The Taoiseach today (Tuesday) said that a Yes vote in the Stability Treaty Referendum will send a strong signal to companies that Ireland is the right country in which to invest. Speaking at the launch of Fine Gael’s campaign for a Yes vote in the referendum on the 31st May, the Fine Gael Leader, Enda Kenny TD, said: ‘The Irish people have worked hard over the past few years to get our country back on track. Through their sacrifices they have shown the international business community that this country is serious about doing things the right way, and that Ireland is a stable country in which to invest’.
“Several multinational companies have demonstrated their confidence in Ireland by announcing new investments that will create real jobs for our people. I want that flow of investment to continue and grow. Only this morning, a number of IT multinationals have come out in favour of a Yes vote. They want to invest in a country where there is stability. We know that the best way of ensuring that, is through a Yes vote which will create the certainty and stability that investors need. We believe that a Yes vote is needed for a working Ireland – an Ireland that functions properly, does things the right way and, most importantly, builds the right environment for job creation.”
Fine Gael’s Director of Elections for the Referendum Campaign, Minister Simon Coveney TD, said this is the most important decision the Irish people will make between now and the next General Election. He said: ‘This Treaty is about investment, stability and recovery for Ireland. It is about making sure that our budgets are managed responsibly in the future and that funding from the European Stability Mechanism will be available to Ireland should we need it’.
“A Yes vote won’t solve everything, but it will help to provide the certainty that we need in terms of future funding and responsible budgeting. We are already working towards balanced budgets, we are already focused on job creation, and we are already attracting inward investment. This Treaty will help us to take another step forward in bringing stability and recovery.
Speaking at the launch, the Minister of State for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton TD, said: ‘This will be the most comprehensive referendum campaign in Irish history – we are determined that the Irish people will have a full understanding of this Treaty when they vote on 31st May, and we look forward to talking to people around the country before then’.