Sinn Féin may again go the legal route to force government to take action. The party’s decision tot ake legal action in relation to the delay in holding a by-election in Donegal south west was a spectacular success for the party at the time and it would appear that Sinn Féin are thinking of going back to the courts - but this time the issue is related to the Eurozone.
This time the issue is the Government’s possible refusal to hold a refendum on the Eurozone austerity Treaty.
Speaking following a Sunday Business Post-RedC poll indicating that 72% of people want a referendum on the Eurozone austerity treaty, Sinn Féin spokesperson on foreign affairs Padraig Mac Lochlainn TD said “Sinn Féin will actively consider a legal challenge if the Government refuses to hold a referendum on the treaty.”
Deputy Mac Lochlainn said: “Sinn Féin believes that the Government must hold a referendum on the Eurozone austerity treaty irrespective of the legal advice given by the Attorney General. We believe this because the treaty, if ratified, will have a profound impact on the Irish economy and Irish people for decades to come.
“This weekend’s Sunday Business Post-RedC poll confirms that the overwhelming majority of the electorate support our view. A massive 72% believe that a referendum is necessary. If the Government refuses to hold a referendum Sinn Féin will actively consider a legal challenge in order to ensure that the people have their say.
“When the final text of the treaty is available we will consult with our legal advisors to determine the best course of action. If a credible legal challenge can be mounted then we will actively pursue that course of action.
“It is clear that the people want to have their say on this matter. The government does not have a mandate to sign up to a treaty that will have such serious implications for the future. They must do the right thing and hold a referendum. We in Sinn Féin will do everything in our power to secure this outcome.”