• Re my article in the Irish Independent of May 1, 'The IMF is no fairy godmother -- we need to vote Yes', I want to clarify that I was not suggesting that the 'Sunday Times' is advocating either a second bailout or a No vote in the upcoming referendum.
Brian Hayes, TD
Minister of State
• The fiscal treaty would not have prevented the banking crisis; it will not solve the sovereign debt crisis and it will not prevent a future crisis. Fiscal rectitude without promoting balanced growth simply makes a depressed economy further depressed.