The Workers Party have said that the spat
between the Taoiseach and the Fine Gael leader, Enda Kenny TD, about European Union demands for consultation before national
budgets are presented exposes the extent to which the two leaders and their parties deceived the electorate during the
two Lisbon Treaty referendums.
Padraig Mannion, who was the Workers Party
campaign director during the referendums, said that the outburst from the Fine Gael leader in the Dáil yesterday was
extraordinary and showed that Mr. Kenny clearly did not believe the line which he hammered out in the run up to the two referendums.
Mr. Mannion pointed out that the country’s
finances wasn’t the only area where the EU had poked its nose this week as it was revealed on Tuesday that the government
had to seek permission from the EU in order to bring in new legislation to regulate head shops.
“Yesterday Mr. Kenny told the Dáil
that the EU’s demand to be consulted on the annual budgets of member states amounted to ‘handing over the economic
running of the country to the EU’. This is the same Enda Kenny that
time after time insisted that the Lisbon Treaty had no implications for Irish sovereignty and angrily denounced anyone who
said otherwise as being a liar. Would the real Enda Kenny stand up please?”,
said Mr. Mannion.
“Fine Gael’s policy statements
and referendum canvassing leaflets solemnly told voters that the EU would not take a role in setting Irish tax rates and we
would continue to have financial control over our own destiny. Mr. Kenny’s
party also assured voters that the Lisbon Treaty was not in fact a new Constitution for the European Union which would override
national laws and constitutions. Clearly it has dawned on Mr. Kenny that this
is exactly what the Lisbon Treaty is, even if he won’t admit it. The
Irish people have obviously been sold a pup by Mr. Kenny and his erstwhile Euro-allies Mr. Cowen and Mr. Gilmore”, said
Issued: Thursday, 13 May 2010