Pringle welcomes decision on referendum

Deputy Thomas Pringle says the advice of the attorney general to hold a referendum on the European Fiscal Compact Treaty is the right advice and gives people their rightful say.

Deputy Thomas Pringle says the advice of the attorney general to hold a referendum on the European Fiscal Compact Treaty is the right advice and gives people their rightful say.

The Donegal South West TD said the referendum debate should be one that is fair, accountable and reasoned.

“All politicians and parties should avoid scare-mongering and the politics of fear in their efforts to sway public opinion one way or the other and instead ensure that a mature and rational debate take place on the implications of the Treaty for the future of the State and its people.

“I have advocated from day one of this debate that the people of Ireland should have their right to a referendum recognised as the Irish constitution states. Democracy is founded in the rights of the people and the decision today facilitates the fundamentals of a functioning democracy”.

He said the government should accept the outcome rather than go through the previous re-runs when European referendums were rejected. The government should commit publicly to taking the will of the people on the first result, he said.