Friday 20 April 2018

Shane Ross still on fence as he calls for delay of Fiscal Treaty

Fionnan Sheahan

Fionnan Sheahan

INDEPENDENT TDs calling for the EU fiscal treaty referendum to be postponed didn't rule out putting up posters to this effect yesterday.

Rather than erecting them on lampposts, they'd have to be tacked on to fence posts.

High-profile TDs Shane Ross, Finian McGrath and Mattie McGrath have their backsides firmly attached to the fence as they still haven't decided if they are calling for a Yes or No vote.

The trio are among a group calling for the referendum to be postponed due to the changing political environment in Germany and France and proposals to change the treaty.

However, the rest of their colleagues in the same boat have made up their minds.

MEP Marian Harkin and TD Stephen Donnelly both said they were reluctant Yes voters. TDs Catherine Murphy and Maureen O'Sullivan said they were calling for a No vote.

Mr Ross's ambiguous stance, in particular, has attracted a lot of attention, given his outspoken views on all sorts of economic affairs over the years.

He was forced to dismiss the notion he's a No voter, but doesn't want to say so as the majority of voters in the leafy suburbs of his Dublin South constituency are on the Yes side.

The Independent TD said he wanted clarity on what was going to happen in upcoming talks between French President-elect Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Irish Independent

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