Taoiseach calls for real debate on Economic implications of Nice
Condemns attempts to censor contributions to the debate.
The Taoiseach Mr. Bertie Ahern T.D., speaking today, strongly defended the right of the Chief Executive of the Industrial Development Association to make a contribution to the debate on the Nice Treaty. Mr. Dorgan was stating the facts as accepted by practically every economic commentator stated the Taoiseach today. As the Tanaiste said yesterday, if Sean Dorgan believes that Irelands relationship with Europe is crucial to bringing foreign investment into Ireland, then he is absolutely right to say so. A second rejection of the Nice Treaty by the Irish people would send a clear signal to International investors that Ireland is no longer fully committed to the European project.
The attacks on Mr. Dorgan by the campaigners for a No vote bode ill for any hope that the forthcoming campaign will be conducted in a constructive manner by the No side, the Taoiseach added. While the No side feel entitled to call on speakers from all over Europe to support their case, contributions that support a Yes vote be they by Mr. Dorgan or members of the European Commission, are constantly attacked. Rather than engaging with the substance of Mr. Dorgans contribution, the No side have attempted to silence him.
The Taoiseach expressed his confidence that the Irish people will see the absolute economic necessity of a Yes vote by Ireland. As Mr. Dorgan said A decision by Ireland not to ratify the Nice Treaty will be seen and represented as a withdrawal by Ireland from the European Consensus. Because we are relatively small and so trade dependant, more than any other member state our economic prospects are tied to an intimate and central involvement in the EU, Rather than attacking this eminently sensible statement, the Taoiseach added. The No side might explain how a No vote could possibly be in the economic interest of the Irish people. Top