Saturday 25 November 2017

James Downey: Taoiseach needs to hit the No side hard

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launches the Seachtain na Gaeilge Irish Language Festival yesterday
Taoiseach Enda Kenny launches the Seachtain na Gaeilge Irish Language Festival yesterday

ALL the opinion polls point in the same direction: to a Yes vote on Thursday in the referendum on the European fiscal pact. But the parties fighting the campaign cannot afford to relax for one minute of the three days that remain.

The voters are angry and fearful. They hear endless talk about stability. They are, in effect, invited to believe that approving the treaty will restore economic and financial stability. In reality, it will constitute at best one step along the way.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny acknowledged as much in his four-minute television "address to the nation" yesterday evening. This was a very odd occasion, bordering on the ridiculous.

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