Sinn Féin TD Pearse Doherty has described as outrageous comments from Enterprise Minister Richard Bruton that he would ask Europe if Ireland could vote again if the austerity treaty is defeated on May 31.
Minister Bruton made his comments and then retracted them during a debate on Today FM last night (Thursday).
Deputy Doherty said the mask has slipped and that the government is intent on bullying the people into accepting a treaty that is detrimental to their interests.
He said: “The comments from Minister Bruton, that he would seek permission for a second referendum in the case of a no vote, are an outrage and an affront to democracy. And even though he retracted his comments, the mask has slipped and it is clear that the government is intent on bullying the people into accepting a treaty that is detrimental to their interests.
“This government had to be threatened with legal action in order for it to announce a referendum. We now face the prospect of it not respecting the outcome of that referendum. This is the level of respect the government has for the people.”