Enda Kenny's in a strong position amongst his EU colleagues:

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Sinn Fein has highlighted its opposition to the Treaty.

Sinn Féin TD Padraig MacLochlainn says his party will object if an austerity treaty is implemented without a referendum:

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