All set for (another) Irish referendum

The southern Justice Minister Alan Shatter is getting the third degree from Mary Wilson on RTE’s Drivetime programme… Apparently the Attorney General has said it’s complex and the fiscal compact treaty should be put the people (and made part of the constitution of Ireland).

There’s an awful lot of spin about what it means. The compact would mean that any country signing up to it would have to keep debt under under agreed controls. And it seems that Ireland is going to sign up in advance of any referendum. What happens if the people turn round and say no, is not clear at this stage.

Speaking on this subject back in January, Ireland’s Europe Minister, Lucinda Creighton said:

“It would be a very sad day if we somehow decided to opt out of that (new treaty) and allowed the other 16 members of the euro zone to progress and try to find a solution without us,” she said.

“I think it would make it almost impossible for us to continue as part of the currency union because being part of a currency union means you have to abide by the rules.”

Hmmm…. Pretty handy to find that the only serious political opposition party is tied up with a ridiculous scandal of a possible misuse of copier toner cartridges on the very day of the announcement…