Pringle and Gilmore clash on Fiscal Treaty

Donegal South West Deputy Thomas Pringle has hit out at the Government’s negative campaigning on the upcoming referendum, describing their approach as “Machiavellian”.

Deputy Pringle claimed there is provision for more money to be made available under the current bailout programme, and questioned the government's claim that the European Stability Mechanism is the only future option.

Speaking during Leaders’ Questions this morning, Deputy Pringle accused the government of seeking to secure a Yes vote by beating the Irish people into submission............

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Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore reiterated the government position that the ESM is necessary, saying that the provision of more money under the current scheme is only going to happen in the case of programmes already agreed.

He said while the preference would be to return to the markets, that may not be possible, and the money will have to be found........

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