With the power that democracy gives us comes responsibility- a responsibility to make the right choice for Ireland on May 31st. I’m voting Yes because I believe the Treaty will bring certainty, stability, and put Ireland on the best possible path to economic recovery.
We have seen in recent times how what happens in one country can effect the entire Eurozone. No longer can we ignore the politics of Greece, Spain or Italy- decisions made in these countries have an impact on the Irish economy and the Irish people. We share a currency with 17 other states, and this Treaty provides for our Governments to work closer together to create the best future possible for people across Europe.
The fiscal rules and structural deficit rules in this treaty will restore stability to Ireland and the Eurozone. Reckless borrowing was a fact of life in some Eurozone states, and this treaty makes it clear that this is no longer acceptable. These rules are already part of European law, but this Treaty makes sure they are written into the national law of each member state. No country, big or small, will be able to break the rules and endanger the entire Eurozone economy.
Ireland needs access to the ESM. Those who say otherwise are willing to take chances on our future, chances we can’t afford. Whether we require future funding or not, the ESM is like an insurance policy and helps create certainty. It gives investors and job-creators confidence in Ireland’s future. This will help us to go back to the bond markets and wave goodbye to the IMF as soon as possible.
This Treaty will not solve all our problems, but it is an important step on the path to recovery. Rejecting the Treaty leads us into uncharted waters, instability and confusion. Saying Yes will help us restore our economic sovereignty and create the right environment for growth and job creation. This Treaty is good for Europe and good for Ireland. Vote Yes on May 31st to give Ireland the best chance for a better future.
Julie O’Leary, International Secretary, Young Fine Gael